About

A little info about me.

My name is Michele. I started this blog 1-1-16.  My goal is to create a space to provide support and information about mindset and wellness. I am a licensed therapist and personal trainer. My full time job for the past 20 years is being a therapist in a domestic violence program. I work with victims, perpetrators and the kids who witness the violence. My part time job is being a wellness consultant at Whole Body Fitness in NH. WBF is a wellness studio my husband and I started in 2014. Between my two jobs, It’s not unusual for me to interact with 100 clients a week. I see people at all different stages of change. This blog will be based on what I have learned about making changes. I will write my observations about what seems to help people grow, get happier and healthier both physically and mentally. I also read a lot! So I will incorporate anything relevant I am learning about. My overall focus will be on wellness. But since that’s such a broad topic…I could really write about anything.

72 Comments Add yours

  1. eve0926 says:

    Yayyyyyy!!!! Congrats Michele! The older I become the more I appreciate change and learning how to stay healthy physically and mentally. Can’t wait to see more blogs!

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  2. Hi, Thank you for following my blog. I’m following yours too, it looks really interesting. I suffer from some depression and anxiety problems so to read posts about how to get better both physically and mentally would be great. That plus reading anything is always fun :). I’m going to read some more of your blog and look forward to new posts :).

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  3. lovehappily says:

    I am pleased to meet you.

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    1. plankful says:

      You too! I saw that you write about healthy relationships! I work in a field when relationships go bad. Part of my job is to teach aspects of healthy relationships. I will follow your blog for new topics to bring up!

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      1. lovehappily says:

        You are welcome. That will be nice. Thanks for the follow. I am also following you, and I can’t wait to read more of your work. I love your what you blog about, and I am going to be interacting with you.

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  4. Miriam says:

    Thank you for following me so that in turn I could find your wonderful blog. Already it resonates with me, just an ordinary woman going about life in Melbourne Australia, raising a family, dealing with life issues and the worries and insecurities of life. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you! I look forward to following someone in Australia!!!

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  5. Ganesh says:

    Nice and inspiring blog, dear friend! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. 🙂

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  6. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks so much for following ZimmerBitch and introducing me to your blog. What you’re saying really resonates with me.

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    1. plankful says:

      That’s awesome! Happy to follow you too!!!

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  7. DaisyWillows says:

    Interesting two career paths. 🙂 Thanks for the follow

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    1. plankful says:

      My career paths are really about relationships. Healthy vs. unhealthy. Relationships with self vs. others. Hey! There’s a blog topic in there somewhere! Thanks for the idea 😄

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  8. ksbeth says:

    welcome to the blog world, michele. here, you’ll find a very supportive and creative community. thanks for reading and following my words. i look forward to doing the same. your profession is a noble one and i look up to you for what you do. best, beth

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you Beth! I’m so ridiculously impressed with the blogs I have read! I look forward to reading more of yours!

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  9. Michelle, It’s afternoon down here in RI and over 56 degrees. What a strange New England winter! I’ve spent many winter days in Bretton Woods New Hampshire. It can be very cold and extremely breathtaking in the White Mountains. Hopefully you are staying warm. Clare

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    1. plankful says:

      It’s 45 today! I just took Angelo the dog for a quick walk in the woods. It feels like spring! Bretton woods is about an hour away, it’s beautiful up there!

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      1. We spent many a marvelous day in the White Mountains. I haven’t been in two years because we sold the property there when I was writing A Berkshire Tale. (We were spending lots of time up in Stockbridge and Lenox, so something had to give.)

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      2. plankful says:

        That’s a nice trade off! I am going to check out your books too!

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      3. I put all 10 of the ZuZu stories into one book, A Berkshire Tale and published it. Now I’m taking out each individual story to be published separately in a larger format with more pictures. The alpaca story is coming out in April (hopefully)
        The South County mystery I just finished writing won’t be any where near last draft for quite some time.Lots of editing needed! Thanks, Michelle

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      4. plankful says:

        I look forward to checking all of them out!!!

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      5. Thank you, Michelle. PS Roxie wants a book about her. (Do not pay any attention to that cat behind the screen!)

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  10. thatssojacob says:

    Thanks for finding and following my blog! How would you rate your reading experience? Come back when you can and leave a comment 🙂

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  11. fromdreamtoplan says:

    Happy to have found your blog! I’ve read some of your posts and they are definitely inspiring!
    Looking forward to following you! 🙂

    https://fromdreamtoplan.wordpress.com/

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you!!!!!! I will check yours out 🙂

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      1. fromdreamtoplan says:

        Oh Thanks!! 🙂

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  12. You sound like one busy lady! Kudos to you, it sounds like you do amazing work. Also, fabulous blog!

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    1. plankful says:

      Thanks!!! Yeah! I’m pretty busy! I’m a new blogger! It helps with confidence. I used to avoid documenting anything for people to read.

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      1. Me too only since February. But what a confidence builder it is!

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      2. plankful says:

        I get a little more daring as time goes on!

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  13. What a fabulous connection! A direct result of your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs. In turn, I have no hesitation in following your own blog for I’m sure it is going to be fascinating reading! Thank you!

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  14. c.l.skellern says:

    Hello there!
    I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Blogging Award. If you don’t know what it is, then check out my latest blog entry (link at the end), but essentially, if I’ve nominated you to take part then I think you and your blog are pretty awesome. Apologies if a) you’ve already been nominated to take part, b) it’s not your sort of thing, c) you’ve got too much to do at the moment e.g. pet problems or general apathy. My latest blog entry tells you what to do to participate in this fun award; https://clskellern.wordpress.com/

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you so much!!!! I will definitely check it out!!!!!!

