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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: #A-Z Challenge

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“The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything. So when you try hard to make your own way, you will help others, and you will be helped by others. Before you make your own way you cannot help anyone, and no one can help you.”[…]

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(The) Year of Magical Thinking: #A-Z Challenge

‘We are not idealized wild things. We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no[…]

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X and Extraordinary: #A-Z Challenge

“Nothing that had happened in the past could be taken away. This was an amazing gift. The past was over and done and settled; you couldn’t get it back, but still, whatever good you had gotten from it, spiritually, emotionally, would be yours for your lifetime.” Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin I[…]

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What Comes Next: #A-Z Challenge

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“Nothing is wasted when you are a writer. The stuff that doesn’t work has to be written to make way for the stuff that might.” What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas The idea that nothing is wasted is a common one for writers. Every word is[…]

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(A) Voice of Her Own: #A-Z Challenge

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“Why is change–even desired change–so stressful? To begin with, it requires psychic energy. It threatens the routines, habits, and fixed points of reference that provide comfort and stability in our daily lives. We are creatures of habit….Then, too, it’s never a single contained event. Our lives are complex tapestries of[…]

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(An) Unknown Woman: #A-Z Challenge

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” I realize now that no one will ever again be able to tell me something about myself that I don’t already know. Not that I’ve brought back to full memory everything I’ve ever done or every thought I’ve ever had, but that I’ve looked at all the things about[…]

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The Third Chapter: #A-Z Challenge

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“If, in our third chapters, we were to ‘give back’ in our efforts to be useful, we would miss the mark. We must ‘give forward’ in order to meet the needs of the changing environment around us and to continue to grow and learn ourselves.” The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk[…]

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Still Writing: #A-Z Challenge

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“When I think of the wisest people I know, they share one defining trait: curiosity. They turn away from the minutiae of their lives–and focus on the world around them. They are motivated by the desire to explore the unfamiliar. They are drawn toward what they don’t understand.” Still Writing:[…]

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Running to the Mountain: #A-Z Challenge

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“There are times in one’s life…when one simply has to stop, step out of one’s routine, and take the trouble to think. It’s not a luxury but an obligation: how else to even try to make measured, considered decisions based on deliberation and self-awareness rather than on impulse or fear?[…]

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