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Joanne Haagenson
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My tug-of-war with Byron Katie :)
A long while back, a friend of mine recommended a book by Byron Katie to me. I picked up Loving What Is  and started reading it.  As memory serves, I'm almost certain I was on a trip somewhere because I remember an airplane.  Not that an airplane has anythi...
My tug-of-war with Byron Katie :)
My tug-of-war with Byron Katie :)
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Calgon, take me away!
I realize that this is belated... and if I was going to do this, given that my children are now 18, 18, and 17, I probably should have started years earlier...  but I have decided that, from now on, I'm just going to take September off from life. A deserted...
Calgon, take me away!
Calgon, take me away!
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Becoming at peace
In the end, I guess it doesn't matter. I've known that I would end up here for two years. I just didn't know how or when or what it would entail in the end. I've been so butt-dumb vague for now that this probably doesn't even make sense to most people. And ...
Becoming at peace
Becoming at peace
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Leaning in
I've tried not to hurry through this. Brene Brown talks about leaning into the discomfort -- letting yourself feel it, not skipping the grieving in order to get to the healing.  I think that I do that a lot. My logic brain kicks in (though my husband would ...
Leaning in
Leaning in
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Self-Blame vs Disappointment
Back in January, I was reading a book, and it was talking about the difficulties that some people have in letting go of relationships. There was so much in this section of the book that felt familiar to me.  The author described how many times, instead of l...
Self-Blame vs Disappointment
Self-Blame vs Disappointment
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Don't be disappointed in me
For a good number of years, the well-meant advice was to not open the box. It wasn't a good idea, I'd regret it, it wasn't a healthy thing to do.  But I was stubborn, and I thought I wanted what was in it, and so I merrily went about opening it anyway, but ...
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Currently: August 2018 edition
Current Books : Let's see...  I'm reading "Everything Trump Touches Dies" by Rick Wilson, who is a Republican strategist I started following on Twitter a couple years ago who makes me laugh often.  I'm slowly reading "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice fo...
Currently: August 2018 edition
Currently: August 2018 edition
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The Words I Needed
I used to think that affirmations were sort of silly.  The whole standing in front of the mirror, repeating positive "You can do it!" sort of messages to yourself. I mean, I grew up on the mockery of Stuart Smalley. But maybe I was wrong. The other night, m...
The Words I Needed
The Words I Needed
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A Writer's Return (I hope)
I miss writing. I miss doing it. I miss closing my eyes, setting my fingers to the keyboard or the pen to the page, and letting whatever come out of it come out.  Even when it isn't anything like what I planned and surprises me that it was sitting there in ...
A Writer's Return (I hope)
A Writer's Return (I hope)
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It was a bad plan, anyway.
So I had a plan. Wait 6 months. Get a little space and distance. But then - I could be honest. Honest about what, but more importantly, honest about why. I could let go of the secrets. And maybe for awhile, I needed that to be the plan. I needed there to be...
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