Goal-Setting: 5 Ways You Know You’re Doing It Right

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. –Bill Copeland In high school, I took a weight-training class to fulfill a needed gym credit. My goal was to do the bare minimum to get an …

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No One’s Going to Fight for Me but Myself: The True Story of an Abuse Victim

“If you’ll eat this, you’ll be the highest jumpers ever,” Dorothy told her children, including her oldest daughter Tamara “Tammy” Perkins. At the time, Tammy’s dad, Don Perkins, was out of work after being temporarily blinded when someone at work hit him on the head with a hammer. At least, …

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My $2,500 Mistake: Lessons in Loss

Every nut the squirrel hoards is another it’s afraid to lose. Marty Rubin  Imagine you got a letter from your bank indicating they had accidentally overcharged you and had included a check for $1,000. How would you feel? What would you do with the money? How long would this elated …

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The Question I Wouldn’t Answer: Rooting for Rehab over Revenge

“Love is the only thing that can turn an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King Jr. The Nightmare Child Recently I watched a documentary1 on YouTube about two parents and their unruly seven-year-old daughter. She was defiant at every turn. The parents battled with her to get out …

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Crying with Strangers: The Forgotten Pathway to Connectedness

I’ve been inspired to write this post because of the book about belonging called Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown. She discusses the idea of holding hands with strangers as a form of belonging and connectedness. This is demonstrated by her experiences amid tragedies, such as the Challenger explosion and …

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Data-Driven Gun Laws: How the Left and Right are Both Wrong

You may have heard that when it comes to family get-togethers avoid talking religion and politics at all costs. One especially painful topic is gun control. What is it about this subject that gets people so polarized and passionate? Recently I debated this topic with a friend. There was a lot …

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The Day My Daughter Left Me Speechless: 3 Parenting Hacks to Encourage Sharing

It was a typical Thursday morning. I was putting my two-year-old’s shoes on and ushering her out the door to attend Storytime at our local library. We arrived and listened to stories about St. Patrick’s Day, then began playing with blocks and coloring pictures. My daughter, Cedar, dropped her magnetic …

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A Letter to God: Are You in Everything?

Dear God, Today I tried to find You. Some people say You are in everything. Is that true? I looked for You in our basement. I looked for You in that brownie I ate. I tried the sock drawer and neighborhood park. I even searched the dream I had about …

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