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The Art of Transformation: 5 Absolute “Get Ready for Change” Musts

By Monica Nelson After a recent visit to the doctor for a physical, I was faced with a do or die decision. She had been telling me for a couple of years that I needed to stop ignoring my health, and make some changes. This time the numbers were too significant to ignore. She lectured me on the need to change my diet (lose weight) and start/maintain a consequential exercise program. It was too important to my quality of life to put aside any more. I had to make a transformation. Whether we face this kind of ultimatum, or we simply desire to make a change, transformation is necessary. It … Continue reading

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Why is Life so Hard? Making Adversity an Ally

By Monica Nelson There is a popular saying that has been around about a century: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Easy enough to say, but neglectful of the recipe. In this article, I hope to give you my version of how to make lemonade of your life’s challenges. We all face hardship of some kind throughout our lives, experiencing it in different degrees and in different circumstances. How we respond to that misfortune is not only a measure of our character, it is the means through which we define ourselves. It is how we grow in strength and temperament. Going through challenges is something to be thankful for. … Continue reading

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The Morning Pinks are Just as Beautiful, or an Evolution of Gratitude

By Monica Nelson Pink in the morning, sailor’s warning. Pink at night, sailor’s delight. –Anonymous That was one of my mother’s favorite sayings. Of course, the saying refers to weather. But as I’ve weathered the storms in my life, I’ve come to equate morning pink with difficulties and hardship. My life did not turn out to be what I envisioned it to be as a young girl. There has been much more pain and struggle than I hoped or expected. In response to those struggles, I’ve sought after more than a few emotional tools to keep me going. I’ve found that gratitude and being thankful is a great motivator that … Continue reading

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Surviving the Road Less Traveled

By Monica Nelson Early in my life journey I discovered the book The Road Less Traveled, by M. Scott Peck. This book propelled me toward the life I have now, a mission on growth, spirituality and love. In those 30 plus years, I’ve learned a few things I want to share here. If you find yourself on the same path, and most of us do, I hope that you will gain an insight from my list. First and foremost, be kind to yourself; love starts with the source. If you can not love yourself, how do you expect to love anyone or anything else. Know that the journeys that grow … Continue reading

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Developing a True Empathy, Part 2

By Monica Nelson Continuing from Part 1, I had hit a brick wall creatively. In order to move forward, I had to dig a little deeper into my own empathy. I believe myself to be an empathic person. Being a highly sensitive person, all my life I’ve been forced into empathic situations. But my own empathy as it now stands was not enough to write with meaning. I began a quest to deepen my empathy. I hope that what I’ve learned will help you in your own quest at finding true empathy. From the People Polarity blog, I discovered the helplessness theory. The idea behind this theory is to “go … Continue reading

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Developing a True Empathy, Part 1

By Monica Nelson I looked at the clock. The digital dial read 2:58. I had just awakened from one of those dreams where you are trying to do a particular task and you can’t seem to get it done. I knew I had to complete the task ahead of me, but I would do part of it, then find myself off on some other distraction. I knew what kind of dream this was. It was not an intuitive or creative dream. It was a frustration dream. I even knew the frustration. I had been working diligently but fruitlessly over the last couple of weeks on my memoir. As of late, … Continue reading

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