A Giant Dose of Inspiration

Happy New Year!  We made it!  You know me.  I’m a pretty big believer in the woo-woo (and proud of it!).  I didn’t come to this belief easily.  In fact, I fought it tooth and nail and still do sometimes. One of these days, I will tell you how the story of how and why I transformed […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Dream Catching, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing

No Answers But Lots of Feelings

When a horrific event shakes our world, we want to make sense of it.  We ask questions and seek answers.  We desperately search for the magic solution that will ensure something like this will never happen again. There are no easy answers and no pat solutions.  Just feelings.  Lots and lots of feelings. Here’s Danielle LaPorte’s […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Community, Stress Management

The Power of Surrender

(This is the third post in the Authentic Power series.)   These are strange and stressful times that frequently leave us feeling powerless.  Our old way of doing things isn’t working any more.  One look at the American government, education, infrastructure, economy, health care, and financial systems is proof positive that the old order is broken. […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Authentic Power, Stress Management

An Early Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa,  I know it’s a bit early to be sending you my Christmas wish list, but I wanted to get in ahead of the rush.  Here’s what I would like to find under my tree this year.    An acknowledgment and celebration of my accomplishments and what worked well for me in 2012 An acceptance […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing

I Meet My Greatest Teacher

(This is the second post in the Star Polisher Authentic Power Series.  The first post was The Leap into Power.) I met a woman years ago whom I’ve never been able to forget.  She might have been my greatest teacher, even though we didn’t exchange more than a few words, and I never saw her […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Authentic Power, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing

Bulletin Board Bombast

I’m a member of one of those online local community bulletin boards.  What a comment those bulletin boards are on our society – good and bad. Consumerism is rampant in my little town.  Most of the bulletin board entries are about wanting to buy or sell something.  Who knew it took so much stuff just […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Carol's Musings, Community

The Leap into Power

This post is dedicated, with gratitude, to Theresa Reed and Margie Perrier.   I’m a writer and polisher of stars. It’s not just what I do. It’s who I am. It’s sacred work. I’ve known that from the get go, and I’ve treated my work accordingly. Or have I? The truth is I haven’t given my work (or […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Authentic Power, Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing, The Mind Game

Compassion & Community

I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and the coast of New Jersey played a pivotal role in my life.  Some of my fondest memories from my childhood are of times spent at The Shore. There were shared summer vacations at the Joneses home, a short block from the beach in Avalon.  That’s […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Community, Weighing In (Rants & Raves)

Star Polishing 101

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that you are a star.  You were born a star, and you will die a star.  It is who you are – your divine identity.  And nobody can change that – including you! But what you can change is how brightly or dimly your star shines.  […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Personal Empowerment, The Art of Star Polishing

The Kindness of Strangers

Every weekday morning, I start my day by working out in the local YMCA pool. I never in a million years thought I would get up at the ungodly hour of 5 am to do such a thing. I also never thought in a million years I would come to enjoy it so much. Yes, […]

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by Carol Hess

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Categories Carol's Musings, The Art of Star Polishing