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Recently in Elizabeth and Katherine Hirsh: The Self-Discovery Digest Category

Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgRecently one of us was experiencing jaw pain and went to the dentist only to discover that she needed surgery, and expensive surgery at that. She felt frustrated at the thought of having the procedure and at spending money she had not expected to spend. Then she considered the alternative: no pain and therefore no warning that something was wrong and thus the possibility that things would get worse and her whole jaw could be affected.

Suddenly the mouth pain, as well as having to get and pay for surgery, didn't seem that bad. In fact, upon reflection it seemed like a gift. The pain served an important purpose. It was a warning that something needed to be done. Of course physical pain is not the only sort we face - as is all too familiar, pain can strike in many forms. Below are some of the guises that pain can take and the gifts it might be offering us.

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Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgWhere are you in life journey? Where are your thoughts, feelings, and inner murmurings leading you? Sometimes we feel a yearning but don't know what it is telling us or how to bring that yearning into focus so we can do something about it. Sometimes we need to try something unusual and creative to decode the message and unlock the potential that comes from moving toward where our instincts are leading us. With this in mind we want you to use food as a metaphor. Look at the list below for inspiration - what "soul-nourishment" are you missing, desiring, or moving toward?

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Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgMany people choose to invest in a retirement fund or other savings plan to have security for the future or lower their current tax burden. How many made the far less complicated investment in their well being and personal growth?

We invite you to audit your own personal investment practices and seek new ways to build your physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social assets. Just as you need to start now to maximize the gains on your financial investments, make it a priority to do something today, in the next week and over the course of the next year that brings you joy and helps you develop.

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Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgAren't some of the very best times those where laughter and being able to be ourselves are key ingredients? The fondness we feel for these times comes from the fact that we weren't worrying about impressing others, being right, or appearing perfect. Instead we were just freely enjoying ourselves and the people around us, casting aside pretense and living in the moment - in other words, allowing ourselves to play the "fool."

In the same way, comedies are funny because the characters, just like us, are not perfect. Children and animals are funny because perfection is a foreign concept to them and foolishness is their natural currency. And we love them for exactly that. In honor of April Fool's Day, let's pay tribute to the fool in all of us. Let's straighten out our priorities and get more of what really matters: FUN! Below are some suggestions to get you started - we encourage you to smile while reading them.

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Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgIn the spirit of Valentine's Day, let's think about the love in our lives and those who are most important to us. Even though we care deeply, how good are we at showing our affection in a way that is meaningful to those we love? Is our own "baggage" blinding us to how special the person right in front of us truly is?

When we reflect on our love lives (and we mean that in the broadest possible sense - romantic partner, family, close friends), we often focus on how we would like to be loved, what we're missing, what we need. Further, we tend to give love in the way we would like to receive it, rather than seeking to understand our loved ones' wants and desires. With this in mind, use the suggestions below in order to better understand and honor the needs of your significant others as well as decrease the potential for misunderstandings in your relationships.

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Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgNew Year's is over and for many of us personal development is starting to feel more like a chore than an adventure. You might be feeling a little weary yourself, wondering if personal growth is some slick notion cooked up by self-help gurus to make you feel guilty for not being "more" - more enlightened, more patient, more fit, more perfect, etc. We feel your pain. Perhaps it's time to reconsider what self-discovery means to you as well as re-tool the way you go about it. Are you creating opportunities for growth that feel right for you and bring a smile to your face? Or have you inadvertently put effort in front of joy? How you go about your development will affect whether it's fun and rewarding or just something that you believe you're supposed to do. Take a look at the lists below and consider how you might reinvigorate your self-discovery process, knowing that if you enjoy yourself, you're likely to keep at it. It's all about making the journey your own - you can't do this wrong!

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Katherine_and_Elizabeth_Hirsh.jpgNew Year's tradition dictates that we resolve to be better people by crafting resolutions such as being a nicer person, eating a healthier diet, finally cleaning out the garage, or conquering our fear and asking for a raise. While such resolutions are terrific if followed, we often make them based on what we believe we should do. By focusing on resolutions that seem socially appropriate we may be simply creating new ways to beat ourselves up. So what to do? How do we enhance our lives without turning self-improvement into another means to criticize ourselves for not measuring up? Read on for three helpful suggestions that we like to call Un-Resolution Solutions.

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