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The Power of Adversity

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It’s been hard – no, impossible – to “go back to normal”. … Since the US elections a few weeks ago … Since my dear friend lost her son in a plane crash 2 weeks ago … Since my cousins kidney transplant last week Sometimes there is an (unrealistic) expectation that after a life altering event we get to grieve for a while and then things will “go back to normal”. They don’t. Here’s what does happen: Life moves forward….

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Lessons from ‘The Void’: The Power of Intuition

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Being in the void is about surrender and trust.  Trusting the Universe/God/Source to support you and guide you, and trusting yourself to interpret the signals/directions correctly. You have to let go of where you have been so you can embrace where you are going. It’s an opportunity for a quantum leap. A jump vs making small, sequential steps.   Honing your ability to trust your intuition – your inner GPS – is essential. On Sunday I made the choice to…

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The Power of Failure

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I have a very intimate relationship with failure. I fail at something every day. I am more aware of it now simply because I have made peace with my inner critic and I have a no negative self talk policy. (It’s not that I don’t have negative/critical thoughts about myself, it’s that I don’t entertain them once I am aware.) This allows me to gently redirect myself when I become aware that I have gotten distracted from the task at…

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Lessons From “The Void”

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Two weeks after my second son began Nursery school at the age of 3, his teacher asked to speak with me when came to pick him up. She looked a little concerned as she asked “Does he speak?”. I laughed and responded “Yes, but not unless he has something to say.” I’ve been in that place myself for the last few months. I have been very inwardly focused and a friend even called to ask if I was OK because…

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Confessions Of A Reformed DIY’er

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I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s in the midst of the women’s liberation movement. Being a strong, independent woman meant I could do whatever a man could: change my own flat tire, support myself financially, be the CEO of my own business, paint my walls… I could “do it myself”. I remember feeling such pride when a male friend told me one day “Helen, you’re a better man than most men I know!”. (I cringe now when I…

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The Power of Environment

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I was listening to a program about epigenetics last week (epigenetics is the study of how genes express). It’s a fairly new field of scientific investigation and discovery with the potential for revolutionizing the field of health. What scientists are now discovering is that we don’t have to live the consequences of the gene pool that we inherited, unlike what they previously thought. This is really exciting! Just because you have a genetic predisposition for heart disease, or diabetes, or…

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Lessons Learned From A 5K

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It’s a warm evening. I feel grateful for the gentle breeze as I stand in the throng of bodies awaiting the start of the race. The sky is a mix of pink, orange and yellow hues against the backdrop of the huge water feature atop the hotel. It’s true. Everything is more magical at Disney. The buzz of excited chatter grows quiet as the announcer gives final instructions: Set an intention for the race. Who are you running/ walking for?…

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The Power Of Self-Care

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What is self care? It is caring for yourself deeply and deliberately. It is taking care of yourself by making choices and decisions that honor and reflect the true nature of your soul. It’s about recognizing – and meeting – your own needs. It’s about being conscious and conscientious in speaking your truth and making choices from a place of love and compassion instead of guilt and obligation. Unfortunately, It is not a concept that has been modeled very well,…

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AnnaKay’s Gift

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Last week I got the devastating news that a dear friend and past-client of mine had committed suicide. My initial reaction was one of anger and denial: “They better investigate this as a homicide because she would NEVER take her own life!”. The person I thought I knew so well was gregarious, joyful, outgoing and outspoken. Although she was divorced, she had an amazing support structure and loving relationships with family and friends. Her business was booming. She had 2…

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My Big Leap

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I recently read Gay Hendricks book,  The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level I was inspired. There have been certain books that have moved me deeply in my life and this certainly qualifies as one of them. (For a list of other books I recommend check out my home page: http://helenmacmillan.com/)                                              Hendricks talks…

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