Ask Annah: How Do I Move Forward When the Past Keeps Repeating Itself? Part I, Relationships

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Dear Neighbor, Oh, let me count the ways I understand your question. How do I move forward when the past keeps repeating itself? This question is deep and complex and covers so many areas of our lives and across each of our five facets. When it seems as if life keeps dealing you one blow after another, it can feel …

The 5 by 5 Formula, a 5 Facets Happiness Rule

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“The 5 x 5 Rule: If it’s not gonna matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.” ~ Author Unknown Happy Sunday, Journeyer! I’m having a hard time trying to tell you how my week went… Seldom am I at a loss for words and after numerous starts and re-starts, nothing feels right… But …

Giving the Gift of Receiving

Annah Elizabeth Gift Giving and Receiving, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health, Relationships 2 Comments

Dear Journeyer, ‘Tis the season for giving, right? A time of year when we do more and give more of our time and our money. And yet there is one gift that many of us overlook. I call it “The Gift of Receiving.” We parents, nurturers, teachers and healers often find it difficult to receive anything, whether it be a …

You’re a Mini Genius

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! Have you ever considered your genius or thought about how brilliant you are? So many of us don’t, but one of this week’s happy highlights has me pondering that very topic. Yesterday I answered the phone to hear this shriek of exclamation from my sister, “You’re a mini genius!” A few hours earlier I had offered her …

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! I have to say that this week was like a wink of the eye. BLIP! Back to work after three weeks off definitely comes with challenges, most notably for me is getting up and showered and dressed and out the door before the sun rises. But all in all it’s been a good week. The sun has …

The Kindness of Friends

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Last Friday I had surgery to remove my appendix, right ovary and tube. Thursday evening, one of my pals showed up at my doorstep with Friday’s dinner. I returned home after the day procedure to find this gift from another friend.     And yesterday another girlfriend appeared at my doorstep with the evening meal for me and my boys.     …

A Day with Wonderful Women, Water, and Waterford

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  My father and step-mother gave Warren and me a collection of Waterford Crystal as a wedding gift.   The glassware sat unused in a display cupboard for more than twenty years because I was afraid to use it. One day I came to my senses. Why was I only enjoying these beautiful pieces—which included an assortment of crystal bowls …

Connecting Dots

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I’ve been in a deep funk these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to make a post for five days now. My frustrations have mounted as I haven’t been able to log in with the new version of Blogger. I keep getting a “Runtime…ie8” error message. Anyway, I finally tried logging in through IE today, instead of going through my …

Moments

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I have needed today. I have looked forward to today. I don’t spend enough days devoted to pampering myself. How many of us do? Yesterday I toiled and worked and slaved at my computer, preparing for year-end. Papers up the wazoo. Though I felt a great sense of elation when I checked off giant piles of receipts that needed reconciling, …