Donna Smaldone
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Welcome to The You Evolution™!
We go to the depths of relevant, real-life, relational stuff. Stuff you can actually use to better yourself and in turn, your relationships. There’s no fluff here. No superficial, lukewarm posts.

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Donna Smaldone

Friday / February 21 / 2014

Living with gratitude

WundaChair

I would’ve posted something about my blog being on hiatus. However, I didn’t know it would be. Sometimes, the words just aren’t there to give. Sometimes, as in my case, everything you write is SO personal, it’s almost like a betrayal to publish it. Read the full story…

Saturday / May 25 / 2013

You is plenty

Bath Salts -n- Rubber Duckie = relaxing, fun tubby time

A friend said to me recently, “You get to be YOU, Donna. And ‘you’ is plenty.”

Sidebar to those who know me well: I forgive you for automatically assuming my friend meant, “…because Holy Cow, Read the full story…

Tuesday / April 30 / 2013

Live life without regret

flowers from a friend
flowers from a friend

Like switching from decaf to regular, I’m off the “what if”s and full-on addicted to dream weaving through the possibilities of, “what can be!”

You want in?

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Monday / March 25 / 2013

Love is blind

Love-is-blind

“Oh, she’s so sweet!,” rings the voice of my 9-year-old niece Lainey about her friend Arianna. “She’s really smart, she has a pretty voice, and we like a lot of the same things.” As she ran through the list of attributes her new friend holds, never once did she say, “blind”. Not once! She didn’t need to. It had nothing to do with who her friend is.

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Sunday / February 17 / 2013

[Guest Post] When the friendship is worth the fight: Part II

The pelican is my favorite bird. I'm fascinated with the beauty of these large birds in flight. So glorious. So effortless. I captured this flock as they flew overhead at Huntington Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Sept. 2011).
The pelican is my favorite bird. I’m fascinated with the beauty of these large birds in flight. So glorious. So effortless. I captured this flock as they flew overhead at Huntington Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Sept. 2011).

Today’s guest post features Part II of David Covey‘s, “When the friendship is worth the fight.” In the first part here, Dave contemplates key principles to valuing friendship in spite of our imperfect lives.
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In Part I, I offered a handful of axioms that have worked in my life, twisted as it has been from time to time. Today, let’s consider applying those rules to friendships that are stressed.

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