We all hate it when we are working towards a goal and we see the sweat of our hard work oozing down the side of our face? There are times when this boulder of challenge seems to take the very wind out of us. This boulder can also cause such exertion that we forget that we can put a plank right ...

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I was surprised today by what took place this morning! Normally I go to the Gym and participate in a group fitness class, but the rain kept me inside. I almost did not work out due to the weather, but I knew I had pent up energy to release from the daily rigors of life.

Interestingly, my work out ...

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By nature I am someone who loves to be solemn in my time of introspection.  I have always been this way.  Honestly if I could build everything on my own I would. This determined spirit is good but does not always work for the best of us.  I remember a woman who wanted to attend one of my empowerm...

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In my forthcoming book, Tomorrow Can’t Wait,  there are a few chapters that deal with the challenge of fear. Some people fear success while others fear failure.  Truly I do not believe we were created this way. When I taught at a daycare many years ago I can recall this tenacious ability that ...

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Hello Everyone:

I love Saturday because of the chance to unwind and peak at the lush environment that surrounds me. The birds are chirping and the sun is causing my eyes to squint.  Simple is better.  I glare at the same tree everyday and marvel at how firm the bark is planted. Some plants bloom ...

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Book Pre-Launch: Why Tomorrow Can’t Wait
Dr. Allana Da Graca

I began writing my latest self-help book Tomorrow Can’t Wait two years ago.  I remember this vividly as I was at a place of introspection.  I thought of all of the that people would say, “You have completed so much in your life and...

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We have all had moments in our lives when something shakes our core. This can be indicative of hearing negative news, receiving a diagnosis, failing at a particular goal and more. In the moment of a shift in our experience we have a decision to buy into the emotions of either trigger. For example, o...

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                When I taught in the traditional classroom I would save ten minutes of class time for an activity I called “Current Perspectives.” Surprisingly, students would arrive to my classroom twenty minutes early to debate hot topics. These topics ranged from themes about relation...

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It really hurts my heart that thousands of our students are in a place where bullying is a norm.  Bullying is the foundation of unexpressed pain.  With that said, we can easily look at the patterns of human behavior to find that the experiences of childhood has a strong impact on the way we percei...

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I purchased a French language CD to become fluent over night. I played my CD’s in the car, while completing chores and running errands. . I would be happy if I understood my husband speaking and I was able to catch some of his words. The Audio CD experience has been great, but U got tired of tryin...

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I love working out but every now and then I may find myself in a sluggish mode. I sit on the couch and rationalize all the reasons I should not go. I tell myself I can do exactly the same movements I would do at the gym in my living room. Unfortunately, every professional trainer knows that complace...

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The first day of my communication course at a 2-yr college would begin with my instructor introduction. Educators know that the foundation of a good course is to establish rapport with students at the onset. I observe the urban students who display a look of determination towards reaching academic g...

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Hypothetical Jane who goes to work is asked “How are you doing today?” Hypothetical Jane may respond by saying that she is doing fine. Unfortunately, she goes about her day complaining to herself about how much she cannot stand her job. She begins to look at the clock throughout the day to see h...

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Aujourd’hui, je visite le groupe de conversation française. Le groupe dispose d’une rencontre avec les étudiants. Langue française ce n’est pas facil. J’éprouve un petit problème avec l’accent.

Today I had the pleasure of attending a conversation group for French learning. It was fun...

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Anything is possible, but how many individuals understand the power of this word? Merriam Dictionary defines this as the ability for something to exist. The idea that something has a potential promise is something we can look to when we may fear not reaching certain goals in life. We can look at a s...

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