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The longest goodbye?

This week I am at a writer's workshop and had all intentions of going all gung-ho on writing my book, but something has me so unsettled that I had to break free from the formality of writing my manuscript in order to tell you about it. It's really weighing … [Read More...]

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Metamorphosis

Have you ever been on the precipice of something big in your life but you just couldn't put your finger on what it was? Like, you knew that your life was going to change (or needed to change) and that it was just beyond your reach and hiding behind a veil that … [Read More...]

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Blog Hop: State of the Union {volume 1}

Welcome to the first edition of the State of the Union series. The goal was to offer a glimpse into the details of my life and show a bigger picture overall....I wanted people to truly understand the complexities of our life and see what's milling around … [Read More...]

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Top 10 Tips I Learned To Do For When the Going Gets Tough

(Pin this post on Pinterest) I know things COULD be worse, but oftentimes we just have a sense of overwhelm that puts us in a tailspin. Can you relate? Things have been pretty tough lately at the Shannon household. I’ve had a twitchy eye since the first week of November that just won’t go away. […]

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Narrowing my focus in 2014: {The Year of Comfort and Care}

After much internal reflection and soul searching in the last few months, I am ready to share my theme for the year here — and let you follow along if you would like. I may not have all the answers, but in the course of finding my own, perhaps you can find answers of your […]

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4 Things I Do When I Get Off Track Via The Internet

My curiosity should not be left alone in a room with the internet. Ah, yes! The internet… The most powerful time-suck ever invented. Most of my work is internet-based, so I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to be abundantly disciplined when it comes to managing my time online. Today I struggled a bit […]

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My Compassion Fatigue Journey: Where it all started… the year 2011.

In my last post I revealed that I am in the throes of another bout of compassion fatigue.  The next few posts will talk about where I’ve been in this journey. This will really be more of a series in the end now that I’ve unearthed the complexities of the issue. Suffice it to say, […]

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EDOE Rule #1: You have permission to give up

“Never, never, never give up.” ~Winston Churchill I call bullshit, Sir Churchill. Society has conditioned us to think we would be a failure if we gave up. Let’s look at what the dictionary tells us: Definitions and examples of “give up“ To surrender: The suspects gave themselves up. To devote (oneself) completely: gave herself up […]

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A Military Mom’s Mother’s Day Wish For Her Children

(Torrey’s note: I wrote a similar version of this and it was published in the Huffington Post.  I hope you enjoy!) Dear Kids, With Mother’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d share my wish list so you know what I want. It’s a simple list, really. This way Dad won’t feel guilty if he’s […]

New Family Caregiver Program for Post-9/11 Veterans

VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. Eligible primary Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan. Applications can be made […]

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Taking a ‘time out’ from the chaos

Excuse me while I dust off the keyboard here! I can’t believe it has been almost a month since I last posted. Let me start today’s post with this question: Did you get everything done this summer that you planned to do? For many of you, the summer season is full of activities – you […]

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Do you really have what it takes to be happy?

Happiness is an emotion that helps us enjoy life and reach our full potential.  Do you have what it takes to be happy? Many people don’t, so I am about about to share the secret of why… You’ll be surprised to know the solution is based on having (and doing) one simple thing! How do […]

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