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Do You Dwell on It or Do You Move On?

When a mistake happens at work or at home, do you dwell on it, or do you experience it, let go of it and move forward from it?

When we let something wash over us, we experience it and are changed by it, but we do not stay immersed in it.

It’s not always easy to let go of a bad experience, but we always have the freedom to choose whether we dwell on it, or move on from it.

A bad experience gives us the chance to learn from our own mistakes and the mistakes of others. It gives us reason to listen carefully in conversation about what went wrong and to listen carefully in conversation about how to handle similar situations differently in the future. Continue reading

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How to Make Connections at a Party

We kick off the winter holiday season every year with our Wine Nouveau party, which we held this past Saturday. In the French-inspired tradition of Nouveau where the vintage from the fall harvest is sampled, we taste the Chateau d’Anne wines we bottled in the summer from last fall’s harvest.

bottle of Chateau d'Anne with wine glass on counter

‘I’ve never known a miserly wine lover’

Our wine labels include the motto: ‘I’ve Never Known a Miserly Wine Lover.’ We believe that wine, like life, is meant to be shared with friends old and new. It is through sharing that we make connections and build the community who celebrate with us when we’re up, and hold us together when our world is falling apart. Continue reading

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Fall: The Smell of Beginning Anew

I love autumn. The cooler weather, the beautiful colors, school football. Summer’s too-hot, too-humid days and nights gave way right after Labor Day

Fall, the Smell of Beginning Anew, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog,autumn trees reflected on water, flock of geese

On the way to a new ending.

to weeks of perfect weather here in New Jersey. Until this past week, the windows were open wide day and night. Now, the night air carries the scents of fallen leaves, ripe apples and lit fireplaces.

In Iowa, where I grew up, I associate this kind of weather with the start of the school year. For me, a new school year was not about the promise of learning or the threat of homework, but the expectations that come with a new beginning. Continue reading

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