Monthly Archives: November 2013

Reflections on Thanksgiving and Gratitude In Pictures

In the end, I am thankful for family and friends.  I am thankful that I am able to see the world, even though I own little of it. Share your favorite Thanksgiving moments, no matter what time of the year … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from Costa Rica! I Am Thankful For……

As I mentioned in an earlier post, for the first time in my adult life I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving this year with my parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.  In fact, since Chris is in Antarctica, it’s just … Continue reading

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3 Lessons Learned From Being Grateful

In my previous post, I blogged about ways to teach your children gratitude.  Now the big question is, Why do we care about gratitude?  Yes, this is Thanksgiving week and being thankful is at the forefront of the news.  But … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Grateful

We have all seen ungrateful kids: The child who turns their nose up on a meal served to them.  The child who does not say thank-you after opening their Christmas presents.  The child who throws a tantrum because their parent … Continue reading

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Why Do Gringos Celebrate Thanksgiving?

In honor of Thanksgiving, I will dedicate this week’s blog posts to the holiday.  Today I will answer the question which has been asked by my Tico friends, “Why Do Gringos Celebrate Thanksgiving?”  Later this week, I will blog about … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Simplify Your Body

As I have posted before, I am a fitness nut.  After losing 40+ pounds in 2008, and keeping it off (except around the holidays!), I am addicted to running and living healthy.  Before I moved to Costa Rica, I used … Continue reading

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Redesigning Pura Vida Familia: An Update

As I have posted before, I am in the process of building a web-based writing/coaching venture, which will be called, “Pura Vida by Noemi”.  Here is where Caelan, my web-designer and marketing champion, and I are with regards to the … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Emotions

As human beings, we are complicated, flawed, multi-dimensional creatures with deep layers of motives, conflicts, and goals.  Our emotions arise from these multi-factorial roots.  As humans, we cannot let go of our emotions.  We cannot squash down our feelings like … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Simplify Your Goals

Eighteen months ago, if anyone would have asked me, “What are your goals in life?”, this is how I would have responded: “Well, my 15-year plan is to become Associate Dean of Medical Education, either here (my workplace at that … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Simplify Your Time

 “I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they “don’t have time to read.”   This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t … Continue reading

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