Gretchen Hydo with the fall wreath she made.

I Was Wrong

I was wrong and being wrong was keeping me small. All my life, being “creative” was something other people did. Not me. I grew up in a family that considered being creative a little crazy. And what I mean by…
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Back To School (Sort Of) - Gretchen Hydo International

Going Back To School (Sort Of)

It’s September, which only means one thing: back to school. Even before I had kids there was always something about this month that made me want to run to the nearest drug store and stock up on Trapper Keepers and…
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3 Fun Ways to Increase Your Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is the trust one puts in their own self. This trust in one’s abilities and judgment can be gauged by a person’s body language, the way they speak, and the way they interact with others. Having faith in one’s…
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It's My Birthday - Gretchen Hydo International

Lessons I’ve Learned at 45

Today is my birthday. Happy birthday to me. I am 45-years-old. Damn. This birthday feels like a mixed bag. I don’t wish to be in my twenties when I was going out to clubs and the world was at my…
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Another kind of Independence Day

Another Kind of Independence Day

Last week we celebrated the Fourth of July here in the United States, also known as “Independence Day.” It’s a holiday that most of us spend outside, enjoying the warm weather, eating barbecue, and watching fireworks. Our country’s heritage of…
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Ending the Blame Game

Ending the Blame Game

Blame is a little like fast food – we know it’s not good for us, we know it won’t lead to anything healthy, but oh boy can it be irresistible. I don’t know about you, but whenever something happens that…
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