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free printable thank you notes

Antique Tiny Notes and Envelopes

From Glenda’s World, this darling free printable thank you notes set will inspire you to reach out to your loved ones. I have found that the key to happiness lies in the strength of our social bonds. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep in touch.

To download this set of 4 different notes, click here. Scroll to the bottom and hit the Download button. No sign up required though I know she would love a comment! 🙂

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The evil twin experiment

This week’s free printable comes to us from the always fun Heroine Taylor, author of the Apocalypse Papers.

Inspired by the stress of family relationships and lack of communication over the Christmas holiday that sparked my biggest life epiphany yet, shadow work continues to drive my own personal development.

What is shadow work?

Carl Jung defined the term as the part of our personality that is oftentimes hidden from us and yet controls a significant portion of our behaviors. The allusion to darkness is appropriate as shadow work deals with subconscious habits that can be largely ego-driven and destructive.

Dealing with the shadows of our personality is not what anyone would consider a fun task. It involves the ugliest parts of ourselves and is highly uncomfortable to behold. But the flip side of buckling down and digging up our skeletons is that we can arrive on the other side of change with a quickness that is surprising.

Spend months, years, and decades trying to let go of bad behaviors that can be dealt with in minutes with shadow work.

Before you run screaming from this post, let me encourage you to try out this week’s exercise by illuminating the brilliance of the design of the evil twin experimemt and my own story. I start with my own experience.

My mother is my own cautionary tale of the inability to study one’s own flaws. Her insistence on positivity has gone far beyond optimism and now is her defense mechanism.

It is Christmas Day and my mother has arrived after her busy social calendar is completed, complaining of everything she has to do. This is not news to me as I have been trying to advise her to scale back for years. That she completely disregards my advice while putting everyone in front of her own family is old hat.

She is hellbent on exercising demons out of me (read: my husband) and simultaneously sings her own praises while passive aggressively