And a letter to my younger self

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If I could back 30 years and talk to my younger self I would want to tell her so many things it would be impossible to know where to start. The thing is she wouldn’t listen and that would be the first thing I would want her to wake up to. She thought she understood how to do everything and wouldn’t listen to a thing people said. …


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Per R.G. Collingwood in The Principles of Art, art contains nothing that is due to intellect. As a college educated woman who thrives off learning and increasing my knowledge I am at first offended by said remark. As a life long learner and respecter of the arts I am intrigued. Let’s talk about this because I think we can learn something. Especially those of us who like to think we are intellectual and pride ourselves in doing intellectual things. We use our minds and develop them and now someone is saying art, something some of us love, is not intellectual…


Let’s Become Grandparents That Don’t Drive Our Kids Crazy

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Growing up in a small town meant we were geographically close to our grandparents. My mom had four kids and three of us stayed close by. She has gotten to have her kids and grandkids close by for a big portion of her life and as the family grew and changed she was able to maintain traditions and habits. That wasn’t a problem while we were raising our kids because we could easily drive over for family events. …


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I need to be free of the dysfunction that is within me before I can deal with it in them. The point at which I arrived after 51 years of life. Perhaps one of the most beautiful points in my life that happened, when I woke up this morning. It took a lot to get here, but suddenly it all made sense. Well not “all” of it. Just this one big part.

I don’t think we can take anymore of this 7 year plan. Silence.

It was easy to see their dysfunction. Basically telling me to not share my problems…


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The we aren’t going to take it anymore generation who secretly grinds to Darling Nikki and lights up a cigarette afterwards remembers when D&D sent you straight to hell and on paper is the generation to stand up to other generations. While we were listening to Slide It In in the school parking lot, dreaming of being like Tawny Kitaen, and smoking pot in the cool guys car, our parents, mostly Baby Boomers, were screaming about don’t do drugs, worrying about if we were following Satan, and making rules they thought would protect us from harm. …


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She tells me that she realizes she has been talking a lot about him lately and that is a sign that this relationship is moving way too fast. I agree. It is all you have been talking about. Well it’s going to stop. I am going to get re-centered. Do you know how you can tell when that will happen? No.

You will talk about something else. When you are completely re-centered you will talk about a lot of things. What people talk about says a lot about their lives. They don’t realize that they display the breadth and depth…


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Just the pure loss of focus does it for me. My heart and mind are on my side stuff. I think about what I want to express and ways in which I want to help people. I understand it’s a craft and I want to practice it. I feel the tug to open up a document and start typing. I take my journal with me everywhere I go. The more I write the more I want to write. My desire to do this full time increases and causes disillusionment with my 9–5 work. I want to be free to do…


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I would never have written this post two years ago because I was mourning our emptying nest, but it is amazing at what time can do to get you used to things and ready for more change. In the summer of 2013 our oldest two children left home within eight weeks of each other. The third would leave home at the age of 23 six years later and the fourth? He is hanging on a bit and unfortunately we completely get why! We spoiled him.

Who would want to leave home when your parents buy you a new car, eat…


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Before you throw it all away consider that it may not be the right time and you aren’t surrounded by the right people. Maybe the mix isn’t right. I say this to myself after re-starting the same idea for the third time, but it has to be true. When we come back to the thing again and again maybe what has been missing is the timing of it all. Maybe we aren’t surrounded by the people who can make this happen or who can support us in the way we need it. …


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Most people are oblivious to what we do. Most businesses don’t measure productivity and are completely unaware if employees steal a few minutes here and there to do something else, or they are aware and overlook it. Because really how much time do people stand around talking, when they are physically at work, and how much time do people spend scrolling through social media throughout the day? Who knows so it’s safe to say people waste time. Which is probably why some companies adopted the four hour work week. Take all the bull out of your day and you can…

Marcy Pedersen, MBA

Writer, analyst, life-long learner, and obsessed about improving life and work processes. Connect at marcypedersen@icloud.com

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