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Forget New Year’s Resolutions: An Exit Interview for the Old Year

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Here we are at another milestone.  Fireworks at the ready.  Party clothes on. Champagne corked. Eyes glued to the big ball.

Helpful people have already inquired about our New Year’s Resolutions: “Do you have any? What are they?” Blah, blah, blah.

In my humble opinion, these are the wrong questions.  Before we think up any resolutions (or revive any old ones), we need to do something super important:

We need to have an Exit Interview for the Old Year.

Why?  Because if we skip this important task, we run the risk of repeating the same tired mistakes indefinitely.  Imagine if a company never asked questions of employees who leave?  Poor practices could run that business into the ground.  Just like our poor choices could destroy our physical, emotional, or financial health, or even destroy our relationships.

So to avoid mass destruction [Read more…]

How to Not Only Survive, but Thrive with Your Dysfunctional Family THIS Holiday!

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Here we are, one week from Christmas.  And you and I are in the same boat – anticipating another dysfunctional family holiday.

By this point, we sing Christmas songs in our sleep.  Sit frustrated in unexplained traffic jams, after hours of holiday shopping. Or perhaps we overdose on sappy holiday movies from the Hallmark Channel.  You know what I’m talking about?  Those flicks where families start out as messed up as ours, but finish as utterly transformed works of beauty.  All in under two hours.

No wonder we’re frustrated.  The “most wonderful season of all” highlights an uncomfortable truth: [Read more…]

Vacation Wisdom for Emotional Storms

Vacation Wisdom for Emotional Storms

I approached this year’s vacation much like I prepared for my wedding – with visions of undiluted happiness spinning in my head.  But after arriving at midnight, I woke up in Vacation Heaven to raging winds, and a stormy sea.  Lake Michigan was unsafe for small vessels and open water swimming.  And strangely, it reminded me of a shocking truth we all live with, but frequently ignore… [Read more…]

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