• Love Yourself Enough

    Love Yourself Enough

    My dad drank Budweiser for breakfast and Chivas for lunch. Then he usually crashed by early evening, leaving me guessing what he would’ve had for dinner. I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t have been food. I was daddy’s little girl and often wondered as a kid why he didn’t love us…

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  • Starting Somewhere: 6 Ways to Get Closer to the Life You Want

    Starting Somewhere: 6 Ways to Get Closer to the Life You Want

    As someone with a keen interest in empowerment and choice, I recently conducted a survey (unscientific as it was) about feeling “stuck” — what triggers it, how we feel about it, what we do in response. Not surprisingly, responses revealed that every single one of us feels stuck from time…

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  • If It Doesn’t Feel Good, Change It

    If It Doesn’t Feel Good, Change It

    Some of the best professional advice I ever got actually came in a crisis moment, as I was desperately trying to figure out how to salvage an unworkable situation. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, then do something else. And if that doesn’t work, do something else again,” a…

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  • 3 Million Breaths Sober

    3 Million Breaths Sober

    Today I’m celebrating 365 days of sobriety. Thats’s roughly 9,000 hours or 525K minutes. Most importantly, it’s more than 3 million breaths. If you’d have asked me a year ago whether I could go 3 million breaths without a drink, I probably would have spit out my wine and then…

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  • Your Romance Isn’t Dead; It’s Just Grown Up

    Your Romance Isn’t Dead; It’s Just Grown Up

    Eleven years ago on Valentine’s Day, I stood before family and friends and said, “I do.” I was 29 years old. It was my second time at the altar. There was not yet a gray hair visible on my head, and marital joys like mortgage payments and childbearing and childrearing…

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  • Being in Love with Life Itself

    Being in Love with Life Itself

    My sister captured this glorious sunrise this morning on her honeymoon — a weeklong celebration of the beauty and fragility of life, and the power of the moment that’s right in front of you. Every breath taken is precious. LIVE IT UP, my friends! Live right now — sweetly and…

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  • Cold Air, Warm Heart

    Cold Air, Warm Heart

    I sit in about the center of the U.S., where tonight it’s s-s-s-o c-c-c-old — 0°F for the low, with wind chills about -20°F. Brrrr. This shot was taken a few hours north of me, where the air is even colder. (Breathing… it in gives one “an ice cream headache,”…

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  • Oh, What a Difference a (Hundred) Day(s) Make!

    Oh, What a Difference a (Hundred) Day(s) Make!

    Flash back to Sept. 23, 2014, when You Are Not Stuck was just a couple months old and had about 500 followers on Facebook. I was feeling *pretty damn good* about things. In a moment of particular confidence – or was it, perhaps, the height of hope? – I reached…

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  • 2015: The Year of “More”

    2015: The Year of “More”

    Given all the preachin’ I’ve done about New Year’s resolutions lately, I thought I at least ought to show my hand. For me, in many ways, 2014 was a year of “less.” Due to changes in both my and my husband’s jobs, I had less money in my pocket. So…

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