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Move Toward What you Want

I've experienced two situations recently that exemplify the need for us to focus on and move toward what we want instead of what we don't want.

Situation #1:  Our family is packed to go skiing.  All members are ready except our daughter who has decided that she doesn ...

Published: Apr 28, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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I Just Need You Now...

Congratulations Lady Antebellum for winning song of the year at the Grammy Awards this week.

I thought I'd have some fun dissecting the song since I know that the lyrics we listen to impact us in the same manner as positive self talk or negative self talk.  If you ...

Published: Feb 17, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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One for One and Everyone Wins

So I've been pretty lax lately about the standards WE have had for my son's room... it went a long time without a good cleaning / re-organization.  Actually now that I'm reflecting on the meaning of those words it was more like "a pick up" was all that ...

Published: Jan 26, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Teen Trash

I was waiting for my family to finish shopping in a store when two teen girls and their father came out of a fast food restaurant.  They piled into a truck and right before they drove away, right in front of me, a girl put down a drink container on ...

Published: Jan 17, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Perfect Storm

Last night was interesting...

Here were the makings of my perfect storm...

Daughter and Homework:  My daughter had several projects/assignments from school that were due today.  Easy written work that just required her attention and persistence.

Son and Homework: My son had two easy math assignments due today which ...

Published: Jan 14, 2011 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Lost and Found

I misplaced a small notebook that I carry around with me because that is where I keep all of my to do lists. So you can imagine how "lost" I was without it.  And since I carry it around with me all the time, it couldn't have gotten far ...

Published: Nov 30, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Our Perception of Time

So in the last couple of days people have forwarded me information related to our perception of time and how that could affect not only our personal wellbeing... but also interpersonal wellbeing.

Check these two links out...

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/10/23/perception-of-time-can-increase-stress/20072.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium ...

Published: Oct 26, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Sitting with Discomfort

I'm reading a book by Pema Chodron, a Buddhist practitioner and author of many books including this book, "The Places that Scare You".  She says when we're stimulated and have a strong emotional reaction we should sit with the discomfort, dropping both the story lines and the story ...

Published: Oct 25, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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No is an Interesting Word

Last night, I told the kids, "Time for bed!" and both got that grouchy, pouty look on their faces... and said, "No!" 

Realizing I could go head to head with them... for me that means that I get into some sort of word battle using a mix of demands and ...

Published: Oct 24, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Lice Treatment Ongoing

So... just to keep you updated...

This blog is mainly to record my efforts to apply SYB concepts, principles and tools to challenges in my own life.

So... We're still treating for headlice... it has been at least a month since I originally blogged about this challenge. 

It seems ...

Published: Oct 13, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Son Spills Cereal This Morning

My little guy was eating his cereal... the bus was to arrive at any moment so I put his jacket hood over his head so he could put it on between bites.  I left the room but heard some commotion and his squeals of frustration as apparently he hit his ...

Published: Oct 12, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Blood on My Hands

Ok... this one is kind of gross, but something interesting happened...

Many of you know that I'm testing a new life management system for SYB and one aspect of it is nutrition management.  I've decided to do one recipe a day for snack or dinner.  A recipe my ...

Published: Oct 11, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Pet Hitting

So, I was walking today and ran into a man and his dog outside their place.  The dog came over and barked a couple of times and looked like he wanted me to pet him.  However, I didn't think that was a good idea for some reason and I ...

Published: Oct 10, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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TV Died... and it's Wonderful!

Our Huge TV died the other day and it has been wonderful!  We don't have cable because we didn't want the TV on all the time anyway and we didn't want to be bombarded by advertising or even all the doom and gloom of the news channels ...

Published: Oct 08, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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Annoying Cat Disrupting Sleep Cycle

We have 2 cats... two 20 lb cats...

They are on diets... restrictions with the amounts and times that we feed them so that they'll be healthier. 

The problem is that they get hungry at times in between meals... sound familiar?

One cat's sleep/eat cycle is totally ...

Published: Oct 07, 2010 by Jodi Harvey (Santa Cruz, CA)

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