Posts by Inna

4 Steps for Making Consistently Strong Choices

You’ve made them before, though perhaps not by this name.  Those Strong Choices, where you just know in your gut and in your brain that one option is just. the. Right. Thing. Capitalized. Period. No doubts whatsoever.   Strong Choices: they are clear-cut, in your long-term best interest, and support your larger goals.  And they just plain FEEL GOOD.   Sometimes they just happen on their own (How did all my daily meditation sessions just happen all week??  Sweet!)  Sometimes it takes a little finagling with your inner lazy-lump (C’mon!  you know you’ll feel so much better after that walk / run
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I Succeed With a Little Help From My… Tools

It’s never easy to go it alone. So many times I’ve thought: I have everything handled; I’m smart and capable; I help others with their issues…  I can TOTALLY just figure it all out myself! But when it comes to my own stuff, I find that I need to reach out for help and rely on the wisdom and brilliance of so many others who have come before me.   For many of us (who, me?) this doesn’t come easily, being the smart, creative do-it-alls that we are. But I’m here to tell you that the right tool, the right
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To Move Forward You Must Look Back

The new year is upon us, inevitable, exciting, and full of possibilities. And even though I don’t subscribe to the arbitrariness of a calendar flip as a guidepost for new beginnings, I can’t help but get a bit caught up in the excitement. Shiny new calendars, flipped to a crisp blank page. So full of promise, whispering “you can do it! THIS is the year…. use me!” But as with anything, to move forward, we must first look back; for every beginning, there is a corresponding ending. I find it comforting, enlightening, and grounding to review the year gone by.
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Where Do You Find The Strength?

I surreptitiously dab my eyes again as the vet tells me that I can stop giving her the antibiotics that were just prescribed just 2 days ago. She points at the gray blobs on the x-ray images on the small outdated monitor and keeps talking. I try desperately to focus, to pay attention, to come up with that right questions, or at least that one that I know I’ll be kicking myself later for not asking about. I feel confused, overwhelmed, shaky. I believe “freaked out” is the medical term for my condition. The tears come, partly in response to this,
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Take Back Your Power – The Un-Quick-Fix Way

Just the Other Day A big flash appears on my screen. Something got through my pop-up blocker. “Make $3000 – $7000 in a week, no experience necessary!” the ad window on my computer screams at me. I push the “x” in the corner to get rid of it. No such luck. Crap, time to fix the pop-up blocker. They’re Everywhere Aside from the sheer aggravation of pop-up ads, this experience drove home to me an interesting point. We live in a quick-fix culture. The charlatans and advertising folks scream at us from all directions: “Use X-brand jeans to look slim
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The Incredible Rightness of Being

An Age-Old Question Searching for more meaning in our lives has been an age-old preoccupation for us humans. Why am I here? What am I meant to do? What’s the point of it all? And, most importantly in the modern-day world, what is it that will make me happy?  Dissatisfaction, or “Gimme More!” It is human nature that when we feel dissatisfied with something – be it our jobs, our homes, our relationships, or even our lives in general – we feel there is something missing. And where there’s something missing, we naturally decide that we want MORE of something.
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How to Give 2014 Its Due

As I sit here by the twinkle of the holiday lights, sipping of the new year’s eve leftover mulled wine, I start to ponder the year that has passed. So much growth and joy and sorrow, and so many blessings – always blessings, sometimes in disguise. Coming back from coffee with a new friend, I am reminded of how precious our human connections truly are, and am prompted to reflect on the people who have inhabited my 2014.
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