Are you brave enough to claim your independence?
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Are you brave enough to claim your independence?

Happy Independence Day! For my international readers, Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4th in the United States. It’s the anniversary of our country’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. The early colonists in America felt they were being treated unfairly by the English, so they bravely took up arms and fought for their liberty and independence. On this day, patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States.

This holiday always gets me thinking about what is means to be independent. Are you an independent person? By that I mean, are you free of unfair treatment by people who have power over you? It could be a spouse, a friend, a boss, co-workers, or possibly your kids. (more…)

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Do you take other people’s crap?

Do you take other people’s crap? By that I mean, do you let other people say or do inappropriate things to you that you don’t deserve?

I must admit that when I was a child, I didn’t defend myself. I let people walk all over me. Since I was too afraid to fight back, I became a human doormat! The best advice that my mother ever gave me was, “Speak up, or be left behind.”

These are words of wisdom that I should have heeded many years before I actually did. I found that the better I felt about myself, the more I assertive I could be, and the more assertive I was, the better I felt about myself. I believe that’s called a virtuous cycle. (more…)

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You don’t have to face difficulties alone

You don’t have to face difficulties alone. No matter how small or large a challenge you have, it is well worth it to to seek help. Getting a fresh perspective can give you more options. You will also feel better knowing that you’re not alone.

As an example, I’ve been feeling anxious about my mother’s upcoming 90th birthday. This should be a joyous and momentous occasion, something to be excited about, but the challenging relationships that I have with some in my family are making the situation very stressful. (more…)

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I need your input to resolve a family conflict!
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I need your input to resolve a family conflict!

I need your input! I’ve been struggling with an upcoming situation, and I’m conflicted about what to do. My mother is going to have her 90th birthday on July 10th. That date comes out on a Thursday, and my sisters want to celebrate on the weekend because of work schedules.

I’m a traditionalist and believe that a birthday should be celebrated on the exact day. Especially a milestone birthday such as this. Isn’t that why they call it a birthday? (more…)

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