Personal Relationships
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The Four Minute Rule

On Sunday, my husband and I had an absurd shopping experience. We went bed shopping. Now, I realize this is something people do all the time….or every 10 or so years, I suppose, when one needs to buy a bed. But in general...

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Do You Make Other People Happy?

Wandering over to The Women on the Web, I was happy to find author Gretchen Rubin is contributing there. Rubin is the renowned author of “The Happiness Project”, and a foremost expert on happiness, specifically happ...

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Friends!

Just over a year ago, I moved to Chicago. My husband’s new job, our new life here in Illinois, I was excited for it all. But naively, I didn’t believe it would change much in my life. I thought I’d still be ju...


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Want vs. Need in Personal Relationships

We all know there is a difference between wants and needs. I want a candy bar. I certainly don’t need one. I know this logically to be true. But our illogical selves are powerful and persuasive beings. They say, “Yo...

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

Walking in Chicago this morning, I was stopped by a group of nonprofit workers with change buckets asking for support of our veterans. I emptied my change purse, and apologized to them that I didn’t have additional cash. ...

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The Influence of Others: Removed

Every month when I get O Magazine, I quickly flip to the center area to find Martha Beck’s column. What does this extraordinary woman have to say this month? And her most recent article did not disappoint. In fact, I beli...


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The Name Change Decision

Getting married presents numerous decisions – where to have the wedding, who to invite, which dress to wear, etc. etc. etc. Few are career related. One, however, keeps many engaged career girls awake at night. Should I ta...

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Get out of your own way!

Last night, I attended a panel discussion on work/life integration. The organization running the seminar chose the word integration purposefully. Rather than asking ourselves how we balance our personal lives with our work live...

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The Right Kind of Support

It’s a natural response to want to support our friends when they walk through difficult times in their lives. I know, because in the last three years, I’ve walked through some pretty difficult times. And I’ve ...


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Oprah’s Recent "A-Ha" Moment

Get it? A-ha. The band. A-ha. Ok, well, it was funny in my head. But this post isn’t about an 80s band. Rather, it’s about what Oprah calls (and has) “A-HA” moments. And last week, Miss Oprah had another...