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Finish Your To-Do List without Going Insane

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The Chess Game by Sofonisba AnguissolaAre there days when you have so much to do that you can’t focus long enough to get anything done?

The Pomodoro Technique has changed the way I work on my to-do list. Pomodoro is a time management system that breaks time into chunks with pre-scheduled breaks. First we’ll show you how the technique works and then explain why it is a great idea for busy women. Read the rest of this entry

A Month of Self-Reflection Round Up

reflectionIt turns out that a month of self-reflection is harder to do—and to write about—than I thought. Self-reflection is a part of each person’s journey. And a part that it is difficult to share.

Still, it has been a pleasure to share the things I’ve learned this month with you, and to hear about some of your experiences, too. Here are some of the most popular posts from this month and some of the most insightful things you had to say about them. Read on for the winner of our Gift from the Sea give-away and resources for more self-reflection. Read the rest of this entry

Lessons Learned from Two Speeding Tickets

A Woman at the Wheel by Herbert Tadd Towle via LearnNC.orgFor Presidents’ Day weekend, my family travelled from Maryland to Georgia to visit my little sister and her new baby. The car trip is about ten hours with two adults—closer to fourteen with a toddler. Driving it without my unlicensed husband’s help is no small feat.

You can understand why I felt like I was in a hurry. And why I got pulled over for speeding. Twice.

Two very sympathetic officers softened the consequences of my actions. But I’m so grateful for the lessons I learned about rushing on the road—and through my life. Read the rest of this entry

What Is Psychotherapy Really Like?

At the Ball via WikimediaAbout six months ago, a few days of self-reflection showed me something I didn’t want to see: I needed help. Life had gotten to overwhelming and I just couldn’t do it on my own anymore. I started looking for psychiatric care.

There had been many difficult weeks and months over the past decade or so in my life when I’d asked myself, “Do I need to see someone?” But the idea of therapist made me nervous. I didn’t know what to expect from psychotherapy, and I wasn’t sure what being in therapy would mean about myself.

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On Success and Failure

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Dagr by Peter Nicolai ArboWe all have things we do, things we wish to accomplish, that are a part of who we are. But what happens when we fail? When our dreams of success are dashed by the harsh realities of life?

To kick off our Month of Self-Reflection, an anonymous British guest poster shares her reaction to the Olympic loss of pentathlete Mhairi Spence and what it taught her about her own successes and failures. (Read more about Mhairi…)

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Twelve Months to a Better Woman: A Month of Self-Reflection

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reflectionI’ve always been an ideas person. I have to figure out how the world works, how I fit into it, and how I can change it. So why is a month dedicated to self-reflection a good idea?

For one, a Month of Self-Reflection is a nice follow-up to a Month of Self-Care. Self-reflection and self-care are really two halves of the same whole: learning to take care of myself inside and out.

Besides, even the most introspective of us can use a little focus. It’s one thing to have my head in the clouds, but it’s another entirely to have some honest self-assessment that yields real results. Read the rest of this entry

How the Wisdom of French Parenting Is Changing My Life

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French Peasants Finding Their Stolen Child by Philip Hermogenes CalderonEven at one and a half, Thomas is his own person. And he’ll make sure you know it, too. He has to try everything for himself first, before he’ll let anyone help him. (When given the chance, he tries to change his own diaper by putting on a new one over his pants.) He wants to do everything Adam and I do, down to cleaning and cooking. And he wants to make choices for himself.

While it’s wonderful getting to know our son a little better every day, this willfulness was taking its toll. We wondered, “Where is the line between helping Thomas and enabling his bad behavior?”—and “Are we turning our child into a spoiled brat?” Read the rest of this entry