Connecting to Others

Sculpting Your True Self

by Connie
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It’s been said, when Michelangelo was asked how he created his statues with such perfection and detail, he answered: ‘Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.’ Fast-forward some 400-odd years.  My friend Jody and I were discussing whether people change or not. [...]

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How to Help Yourself by Helping Others

by Connie
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I believe helping others and volunteering is a blessing, never an obligation.  It’s something I get to do.  It’s not something I have to do.  Sharing a spirit of generosity always brings unexpected returns.  The investment you make expands forever, exponentially.  It doesn’t matter if you’re giving your time or donating money or things; you’ll [...]

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5 Ways to Reconnect with your Wonderment

by Connie
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How long has it been, since you’ve felt fascinated or enthralled?  Do you remember the last time you were in awe of something? How long has it been since you’ve been completely taken in by whatever was unfolding before your very eyes? Can you recall the last time you were spellbound, drawn into something so [...]

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Five Steps to Hiking Through Life with Happiness

by Connie
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Ever looked forward to an event only to get thrown a curve?  Have you planned an outing and had those plans go sideways on you? When your down-time doesn’t go as planned are you able to rebound? I’ve got five simple suggestions on how to resurrect a day that doesn’t quite meet your expectations.  It’s [...]

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The Most Important Message of September 11th

by Connie
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Ten years have passed. Looking back at the horrible heartbreak of 9/11, I believe I’ve discovered the most essential message of the day. And that is this… Love never dies, even if your loved one has. Love crosses any chasm, even death. It can be very comforting and life changing to remember that there are [...]

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Is Your Relationship Living in the Past?

by Connie
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I’ve got two friends in separate relationships.  One’s a guy and the other a girlfriend but they’re both at what I call ‘relationship crossroads’. Typing these words, I hear The Clash singing ‘Should I stay or should I go’ in my head.  Yep, who among us hasn’t asked themselves that question? Uncertain of their next [...]

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How do You Define Independence?

by Connie
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The United States is celebrating it’s birthday, Independence Day.  This got me thinking about the concept of personal independence. What does being independent mean to you? Does it mean you make your own decisions and take responsibility for them? Do you frame it in terms of being financially responsible and self-reliant? There are many ways [...]

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8 Pillars for a Healthy Relationship

by Connie
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After the last Royal carriage is stored and the Crown Jewels are returned to the Tower of London, Kate Middleton and Prince William will be on their own. Like two commoners beginning their lives together, they’ll be facing their future with wide-eyed anticipation along with a bit of uncertainty. During my ‘starter marriage’ I was [...]

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Sharing the Warmth of the Season All Year Long

by Connie
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Christmas season is upon us.  While I enjoy the lights hung from the eaves, hearing the carols, and seeing the many different interpretations of how Christmas trees can be decorated, what I most enjoy about the season is the emphasis on people.  It seems an unwritten rule, that for the five weeks between Thanksgiving and New [...]

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How To Toss The Ball

by Connie
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Since the season for parties and celebrations is upon us, I wanted to share my favorite conversation starters, with you.  The point of ice breakers is to get an exchange of dialogue going among a cluster, or group, of people.  Think of a discussion between you and another person like playing a game of catch, [...]

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