How to Plan the New Year So You Get What You Want. (OR: The Method I Used to Significantly Improve a Class I Taught Recently)

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Because I’m the type of person who boils the ocean to get to the fish, I’ve consulted the work of at least a dozen professionals regarding the best way to plan a new year.

Want to know my favorite fish in that pond?

Can I interest ya in the catch o’ the day, my friends?

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What Not to Say to Struggling Loved Ones during the Holidays

Bethany O

One perk of being from a large family and having no control over my tear ducts is that I am the lucky recipient of a lot of advice.

I also have a lot of data for studying how people respond to my pain.

On one remarkable occasion of untimely tear ducts, my eyelids started leaking just when 30ish family members gathered around two 50th birthday cakes to sing a little diddy to two special birthday girls. Continue Reading, Light-Catcher! »

  • Lee Ann Ainsworth Caldwell - Love you & your wise words!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Scheel - Thanks, Bethany..ReplyCancel

  • Karen Lindsay - How is it that every time I read your posts, it seems its exactly what I needed to hear. I love you dear Bethany.ReplyCancel

How to Cope with Death–and Live Life–with a Little More “Joie David”

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Our family is groping through the darkness, trying to reorient ourselves after the sudden loss of my luminous cousin, David, on October 28th.

(You may remember David from this post about the morning I spent with him leading up to his wedding.) Continue Reading, Light-Catcher! »

  • Nikki Groom - Beautiful. InSPIRing. Poignant. I watched this with tears running down my face. Thank you so so much for sharing! <3 xo.ReplyCancel

  • Benjamin Jordan - BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Kerry Powers Berthelot - Wow….once again you have brought me to tears. What an amazing outlook on such a loss. I have no doubt your cousin’s spirit will live on and continue to inspire. What a treasure to have known such a person. xoReplyCancel

  • Stefany Reed - May I just say BRAVO. Your writing, your delivery, your poise. Very cool. I am very sorry that David had to leave his body way too soon.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Scheel - Beautifully said through your pictures and your words. Our family joins yours in celebrating Dave’s life and mourning his loss.ReplyCancel