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The keys to a happy life

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about what constitutes a happy life for me. I would never try to provide a general prescription for a happy life, but I definitely think that no one besides me can figure out my own personal version. I started this year in great emotional turmoil and found myself declaring…

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How many mickles in a muckle? (Or how to measure your progress)

Life is not just a constant stream of events of the same worth. Some things stand out as milestones. Whether because of the effort to reach them, the explicit goal-ness of them, the unlikeliness of achieving them, the joy of reaching them, they are worth celebrating. Celebrating milestones, even small ones, can make it easier…

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Practical Interviews

I interviewed for a job yesterday. This in itself is a step for me, though I’m not sure yet whether it’s forwards or backwards. I decided last year that my life would have to involve a portfolio career. The term seemed to sum up what I had always been leaning towards, which was the ability…

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Life is…

(in no particular order)  confusing, interesting, stimulating, sexy , fun, a bitch, a headache, uncompromising, unfair, joyful, beautiful, creative, orgasmic, unpredictable  РList (by no means complete) courtesy of a wise friend

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Words of wisdom

Amazing words to go forward with in the new year: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who…

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Statement for year ended…

January: Catharsis – Saying goodbye to the hurts and burdens of 2004 February: Solitude – Bitter gathering of the like souls March: Progress – Leaving behind a trying circumstance April: Culmination – Tying up the ends of a long journey May: Tabula rasa – Start of uncertain future June: Pressure – Weight of my choices…

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Simple things to be happy about

Making new friends A glimmer of hope A night sky packed with stars Brownie batter A time to reflect Clean, powdered babies Finding a long-lost something Flaky croissants Updating your wish list A wagging tail No line at the store A hot shower after a workout An extra hour of sleep

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Small pleasures

Working on art projects Trying a new restaurant A cool-to-the-touch steering wheel A surprise present Big, fluffy cushions A perfectly ripe banana Watching a dog stretch Easy conversation Beating the traffic Rediscovering a childhood book

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How to deal

For a friend in distress: The ocean between us teems with jettisoned dreams. As I reach out to you I see the shape of another in your eyes. Your skin still burns with her betrayal so you recoil from my touch. The silence is filled with echoes of doors banging shut. But if you look…

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What to do??

The first time I remember coming across the word dilemma was back when we were doing Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Tom had a ‘moral dilemma’. Well, I am not having a moral dilemma, just a personal one – a choice that exists to be made.

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How we forget…

With all the things happening lately in the news, it seems as though many of us have forgotten some basic principles. I came across the lyrics for this song we all knew as kids and it struck a chord. Remember this one?

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Stop complaining!!

Sometimes in life, things will take a turn for the worse and more often than not, we say to ourselves and those around us “it’s not fair”, “what did I do to deserve this?” or “why do bad things always happen to me?”.

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When’s the right time?

Sometimes in life you have to accept that the time has come to let go and move on, even if it means that you may make people around you unhappy. I had a conversation with a friend recently about knowing when was the right time to (as he put it) “burn bridges”.

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