JonnaKane MacDougall

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Taking small steps to institute life changes

April 6, 2016
Think of the baseline assessment as a map that indicates, “You Are Here.” Once that is determined, then you can begin the process of figuring out how to get where you want to go.
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Quality of Life: Make sure to protect yourself from any type of ‘fall’

December 2, 2015
At some point in life, you may have an experience that helps you to redefine your priorities. I had such an experience about three weeks ago, when I took a tumble, head first, down a long and steep staircase in my home.
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Quality of Life: Take steps toward a course for new beginnings

April 8, 2015
While some behaviors may have helped us progress through life at one time, often they become limiting as we develop and mature. There are ways to change these patterns – to create new internal responses or maps, so to speak, so that you will move in a different direction from your old way of being.
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Quality of Life: Volunteer to live a longer and healthier life

November 19, 2014
Not only do the recipients of the volunteers’ time and effort benefit, but studies have shown that the volunteers themselves benefit as well.
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Quality of Life: Don’t be a slug when dealing with a workplace bully

March 26, 2014
According to a 2010 survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, a nonprofit organization in Bellingham, Wash., 35 percent of American workers reported being bullied at work.
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Quality of Life: Sometimes a small change is all you really need

September 25, 2013
Did you ever notice the amazing difference that a fresh coat of paint can make for your house, or a single room, or even an aging piece of furniture? A fresh coat of paint can rejuvenate your surroundings and make them seem brand new.
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Quality of Life: Embrace the gray days of March

March 27, 2013
As far as I can tell, March has no redeeming qualities. Of course, it’s the month for basketball and spring break, but beyond that, there isn’t much to recommend – especially if you are in Indiana. Since I’m a native Hoosier, my familiarity with March in other locales is somewhat limited.
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Quality of Life: Let your inner child out this holiday season

November 21, 2012
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live every moment in color, instead of black and white?
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Quality of Life: Take action to make next year a better one

August 29, 2012
The drought has made MacDougall think about how people often say "next year will be better" but do nothing to make that happen.
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Quality of Life: 10 tips for living a happier and healthier life

March 28, 2012
It is March, so if you are like me, all of your New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned.
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