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Counting on my core…

Usually when I think of the word CORE, I’m focused on core values, those ideals that most clearly represent what matters most in life, the things that drive a lot of our behaviors, our choices and our big life decisions.  But lately, I’ve been attending a yoga class that focuses on core work and surprisingly,

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Two jars filled with rocks.

Managing the Big Rocks

If you’ve been a fan of Steven Covey’s writing (as I’ve been for several decades now) you’re familiar with the useful constructs he leans on to explain certain life-management choices that simply help us navigate the world. In his 1991 book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he offered

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Once in awhile, we all need a break...

Once in a while, we all need a break. . .

Whether it is a full-fledged vacation or just a quick weekend get-away, we all need to separate ourselves from the day-to-day rhythm of life and do something different. It’s healthy to change things up, see some new scenery, go out to eat someplace unfamiliar and sample something you’ve never tasted

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Small lighted sign that reads in all caps: YOU ARE ENOUGH

Judgment: Good or Bad?

Today, I’m recycling a blog I created a few years back, maybe because the Monday muse hasn’t been singing as loudly to me as I might like and maybe because, it was a really useful blog at the time. So, if you’ve read this before, I apologize. If you haven’t

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Overwhelmed to Overjoyed: Caregiver Transformation Through Self Care

Self-Care Skills We ALL Need to Practice!

The course I’ve built for caregivers, Overwhelmed to Overjoyed: Caregiver Transformation through Self-Care (or O-2-O for short), covers the five essential self-care skills that all of us need to embrace and practice in our everyday lives. Life is challenging, but caregiving makes it even more difficult (for most caregivers) and

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What are your aspirations?

An aspiration is a hope or ambition of something we’d like to achieve.  We all wish for things in our life – changes, new possibilities, opportunities – sometimes we can’t even articulate what we’d like, but we know we long for something different from the reality we currently live. These wishes are

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Overwhelmed to Overjoyed: Caregiver Transformation Through Self Care

I need your help…

While this is persistently a true statement, today I need your help in a particular way. If you receive this blog every Monday, you’re one of my “regulars” and I appreciate you just for that!  Here’s what I know to be true about you: Roughly 55% of you open my

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Compassion, especially self-compassion

Every year in early January, I select a word that becomes the core of my intentions for my business and my life in the months ahead. Last year my word was Abundance, and the year proved itself to be genuinely FULL of Abundance in every way possible. This year, my

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Holiday Greetings

We’ve made it to Christmas Day and whatever holidays you celebrate this winter I trust they will be fulfilling and replenishing for you!  Even our recent move through the winter solstice was a joyous occasion for celebrating a few more seconds of daylight here, in our generally dreary Minnesota winter days!

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Welcome to Dementia-land. . .

I’ve had a lot of questions lately from friends, young and old, who are going to visit a family member who has some form of dementia. The questions focus on, “What do I say?” and “How do I talk to him/her?” and, truthfully, there isn’t one answer because each person

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Research findings confirm what we already know. . .

In their 2022 publication, authors Sagui-Henson, Welcome Chamberlain, Smith, Li, Castro Sweet & Altman looked at the components of what we call the therapeutic alliance that permits a strong relationship to be built between a client and service provider. They recognized that, especially since the pandemic, the mental health needs

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Two Black Women hugging.

Gratitude is a worthy pursuit…

We just enjoyed the national holiday, Thanksgiving. I hope your weekend was pleasant and full of friends and family. However, some of the things you probably weren’t thankful for may have included the traffic you had to battle to get to your celebration, or to get home. The sharp change in weather

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And so it begins…

To me, the coming (and going) of Thanksgiving means the official launch of the winter holiday season. Even though it isn’t officially winter yet (that won’t occur until December 21st), it seems the next several weeks will be overrun with shopping, and commercials that urge you to do more shopping, cooking, baking

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Appreciating Top Ten Days…

As I write this, Minneapolis is enjoying a Top Ten Day for weather. The temperatures are in the mid-fifties, the sun is out, the breeze is mild and you’d never suspect that winter is just around the corner! I’m not at all sure what the official criteria might be for proclaiming any

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Sometimes, I just can’t keep up…

Maybe you feel that way too? Especially at this time of year, I feel the crush of 4th quarter and think of all the things on my business to-do list that I’m eager to complete. AND with the holidays coming, it seems my personal/family to-do list has grown exponentially in keeping

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A picture of hand weights and resistance bands.

The unhealthy realities all around us. . .

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a conference for healthcare workers. The audience was a nicely mixed assortment of folks who, in one way or another, are on the frontlines of professional caregiving. The conference was intended to remind them of strategies to enhance or improve their self-care,

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What do you do for fun?

What do you do for fun? I’ve been contemplating this question for the last week or so, noticing that each of us might define “fun” differently and go about answering the question in our own unique ways. I know that for a number of my friends, the answer would have something

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Getting old, or GROWING old?

I’ve been asking myself a question for some time now, “Who do I want to be when I’m OLD?” without precisely specifying when “old” might be. After all, I’m “old” now given that I’m 70 and happily living a life of retirement from my original career (nursing). But the question I pose

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Piles of laundry in front of a washer and dryer.

Finding Your Enough…

In reviewing her experience with our caregiver coaching work together, a client told me one of the most important milestones she reached was finding her own “enough” – that place where, as an individual, you’re satisfied with the reality of the situation. Yes, it could be better, but it will

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Empty toilet paper roll on a stand

Reacting to life’s little irritations. . .

Have you noticed that perhaps now, more than ever, our annoyance sensors are on high alert? The frustrations, inconveniences, isolation, and fears associated with the pandemic messed with our patience levels and honed our triggers – making us prone to an immediate, and sometimes harsh response to almost anything.

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About Paula

I help other caregivers – both professionals and family caregivers – acknowledge their pain and learn to practice the many small skills of self-care that can sustain them through the challenges of wholeheartedly caring for others.

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Counting on my core…

Usually when I think of the word CORE, I’m focused on core values, those ideals that most clearly represent what matters most in life, the things that drive …

Read More →
Two jars filled with rocks.
Simple Self-Care Strategies

Managing the Big Rocks

If you’ve been a fan of Steven Covey’s writing (as I’ve been for several decades now) you’re familiar with the useful constructs he leans on ...
Read More →
Once in awhile, we all need a break...
Simple Self-Care Strategies

Once in a while, we all need a break. . .

Whether it is a full-fledged vacation or just a quick weekend get-away, we all need to separate ourselves from the day-to-day rhythm of life and ...
Read More →
Small lighted sign that reads in all caps: YOU ARE ENOUGH
Simple Self-Care Strategies

Judgment: Good or Bad?

Today, I’m recycling a blog I created a few years back, maybe because the Monday muse hasn’t been singing as loudly to me as I ...
Read More →
How Can I Help You?

Through Co-Create 4 Life, you will learn a range of well-being strategies from skillfully implementing self-care to holistic approaches to well-being, rebuilding resilience, and battling burnout. Book a free consultation call today to discuss your options.

How Can I Help You?

Through Co-Create 4 Life, you will learn a range of well-being strategies from skillfully implementing self-care to holistic approaches to well-being, rebuilding resilience, and battling burnout. Book a free consultation call today to discuss your options.