Feeling Free

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I am so happy today to have left that job! I am completely focused on what I love doing, creating HandPrints On My Heart and all that entails. This is not work for me but joy and freedom. For today I am feeling happy and much lighter!

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Letting Go Easily

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I addressed all the issues I have with my new boss. Most of all that I feel it’s a position that I am set up to fail in. I know I have tried my best and we agreed that it is just not a good match. No hard feelings. I finished up what I had on my plate and will tie up the loose ends tomorrow. I left him...

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Turning the Tables

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I’m deciding whether the position I have taken is right for me. Last week I saw certain behaviors in my boss that upset me. At first I wanted to quit. After careful consideration I realized that there were still may good things about this job that I do like. So I decided to reframe things and consider...

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Setting Limits

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I need to be sure I set limits for myself and be clear with others what is acceptable for me and what is not. Clear boundaries are good for everyone. When we know where we stand there is more of a chance of expectations to be met and less possibility for disappointment in someone...

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Be Inspired

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I saw a really good movie last night, with Meryl Streep. In it she plays Julia Child and does a truly awesome job. What struck me most about it is how following your passion creates true bliss and unimaginable benefits. More than that it demonstrates firsthand the power one person has to positively impact...

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Staying Cool

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I’ve come a long way in not taking on other people’s stuff; their attitude, their mood or their expectations. It’s not my job to fix anyone. I have a hard enough time monitoring my own attitudes and behaviors. It is my part to read between the lines, and to try and understand where they are coming...

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Learning How to Juggle

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I have a part time job. My boss is an amazing 72 year old man with more energy than anyone I have ever met. He has so many projects going on at the same time that I wonder how he does it all and stays sane. The answer is he has a lot of help… He hires many people on a part-time basis and has them do...

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Taking Breaks

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I create pressure for myself. Yes there are deadlines, and there are many expectations placed on me but it’s up to me to roll with them or take them to heart. I’m learning to recognize when my tension level is rising and allow myself to take breaks; to breathe, take a walk, stretch and just let...

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One Step Is All It Takes

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary This morning I could barely get out of bed. I felt so overwhelmed by all the tasks on my plate. My husband suggested that I just get up and attempt to work on only one. It worked. The fact is while we can multi-task it’s impossible to really focus on more than one thing at a time. When I focused on just...

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Creating New Circles of Friends

Marlene’s Mid-Life Diary I love living in CA but I do miss my friends back east. I’ve made a few new friends but it takes time to really get to know someone and develop a level of trust. Still I am looking forward to expanding my friendship circles. I’ll keep doing what I enjoy and expect that new friends will come into my...

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