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    It was difficult growing up in a house where I wasn’t allowed to quit. “Dad, I don’t want to do it anymore!” Dad’s response: “Well, that’s too bad. I didn’t raise you to be a quitter.” Any time I faced a challenge and things just got too hard, I just wanted to give up. Giving up was much easier than putting the work into it! How true is it for many of us to quit when the going gets tough? We can’t lose the weight quick enough, so we [...]

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    I spent my youth as a ballerina and it was something that I really enjoyed. I seemed to have a natural talent for it. I lived and breathed for dance and I did quite well for years; but then, life happened; I got married, had kids, and fell away from my love of dance. Who had time anymore? I was a parent now and my passion took the back seat. As it should...to an extent. Thinking back though, even as parents, we need to make time for ourselves. Finding and doing something that we love sets a good[...]

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    (Published March 2017 in the Brighton Buzz)   I spent my youth as a ballerina and it was something that I really enjoyed. I seemed to have a natural talent for it. I lived and breathed for dance and I did quite well for years; but then, life happened; I got married, had kids, and fell away from my love of dance. Who had time anymore? I was a parent now and my passion took the back seat. As it should...to an extent.   Thinking back though, even as parents, we need to make time for [...]

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    (Published February 2017 in the Brighton Buzz)   It’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to get it all done and get it done well. Work stress, family stress, household responsibilities. The fact is everyone has to deal with some sort of stress in their daily lives and the results of stress can be disastrous. We don’t sleep well, we tend to eat poorly, we snap unnecessarily at our loved ones. It can also lead to worse problems: headaches, high blood pressure, and depression [...]

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    (Published in the January 2017 edition of the Brighton Buzz) Changing channels on the television, there is just no way one can avoid them. There they are, popping all over the place: motivating, jumpy, overly caffeinated people trying to get one to be healthier and exercise more. Of course one will need to buy their exercise video, the cooking contraption, or some other gadget that most of us would certainly find useless a month after we get it. Now, don't get me wrong. I like to be motivated [...]

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    (Published November 2016 in the Brighton Buzz) Little 4 year old Jason was leaving with his mom after his Karate class, so I came over and said to him: “Jason, you did very well today, I’m proud of how much you have improved!”. While Jason smiled, mom looked at him and said: “Jason, what do you say?” He turned to me, bright eyed, and said: “Thank you Sensei!” As they left the school, I thought to myself how kind and appropriate are those words: [...]

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    (Published October 2016 in the Brighton Buzz) There was a time when being considerate and respectful of others was the general norm. Our parents drilled it on us, our school teachers repeated it, and society reinforced it. As of late though, it may seem that courtesy may be going out of style. Rudeness, on the other hand, appears to be catching on in many circles. From Facebook and Twitter, to the roadways, the school, and the office. No one seems able to escape it. Just the other day, our 17 [...]

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    (Published September 2016 in the Brighton Buzz)   It was the 9th grade at my all-boys school many years ago. I don’t remember many things, but this one incident, I remember quite well. A classmate was returning to his desk from getting his graded paper from the teacher. A confident young man, good in sports, but who happened to walk pigeon toed. As he walked back to his desk, some boys blurted out jokes about his “funny walk”. I thought it funny too, so I joined-in, [...]

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    (Published March 2017 in the Brighton Buzz) Several years back, I found myself, just like you today, flipping through the pages of the Brighton Buzz. There I found Colorado Karate Club, and my four year old son was happy and excited to train with them. As I sat there watching my son in class week after week, I had a thought: what if I started training?  I dismissed the thought though. It was a silly idea for someone in her mid 30’s, and four young  children, right? Yet, after [...]

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