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HOW TO HANDLE THE MUD OF LIFE

‘Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? ~Lao Tzu Great question … um … sometimes? Maybe? Not really? Yes? It depends right? Are you in a burning building? If so then hell no you’re not going to wait for shit to settle down! You’re going to get the F out of there. But what if your partner, friend, child, employee, or family member does something you don’t like? Are you going to fly off the handle and toss around F bombs like a salty sailor? Because Lord knows I’ve been there…but I was always too chicken to  ...

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KINDNESS WITH GRIEF – TWO WAYS TO HELP

I’m sitting at Busboys and Poets, a”cultural hub where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted.” I’m surrounded not only by this beautiful vision of the establishment but also by an awesome array of conscious cuisine, amazing art, and inspirational quotes. A true creative’s haven. Originally this trip to Virginia was planned because I was running the Richmond Marathon, but after being diagnosed with a significant stress fracture in my heel, the trip has morphed into something bigger. My injury allowed me to put my energy elsewhere and to be  ...

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I AM NO LONGER BEING QUIET ABOUT THIS

I’m angry. I’m angry that in 2018 there is so much discrimination in this world and that there is so much fear and hate for our neighbors, friends, and fellow human beings. As election day rapidly approaches, I am particularly bothered by the Vote “No” on 3 campaign that is happening in Massachusetts. For those of you unaware what question three is, a “yes” vote would preserve the existing law that went into effect in 2016 prohibiting discrimination in public places on the basis of gender identity. A “no” vote would repeal the law allowing  ...

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WHAT THIS CAN DO FOR YOU AND IN TURN FOR OTHERS

One bitterly cold April morning back in 2016 I was trekking through the icy, wooded trails of Scorton Creek in East Sandwich. Kindness was the furthest thing from my mind. This happened to be a transitional time in my life as I had recently left my career at New England Organ Bank – essentially abandoning my identity as a nurse. It was a difficult but necessary decision. I had lost the joy in my life and was working hard to heal the emotional hemorrhage from my heart. A series of past traumatic events had left me questioning, months earlier, whether life was worth living. I would  ...

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TOP 4 TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY WITH GLENNON DOYLE

You guys … ERMAHGERD! What just happened!? One minute I’m in Stop & Shop with my oldest spawn – I mean my sweet seven year old son – who was quarantined to home due to a lovely case of pink eye, and then fast forward 2.5 hours, 114 miles later, I’m in Boston sitting in Faneuil Hall waiting for Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach to take the stage. WTF!? Talk about a gift from the man upstairs! (If you don’t know who Glennon Doyle is you need to stop reading this NOW. Look her up and then, only then, come back to my blog). It all started with a phone call  ...

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THE PROBLEM WITH MOTHER’S DAY

Here’s the problem. I don’t like Mother’s Day. You don’t like Mother’s Day. We don’t like Mother’s Day. And everywhere you go signs of it are in your face. Cards, flowers, jewelry, brunch; it’s a marketing heyday. This year US citizens are expected to spend $23.1 billion dollars on this day. And did you know that Mothers Day originally had nothing to do with celebrating mothers!?! I mean c’mon! How absurd is that! Check out this piece on Elephant Journal for more history on the day if you are interested. There’s a million reasons why we may not like Mothers Day.  ...

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CALLING ALL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS … listen up! Imagine yourself  in the grand ballroom at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. There you stand, bewildered, taking it all in. The beautiful gilded columns with ornate molding, the sea of long tables and 400 empty chairs that are inviting participants like myself in. A crowd of 250 strange faces all around you. There is a palpable energy in the air. It is an excited, nervous energy. I wondered, “Who ARE all these people? What are they writing? What is their story?” This is initially what I experienced before the first speaker, our course  ...

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be BEAUTIFUL. come from we are connected. be out in the world with people. get out of your head and into your heart. be kind and compassionate. start with you.   be BOLD. have the courage to explore; to discover; to pursue your passion. be relentless in your pursuit and fearless in your faith. dare greatly. be brave. drop the past and embrace the present. let go. let yourself be seen. you are worth it.   be JUICY. drink deeply from the well of life. be unique. create and cultivate the authentic threads you are destined to weave. welcome curiosity and let it flow through you. be  ...

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4 (EASY) WAYS TO SHIFT YOUR LIFE

These 4 things significantly impacted my life and have changed it for the better. They are free and accessible to anyone and everyone!  Make the choice to try them all out everyday for the next seven days and notice how your energy; your life shifts. Stop making the excuses; stop telling yourself the stories. Make the commitment; change your life.  Gratitude: Embrace a gratitude practice. Before you even get out of bed; before you reach for your phone; before your brain starts running through your to-do list – spend just 60 seconds choosing just 1 thing that you are grateful for  ...

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SHARING IS CARING

Today I spoke at my high school alma mater, Tabor Academy. One of my fellow alumni friends asked if I would be willing to share my speech. What is not to love about sharing!? So here it is: Good morning! My name is Emily Johnson. I graduated from Tabor in 1998. My 4 years here were some of the best years of my life. I loved rowing on the crew team as well as being part of the cross country team. I performed horribly on the AP physics and French exam. Nonetheless; I did graduate from college! I am a registered nurse and also play a variety of other roles in both my personal and  ...