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The Best Sign of a Healthy Relationship...

Posted by Julianne Harvey on January 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)



I love this message. I think it's true. Every one of us is inundated by social media and its seductive invitation to compete, achieve and announce your position in the cultural rat race.


I find it hard enough to manage the voices in my own head without adding in every other person's inter...

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Winter

Posted by Julianne Harvey on January 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In the dead of winter, everything goes into a hibernation state. It's a time for reflection, quiet peace and solitude.


I love winter because it feels like a season of preparation. Spring is just around the corner, where new life blooms, but we wouldn't get spring if we didn't first experience the barrenness of winter.


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The Imitation Game

Posted by Julianne Harvey on January 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

"Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine." This quote from The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, features heavily in the true life story of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who invented the machine that broke the German's enigma code and helped the Allies win World War II.


It's a remarkably well-done movie, taking a set of historical f...

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Mystery

Posted by Julianne Harvey on January 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It can be so damn hard to know what to do sometimes. I believe the answers that are available to us are best revealed when we approach them in stillness and calm. Hard-scrabbling and forcing solutions is a dead end, every time, but it seems to be my default setting in times of stress.


So much of life is comprised of mystery. I hate this with a passion that knocks me off-balance. It makes me want to weep, with an enormous lump at the base ...

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Looking Ahead

Posted by Julianne Harvey on December 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Like many people, I feel a vague sense of sadness when Christmas is over. So much buildup and anticipation goes into the season, and then BANG! just like that, it's over on December 26th.


Once I take down my trees and all of the decorations and lights (and reassure my depressed children that it will come again next year), my spirits begin to rise. We rapidly approach a fresh new year and I can start looking ahead. This process involves ho...

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Thank You For The Lessons

Posted by Julianne Harvey on December 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm practicing using a new phrase when I reflect on people or situations from my past: Thank you for the lessons. These five words have helped me change my perspective on old wounds and regrets.


Every person in our lives has something important to teach us. The ones who drive us crazy can help us develop patience. Those who repeatedly make questionable decisions can sharpen our ability to seek wise counsel before we implement chan...

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The In-Between Time

Posted by Julianne Harvey on December 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm learning to make peace with the interminable waiting zone - the gap between where I am and where I want to be. It's slow and frustrating work, coming to terms with the unavoidable truth that I must not be ready yet for the next step, even though I think I am.


Every one of us stares down this reality on a daily basis. Why is it that sometimes the space between your dream and your reality provides inspiration and hope, and other times ...

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Grief

Posted by Julianne Harvey on December 9, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Growth has a price tag. Nothing worth having in this life is free. We end up too far away from certain people and experiences from our past, and we have no choice but to come to terms with the fact that we can't go back.


Grief washes over us when we least expect it, knocking us to our knees and causing us to gasp for breath. I could do without this, as it interrupts my tidy, organized existence. Like most people, I hate to feel lost, alon...

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Mind/Soul Battle

Posted by Julianne Harvey on December 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Every day, I struggle with the necessity of surrender. It becomes a battle between my mind, where all my fear and anxiety resides, and my soul, which instinctively knows that letting go of my perceptions and expectations will bring peace and freedom.


My mind, trained in a lifetime of bad habits involving control, worry and people-pleasing, gets me in trouble every damn time. It whispers garbage to me all day long: "You are not good enough...

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Yes Please & No Thanks

Posted by Julianne Harvey on November 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I just finished Amy Poehler's terrific new memoir, Yes Please, and I felt profoundly moved by her ideas around saying "yes please" to as many things as possible.


At the Oprah weekend in Seattle, this concept was phrased as "I can". Learning to say "I can" is one of the greatest lessons of my life, especially because I spent so many years using "I can't" as my default response.


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