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Take Control of Your Life by Taking Control of Your Thoughts

Take Control of Your Life by Taking Control of Your Thoughts

By Courtney Howell This is my first time to contribute to this blog and I am honored and grateful to be able to participate! As this is my first blog here, I’d like to talk about an essential component of positive living: thinking habits! I’m choosing to blog about this topic first of all given its importance and impact on one’s life. I’ll first share my own experience, followed by some other thoughts and helpful tips. Growing up, I pretty…

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How Being 20 Years Younger Than My Boyfriend Made Me Uncomfortably Self Aware

How Being 20 Years Younger Than My Boyfriend Made Me Uncomfortably Self Aware

By: Alison Reeves I am 20 years younger than my boyfriend. This makes for some unique relationship conflicts, but we both seem to be up for the challenge. It also makes for some strange self awareness, and that is what this post is about. A few years ago I worked at Curves, a women’s only gym. The older ladies would always remind me of my youth and inexperience. They would reminisce about their own younger days, how little they knew,…

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Learn To Be Your Own Hero: Dysfunction, Struggle and Conquest

Learn To Be Your Own Hero: Dysfunction, Struggle and Conquest

Learning To Be My Own Hero: Dysfunction, Struggle and Conquest By: Kelly Elias This is an old picture of me in what one of my dear friends and I used to call our “glory days.”  Back then, to me, this was the picture of me as the hero… That is, the hero that I wanted to be, to everyone else but myself.  I had just completed my first ever triathlon, and I was a “perfect” (ha!) wife and mother.  I…

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Why Girls Hate Girls

Why Girls Hate Girls

“Most of my friends are guys. Girls are just so dramatic, emotional and bitchy. I don’t really connect with them and I have more in common with men”. Really? How many of you have heard a woman say this? How many of you have SAID this? I know I have. But are those statements really true? I have come full circle and I realize that no, they are not true for me. So why did I think that way? I…

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Long Thinky Showers, Ending my Marriage and Learning Ahimsa

Long Thinky Showers, Ending my Marriage and Learning Ahimsa

By: Meghan Coulter Nelson When I was asked  to write for Alison’s Notebook, I was so excited.  I thought “Someone wants to hear my story! I’ve always wanted to write it down.” She asked to me write about several topics: my marriage, the disintegration of my marriage, moving half way across the US for love, coming back when that failed, falling in love again and getting remarried, and my super amazing awesome family.  I thought this challenge would be a…

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How To Make a Vision Board

How To Make a Vision Board

First of all: what is a vision board? It’s a visual representation of my goals. For whatever reason, I can’t always articulate what I want, but I can visualize it. Before I met my boyfriend Chris, I spent time meditating and journaling about the qualities I wanted in a partner. I wrote a lot of stuff down, but what I couldn’t write was the feeling I wanted to have. I had an image in my mind of tenderness and understanding…

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My Experience On The Other Side and Why #Standbywendy and #MarriageEquality Made Me Cry

My Experience On The Other Side and Why #Standbywendy and #MarriageEquality Made Me Cry

I am taking some new risks by writing this. No offense intended to anyone who has played a part in my life- just stating the facts as they happened. This post is about why #standbywendy and #marriageequality made me cry. Check out the links on the hashtags for more about what happened today. A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a gay friend I’d just met. He is involved in sex education and promoting equal rights through a non profit…

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Do me a Favor

Do me a Favor

To all the people that care about me (which I believe to be everyone reading this, and more): the ‘poem’ below is not meant to alarm you. The person in question will not be reading this, so stop assuming it’s you. And give me a hug when you see me if you like 🙂 … Here goes. Why do I feel like you’re just doing me a favor when you hang out with me? I hear it in your voice…

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I No Longer Think I Am Right

I No Longer Think I Am Right

Many of you saw my post on Facebook regarding this topic, but I am still processing. I have a problem with the way some churches treat sin, and it is definitely a personal problem. After my dad died, someone in a church told me that if I relapsed, they didn’t want me to participate in the same capacity in which I had been serving. My biggest offense taken was that I hadn’t relapsed and I was super confused as to…

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May Artist Appreciation Month & Featured Page

May Artist Appreciation Month & Featured Page

Artist Appreciation Month I’m so excited about the shows at Watson Galleries this month! Check out the “Events” page for more details. I’ll be selling the originals displayed at the show, and I will also have prints with me. The prints look amazing, so come check them out!! I will be at the gallery Friday 5/6 from 6-10pm, Thursday 5/12 from 9-10pm, Thursday 5/19 from 9-10pm, and Thursday 5/26 from 6-10pm. While you can definitely come to the gallery anytime,…

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