Every Night is Friday Night

Now that I don’t have to get up and leave the house to go to work, every night feels like Friday night. I don’t have to get up early every day! To put it in context, my alarm was always set for 4:30 am. But now, it’s intoxicating – like I’ve been set loose on the playground with no adult supervision. I schedule my client calls and appointments mid-morning or later and save the early morning for coffee and the newspaper, then study or writing. It’s a quiet start that feeds me. Sometimes I don’t even turn on the computer till noon. It may not ...

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Self Care – Praise for Physical Therapists

While I was working at the University, my job was incredibly sedentary for much of the time I was there. Maybe you have a job where you sit all the time and you know what I mean. It wasn’t until I became more active across campus and began to intentionally venture out of the office that there was any movement of my body in my day. Consequently, my lower back muscles became very weak and the abdominal muscles? Well, the word “flab” does come to mind. It’s terribly uncomfortable when you can’t stand for very long or you go through crazy contortions just ...

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Snapped To!

Within the last 6 weeks, I have completely shifted my workspace to one more ergonomically suitable for me, and set up my office to be functional. I also set a clear, but important, demarcation between my living space and my office space. I hate it when my laptop or work notebooks creep around my rocking chair in my living room like skulking vermin, interfering with crochet. I call it “office creep.” Done with that. So, now I’m functional. It’s not beautiful yet, and there’s a lot more to do, but now my house is settled; the books have all been toted ...

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What do I want to invite in?

I cleared all the newspaper comic strips and articles off my fridge today. This included the colorful magnets and school pictures of my grandkids. Yes, even grandkids. Off the fridge. I want CLEAR. Got it? I’ve been terribly impatient to be done with the office reorganization. It takes time to handle hundreds of books, decide if I’ll want it soon, and if yes, how close can I store it to where it will be needed, and then decide which ones are destined for release back into the universe. (Hopefully in exchange for legal tender.) But the process of ...

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Focused on Clearing

When I walk through my house, my home, I want to savor it. I want to revel in colors that resonate with my spirit; I want to surround myself with things that make me smile. I want the music that sings in my heart to set yours on fire. I want the people I love to know that I love them. I want to be that kind of person. And I’m working on it, OK? Right now, I feel so far from that ideal it’s hilarious. My son and grandson came through with flying colors, moving furniture and relocating one tall bookshelf to the garage. Now my home is an explosion of books ...

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A new life needs a place to grow

Today is the winter solstice. This night is the longest of the year, and now we move toward the light. I just said goodbye to a huge chapter in my life. I knew it was coming and I tried to prepare myself. Months ahead, I wrote a note in gold Sharpie and carried it with me taped to my phone. It said: “Debra ~ Focus on the opening door.” That was to keep my heart from breaking while I said my goodbyes. But as I look around, I realize that the opening door I imagined is not the door to my current home office. That space is stuffed with books and papers. To ...

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