Being Present

25 Ways to Be Vulnerable

1. Do not, under any circumstances, stop singing or roll up your windows when you pull up at a stoplight next to another car. Let 'em hear you sing! Let 'em know that even in 2014, you still listen to Color Me Badd.
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I Challenge You To Live In The Now For 30 Days

I declared that I would live only in the now for 30 days. This meant I could not think about the past or the future -- I would only focus on what was happening in the moment. Sounds easy, but what an awakening experience. If I started to think about how something went wrong in the past or worry about something in the future, I would stop myself and release the thought and get back to the present.

Why You Might Be Missing Out On Your Life

I'm a big supporter of not settling for contentment when genuine happiness is attainable. It's kind of what I base my life on. Don't settle. Be happy. In actuality, the grass isn't always greener. If you're like me, and I'm sure all too many of you are, do yourself a favour and realize this.
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A Simple and Meaningful New Year's Resolution

I am not a strong believer in New Year's resolutions. However, it became clear to me as 2012 was winding down, that I had some cleaning up to do. 2013 is going to be the year that I truly show up for. Why don't we all make that deal with ourselves when the clock strikes midnight on Monday night?
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10 Tips for Epic Family Bonding on Vacation

Are you heading out on vacation soon? Do you want a little family bonding to occur while you are away? I just got back from vacation, and while I was away I noticed that some things definitely contributed to the kind of solid family bonding I desired. Try these 10 tips.

Dispatches From Down East: Living "In the Moment" Tuckered Me Out

A dear stay-at-home mama friend of mine recently reflected on the idea of being "present," which got me thinking: am I present and in the moment with our children? And if so, is that really necessary? To be present in every moment? In order to find out, I challenged myself to be present all day, as a sort of experiment. I was present when I ruined my favourite shirt, when the kids were crying, when water spilled all over the kitchen. P.R.E.S.E.N.T.
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The Lazy Susan Cell Phone Experiment

The next time you are sitting down to dinner, politely request that everyone turn off their phones and put them in the middle of the table in a big bowl. Some people will belittle this experiment -- but don't listen -- they are afraid of unobstructed conversation.