How to deal with triggers of past trauma

I have spent the better part of my week in class for four hours a day speaking French. Learning from a native speaker who is aware of the challenges that English speakers of French encounter has been a godsend. Steve on the other hand, has spent his time investigating the gardens of nearby villages. Not one to let a language barrier stop his quest for peace and solitude in nature, he stopped in at the local office of tourism and picked up a brochure of the various gardens within a forty-five-minute radius.

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Brasserie du Piton

I have been traveling through France, making my way to the tiny town of Sancerre in the Loire Valley. Here, we will stay a few weeks so that I can study French and mingle with the locals.

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Trust the Process

I finished my last day of school and rushed home to grab an hour in the sun.  What I used to take for granted has now become a precious commodity after spending a year teaching in a windowless classroom. It has amazed me how much I enjoy the warmth, the light and the energy the sun offers.

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Personal Finance: Something to Talk About

Personal finance, like life, is highly individualized. Since it is individualized, what works for one person may not be appropriate for another person. While this does not mean that we avoid talking about personal finance, it does mean we have an opportunity to frame the topic of personal finance in a way that invites intellectual exploration rather than immediate action.

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It's not the destination, it's the journey

My formal educational training started with a BA in French with a K-12 certification for teaching French. Early in my teaching career, my county lost the funding for my job, so I had to travel down a new path.

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What can gridlock teach us?

With spring comes a time of rebirth and renewal. Endings that left us in the void during the winter created space for us to reflect on all the ways in which we diminished ourselves so that we could begin the process of unfolding from a new point of view. How do our endings allow us to begin anew?

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Maintaining your frequency

Your frequency — also known as your vibration or vibe — is the foundation of all energy. It is used as a magnet to draw all your experiences to you. Being aware of how you are resonating throughout your day can be your greatest asset.

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Personal Finance: How to Interview a Financial Advisor

Years ago, a financial advisor once asked me, “How was money treated when you were growing up?” The question stunned me because we’d just said hello to each other, and this question was the equivalent of someone going from shaking my hand to meeting my parents without courtship in between.

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Coming full circle: BearWaters Brewing opens Waynesville location

On a recent mid-May morning, Kevin Sandefur spent five hours spreading gravel in the parking lot of the brand new BearWaters Brewing location on South Main Street in Waynesville. 

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Under the stream: Blue Ridge Snorkel Trail

For most people, the word “snorkeling” conjures images of blue Caribbean waters, pink coral reefs and a rainbow of tropical fish. But witnessing a world of aquatic beauty doesn’t require a flight to the Florida Keys.

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