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Why you should embrace the scars that healed you.

“How do you feel about scars?” The nurse asks. “I’m ok with scars.” I reply but wonder if it’s true. I’m sitting in an exam room at a medical clinic getting stitches out of my right index finger. Two weeks earlier I’d sliced my finger open badly and had to venture out into this ongoing pandemic to be stitched up. The nurse continues saying that there’s an effective but pricey scar remedy I can purchase at any local pharmacy. I thank her for the information but don’t stop at the pharmacy on my way home. Once home I strip off the clothes I’d worn to the medical office and immediately take a shower to reduce the possibility that I’d brought...

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The One Thing That Will Spice Up Your Date Night At Home

  I don't know about you but date nights are my favorite; getting a little dressed up, putting on some lipstick, and heading out on the town! But sometimes that's not possible - like when you're stuck inside because of a Stay At Home order during a pandemic <---sound familiar?!  However, there are still ways to have a fabulous time with your person (romantic or platonic) even when you can only go from your kitchen to your living room! “Say hello to Themed Date Nights!” (Imagine for a second that I said that in a cheesy TV dating show host voice!) I know it sounds simple but it’s a seriously fun way to spice up a boring night at home!...

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Dear Friend Series: We'll Make It Through This Too

Dear Friend, I am thinking about you today. Thinking about how you may be hurting or struggling. Thinking about you celebrating birthdays, births, anniversaries, and other moments in your life while home during this difficult time. I've heard from friends that they feel paralyzed and restless and afraid. Some are throwing themselves into work and others are just doing their best to get to the end of each day. Every time I start to feel like I can't keep going I remember the other hard times in my life I've lived through. I think about the year there wasn't much work and money was so tight that each month I felt I was holding my breath and crossing my fingers that we'd make it....

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Going To The Moon - Self Care In Times Of Crisis

Last weekend Kevin and I were having one of our themed Friday nights (a blog post on that is coming!). We were drinking sidecars, listening to a 1940s music collection on our record player, and slow dancing around the living room. As we danced I told Kevin "I feel like we're on the moon." He understood immediately what I meant. In this time of COVID-19, and staying at home, I have been feeling so heavy with the news of more deaths daily, the fear of contracting the virus, and the weight of this pandemic on our health care system and professionals. It often feels like an elephant is sitting on my chest and that I'll never run out tears. So...

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Make Working From Home Work For You!

  By now you might have read a few articles or blog posts about working from home and this one will be a bit different. I think that working from home is fabulous & not for everyone. While you might need to work from home right now I want to give you this permission first: consider the first few days and weeks as a trial. You won't know what works for you unless you try and things you try might not end up being a good fit. Give yourself grace as you figure this out! Here are my 7 tips to Make Working From Home Work For You! Tip #1: Start your day right! This is going to look different...

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