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On Saturday, I did a media cleanse.  A media cleanse is something I made up.  A “cleanse” is more commonly associated as a method of food elimination and intestinal, uh, stimulation.  Merriam-Webster defines the word cleanse as “a very restrictive short-term diet primarily intended to remove toxins from the body”.

My scope of the media cleanse was the elimination of news and social media for a calendar day.  I did it the weekend before the election to keep my sanity.  At that time, it was mostly elimination from Facebook and Twitter, i.e. social media.  Since then, I have become a subscriber to the New York Times and have easy access via my iPad.  I find myself binging on news and social media when I get home after work.  When it started to creep into my workday, I did a call for accountability partners to join me in a media free day.

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Goals need time

I am currently lying in wait. 

When I have unscheduled personal time and I feel the desire to fill it, I wait.  I wait because the feeling to populate my schedule will pass after 10-15 minutes.  Waiting keeps me from having a merry-go-round life; it provides time to contemplate why I want to fill my schedule.  If the reasons are “because I can” or guilt, then I don’t do it.  Just because I have unscheduled time doesn’t mean I need to fill it.

When the first of the year approaches and I’ve had several days off, I want to set resolutions.  But I make myself wait.  Returning to work is difficult after Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I also focus on returning to regular meals and surviving without cookies.  Returning to work and regulating my eating are enough for the first week of January.  There is no need to add on meal planning, cycling class and time to meditate.

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Hope Wood
Naughty list of white lies

This is a stressful time of year.  There are a lot of competing pressures and priorities.  I want to encourage you to be true to yourself.  Don't sacrifice happiness to bend to tradition.  Don't buy gifts you can't afford.  Most of all - don't lie.

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Hope WoodChistmas, honesty
Edge of good enough

When you start a new job, you strive to exceed expectations—to be close to perfection. The first year, everything is new. The second year goes smoothly because you know what you are doing. However, you remember the promises you made to yourself when you started the job: “Don’t settle for status quo”, “question unnecessary procedures”, and “don’t do ‘just enough to get by’”.  By the third year, a temptation persists to do work that is “good enough”.

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Hope Woodsucess, law school, job