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Finding Your Voice – If Not Now, When?

We had stopped at a local petrol station to fill the car up with gas. Little did we know that there was a festival going on, and an Irish singer onstage, in the local market right next door. As we entered she was  performing a lovely Irish ballad. I noticed behind her the lettering on … Read more

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Are You Staying Relevant? Changing and Adapting to the World Around You

One of the most prominent features of Enniskillen, an island city in County Fermanagh, Ireland, is its towering castle. Built in the mid-13th century (exact date unknown) by the Maguire Chieftains, by the early 1600’s the castle had been taken over by the English, when the clans were dispersed. It was subsequently occupied by a … Read more

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Excavating Your Dreams and Talents

Discovering the True You in Midlife Appearing first in 700 AD and found exclusively in Gaelic areas (i.e., Ireland and Scotland), a crannog is an artificial island built on a lake, mudbank or islet. Research indicates that, while some were permanently inhabited with people living in wooden huts, others were only used occasionally. One of … Read more

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Reduce the Distractions in Your Life

The last blog post, Enjoy the Show – Take Time to Witness the Swans,  focused on the ability to step back and enjoy life while just doing nothing.  I realized after writing that post how difficult it is for anyone to put this advice into practice without also implementing the corollary – reduce the distractions in … Read more

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Enjoy the Show – Take Time to Witness the Swans

Why is it that women feel they must be doing something or caring for someone all the time? It must be baked into the female DNA to always be on the go, involved in some activity, and taking care of someone else, be it their boss, children, partner, pet, etc.. As one woman shared, “If … Read more

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Take Shelter during Life’s Downpours

Over here in Ireland it rains just about every single day. My niece, who lived here several years while studying, recently shared with me that there are hundreds of words to describe the rain. She recommended listening to the weather channel to get some ideas. Another person shared, “In Ireland we have showers in between … Read more

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Look up — See What’s Right In Front of You

How often are you so focused on something at eye-level, that you forget to look up and see what’s right in front you? It happened to me just  this past weekend. We were enjoying a long afternoon walk to Castle Saunderson, a historic site here in Cavan County, Ireland. It’s a derelict castle that now … Read more

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Is There a Switch for Your Brain, Like the Outlet Switches in Ireland?

When I first arrived in Ireland a few weeks ago our landlord was showing us around our new place. There were so many unique features we had to learn, and it seemed there was a switch for everything. Many of the appliances, such as the stove or shower, have a separate on/off switch so, even … Read more

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Planning and Chance Meetings – Enriching Your Life Journey

Have you ever sat back and wondered – does this happen because of planning or because I make myself available for chance meetings? I personally believe it requires both, in equal doses. The journey itself cannot begin without the planning and execution to make it a reality. On the other hand, the human connections you … Read more

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Appreciating Your Own Backyard

One of the reasons I love traveling the world is to better appreciate my own home. The United States is an amazing country. As much as we grouse about the politics, divisive nature of our discourse, and the people who should be in or out of office, I don’t think you can truly realize how … Read more

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