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DebbieWoodbury knows we’re all survivors of something. Her "somethings," include family dysfunction, being laid off, miscarriages, infertility, and cancer. It was surviving cancer that pushed her to stop thinking about writing and actually sit down to do it, resulting in her first blog and two books. Now, she’s moving beyond cancer and leaning into joy (via yoga, mindfulness, gratitude, walking, relationships, interior decorating and all the other "little things" that make life worth living.) Debbie is also a Positively Positive contributor, CURE contributor, inspirational speaker, wife, mother, and a former very stressed out attorney. You’ll find Debbie’s first blog about surviving cancer at WhereWeGoNow. To find meditations on creating joy and to sign up for Debbie’s newsletters, click here and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Entries by Debbie Woodbury

Meditating to Enter the Quiet Behind the Noise

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 10:27 AM


Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a way of entering into the quiet that's already there - buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. - Deepak Chopra

I've been meditating on and off (mostly...

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How to Not Be Stupid

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:36 PM


Picture a family of nine children. Now imagine cooking dinner every night (no cheating with take-out), making school lunches (and getting everybody up and out), doing mountains of laundry, helping with homework and changing thousands of diapers for years, and years, and years.

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Act With Kindness, Because You Never Know

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 4:32 PM


Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -- Philo

The other morning, I talked with four young women in the physician assistant program at Seton Hall University. I was there to give them the truth (mine)...

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How to Ditch Fear and Get What You Need

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 12:06 PM


"You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need." Mick Jagger

I gave him the full mama bear hug and kissed the side of his head before sending him off with the...

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Telling the Truth About Reconstruction After Breast Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:55 PM

"She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon." Groucho Marx

It's not easy to walk into a plastic surgeon's office for reconstruction after breast cancer. On my first visit, I sat in the waiting room and fumed. All around me were glossy pamphlets...

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Mindfully Remembering That the Present Moment Is All We Have

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life. -- Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Last December, a member of my husband's networking group suffered a massive heart attack. John was at the group's...
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Are You Ready to Open Up to Trust, Happiness and Joy?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:39 PM

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. -- Omar Khayyam

I've had my share of profound unhappiness. When it hits, I'm always struck by its enormity and completeness, like a hurricane that moves in and devastates until there is nothing left of what was touched.

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Holiday Party Ready

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:57 PM

"True hospitality comes from the heart, and is not the product of ostentatious and expensive material surroundings." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Opening your home to friends and relatives during the holiday season should not be a stressful ordeal. You can make your home party ready and still have a great time...

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5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 10:47 AM

The holidays are about to begin, which makes me think about one of my favorite holiday movies for kids. In Sesame Street's Elmo Saves Christmas, Elmo helps Santa get unstuck from the chimney and is granted three wishes. Santa isn't thrilled when Elmo wishes every day is Christmas. To show...

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The Enlightenment That Comes From a Burning Bridge

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 4:44 PM

"Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge." Don Henley

To burn a bridge means to be entirely done with something. It's an affirmative act that cannot be reversed. I've been guilty of not burning bridges that should have been burnt. It's painful to end relationships or situations...

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It's Autumn and Time to Seasonalize Your Home

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 12:37 AM

The weather is finally turning cooler, and the air is crisp and clear. It's finally autumn! Although the calendar introduced the season weeks ago, it was in name only. Summer refused to exit on cue and took its time winding down to its inevitable end. Now autumn is finally here...

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A Secret Fear Teaches Me an Ugly Truth About 'Awareness'

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 5:46 PM

I've been keeping a secret for a few weeks. Although it was very much on my mind, I couldn't tell my husband until it was absolutely necessary. Because my daughter, who is away at college, doesn't need to know, I lied when she asked me what my plans were yesterday.

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The Necessity of Silence in Our Lives

(9) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. -- Jean Arp

Are we ready to say goodbye to silence? You...

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5 Steps to a Blissfully Unproductive Weekend

(44) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 11:09 AM

It's summertime, and the living (should be) easy. Too bad the workweek -- with its hectic pace and jam-packed to-do list -- doesn't always cooperate. For most of us, Friday just can't come soon enough.

Of course, weekends usually come with their own to-do lists. If you find yourself running...

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Stopping to Recognize Live-Out-Loud Joy as You're Living It

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:27 PM

While our children were in grammar school, I waited with them for the bus every morning on a corner directly in front of our house.

That corner was not their original bus stop. As the school year approached for our brand new kindergarten student, a post card arrived in...

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Double-parked School Buses, Acceptance and Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 12:27 PM

"I'm not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it's like relaxing into -- and an acceptance of -- things." -- Tina Turner

My son texted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I might be driving by his school.

"No, why?"

"Darn," he answered. He forgot something...

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The Best Definition of Success

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:08 PM

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of one's self; to leave the world a...

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Laughing Your Way to Mindfulness

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:22 PM

"Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale." -- Will Durst

When anger, stress, or loneliness has you in its grip, you believe that you are living in the moment....

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My No. 1 Tip for Solving Problems

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 6:00 PM

"People who work crossword puzzles know that if they stop making progress, they should put the puzzle down for a while." -- Marilyn vos Savant

Recently, I was working on an accounting problem and came to a dead end. I was frustrated that, try as hard as I might, I...

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5 Tips for Creating Sacred Space

(14) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 9:21 AM

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again. -- Joseph Campbell

Our lives are so busy and noisy that we often forget about the healing power of silence. When we're out in the world, it's not usually possible to control the noise level. At...

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