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  15. A Kinder Way says:

    NH?? New Hampshire? That’s where I was born and raised. It will always be home to me. Thanks for the follow…I followed back. Looking forward to reading your blog and getting to know you. 🙂

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    1. plankful says:

      Small world! My husband and I moved here 2 years ago and love it!!!

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      1. A Kinder Way says:

        It’s the best. ❤

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  16. Martian says:

    interesting n good luck to u

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  17. soulanceblog says:

    Looking forward to reading your posts! 🙂

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  18. Thanks for following.
    Making changes is reward enough, but bringing in many more and sharing the learning is awesome. Good to know your work and findings. Ram

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  19. schoen55 says:

    Thank you for following my blog. I look forward to reading your posts. Many blessings.

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  20. theotherjc says:

    Thanks for the follow. Look forward to hearing your comments, plus having a good read of your blog too.

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  21. You have a wonderfully interesting blog site, and your professional perspective provides an insight that is not seen elsewhere, and I will follow your journey. 🙂

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    1. plankful says:

      Thanks that means a lot!

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  22. I cant wait to read your post. it seems like you really love what you do and its awesome that you have your own business with your husband. And THANK YOU for liking my very first blog post it really made my day because i just started it!

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you! I am going to follow your journey! Good luck!!!

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  23. Karuna says:

    You are about to have a blogging anniversary too! Congratulations for that as well as for reaching your 100 post mark.

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    1. plankful says:

      Your blog is fascinating!!! How long have you been blogging for?

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      1. Karuna says:

        Since March 2014. I had started it to surprise my son who had been bugging me to do it for a long time. Neither one of realized how much I would love it.

        And I had no idea how many worlds would open up to me. I had no interest in photography when I started. In fact, I thought it was a way that people used to stay out of the present. Now my blog is full of it! 🙂

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      2. plankful says:

        You have a lot to write about!!! I’m so glad you decided to share your life experiences! India 26 times?!?!?! Amazing!!!

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      3. Karuna says:

        You might enjoy reading my migrant farm labor series…. it is in the right side panel. That was one of the most important times of my life.

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      4. plankful says:

        Yes!!! You wrote a book too???

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      5. Karuna says:

        In the late 90’s and early 2000’s I wrote books about my journey with Amma. And a workbook called Letting Go of Suffering that I’m putting on my blog as a weekly series right now.

        Blogging has given me the opportunity to write again and I am very thankful for that. I knew I didn’t want to write books anymore but this is a modality that works great for me.

        I wasn’t sure I had anything to blog about quickly discovered that I do!

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      6. plankful says:

        Yes you do!!!!!

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      7. plankful says:

        I read blogs on my phone. I couldn’t find that series. But I will. I found the suffering series. I am the director of a domestic violence program. I would love to buy a copy of your book! Where can I get one? Those workbook exercises are perfect!

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      8. Karuna says:

        You could eventually get to the migrant farm labor series on the phone but it would take a lot of scrolling. I just realized that I have a link to the series. So that would work to get to it easily. https://livinglearningandlettinggo.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/1970-my-summer-as-a-migrant-farm-laborer-series-intro/

        My book is out of print but there are still used copies available. https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Joy-Householders-Spiritual-Amritanandamayi/dp/0964362929/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483110157&sr=8-1&keywords=karuna+poole

        That book actually is a combination of Book 1 and Book 2 of a three part series. I hope you enjoy it.

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      9. plankful says:

        I just ordered your book!!! It’s on it’s way!!!

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      10. Karuna says:

        I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to ask me questions as you read it…. if you have any.

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  24. Greta Lamfel says:

    Hi Michele

    Thanks for the follow! How have you been and how’s your blog doing?
    I created a blogger tips group to connect with all my long last WordPress blogger friends, and to help all of us to learn from each other. I would love for you to share your knowledge in the group and connect with other bloggers. Here’s the link:
    Blogger Tips Group

    Finally, here’s a blog I thought you may find interesting:
    The Ripple Effect of Blogging

    Best regards,
    Greta
    Founder of Healthy Living
    http://www.healthyliving894.com

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    1. plankful says:

      I love your blog! Thanks for the invite!

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  25. lorieb says:

    where does the plankful come from? That is what caught my eye about your blog as I love planks, they are probably the form of exercise I use the most, especially before and after working in my clients’ gardens

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    1. plankful says:

      That’s a good question!! I have been meaning to do a blog about that! Stay tuned😜

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  26. hey Michele
    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I read one of your articles related to meditation , it was really a good to read stuff. Though i must admit that despite my best efforts , i haven’t been able to inculcate this habit, Some tips for me will definitely help 🙂

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    1. plankful says:

      I have done other blogs about tips. Unfortunately I don’t organize my topics well. Your comment has motivated me to do a little of both. Stay tuned!

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  27. Definitely..Will look forward to hearing from you in future as well 🙂

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  28. Anindo says:

    Thank you Michele for your kind follow to my blog….i have just started a humble beginning in blogging :)…..It’s really nice to read your blog too….:)…..will follow it regularly and eagerly.

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you! Enjoy your blogging journey!

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  29. Alea Mistral says:

    Thank you for visiting, I simply love your blog and words of wisdom. Alea.

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    1. plankful says:

      Thanks! Good luck with yours! I will follow your journey!

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  30. shruti502 says:

    Loads of respect and admiration for the person you are and what you do.Have a great week ahead!

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    1. plankful says:

      Thank you!!!!!😊

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  31. Thank you for stopping by and liking my thought for today. I hope to be back to read soon. R. I.

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