“When in Drought” courtesy of Martha Beck

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Courtesy of Martha Beck...more at www.marthabeck.com

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Things My Therapist Has Taught Me

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Sips of Jen and Tonic

bc425f09027fd13912ac10b6728e4ea3I don’t typically write serious subject matter on this blog, but a few months ago I wrote about my desire to seek therapy for a myriad of issues I’ve faced for years. A woman of my word, I began going almost immediately.

I don’t like talking to friends or family members about my problems so the idea of talking to a stranger about my innermost thoughts really put me off. Luckily, I found someone totally aces on the first try, and she has taught me some very valuable things in our time together so far.

How you feel about yourself is not a democracy.

I would never have described myself as a “people pleaser” until I started seeing her. Now I can’t believe I never saw it before. In every facet of my life I am living for someone else: at work, in relationships, with my family, among friends. No…

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Let Go, Accept, Move On

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Sonia's Palate

Once upon a time,
There were two hotels:
the Waldorf and the Astoria
from the family of Astor
A premiere hotel 
Was born from the two:
the first to offer room service-- 
a historic place 
where several historical figures stayed
most significant of those--
Ms. Monroe, herself!
One afternoon,late Summer 
an idea was born
a celebration declared:
NYC, Broadway, the Waldorf Astoria

Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Broadway, the Waldorf Astoria
we yelped.

Tickets were bought,
Rooms were booked,
we waited.

Two months had passed,
but the time had arrived,
we were to check,
check into the hotel.

We entered with glee,
skipping up the staircase
like Americans in Europe, 
we walked in gawking
the walls, 
the ceilings
memorizing it all--
a historical moment.

Just then we entered,
A small, small room--
Old and expensive
Two beds;
carpet 
from a time 
long, long ago

This is it? I thought Where's the magic…

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Identity.

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Cats and Chocolate

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Identity is fascinating. If we didn’t find it fascinating, there would be no interviews, no memoir, no ‘I’, as such. To identify each other, we talk about interests, beliefs, our dreams, our likes and dislikes, our passions. We talk about where we think we belong, what our past has been, what our present is, and where we think we’re going. Or we are ‘rebels’ in some sense of the word – setting ourselves apart from the culture we grew up in, or apart from the culture that people attribute to us.

It fascinates me because I’ve noticed that my identity has shifted, along with how I define myself at any one time. I used to define myself by what I consumed: my favourite TV series, my taste in music, what I wore.

Nowadays identity is something I consider deeper, rooted in a sense of my experiences and how I’ve responded…

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You’re NOT Behind (by Sandi Krakowski)

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Are you always feeling BEHIND?! or that you need to CATCH UP because you’re lost & somehow got behind?

The big issue is NOT catching up but being faithful where you are.

“Catching Up” is a term that athletes use but as someone who was a professional athlete for a season I’ll tell you that I NEVER caught back up… I just went back strong and moved ahead faster!

Just do your best. Do your best everyday. Ask yourself daily, “AM I REALLY DOING MY BEST.” If the answer is yes, than be at peace.

Do not compete. Do not stress. Do not worry. Be your best and keep moving forward. THIS is how a champion is made!

“The Champions Creed”

I take full responsibility for my rising & for my falling.
I don’t beat myself up nor do I beat up others.
When I make decisions I live with the results & don’t play a victim.

With the power that is within me I seek above all things wisdom & discernment.
I fly high & sometimes I crash but the total race is the goal, not just one episode.

I know when to push & I know when to pull back.
I give it my all & I love others even when they don’t.
I am a Champion! My strongest words are I did great & I’ll do better next time!

Step UP! BE more! BE the Champion our world needs today!

With love,
Sandi

PO Box 1316, Warsaw, IN 46581 USA