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What’s Your Story?


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Rethinking Your Personal Narrative

Have you ever noticed how two people can come from nearly identical situations, but tell completely different stories about their lives? Maybe they both survived a tragedy, but one is a victim and the other is a survivor. Maybe one is wise and uses her experience to help others, while the other hides away in fear. Same situation, different stories.

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves


Hello friends! A few of you who have been following me for a while may recognize this post. I wrote a version of this last year for another blog. I am resurrecting it here because I think the theme fits well with the topics I like to write about on Done and Left Undone. Plus, I think it’s a good story and worth repeating. I consider it to be a lesson in optimism and perspective. My apologizes for not providing original content today, but I am going to sneak off and use my time to write something new. 

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Important and Not Urgent

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Last year, I finally got around to reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It took me ages. Although this book came out almost 30 years ago, there was still a waitlist at my local library.  Once I finally got a copy, it took me a surprisingly long time to read. I found it to be incredibly soothing– too soothing, obviously–because I kept nodding off every time I sat down to read it. In the meantime, I was moderately effective at best. 🙂

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What I Learned from Writing a Book

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In 2017, I wrote the first draft of a novel. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, so I am proud and happy that I finally translated an idea in my head into a story on paper. This little book of mine is not yet ready for prime time. It needs a lot of work before I’d be comfortable sending it out into the world. Still–the fact that it exists and contains (I hope) little morsels of beautiful potential, is enough for now.

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