Hand holding sparkler. Text says if all you did this year was hold yourself together, I’m proud of you.
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Stay Calm and Begin Anew

As my family discussed New Year’s Eve, an interesting theme emerged. All we feel is a heavy sigh of relief and a desire to quietly, almost solemnly begin anew. I think we’re getting Mod Pizza and watching a movie.  Tomorrow the newspaper…
For wisdom is better than pearls; nothing you want can compare with her. Proverbs 8:11
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5 Lessons from 5 Months of Consistent Daily Journaling

Less than five days until I officially start Grad School! WooHoo!! Amazingly and without any planning, Monday will also be the last day of my experiment with daily journaling for 150 days. Here are the TOP 5 THINGS I’VE LEARNED from focused,…
Blue sky with rainbow kite. Text reads: The Dailies with Elisa. Facebook.com/groups/thedailies Your daily dose for radical resilience. Mindset, health perspective
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Day 133 of the 150 day micro-journaling experiment

I started The Dailies in a dark PTSD cave. Anxiety attacks regularly sent me running to huddle in my closet with uncontrollable full body tremors that lasted for hours. This went on for months. Previously I had only experienced episodic PTSD…
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You’ve screwed it up already

Day 4/150 Dailies Well, I wrote my “Morning Mindset” journal entries today at 5:00 P.M.. The journal is part of a 150-day experiment in which the ONLY requirement is that I consistently answer a series of pre-determined journal prompts…
What are you wishing for?
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All I want for Christmas is...surgery

This year for Christmas, I hope for a new and improved right wrist. The fall that broke my wrist in 2016 left me with daily pain and difficulty with the wrist attached to my dominant right hand. At least I've had a good excuse for my lousy…
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How has your year been?

Holy Smokies 2019 is Almost Over! In 2014, during my seven weeks in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, pain was pretty much a constant, but in times of extra special pain, my go-to expletive was, "Holy Smokies!" Said with an extra-long ō. Now…
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Making money does not equal winning.

Making money does not equal winning. It took nearly losing everything for me to learn that. Before the accident, I loved tracking revenue (less so the expenses, but that’s another story). Watching the red line jumping up on the spreadsheet…
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'Letters to My Daughter' is available on Amazon!

Letters to My Daughter: A collection of mentoring topics, tidbits, and tips for women of all ages  is NOW ON AMAZON!
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4 Life Lessons from May Day

On May 1, while many herald the arrival of Spring by dancing around Maypoles or delivering flowers in homemade May baskets to neighbors,  workers around the globe celebrate International Workers Day, also called Labour Day. Although in the…
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3 Steps to Opening Boxes and Wholeheartedly Embracing the Contents

We define people by boxes. Our house is a box; car is a box; job title is a box; salary is a box; skin color is a box; gender is a box; and on and on and on.... The obvious answer then is: Think Outside the Box. Except that’s unoriginal...and…