What I Deleted on the Way to the Finish Line

I woke this morning in a cold sweat – heart racing and body tight and stressed.  I slept fitfully, apparently feeling the stress of the last day of work.  It took every ounce of energy and skill I had to breathe my way to calm.  Why?

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Because I spent yesterday racing to the finish line.

It All Started With the Cinnamon

I was making butternut squash, and wanted to sprinkle it with cinnamon before roasting.  I love cinnamon, and use it a lot. I went to the cupboard, pulled out my old cinnamon canister (that I keep pouring new stuff into because it works better than the new containers), and shook it.  It felt empty.

(c) Kathleen Thompson

(c) Kathleen Thompson

I opened it, tried to sprinkle the cinnamon, and almost nothing came out.

The Finish Line is the Starting Line For the Next Thing

I woke the morning of December 20th with Jerry on my mind.  The 13th anniversary of his death.  How could I honor him in a special way, and also acknowledge that I’m in a new season of life?  One that includes leaving my 36-year career in less than two weeks?

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I pulled out my pad and started writing.  I do this often – just write whatever is on my heart.  No filter.

What Clouds at the Cemetery Taught Me About Hope

Today was the 13th anniversary of my husband Jerry’s death.  It’s a funny thing – an anniversary like this.  On one hand, I don’t want to live in the past.  13 years is a long time, and I’ve created a whole new life in that time.  On the other hand, I want to honor the love that still lives between us, even though he’s not here.  I will love him always, and it’s important to me to set aside time as a special remembrance.

(c) Kathleen Thompson

(c) Kathleen Thompson

So today I found myself in between two worlds, a place I’ve spent a lot of time of late as I transition out of my job.

Episode 080: The Birth of Hope

When we think of what it takes to move to the next chapter of our lives, we often think we have to burn the boats, throw caution to the wind, and do something radical.  We also think of extreme goal-setting tactics.  Since Episode 075, we’ve been debunking those myths.  Sure, you can do it that way.  But you don’t have to.  You can start a new life or career by experimenting as you go.  And setting a strong foundation to build on.

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We started with joy.  Today we’re talking about hope.  Hope is one of the cornerstones for your 2.x life, and is also central to our Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations.  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy New Year!

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Episode 079: What Steals Joy…and How to Get It Back

In this third episode about starting your 2.x life with joy, we’re looking at 5 joy-stealers, as well as ways to prevent joy from eroding out from under you.  And if you find your joy bank account running low, this episode will help you make deposits to get the balance healthy again.

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