Category: Resolution Chronicles

Resolution Chronicles: the best of 2015

Resolution Chronicles: the best of 2015
Last year I made a New Year’s resolution and made it public here in my blog: I would dedicate my year to learning about and practicing mindfulness. It was a good decision. I set a reasonable goal and I shared it publicly. It was reasonable for me for several reasons. First, it wasn’t too big... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: creating moments I want to be in

Resolution Chronicles: creating moments I want to be in
My daughter gave me a Lush bath bomb for Christmas. She worried that I wouldn’t understand how special it was. It’s the “it” gift among young women. But I felt honored. It’s been ages, more than a year, since I’ve had a hot bath. And that’s odd, because I adore baths. So, on Christmas day,... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: Some days mindfulness fails

Resolution Chronicles: Some days mindfulness fails
Several years ago some friends and I were driving down North Ave in Chicago and I mindlessly repeated the words I saw on the sign in front of me, “Teflon Caskets. Why does anyone need a teflon casket?” A calm voice from the back said, “Teflon Gaskets, Kerri.” Such a small difference between a “C”... Read more »
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Experiencing it in my bones: how mindfulness can sooth cancer anxiety

Experiencing it in my bones: how mindfulness can sooth cancer anxiety
I’ve been participating in the Mindfulness Summit, a project organized and implemented by Melli O’Brien and Matt Dickinson. O’Brien interviews experts ranging from journalists and psychologists to neuroscientists and religious teachers about the concept and practice of mindfulness. Day 7’s featured guest was Rick Hanson, a neuro-psychologist. He had much to say about research on... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: The Mindfulness Summit is helping me live with the menopausal b!%@& inside my head

Resolution Chronicles: The Mindfulness Summit is helping me live with the menopausal b!%@& inside my head
Warning: I indulge my tendency toward profanity in this piece. If you’re offended by profanity, imagine a loud “bleep” every time I say a bad word. I’ve been taking part in the Mindfulness Summit this month and have taken the “mindfulness challenge.” This involves listening to a daily interview and completing a daily goal, such... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: learning to trust my doctor and accept my insurance company

Resolution Chronicles: learning to trust my doctor and accept my insurance company
My insurance company, pharmacy, my doctor and I have to work together to get prescriptions filled. If the system breaks down, I will suffer the consequences. It’s not personal when the system breaks down, but it affects me personally. Last month I had to pay out of pocket for five pills of a prescription because... Read more »
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Resolution Chronicles: celebrating small things

My daughter started her senior year in high school today. She has really never liked school, so the beginning of the end is bittersweet. She’s been celebrating with the mantra, “This is the last time….” Summer vacation is over and the grind is beginning again. She can hardly wait to be finished with high school... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: gratitude for these 7 things

This little girl, this face, this tiara. After she got to the bottom of the slide she said, "Can I do it again?" All you need is a tiara and a little bit of courage. (Thanks to Lori and Janson for sharing their photo and their daughter with me.)
I am by nature a grateful person, but I am also by nature an anxious person. I tend to dwell in the anxiety. Part of my new year’s resolution is to invest in moments that are good, to really enjoy them, to feel the gratitude and to let go of fear of the future. If... Read more »

Resolution Chronicles: what will happen tomorrow?

Resolution Chronicles: what will happen tomorrow?
Tonight is our Blogapalooz-hour. Our community manager gives us a prompt at 9 p.m. and we publish exactly at 10. Here’s the prompt: “Write about your tomorrow. Not figuratively, literally write about anything that you hope, fear, believe, expect — anything — that you may experience tomorrow.” Ok, so here’s the deal. I’m not supposed... Read more »
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Resolution Chronicles: the debt of gratitude

Resolution Chronicles: the debt of gratitude
I owe a debt of gratitude that has been accruing interest for many years. Five years ago when I was participating in a couch to 5K class, I often remembered to complain and to beat myself up. I compared myself to the others in the class and felt burdened by being the slowest. When I... Read more »