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Speak Life – Speak Compliments

This is the second in a six-week challenge series related to speaking life – improving our environment through the thoughts we foster and the words we express. Do you remember the last time someone paid you a genuine compliment?  How did that make you feel? Maybe someone said that they liked your shirt or that you looked very dapper or complimented your driving or applauded a skill that you have.  We all have a similar…

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Speak Life – Challenge Series – Introduction

I have been somewhat lax in my participation on Turning Positive lately (OK, I’ve been largely absent the past few months).  In my defense, it’s been a very busy few months with school, the day job, enjoying time with family, and mostly, I’ve been extremely lazy. Now that I read that, I have no excuse.  However, I have a renewed energy and dedication to focus on the frequency and quality of providing updated content to…

Whack-a-Mole Self-Esteem

Have you ever had one of those weeks or months when it seems nothing goes right? No matter what you do, failure is just around the corner? Nobody seems to care about you until you begin making some improvement and they come running over to push you back down — like a life-sized game of whack-a-mole.. Does this ever describe you? It certainly describes me. I struggle with extremely low self-esteem and subsequent depression. As…

Choosing to be Unhappy

Yesterday was a miserable day.  I woke up determined to have an awful day and did everything in my power to make it so.  I succeeded. Wait a minute?  Did I read that correctly?  I chose to have a miserable day?  Yep, that’s right.  If happiness is a choice, which I firmly believe, unhappiness is also a choice.  Let me be honest though … it wasn’t a miserable day … it just wasn’t one of…