Michelle Bernard

Happy into the year

I’ve been busy. Clearly. The remaining 10 items I’m adding to my 50 ways to happy are definitely worth presenting. Actually, having time between turning 50 and getting closer to 51 has clarified the last 10 reasons for my happy. I really want you to think about these next 5 items and consider how they […]

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Happy on the inside

Ever since my summer birthday, I’ve been reflecting. I’m enjoying a state of happiness that’s lasted 4 whole years without interruption. Listen, this is a big deal, especially for me. I’ve appeared happy to the people who’ve known me through my years, though inside, I was secretly frustrated. I’ve appeared confident through the years, but […]

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HAPPY with RUMi

I’ve been reflecting on the pieces of HAPPY that have made me feel finally full. If I guess, I’d say it was 2006 when I started collectingRUMi poetry. A friend gave me the poem, The Guest House, in 2003 when I was recovering my heart from a man who wasn’t supposed to keep it. Back […]

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You need a nap.

Michelle Bernard: You need a nap — Live above ordinary from Michelle Bernard on Vimeo. It’s quite apparent that taking the nap has rejuvenated my energy. I used to think napping was a waste of my day. I thought it was for slackers. Then I noticed how my energy dips at 3 o’clock most days. […]

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a kind of power

Still mind, firm grip, clear intention. 
All part of the art. The abs and back lock. I curl the bar with steel plates collared on. One more. No, I can get two. I don’t care about callouses. I don’t even care about the difficulty of breathing. I care about the rep. The next rep. Clean. […]

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Feel It Till It’s Real

After eight years of training clients for weight-loss, strength, and muscle/joint rehab, I felt an urge to jump careers and pursue my childhood ambition. I played “school” in my bedroom on a daily basis in fourth grade. I covered my bed with name tags to show where my imaginary students sat. My mom taught second […]

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