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Mantra Monday XXV: If You Need Help, Ask

Author: Joe Lizz Mantra Monday has become a way of keeping a small history of my week — my thoughts, my struggles, my successes, my growth. Each Mantra Monday blog I write is inspired by my own personal life the week before. Sometimes those moments are filled with happiness, and sometimes they’re filled with sorrow, but every one of them is powerful and worth remembering.  This week, I was reminded of the importance of not always carrying your burden(s) alone and asking for help when you need it.   My son lost his very first tooth, and while we celebrate this milestone, it brought up the pain of having lost a child a couple of years ago.  As the pain took root, I...

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Mantra Monday XXI: A "Not Mantra" Monday

Author: Joe Lizz Happy Monday Blue Ridge Nation! Today I’m going to do something a little different for Mantra Monday, a “not mantra” Mantra Monday, if you will — because I’m a rebel, and I believe in honoring where you are, and because my favorite part of writing a Mantra Monday blog is that it always comes from an experience or feeling in my own life the week prior. This past week I’ve found myself getting annoyed at my lack of commitment to the things I enjoy. Reading, writing, walking — I’ve done none of it. And then I realized that I should take my own advice and MAKE time for the things that I enjoy. By constantly working and caring for my family and those around me, and not caring for myself,...

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Mantra Monday XX: It's OK to Ask for Help

Author: Joe Lizz There is a beautiful power and strength in being vulnerable. It’s humbling, both for ourselves and those with whom we share that vulnerability. Personally, I am guilty of not seeking help when I need it. Sometimes it’s due to pride or ego and other times it’s because I don’t want to seem like a burden to those from whom I need to ask for help. Three decades of life have passed and I’m finally learning that not asking for help hurts me and creates ripples of delays, miscommunications, and frustration far beyond myself. 1. See help as a learning experience What is life without constant growth and learning? If we knew all there was to know and had experienced all there was to experience, we would be...

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Mantra Monday VXII: Let Go, Let Grow

Author: Joe Lizz When I was little, my mother used to keep a big garden out front. Every year she would grow vegetables and raspberries, and in the fall, we would have our own home-grown pumpkins and gourds for Halloween. Inside, she also kept beautiful house plants in pots in our kitchen and back porch. While I hated having to weed the outside garden every year, I loved repotting the indoor plants with her.  We would always talk about how important it is to not confirm yourself by your roots and to move on when you have outgrown where you currently are in life.   Growth means change, and sometimes change can be hard. We are, by nature, creatures of habit...

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Self Care Sunday VIII: Creating a Self Care Sunday Routine

 Author: Erin Garrett By design, humans are incredibly unique individuals with unique needs, desires, and obligations on our personal paths in life.  Our self care practices are also unique to each individual, and can help us achieve more well adjusted, balanced, and harmonious lives.   There are many great ways to practice self care that can cater to anyone’s general and overall wellbeing. Common care practices might be a day at the spa, or at home bath fizzies and a yummy face mask.  While these external types of self care can be momentarily rejuvenating, they don’t necessarily have a lasting impact.  Personally, I enjoy a day at the spa, or a bath with a cocktail of bath fizzies and bubbles, but...

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