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I’m In a Hurry

On one of my recent daily walks, I finished an audio book I’d been listening to before completing my route home. I decided a little upbeat music might help me finish and so I touched the audio player screen to launch my Top 25 Most Played playlist. I hadn’t listened to these songs in awhile […]

Controlling the Uncontrollable

I know the title of this post is misleading. Things are rightly called “uncontrollable” simply because they cannot be controlled. We all have things like this in our lives— the weather, health issues, the behavior of other people and aging to name a few. I often speak about controlling the things we can control and […]

Winning the Lottery

Years ago our family of four had piled into the minivan and was heading home from a great vacation in the Florida Keys. We had driven for a few hours and decided that our two young daughters could use a break (meaning they were getting antsy and our patience was running low), so we stopped […]

Grateful for the Little Things

I had the most wonderful experience yesterday. No, it was not a trip to Paris or a standing ovation after a speech, or even my favorite wonderful experience—a kind word from a friend or stranger. Nope, none of those. My wonderful experience started with a plastic newspaper bag and ended with clean, shiny hair. Let […]

Hakuna Matata

I work very hard in my life to live in the present moment and find joy and happiness there. However, there are some things, especially the prospect of surgery, that drag my thoughts kicking and screaming out of the present and into the future. I have wrist and elbow surgery scheduled for May 26th to […]

Partners in Healing

Not long ago, I received a phone call from a new doctor who came to me on referral. My husband often jokes that, for my doctors, accepting a referral to be a part of my medical team is not really a bonus! But this nice woman physician was one of those lucky (or unlucky) enough […]

The Shame Game

Years ago, I sat in a yoga workshop and, as is common practice, the instructor went around the room asking the participants if we had any health concerns that she should be aware of or issues that we would like to work on. When it was my turn, I shared that I have lupus and […]

Living in the Present

I’m a big fan of Gretchen Rubin and her book, The Happiness Project. While waiting for my nails to dry one day (something I’m never very patient about), I pulled out my smartphone and visited her website. There I found a description of her 12 Personal Commandments, which are basically her core values. Since only […]

The Healing Power of Nature

If we are friends on Facebook (cindyconey) or you have liked my public page (Cindyconeyfla), you have seen many, many sunrise pictures posted. I just can’t help myself. In our new home, I am fortunate enough to get to walk along Old Tampa Bay each morning. There is just something incredibly magical about the early […]

A Victor, Not a Victim

I heard the word victim on a television show my husband and I were watching the other night and it got me thinking about the powerlessness the word implies. One online dictionary defines victim as, “someone or something killed, destroyed, injured, oppressed, or otherwise harmed by, or suffering from, some act, condition, or circumstance: