Give, Care, Repeat…

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Give, Care, Repeat - D by denise

For me, the spirit of the season means joy, peace, and the chance to reflect while spending meaningful time with family and dear friends. But, it’s not the case for everyone. In reality, it’s quite the opposite: a very lonely and sad time. As human beings we share the desire for belonging, to be cared for, accepted, and loved. We … Read More

Perfectly Imperfect

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Perfectly imperfect - D by denise

As a born perfectionist, I’ve learned many things the hard way, or simply put, through the wisdom and experience the gift of aging has provided. I have come to understand and embrace being “perfectly imperfect”. Many would agree hindsight is 20/20 and it’s something this stage of life gives us. But more importantly, how are we putting hindsight into action … Read More

This Is 30 (Years of Marriage)

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Married Couple of 30 years by d by denise

Last week, I celebrated 30. Not turning 30 years of age, but celebrating 30 years of marriage with my husband, partner, champion, supporter, and best friend Michael. It happened slowly and yet so fast, all at once.  I’d be lying to say marriage is easy, but in reflecting on 30 years married to my high school sweetheart and having reached … Read More

Feedback: Are You On The Same Side of the Table?

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feedback - giving and receiving - d by denise

Have you ever experienced a derailed feedback attempt, where you felt personally attacked and had to shield yourself in “armor” to fight back tears (or, did you just do that too)? Done well, feedback is expressed as a function of respect and is not supposed to cause shame, but instead raise an opportunity to engage in productive, balanced conversation and … Read More

Mother’s Day Wishes and Focusing On the Real

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Mother's Day - d by denise - pretty spring flowers

This weekend presents a special day, celebrating Mom. A time to celebrate your mom, grandmother, motherhood of your own, or recognizing those “like a mom” to you. This can also be a time of reflection and sadness for those who have lost mothers, grandmothers, or children of their own. A time to appreciate what those relationships were and what they … Read More

How Far Do We Parent Our Adult Children?

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As we say goodbye to the toddler and teenage days of parenting, we enter new territory: parenting adult children. This stage presents a new set of challenges, as those before them did. In the continued spirit of embracing simplicity, I came across my well worn (and well marked!) book “What to Expect the Toddler Years”.  It made me smile in … Read More

Life Surprises, When You Least Expect Them

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Hiking in Phoenix

I can’t help but share a wonderful surprise that occurred for Michael and I this past week. We still can’t believe the sheer alignment or happenstance of crossing paths with childhood and early married day friends – in another country.  We headed to Phoenix this past weekend for a quick getaway to visit family friends. On our first morning, Michael … Read More

Traditions: Making Your House a Holiday Home

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Classic Christmas Books - D by denise

This week, I’m focused on preparing for Christmas. While the month of December is always brimming with parties, events, and completing to-do lists, this time of year is so special, that I try hard to never get overwhelmed with lists upon lists (which creates stress upon stress…). Instead I’m focused on making my house a cozy home for the holidays; … Read More