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A Simple Path

Simple paths to positive change.

just be you A Simple Path – To Being Me

by Alex Blackwell on

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

After 51 years of trying to be all things to all people, I’m finally learning how to be who I was made to be.…

getting back to the basics A Simple Path – To Getting Back to the Basics

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“When the solution is simple, God is answering.” – Albert Einstein

I’ve been off my game lately. Finishing my book and managing its promotion has been a huge time drain. It has kept me from writing as much as I like, exercising as much as I want, and resting as much as I need.…

journey together A Simple Path – To Finding Safer Roads

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“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” – Matsuo Basho

Mary Beth sat in the passenger seat with a white Google Chromebook perched on her lap scanning the road conditions in Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri while keeping an eye on her smartphone’s Navigation app.…

finding yourself A Simple Path – To Finding You

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“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle

What makes you you?

Maybe it’s the color of your skin, the shape of your nose or the place you call home.

What makes you you?

Maybe it’s who you love, what brings you peace or how you see the world.…

back to school A Simple Path – To Going Back to School

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“Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.” ~ Archimedes

The unofficial end of summer occurred earlier this week. Tuesday night was back-to-school night at Emily’s high school. The evening provided the opportunity for freshmen to learn more about the school before the year begins.…

change your life A Simple Path to Changing Your Life

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“If you wait, all that happens is you get older.” – Larry McMurtry

There is only one truth that leads to positive life change: Nothing changes until you do.

What do you want to change?

Do you want to lose weight, improve a relationship, start a creative project, find a new job or commit to reading more books or watching less television?…

healing A Simple Path – To Healing the Broken Ones

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“All your faults make you more beautiful” ~ Dia Frampton

Emily’s recent three-and-half-hour dance recital had the usual performances. From the four-year-olds wiggling their arms and legs to Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party; to my daughter’s jazz class rocking it to Glam; to the high school students delivering an energetic interpretation of Dream On, the recital had something for everybody.…

turning pages A Simple Path – To Turning Pages

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“The beginning is always today.” ~ Mary Shelley

Like books, our lives can be measured in chapters. Several chapters have already been written in my life: childhood, high school, college and marriage. Other chapters include raising a family, moving to Kansas, starting a blog, and watching my children begin their lives.…

knowing yourself A Simple Path – To Knowing What Is True

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“Knowing yourself is true wisdom.” – Lao Tzu

Every now and then we feel a nudge – a gut feeling so strong that ignoring it isn’t an option.

My gut has been trying to get my attention lately. It possesses a wisdom that is rooted in what I’ve done; what I’m doing and what I’m about to do.…

simple path coping with anxiety A Simple Path – To Coping with Anxiety

by Alex Blackwell on

“The only way out is through.” ~ Robert Frost

A note from Alex: The following is a personal account of my struggle with an anxiety disorder. I’m sharing this so others don’t feel helpless, alone or embarrassed. It’s a real and devastating condition, but there are steps you can to take to overcome it.…