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Homebody Takes Leap, Finds a New Home!

By Patricia C. Brooks | Feb 20, 2018

I’m amazed! I have been in Perpignan, France and in this new apartment for close to a month now and I don’t feel the least bit homesick.  Have France and my new place become “home” for me already? I’ve considered myself a homebody all my life. Someone who didn’t venture far from home and when…

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Are Resisting and Forcing Action Holding You Back?

By Patricia C. Brooks | Feb 19, 2018

“I should absolutely go.” I tell myself, logically. “The more people I meet here in France the better.”  I awoke this morning feeling disinclined, however, to go to a meeting I have been attending regularly.  The people are nice, there is often value in the lecture, but I don’t get a good energetic sense from the…

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Gratitude, Guidance, and a Girlfriend’s Grace

By Patricia C. Brooks | Feb 17, 2018

Now I lay me down to sleep.  I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. As I write those words I’m instantly taken back to…

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Regaining Balance

By Patricia C. Brooks | Feb 10, 2018

“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.”  -Einstein Yesterday, I started to feel a bit off balance.  I’ve been in France for two weeks  now and some fears and self-doubt are creeping back in.  One huge reason I’m feeling this way is because in moving to France, I’ve…

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Be Careful What You Wish For!

By Patricia C. Brooks | Feb 8, 2018

Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it! Well, now I have gotten what I’ve been praying for over the last two years, “Now what?” This is the question that fills my mind as I’m lying in bed, trying to drift off to sleep, anxious because I’ve changed my life completely by…

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Do Your Own Thing! Commit to Your Own Dreams!

By Patricia C. Brooks | Jan 30, 2018

“And this is Patricia.  She does her own thing.”  This is how I was introduced recently by my friend, Smiley.  Some people might be offended by this characterization, but it made me smile both inside and out.  What this description means to me is that I am seen by some as living according to my…

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Turn your Dreams into Reality!

By Patricia C. Brooks | Jan 28, 2018

Two and a half years ago the idea of moving to France found me.  This dream filled my spirit, compelling me to go after it and attain it.  This goal was meaningful to me.  I saw myself becoming fluent in French, making new friends, experiencing a new culture, and expanding my perspectives in unimaginable ways. Three…

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Make Your Means an End and Enjoy Your Journey!

By Patricia C. Brooks | Dec 29, 2017

If you want the end you’ve got to also want the means.  If you can’t see or don’t know what the end is then going through the means can seem senseless, futile, or unnecessary.  This is why it’s so important to set a meaningful goal to anchor you and give you strength as you traverse…

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Are Rules Running Your Life?

By Patricia C. Brooks | Nov 29, 2017

Principles guide us by motivating us internally to do what seems to be appropriate for each situation.  Rules compel us to do what we are told is right regardless of the situation. Principles are internal and guide us, often subtly, from within.  Rules are external and force us to follow a certain path.  In general,…

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