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How to Help Someone Feel Loved and Understood | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In

How to Help Someone Feel Loved and Understood | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
When someone listens to you well, it makes you feel accepted, understood, important, valued and validated. It reminds you that you are not invisible or alone.
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What is your Girlfriend Voice whispering to you?

What is your Girlfriend Voice whispering to you? | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it

Happy New Year!  This is a new year, full of promise and possibility.  I look forward to continued self-growth and new friendships.  I especially look forward to building the Girlfriend Voice community.

 

What is your Girlfriend Voice whispering to you? 

 

From the heart,

CaraW

 

 

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This Makes People Happier Than Being Wealthy

This Makes People Happier Than Being Wealthy | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Cue Aretha: A little R-E-S-P-E-C-T trumps cold hard cash when it comes to being happy.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Interview in O Magazine - Oprah.com

Maggie Gyllenhaal Interview in O Magazine - Oprah.com | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
The actress, catch her in the new film Hysteria, describes how she started trusting her own instincts.
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A new blog post by yours truly! "Today is Your Only Guarantee"

A new blog post by yours truly!  "Today is Your Only Guarantee" | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
I was reminded this week of the way life moves at a pace all its own whether you are ready for it or not. One of my favorite people in my Friday reading group was absent for the last two weeks.  I...
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Seize the day self-improvement style!

Seize the day self-improvement style! | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it

Always go to bed as a better man than the guy you were when you woke up this morning. Always. ALWAYS!

This is simple. Don’t compare yourself to others for they are simply no benchmark. They l...

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A new blog post by CaraW for My Girlfriend Voice: TGIF = Thank Goodness I’m Fabulous

A new blog post by CaraW for My Girlfriend Voice:  TGIF = Thank Goodness I’m Fabulous | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
On Friday’s, I volunteer with a day care program designed for people with early stage Alzheimer’s.  I have the good fortune of selecting material for a reading and discussion hour.  Today we ...
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DailyGood: When Nothing Works, by Peter Bregman

DailyGood: When Nothing Works, by Peter Bregman | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
I'd had tendinitis in my elbow for over a year. Even something as gentle as twisting a doorknob made me wince in pain. I went to see my brother, Bertie, who also happens to be my doctor.
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If You Really Pay Attention by Paula Underwood (originally posted 9/09 on ijourney.org)

If You Really Pay Attention by Paula Underwood (originally posted 9/09 on ijourney.org) | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it

If You Really Pay Attention

--by Paula Underwood (Sep 21, 2009)

 

When I was a little bitty kiddy, about five, my Dad began a process … anytime somebody came and said something to us, my dad would say, "You remember what he said, honey girl?” I would tell my father what the person said until I got so good at it that I could repeat verbatim even long presentations of what the person had said.

And he did this all the time.

Finally, one day there was this old gentleman, Richard Thompson. I still remember his name, he lived across the street. And every time my Dad started to mow the lawn, there came Mr. Thompson. And so I would stand out there.

Dad says, “You might come and listen to this man, honey girl. He’s pretty interesting.” And so I listened to him, and then my dad would say, “What did you hear him say?” And I would tell him.

Well, eventually I was repeating all the stories he liked to share with my dad verbatim. I knew them all by heart.

And my Dad says, “You’re getting pretty good at that. But did you hear his heart?" And I thought, what? So I went around for days with my ear to people's chest trying to hear their hearts.

Finally my Dad created another learning situation for me by asking my mother to read an article from the newspaper. He says “Well, I guess if you want to understand that article, you have to read between the lines."

I thought, "Oh, read between the lines. Hear between the words."

So the next time I listened to Mr. Thompson’s stories, I tried to listen between the words. My Dad said, “I know you know his story, but did you hear his heart?” And I said, "Yes. He is very lonely and comes and shares his memories with you again and again because he’s asking you to keep him company in his memories."

It just came out of me. In other words, my heart echoed his heart.

And when you can listen at that level, then you can hear not only the people. If you really pay attention, you can hear what the Universe is saying.

--Paula Underwood, clan mother of the Turtle clan, Iroquois nation

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daily inspiration: View yout Horizon

daily inspiration: View yout Horizon | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
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The Four Myths of Self Compassion | The BridgeMaker

The Four Myths of Self Compassion | The BridgeMaker | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
We are conditioned to put the other person ahead of ourselves, sometimes to the detriment of our own ability to be kind to ourselves. Why is this?
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» It’s Not What You Have But How You See it: How to Live With Contentment - Adventures in Positive Psychology

» It’s Not What You Have But How You See it: How to Live With Contentment - Adventures in Positive Psychology | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed that the more you have the more you want? Let's face it. Seeing our life as good enough doesn't come naturally for many people any longer.
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Learn to trust your instinct, and your creative empathy. Don’t over-rehearse your daily routine, or you’ll find you get bored with it.

