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The Small Things

I have been feeling especially sad and even a little depressed lately. In response, I have been focusing on inviting more of the things that support joy and nurturing in my life, such as exercise, fun, and time with loved ones. Similarly, I’ve been decreasing the...

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Meeting Needs

I am overwhelmed with sadness at the war in Ukraine and the devastation the Ukrainian people are experiencing. I am also feeling deeply sad about the Russian people and what they must be going through. One of the most basic tenants of Nonviolent Communication is that...

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Transition Time? Surprise!

I have been thinking about transitions lately. This month, time zones across the world change and many of us shift with them. Some of you, like me, tend to spend the early days of time zone changes scratching our heads as we try to schedule appointments with people in...

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Life Can Be Messy

I am thinking about radical acceptance today. I woke up at 3:00am yesterday worrying about one relationship that is very important to me. Our connection is so strained that I fear real connection may no longer be possible, which brought up feelings of deep...

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Grateful, Sad, and Scared: Diving In

Grateful, Sad, and Scared: Diving In

I am feeling a heaviness about the coming of 2022. The same kind of heaviness I have felt the last two new years, and it feels old and tiring. I am thinking about COVID rearing its head again in several countries, the disparity of vaccinations that are available for...

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 The Gift of Authenticity

Welcome to the last month of the year! Over the past week, I have been reflecting on what my focus was this year and where I want to head in 2022. The winter Solstice – which is December 21 – reminds me to turn inward to find the nourishment I need to grow and evolve....

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Tenderly Holding Darkness and Light

November has arrived and, in my part of the world, it means the days are much shorter and the nights are longer. Heavy socks and flannel shirts are a must, and our cats want to be next to us or on our laps as they seek warmth far more often. In this very moment, our...

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Filling Your Inner Tank

This morning as I was sipping my tea, I was looking out my window and admiring the park across the street and noticed that many of the trees have begun to show their fall colors. A mourning dove has a nest of chicks in a tree outside another window, and earlier I...

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Thoughts on Redefining Self-Care

Where is your heart? What are you pondering? For myself, COVID-19 still plays a major role in my thoughts. I haven’t seen my extended family for two years, and we are supposed to go visit them next week… I am seriously considering canceling the trip in support of...

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Celebrating New Life

Celebrating New Life

I am writing with a lot of joy and inspiration in my heart, and I am filled with awe towards new Life and all the innocence, beauty, potential, and possibility it holds. Why, you ask? In part because I became a grandmother FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME on June 21. I’ve...

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NVC Academy’s 15th Anniversary

I am writing to you today with excitement, joy, and awe because today is the NVC Academy’s 15th Anniversary!!! Wow! Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking about how we got started. At the time, Mark Schultz and I were both involved in starting the NVC Arizona...

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Who Sets YOUR Priorities?

Who Sets YOUR Priorities?

The other day, my spouse and I were driving down a busy 4-lane road, and we were in a hurry to get some place important. Then we saw a mama duck with many small ducklings trying to get across the street. Kim pulled over and we both hopped out to stop 4 lanes of...

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