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Lisa Madras: We build prisons in our fear...but we can survive and grow stronger
What personal prisons have you built out of fears? I've been in many prisons of my own making during my lifetime. I didn't really have a whole lot of self-esteem for most of my life, and that meant that I was scared of pretty much everything-- of being unloved, of not being good enough, of not saying or doing the right things.
Lisa Madras: Taking time to reflect on a year of growth
Another year is coming to a close, and those of you who know me know that I can't resist a good year-end wrap-up, as trite as it may seem. I'm a huge fan of retrospection, and as long as you don't cross the line into wallowing in the past, it can be a significant learning tool for moving forward.
Lisa Madras: Don’t let hostility hide the magic of Christmas
What type of person angers you the most? It's almost Christmas — the day before Christmas Eve, in fact — and I suppose I should be thinking about gingerbread men and ribbons and peace on Earth.
Lisa Madras: Somehow, some way, some day — Santa WILL pony up!
What is something you have always wanted since you were a kid?I was searching though my list of questions, and thought this one was really apropos, since it's only a week until Christmas.
Lisa Madras: Anxious over another birthday? Nah, I’m still soaring on my solo flight
How short would your life have to be before you would start living differently today? So as you're reading this, it's the day after my birthday, and I've just crossed over that year I was dreading so much — the big 4-0.
Lisa Madras: You really posted that ‘duck-face’ shot? OK, suit your selfie
What makes a person beautiful? I look forward to the annual release of the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year with far more voracity than even a nerd like me should really be willing to admit publicly.
Lisa Madras: Thankful for opportunities to say thanks
Do you celebrate the things you do have? A few weeks ago I asked you if you ever celebrated the green lights. I guess this is pretty close to the same question, but since it's Thanksgiving week, I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask again.
Lisa Madras: Well, what do you know! Here’s what I’ve learned through the years
What life lessons did you have to experience firsthand before you fully understood them? I could easily make a list of the lessons life has taught me. But hey, why just say it when I can do it?! I could probably get to 100, but I know by 20 you'll be sucked into that car ad at the side of the page, so I'll do us both a favor and stop there.
Lisa Madras: I know it’s crazy, but I light up when traffic flows downhill
Do you ever celebrate the green lights? If you've lived in New Castle for even one day, you know we have more than our fair share of traffic lights. I'm all for safety, believe me, but come on, some of those lights are bit ridiculous.
Lisa Madras: I’m the only fraud when it comes to welfare charges
How honest are you with yourself? I like to think I live a life of integrity. That probably means different things to different people, so let me explain. To me, living with integrity means that you always try to do the right thing, and never intentionally hurt anyone.
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