Dear Me: Cringe Worthy Moments

Posted on October 28, 2012 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

“The challenge of life is to be awake in your life and constantly participate in your life.” Susan Sarandon Most mornings my husband reads Dear Abby as he goes through the morning newspaper. He often says, “Babe, you have to read this one; it’s good.” Usually that means one of two things. 1. Someone has…

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Schedule Your Happiness

Posted on October 2, 2012 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

“Learn to value yourself, which means to fight for your happiness.” Ayn Rand I think there’s an aspect to happiness that doesn’t get enough of our focus. It’s being in the state of happy anticipation of an activity, event, moment or day that’s around the corner. Looking forward to something is a huge contributor to…

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A Simple Relationship Test

Posted on August 15, 2012 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

“You can never love anyone to your own detriment. That is not love, that is possession, control, fear, or a combination of them all.” – Iyanla Vanzant For most of my 20s and a good chunk of my 30s, I had a unique skill. I was particularly gifted at finding men to date who were…

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Put Worry Less on Your To Do List

Posted on August 6, 2012 in Fulfillment, Happiness, Self Improvement by Sandra Bienkowski

I interviewed Wayne Dyer a few years ago and he said something that stuck with me. “Worry is the most useless of emotions.” I jotted it down in my notebook and made a mental note to think about it later. Worry? Useless? So we should aspire to get rid of worry? Worry was one of…

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The Lost Art of Conversation

Posted on July 17, 2012 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

I’ve committed a few conversational etiquette crimes in my 40 plus years. In high school, I would survey about six friends to validate my own opinions. I’ve always had a tendency to analyze things to death, and through the years, friends and family had to listen … a lot. Then there was that period of…

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Sentences I Hate to Hear

Posted on July 10, 2012 in Fulfillment, Self Improvement by Sandra Bienkowski

I consider myself quite chill. I smile a lot. I roll with things. You will never find me screaming at a gate agent in an airport … or screaming at anyone for that matter. My husband takes longer to order at a restaurant than I do. I know what my opinions are, but I don’t…

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Embracing Imperfection

Posted on July 1, 2012 in Fulfillment, Happiness, Self Improvement by Sandra Bienkowski

“Will you make the choices to enhance your spirit or those that drain your power?” –Caroline Myss I was never cut out to be a perfectionist. I leave rejected outfits on my closet floor in my frustration to figure out what to wear. I make a mess when I cook. I trip over my own…

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What School Didn’t Teach You

Posted on June 16, 2012 in Fulfillment, Self Improvement by Sandra Bienkowski

I have more than 30 journals piled into an old trunk. I’ve been writing in journals since I was 10. I started with tiny diaries with a lock and key, and moved on to hardbound journals. The words never stopped flowing. If a teacher said we were going to have an essay test, I was…

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Open Up Your Eyes

Posted on June 10, 2012 in Fulfillment, Gratitude, Happiness, Relationships by Sandra Bienkowski

Someone complained to me once that there is nothing to do in Dallas. Hmmm … the sprawling, metropolis that is Dallas, without a thing to do? And then it hit me, the quote I learned years before, “Geography changes nothing.” Wherever you go, your attitude goes with you. You can’t move away from you. Either…

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Get Real

Posted on May 31, 2012 in Fun by Sandra Bienkowski

“I went out with a guy who once told me I didn’t need to drink to make myself more fun to be around. I told him, I’m drinking so that you’re more fun to be around.” –Chelsea Handler My favorite people are blunt. I worked with a sales rep once who told me, “You are…

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