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What I’ve Learned In Five Years

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Five years ago, July 2012, I retired from the police department. I couldn’t walk out the door fast enough! I was eager to say goodbye to police work, and start my next adventure even though I had no idea what that would be. I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned over the past five years, and wanted to share some …

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Finding Balance

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already March; whew, time has flown by since my last blog post. Sometimes life gets in the way, and things like writing my blog get pushed to the back burner.   I moved a few months ago and had to get comfortable in a new living space. I’m a person who likes routine, and …

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Taking a Risk

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When I talk with people about transition and making changes in their lives, I can sometimes feel people’s body clench, and they want to suddenly change the subject. Why is taking a risk so darn frightening?   Taking a risk can be anything from changing your job, ending your marriage, retiring, to changing what brand of toothpaste you use. There …

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Time for Reflection

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This past week felt especially significant to me, as it marks a year since I moved to the San Francisco area. I was driving out of the city one day after a meeting, and as I crossed the Bay Bridge, taking it all in – the cars, the noise, the tall buildings, and the urban beauty of the bridge itself …

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How To Change Your Reactions To Life

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When I meet someone new, and we usually end up talking about what we do for a living; and when I tell them that I’m a yoga and meditation instructor and a retired police officer, the look on their face is usually shock.  Supposedly, I don’t “look” like a cop.  Then the question I usually get is about how I …

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What Kind of Legacy Will You Leave?

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I hear all the time about the importance of the legacy we leave our children; what are we teaching them, and whether our children know where we came from and the hardships and triumphs we’ve experienced during our life. Why does it matter?   I recently went home for my father’s 80th birthday party. His birthday was actually in March, …

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Why We Resist Change

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Change is inevitable, we’ve probably all heard that phrase. Yet when faced with adversity, we put up a fight.   I know people who are perfectly okay to move three times in eight months, and others who haven’t left a five-mile radius in 60 years. There are those that will stay in a job they loathe rather than put themselves …