A few months back, I, like many authors, became very disenchanted with the constraints of publishing on Medium as a member, & as part of several publications.

Fast forward to spring 2021. During the pandemic, I have reconnected with a colleague I enjoyed working with, in the hospitality industry. We hadn’t spoken to each other in ages, but like many people, we were surfing the internet more than usual.

Lo & behold, we’ve both ended up in the Lifestyle Wellness forum. He, as a Certified nutritionist, fitness expert & lots more pertaining to health & happiness. And me, well, I…


Hope To See Other Authors Soon-Elsewhere

I have been a member for several years. It has never been about generating income, although that would have been nice.

It’s always been about the sheer enjoyment I find in all forms of communication. I love to write, sing, dance, photograph, design, coach,& share information that might inform & inspire people.

As a lifelong nomad & eccentric, in every sense of the words, I must admit that submitting to anyone else’s set of rules makes me bristle. …


Especially Now

Aimee Dolich

Life is a challenge even in good times. When things get sticky & a bit tougher, I always come back to something simple, free & extremely helpful.

Just breathing deeply for a few minutes, & trying not to think about anything else, can be amazingly refreshing & beneficial.

Most people don’t breathe deeply enough. Especially when stressed, we tend to gulp air in a shallow fashion, barely filling the upper chest.

The next time you feel panicked or anxious, or even just tired & spent, try this simple exercise.

Breathe in slowly for 4–8 seconds. Wherever you’re comfortable beginning.

Hold…


Why They Matter-How They Can Help

We’ve come to understand & appreciate how vital it is to mark & celebrate the milestones that matter to us. From birthdays & graduations to anniversaries & holidays, acknowledging events that are important to us is the very hallmark of feeling accomplished & grateful.

Harnessing the same concept is a great tool in your kit as you create new habits & routines, transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. …


Something To Soothe

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We’ve all got something to be angry about. Definitely things to complain about. But somehow, it’s in these moments that the spirit of Rocky comes to mind.

No doubt because I am an ex-Philly girl, but it’s a way of responding to challenges that’s inspired everyone the world over. A way of facing insurmountable difficulties with optimism, resolve, & the commitment to do what we must.

Of course we have to handle our responsibilities, both personal & civic, but even more importantly, we need to draw upon that invincible spirit of Rocky that motivates our better angels. That kickstarts our…


Something So Small

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April 6, 2021 · Tales,Lifestyle,Inspiration

Well, here I am. Yet again-relocated. Each time I’ve done this, whether city to city or continent to continent, I’ve taken less & less with me.

A question of emotionally letting go coupled with a practical sense of logistics.

There’ve always been a few non-negotiables that travelled with me no matter what. My seashell jar, collected during myriad travels over decades. My photo album, to keep people I love close by, if only figuratively. The necessary clothes & toiletries.

And, of course, my pooch du jour. Remy, Serena & now-Mica.

When circumstances upended my life…


Mood For Thought

Today, I left the house with Mica for a nice, long walk. We both needed the outing, he on 4 legs, me on 2. It had been an annoying morning. He was a bit itchy with allergies, & I was a bit agitated with current events.

We both know from our 12 years together, that walking about in nature always resets everything. So we set out to comb the trails along the water to try & change the tone of the day.

As Mica chased ducks & squirrels, I noticed out of the corner of my eye-2…


But Some Things Bear Repeating

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There are too many images, graphics, quotes & memes to count on the subject of what it takes to get where you want to go.

This meme is one of my favorites. It’s a little less preachy, & a bit more revealing about the connections involved.

Whenever I have achieved something important to me, or impressive to others, I’ve heard people say “wow-you’re lucky.”

If I’m in a good mood-it makes me laugh. If I’m not, it annoys me.

I’ve written on the odd mix in life of luck, choices, destiny & such. But no matter what the combinations are…


So You Can Begin Again

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Life is hard. Even when it’s terrific. It’s a constant dance of knowing where & when to put your foot next.

I’ve never understood, & will ask the gods one day, why our first instinct is always to hunker down & hold on? Even when we’re in pain. Even when we know it’s clearly not working.

I always imagine it as what happens when most of us fall on water skies. Logically, we should let go immediately. But inevitably, almost everyone holds on for dear life. Gulping water, scared & disoriented.

Learning how to embrace-even celebrate the end of something…


Capture Your Joy

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If I had a penny for every person who asked me why I still sing, dance & write, I’d be unbelievably wealthy. Somehow, in our modern society, we have come to equate money as the only measure of success. If someone hasn’t made millions from whatever creative pursuit they’ve been involved in, the suggestion is they should give it up because they didn’t “make it”.

The concept of success is defined differently, depending on who’s defining. Isn’t is short-sighted & silly to think we are not successful when singing beautifully, or writing powerfully, simply because we weren’t paid a fortune…

Concierge Jo-Anna~Communications Connector

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