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Monday Morning Motivator: SWEET SURRENDER

SWEET SURRENDER The first book I wrote was called, Taking Control of Your Life, the secrets of successful, entrepreneurial women. Its mission was to encourage women to create the lives of their dreams by creating businesses they loved. And it was pretty good, too - sold over a half million copies. And I stand by the premise. I'd better. I've been running a business that I love for almost twenty years...  But now I'm recommending that you consider taking action on another of my favorite topics.…See More
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Gail Blanke commented on Gail Blanke's blog post MMM: WHERE'S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM?
"I agree 100% my fellow Greek Diogenes today would have broken his lamp! What I hate more than anything when I hear from a commercial to a politician outright lies. Not only insults once intelligence but sends the message only way…"
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MMM: WHERE'S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM?

WHERE'S DIOGENES WHEN WE NEED HIM?  Remember him? The founder of Cynical Philosophy, he was called "Diogenes the Cynic" and lived in Greece from 412 to 323 BC. Ancient Greek writings credit Diogenes with the famous search for an "honest man" which he conducted in broad daylight, carrying a lighted lantern. Evidently, he never found one. I'm not Diogenes, nor was meant to be; I'm not even a cynic, but it sure would be great to run into an "honest man" - or woman - out there, wouldn't it? But…See More
Jul 21
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Monday Morning Motivator:TAKE IT SLOW...

TAKE IT SLOW... More than a few decades ago, before we were married, Jim and I flew down to Haiti for a brief get-away vacation in Port au Prince, the capital. We stayed at The Hotel Oloffson, a great favorite of the writer, Graham Greene, who used it as the setting for the "Hotel Trianon" in his 1966 novel, The Comedians. The Oloffson is a 19th century gothic, gingerbread mansion set in a lush tropical garden, high in the mountains overlooking the city. "Romantic" doesn't even begin to…See More
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Monday Morning Motivator: BECOMING WHAT WE HATE...

BECOMING WHAT WE HATE... I can't remember exactly when I first heard the phrase, "We become what we hate..." I think it was in a college philosophy class. It hit me pretty hard at the time. Still does. Now more than ever. Maybe it's because there are so many "hateful" things going on "out there" - and even "in here..." So, not surprisingly, our focus is on how truly awful "it" is. And...it is. But to actually become the very thing we abhor is an appalling thought - whether you're an individual,…See More
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MMM: HIGH ANXIETY

HIGH ANXIETY "Hey, where's my phone?? I had it a little while ago - I think - I mean I used it like, what? An hour ago? Didn't I? I tried calling it. Wait, did I put it on vibrate??! I'm dead!!" That's me. Like, not every day, but almost...  Maybe it's you, too. The "Where's My Phone??!!" panic attack is all pervasive. In fact, I don't know anyone who doesn't have it. Your heart starts to beat harder, you dart mindlessly from room to room in your house or apartment searching wildly for it. You…See More
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Monday Morning Motivator: RECLAIMING THE LOST ART OF CONVERSATION

RECLAIMING THE LOST ART OF CONVERSATION ...in the nick of time We all know people (they're multiplying like rabbits; you or I might even be one of them...) who  treat a conversation like a competition. It's like, who's going to win the conversation game?? They pontificate on a subject - it could be anything from politics (it frequently is, these days), to pruning (it's that time of year), to the point of exhaustion. They have all the answers - and the questions - leaving the "other" person to…See More
Jun 23
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Monday Morning Motivator: YOU GOT ME, BABE...

YOU GOT ME, BABE...  You know our Golden Retriever, Willa. I write about her all time - and talk about her all the time. Everyone in our family does. When one of us is out of town and calls home, the first thing he or she asks is, "How's Willa?" The answer is usually, "She's great! But she misses you...." And she does. "What a lover!" is usually what people say about her, even when they've just met her for the first time - on the street, in the park, wherever. She is. But being a "lover" isn't…See More
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At 7:16pm on August 5, 2010, Kirstjen B Lorenz said…
Thanks for your encouragement! I wouldn't describe myself as a hoarder, but once in awhile I get distracted & things start to build up.
At 8:01am on October 27, 2009, Sue said…
Just finished listening to the book, loved it, have started to listen again for continued motivation! Was sitting with my husband late last night at the kitchen island deep in discussion, when out of the blue, he said, "have I ever told you how much I hate that stuff there on the window sill?" It took me about 5 seconds to jump up, grab every item and every plant except the aloe (JUST in case) and ran to the trash can. Wiped off the sill, added my favorite little pitcher (an immediate warm memory for me of my 1960's childhood, no longer lost among the clutter!) and instantly felt 100% better! Thanks for helping me remember that less can be more!
At 11:49pm on May 31, 2009, Marilyn (Meme) said…
gail- I am checking out the work book and will start it asap.
( just a note-- I am Meme so there is not daughter in the picture- you may have mixed me up with Mary? which is ok :-) so this is just a Meme deal-).
I will be moving forward and thank you for replying to my note- hugs from Meme
At 1:15am on May 23, 2009, amy elizabeth heller said…
Hi Gail! I am sorry I was out of touch for so long. But you will be happy to know that I was working on the program. I am almost finished and have learned a lot about myself. I will be writing about my discoveries and realizations in the coming weeks. Through this process I finally found the strength to make an important decision. It was not easy but it was right. More to come....
At 3:44pm on April 21, 2009, Fred Winer said…
Would love to - tell me more!
At 7:38pm on March 22, 2009, Lizarto said…
What did I throw out? The cat, of course!
Naw, only kidding. That's Temujin, my fierce warrior pal. If he had his way, I'd be throwing out a lot more.
I started in the bedroom today and finding lots. The bedroom has been a place to hid my junk from visitor's eyes. Besides clothing, I am getting rid of an old aquarium that does really make me feel bad. I wasn't so good about keeping those fish alive.
At 12:26pm on March 22, 2009, Karla Pallwitz said…
I have a question, When will the workbook be available?
i think your website needs a FAQ's section because I'm pretty tech savy and it confuzzles me.
I couldn't finish the my name is -------and I'm the one who--------- statement on my own so i posted it on facebook and waited for my friends to finish it. Some of my former H.S. students gave interesting answers
At 6:01pm on March 15, 2009, Antonette said…
So true. As a matter of fact, my hubby spent ALL DAY today purging old files!
 
 
 

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