Category Archives: The personal development of Gina

Desperately Seeking Permission to Relax

I consider myself a motivated person. Hard-working, productive, results-oriented…these words describe me. Most of the time, if I’m not doing something, I get antsy, nervous, downright fidgety. Doing nothing is not an appealing pastime to me. Usually, if I try … Continue reading

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I’ll Have to Consult the Family Tree But I Don’t Believe There’s Any Dutch In Me

Recently I’ve become aware of the word “gezelligheid.” Here’s what Wikipedia says about this fascinating, meaningful word: Gezelligheid (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣəˈzɛləɣɦɛit]) is a Dutch abstract noun (adjective form gezellig) which, depending on context, can be translated as convivial, cosy, fun, … Continue reading

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Country Feelin’

Today we hit the open road, venturing into the part of Illinois known as “downstate.” It turns out, one must only travel an hour or so from the ‘burbs to discover farmland and rural surroundings as far as the eye … Continue reading

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This is the Perfect Time to Panic!

Today I’d like to ponder the issue of panic. For my purposes here, I’m going to define panic as an emotional or physical reaction to severe anxiety or stress. When the emotional level rises past a certain point, something’s gotta … Continue reading

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A Bounty of Beautiful Browns

Autumn is here and I always enjoy the changing colors of the season’s leaves. Golden yellow, brilliant red and vibrant orange…their earthy hues warm my heart and signify nature’s preparations for a long winter’s nap. Each year we particularly enjoy … Continue reading

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