Happiness Within Reach

What makes you happy? And is it within reach? Who is the happier person:  The ambitious person who reaches higher and higher but remains restless, so happiness is never quite in full grasp. Or the placid person who reaches out and not up, and embraces what is around him and seeks nothing more? Which one are you? Or are you a combination? My Dad always told me to aim high and then higher. I was programmed to be a success from an early age, to move out of my small town and show everyone who I could be. And I did it in

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Celebrate Your Independence

I am celebrating my “independence” this Independence Day Weekend, and you should do the same.  Independence Day is one of my all time favorite holidays, even more than  Thanksgiving. Why? Because, while I love giving thanks for the good things and the good people in my life at the end of the year, I love celebrating my brand of independence at the most beautiful time of the year- Summer. “Independence” defined by Webster’s Dictionary translates to the state of being self-sufficient or self reliant.  The opposite is being “dependent.” Now, one year after completing cancer treatment, depending on doctors’ opinions and decisions for my well-being, and

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Set Your “Pride” Aside

Yesterday a group of us were talking about how hard it can be to bounce back after a setback. Comebacks and reinventions are all possible, but it can take a lot of soul searching and time. I said to those around me: “Sometimes you just have to set aside your pride to move forward.” A setback, whether a personal setback, a business setback or a combination of both, can put you into either an emotional tailspin or an emotional paralysis. Suddenly you may no longer be in the driver’s seat. Factors you cannot control are running and, in your mind, ruining your life. A health setback

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My Father’s Daughter

I just passed my second Father’s Day without my Dad. He died November 2, 2009 after facing down prostate cancer and then renal failure. Sadly, I was not at his side when he passed away peacefully in his sleep before dawn. I had just completed my second breast cancer surgery within six weeks and was still in New York with a drain attached to the left side of my body. I adored my father. We had a dual relationship:  father-daughter and business advisor-business woman. Way too frequently the two relationships collided  On one phone call we would discuss a tax issue, payroll or another business matter; the next he would

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Thanks For The Mammaries!

I recently read that breast augmentation is the number one cosmetic procedure for women. It’s not covered by insurance and it’s pretty painful. But everywhere I go I see more “custom breasts.” Now that I have new ones myself, I find myself staring at others. I guess in a weird way I am lucky. Starlets, show girls, strippers and simply average women who want to feel enhanced have to pay handsomely out of pocket for new breasts. I had to pay for my new breasts by giving up my old ones. As nice as they were on the outside they were a mess on

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