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Living On Purpose

In this blog Elaine Taylor-Klaus shares her musings on purposeful parenting, partnering and living. Read, enjoy, and comment ...


Sunday
Jul252010

Did I do the right thing to tell my mom about a friend with bulimia?

I believe in doing what is ‘right’ (though not necessarily what is expected), and like any self-respecting youngest child, I’m passionate about what is ‘fair.' That decision can mean - even as a teenager - breaking the cardinal rule of teenagers ...

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Monday
Jul192010

Stand Up and Be Seen

It was a big night for my family. My parents received the “Living Legends” award from Planned Parenthood of the Southeast, an organization they’ve supported since my birth (I try not to take that personally). Atlanta’s current and former Mayors were there, many legislators, generous philanthropists and those with very little means –- more than 450 friends and supporters. It was a magical evening.

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Sunday
Jul042010

Is it a family trip or a vacation?

A family trip is not a vacation. As summer moves into full swing, it may help to be very clear about this matter ...

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Sunday
Jun202010

7 Daily Habits of Highly Effective Relationships

Intimacy can be (re-) created with deliberation. All too often, over time, the complexities of our lives interfere with our relationships. Here are seven simple changes you can try to re-connect to the person you share your life with.

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Monday
Jun142010

Are your primary relationships more like a battle or a car ride?

Recently, my husband and I were in an out-of-sync phase. I was “dealing with some stuff in my life,” and then he was “dealing with some stuff” in his. Even though it wasn’t intentional, both of us started to slowly raise our shields.

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Sunday
May232010

A new personal mantra: "Up Until Now"

I realized that real change happens when we shift our perspective to adopt as our personal mantra: Up Until Now.

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Thursday
May062010

Responsibility at a Corporate Level in Action

British Petroleum has gained my respect, my support and my business because they are taking responsibility for their mistake and its impact.

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Sunday
Apr252010

Saying "good-bye" to your Gremlins (aka "life's saboteurs")

No, I’m not talking about a furry little creature who screams “bright light” and should never eat past midnight. In the coaching world, Gremlins, also known as saboteurs for the more sophisticated set, feature prominently.

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Sunday
Apr112010

It's all in the Timing

The most precious commodity in my life, by far, is Time. Time, after all, is all I've got. And if you think about it, it's all you have, too ...

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Sunday
Mar282010

A New Car Brings A New Perspective

I recently said goodbye to my big, gray minivan and bought myself a sleek, new hybrid. It was due time I retired the van. Each time I looked behind me to back up, it seemed like a football field stretched between my rear window and me. All of the empty space drove me crazy. The terrible gas mileage made me resent the van even more. And oh, the trash that could accumulate.

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Monday
Mar152010

Why Can't I Put Myself To Bed?

Getting enough sleep ... We all know we need it. So why is it so hard to do?

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Sunday
Feb282010

Ending conflict: What's the right move to make first?

My 9-year-old son’s moods are always at a simmer. And when you add 6:45 a.m. and his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to the mix, the pot can escalate to rapid boil in an instant.

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Sunday
Feb142010

Bringing Vacation Back to Your Life

I am sitting in the shade of a hundred-year-old tree, over-looking the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out through the fog. The wind is steady and sure, the weather unseasonably warm.

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Sunday
Feb072010

Life Coaching: Being in love is so damn vulnerable.

"To be truly in love, I run the risk of losing myself... Not a very feminist admission but I think it's the nature of the beast." In this piece I struggle with the vulnerability of being in love and staying true to myself. Join me in a heartfelt look at this constant game of tug of war.

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Sunday
Jan172010

My daughter cried. And you know what I did? I stayed.

It was all I could do not to smile at the sweetness of my 12-year-old daughter’s innocence. She was in tears, and I knew they were as genuine and heartfelt as any I had witnessed. They were the tears of her childhood giving way to her adolescence, as though the weight of the world was on her shoulders. It all began ...

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