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Tuesday 14th March 2017

On Learning to Live For An Audience of One

On Learning to Live For An Audience of One

I feel an old anxiety rising up in me, as I tap at these computer keys. Maybe this is how a recovering alcoholic would feel if she walked into a dimly lit tavern, where ice cubes clink against glass and the bartender counts out the glug-glug-glugs from a tipped bottle. Someone else will have to ...

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Thursday 2nd March 2017

For the Days When You Totally Feel Like the Uncool Kid Again

For the Days When You Totally Feel Like the Uncool Kid Again

“We don’t think you’re the right fit for us.” I had hung up the phone hours earlier, but those words kept ringing in my ears. It didn’t matter that the woman on the other end of the line used a gentle tone. It didn’t matter that she had some really nice things to say about […]

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Tuesday 28th February 2017

The One Phrase We All Need to Eliminate from Our Vocabulary

The One Phrase We All Need to Eliminate from Our Vocabulary

I have a friend who works as a school janitor. Tired after a long day of work, she called me a while back, wondering what worth her work held. To her, it felt insignificant in the scheme of things — waxing floors, washing blackboards, wiping down every desk in every classroom. “Jennifer,” she ...

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Monday 20th February 2017

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

A Happier Week Begins with This One Word

One of the best ways to hold onto your happiness is simply by saying, “Thanks.” Sadly, I don’t always. Instead, I get tripped up by one of the major obstacles standing in the way of happiness: The belief that we would be happy “if only . . . .” “If only we could have peace […]

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