Three Things I Learned About Life While Planning a Wedding

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What no one mentions is that planning a wedding teaches you some important lessons about life. Sure, you and your partner will grow together in the process and you'll gain some insight on your strengths and weaknesses. But the life lessons you take away from the experience are truly priceless. Here is what I learned:

 

Planning a wedding is stressful. Everyone tells you this before you begin. What no one mentions is that planning a wedding teaches you some important lessons about life. Sure, you and your partner will grow together in the process and you’ll gain some insight on your strengths and weaknesses. But the life lessons you take away from the experience are truly priceless. Here is what I learned:

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To All the Cynics, I Call Bullshit

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To All the Cynics, I Call Bullshit

 

Back before I got knocked up, I’d sometimes feel a little reserved about expressing how much I wanted children when in mixed company. With all the pressure our elder generations have placed on us, the subject of kids has become a loaded one. When you tell people you hope to have a family someday, you don’t always get the most supportive or positive response. My peers are pushing back against expectations with force.

But every so often you get the wildcard response, (more…)

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Believe ‘Em When They Tell You Who They Are

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When people tell you who they are, believe them.

 

Many, many years ago I dated this guy who told me after only a few lovely dates that he was really close to him mom. Nice! Right? He’s close to his mama.

Then he elaborated.

He was really, really close. Unusually close. Like sometimes-people-think-it’s-weird kind of close.

I took this piece of information to my wise friend, Rebecca. She told me, (more…)

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Break-Ups in Your 30s and Staying on Target

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Break-Ups

 

Break-ups in your 30s are hard.  Really hard.

Don’t get me wrong, they can be just as painful as break-ups in your 20s (or teen years, for that matter). But they are challenging in a different way. Growing up, I think many people of my generation had preconceived notions about what our 30s would be like. And whether those notions came from our families, communities, or from ourselves, chances are, for better or worse, the life we are living now is very different from that which we imagined. (more…)

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Plot Twists, Intrigue, and Being Very, Very Wrong

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Kathryn Schulz QuoteA few nights ago, around 7pm I parked my car at a meter, put money in the meter, looked right at a TOW AWAY sign that read, No Parking 2pm-4am, and walked right on to my destination. In my mind the sign read, No Parking 2am-4pm. I was wrong.

In her TED Talk, Kathryn Schulz speaks about the nature of making mistakes. She has made a career of studying mistakes and why, when given clues and facts, we still end up on the wrong side of right.  In fact, she calls herself a “wrongologist.” With such an official title, it’s no surprise that she hits on a few big truths in her talk.  (Would you expect any less from TED?) (more…)

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Sphincters & Moans (or the Power of Om)

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OmI have a confession to make – I’m om shy.  Oh, I can om with the best of them in a classroom setting but when it comes to leading others in the chant or vocalizing a mantra in my own meditation practice, well, I’d prefer not to.

My husband loves the om and used to pester me about adding it to my classes when I was teaching yoga regularly.  Ok, I’d say, then conveniently run out of time at the end of class.

I actually quite like the om.  There is something really great about feeling it surround you from all sides, ripple up your spine, and fill your chest. The collective om is an energy I feel comfortable tapping into.  There’s strength in numbers.  But the solo om has never been my thing. (more…)

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