Learn to trust your instinct, and your creative empathy. Don’t over-rehearse your daily routine, or you’ll find you get bored with it. | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
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The Grass-is-Greener

The Grass-is-Greener | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Two Zen monks sitting side by side. The older wiser one, says to the younger monk, who has a look of dismay on his face, “Nothing happens next. This is it.”...
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…because of chalk

…because of chalk | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
one of my closest friends from wyoming came to visit me this weekend in new york city.  i was not only thrilled to show her around the amazing city, but i was also excited just to be able to spend ...
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Four Simple Ways to Create More and Worry Less

Four Simple Ways to Create More and Worry Less | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Sometimes creative angst gets the better of us. How often do you find yourself thinking “I don’t have enough time,” or “My work’s not good enough,” or “I’ll never reach my creative ...
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Seriously, Don’t Blame ‘Em, Train ‘Em!

Seriously, Don’t Blame ‘Em, Train ‘Em! | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it

The blame game?  read on....

 

 

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A dear friend passed this along to me. I am reminded that the past doesn't prevent an amazing future!

A dear friend passed this along to me.  I am reminded that the past doesn't prevent an amazing future! | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it

Moving forward is a process in life that many people loathe because moving forward is a time that requires one to make changes. Being able to move forward in life is a true test of a person's maturity level, and a true test of the confidence that they have within themselves. In order to succeed in the accomplishment of the dreams and goals that we have in our hearts we must be able to not only look forward, but also have the capacity to move forward as well. We must resist looking back, and trying to relive the past, because our past can only be lived but once, and the mistakes that we made in it can not be redone. We can choose to make wiser decisions, and learn from the experiences that we went through in order to become the best person possible in moving forward in our lives.     (happily borrrowed for reprint from SearchQuotes.com; photo from myvoiceblogspot)

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How to Use Your Creative Visualization | The BridgeMaker

How to Use Your Creative Visualization | The BridgeMaker | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your own life. Believe it or not, you are using it every day.
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A New Blog Post by Caraw for My Girlfriend Voice: If You Are Struggling….

A New Blog Post by Caraw for My Girlfriend Voice:  If You Are Struggling…. | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
For most of my adult life I did not want anyone to know that things weren’t rosy behind the white picket fence.  I thought if I admitted my struggle, it was a negative reflection on my character...
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9 Reasons Why You Should No Longer Care About People's Approval

9 Reasons Why You Should No Longer Care About People's Approval | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
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A New Blog Post by CaraW for My Girlfriend Voice: The Doorway

A New Blog Post by CaraW for My Girlfriend Voice:  The Doorway | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
In my old house, there was a piece of duct tape covering a hole in the cracked glass window of the front door.  I thought I was quite clever to tape up the draft but five years later, YES FIVE, I ...
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the power of choice (repost)…

the power of choice. your greatest gift. choose your state of mind. choose your existence. choose your creation. choose everything. it’s your greatest gift. choose well. your life boils down ...
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Are Things Happening For You or Against You? | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In

Are Things Happening For You or Against You? | Tiny Buddha: Wisdom Quotes, Letting Go, Letting Happiness In | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Whether you want to become a victor, or you want to become a victim, it’s entirely up to your perception, and it is in your control.
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A New Blog Post from CaraW for My Girlfriend Voice: Living in Alignment (plus a free PSA for NON-frequent flyers)

A New Blog Post from CaraW for My Girlfriend Voice:  Living in Alignment (plus a free PSA for NON-frequent flyers) | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
For the last two weeks, the word ALIGNMENT has been on my mind.  Perhaps this is a good thing since I am on a ten day business trip—the “Cara –Palooza”—jaunting across the country, meeti...
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Day (161) – Courage II

Day (161) – Courage II | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
I don’t know if people play the music while they are reading, so I just wanted to give you a short little insight into why its there before I even start talking about what I wanted to for tod...
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The Happiness Project: "People Are Happier When They're Adding Positive Energy To Their Networks."

The Happiness Project: "People Are Happier When They're Adding Positive Energy To Their Networks." | Girlfriend Voice | Scoop.it
Happiness interview: Reid Hoffman. Years ago, when I was just starting to blog, one of the first people I met from blogland was Ben Casnocha, who wrote a great blog about entrepreneurship, books, and ideas, and who was still in...
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