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Free Resources: Transitions and Burnout

Going through a transition is challenging and anxiety-provoking. No getting around it. Burnout saps us. Sigh. Whatever… Ouch. If we participate in our own lives, recognizing our urge to grow in new ways, we’ll encounter each at one time or another.[...]

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Memorial Day

  It is Memorial Day once again here in the USA. On this day, I love the connection with family and friends, the warm weather, the luxury of a day off to relax. And, like you, I remember. I am[...]

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Writing that Inspired Me, End of Winter

I’m thinking of words that fueled me over the winter on this creative journey called Life. In no particular order: The Sports Page: Yes, the real sports page in your newspaper. This is some of my favorite writing in our[...]

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Buds

First, I look at the colors ­– cream fringed with pink; deep scarlet; and then, gold, peach and salmon, like a sunset. I lean forward to breathe in the fragrance of each one. If I smell only blank air from[...]

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Walls

  Between sessions at a conference in Canada last week, a fellow attendee told me that if Donald Trump is elected president of the USA they plan to build a wall. Otherwise, I felt quite welcome on my recent trip[...]

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Is it Time to Rest Yet?

Maybe it’s because it was January, the month of new starts, or maybe it was a rebound effect from the excesses of the holidays. But I noticed a trend. For a full week, nearly all of my clients cited an[...]

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The Dragon Slayer in You

“Transition is the natural process of disorientation and reorientation that marks the turning points in the path of growth…transitions are key times in the natural process of self-renewal.” William Bridges   When I returned to work as a speech-language pathologist[...]

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Breaking and Making Habits – My Summer Book Review

When I was a newly minted speech pathologist working at UVA Health Sciences Center, my friend, John Caine, chastised me for my habit of reading several books at once. “Oh, Melissa,” he shook his head. “You should always read just[...]

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Paths

When I returned to paid work after 12 years as a stay-at-home mom, I was flabbergasted at how daunting the process of switching gears was. What was I getting myself into? What was the “right” path? I had a hard[...]

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When the Flame Starts to Flicker

Kim Lewis recently invited me to post a piece on burnout on her excellent website for speech-language pathologists, Activitytailor.com. I’m sharing it with you now. No matter what your working day looks like, this information can help you make it[...]

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