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Thoughts from Midlife

"There's a reason God gave children to young people." My mother used to say that after babysitting my brood for a few days - on the rare occasions when my husband and I got a day or two alone. I would mentally add, "... young people who have no idea what they are getting into." I often felt ill-equipped to...[ read more ]

What I Wish I Said, Part II: Feeling Like a Teenager at 50

I’m a late bloomer. I did a lot of odd jobs between college, marriage and raising kids, but I always felt the tug to go back to school. I hadn’t completed my undergraduate degree. When I had my third and last child, I decided it was time to go back. As my interests narrowed, I found myself increasingly drawn to...[ read more ]

What I Wish I’d Said, Part I

My undergraduate years now seem to me long ago and far away. I was in the midst of earning a bachelor's degree in music, and thought that I would make my career as a musician and teacher. My actual destiny was far removed from that - but I learned many lessons in those days that I've been able to put...[ read more ]

Self-Actualization: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter

This article is the sixth in the Taking Care of #1 series, about the hierarchy of human needs, how we experience those needs, and what we can do to help ourselves move toward higher-order living.  In this series, I have discussed our survival needs, such as food, water, and air; our need for safety and security; our need to belong;...[ read more ]

Schools and the Need for Safety

This article is the second in the Taking Care of #1 series, about the hierarchy of human needs, how we experience those needs, and what we can do to help ourselves move toward higher-order living. It is out of order because our guest blogger's computer decided to malfunction at a very crucial moment.  Second only to basic survival needs such...[ read more ]

Social Media and Our Need for Respect

This article is the fifth in the Taking Care of #1 series, about the hierarchy of human needs, how we experience those needs, and what we can do to help ourselves move toward higher-order living. In my last post, we discussed our need to belong, and how social media can and cannot meet that need. Today we are going to...[ read more ]

Social Media and the Need to Belong

This article is the fourth in the Taking Care of #1 series, about the hierarchy of human needs, how we experience those needs, and what we can do to help ourselves move toward higher-order living. Belonging Needs We all need a tribe: the people who we belong with, who accept us as we are. It is hard to overstate the...[ read more ]

First World Problems: Basic Needs in a World of Abundance

This article is the second in the Taking Care of #1 series, about the hierarchy of human needs, how we experience those needs, and what we can do to help ourselves reach toward higher-order living.  The first article in this series, Taking Care of #1, introduced Maslow's hierarchy of human needs, and how lower-order needs must be met and stabilized...[ read more ]

Looking Out For #1, Part One

My grandfather had a saying, "I'd rather burn out than rust out." Funny that burnout is now our term for the exhaustion that comes from pushing ourselves too hard for too long. I must admit that really identify with the sentiment! I'm a crash-and-burn kind of gal. Especially when it comes to my work, I plunge enthusiastically into too many...[ read more ]

Grit and Grace

Making plans. Living in the moment. Strategizing. Figuring it out as you go along. Perseverance. Letting go. A full life, a good life, encompasses it all. Where you probably get stuck is knowing when to do what. Should I hang onto this relationship, or should I say goodbye? Should I go to the mat over this issue, or should I...[ read more ]

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