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Social. Life. How to Communicate Better in Both

Social media. The phrase. The concept. Salutes to whoever generated the blanket name - social media - for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, Pinterest, Reddit, YouTube, flickr, Vimeo, LinkedIn, Google+, and on and on and on. My resistance to calling these "social" co-exists with an understanding of how they are considered to be social. First, my understanding: the broad definition of the word "social" includes relating to and noting others in society, activities, theories. Liking and loving a statement, link, image, or video that someone shared on any of these channels can today be considered being social. I get…
Kate Harvie
July 7, 2016
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Slow Your Roll.

What do you do with time? The other day, I tried to remember the first thing I did when I realized that I was "okay." By this, I mean once I was out of the hospital for a minute and had put myself "back together," and was as well ensconced as possible while living in my parents' house at age 35. This was my time. (In case you're curious, I probably planned to buy lip gloss or go to the movies. I love the trailers.) Truth is, I wanted to do as much as I could handle. And I wanted to do those things immediately, in…
Kate Harvie
June 21, 2016
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Ghosts. Let Go. Release Their Power.

Ghosts. That's a word whose immediate (and most frequently applied) definition has certainly changed within the last year or so. When I was growing up, ghosts were mysterious and spooky apparitions that could both bring good (Marley, Ghosts of Past and Present in A Christmas Carol) and wreak havoc (title characters in Beloved, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Woman in Black). What I knew for sure was that they were not real. And figments of my imagination could only wreck my sleep, not my life. Fast forward to today. While wraiths and poltergeists are still (for the most part) fictitious, what is very real is the person…
Kate Harvie
May 23, 2016
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When it’s Not Ours, We Can’t Take it Personally.

Taking things personally is a tricky thing. While it may seem as though there are scads of things we should perceive to be criticisms and rejections, that list is actually very short. While I don't have the stats on this, I'm confident to say that at least 93% of the time, when people are talking around us they're not talking about us. It may feel like they are (and we all know what that is, right?). Trust me. They couldn't give a shit about you and me. When my life was on pause - post-hospital release, living at my parents' house, figuring out what on…
Kate Harvie
May 18, 2016
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Sideways. It’s Only That Way While You’re IN It.

Sideways. Besides being the title of a disappointing Alexander Payne movie in 2004 (whose review of mine you can read here), it's a word in our current vernacular that defines several things. For our purposes here, it means undesirable, wrong, or straight messed up. Do you remember the first time something went sideways in your life? Share it in the replies, if you want. The first for me was when I failed the Ohio Bar Exam. That news came down on Halloween in 1999. Having spent three years of my life preparing (or so I thought) to become an attorney,…
Kate Harvie
April 25, 2016