Why It’s Time to Stop Waiting for Everything to Be Okay

I’m guest posting at A Life in Progress this week. Is everything going to be okay? How often have you said those words? Most of us have repeated some version of them many times, whether to ourselves or others. The predictable response: Everything will be okay, is meant to provide reassurance and hope. But those words can …

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When You Feel Tired of Hoping and Trying, Remember . . .

“What happens when people open their hearts? They get better.” ~Haruki Murakami What do you do when just can’t do it anymore? When the pain is too much? The discouragement is too much? The hoping and trying are too much? It’s not that you haven’t tried. You’ve been brave. You’ve been persistent. You’ve been soldiering on …

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How Wisdom Comes

I was frustrated. It was a day of weeds. Literally—morning glory vines twining into vegetables and snaking across fences, thistles spreading prickly and round, grass in the garden and clover in the lawn. And figuratively—finances uncertain, work undone, emotions unraveling. I was doing my best, but truthfully?  I was struggling. And so were my kids. …

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When Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: How to Help Them (and Also Help Yourself!)

Written in consultation with McKinley Morrison, RN It’s lonely, being a caregiver. When your loved one has dementia, the loneliness can be especially profound. That’s because the opposite of loneliness is connection. And how do you connect with someone who doesn’t share your reality? To someone who forgets what day it is and where they …

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How to Just Be: 5 Life Lessons I Learned from Watching Sunsets

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ~C. JoyBell C. “You need to just be.” At the time I didn’t understand my teacher’s words. My identity entwined itself with my ambition. I fought inner emptiness by overloading my calendar. I fought loneliness by …

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Words to Live by: 45 Inspirational Quotes from the Dalai Lama

Looking for just the right words to put your life and circumstances into perspective? Check out this collection of 45 of the Dalai Lama’s most inspirational quotations. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, serves as a worldwide spiritual leader. He is committed to helping people of all religious traditions find happiness, and teaches …

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1 Realization That Will Help You Show Up Big and Brave Even When You Feel Scared and Inadequate

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What dreams are lurking under the surface of your life? What questions are still to be lived? What gifts to be shared? Part of you wants to find out. But another part lives cautious and careful. You have a lot to lose, after all. You ask yourself, …

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21 Posts You Need to Read When You are Struggling to Let Go

It sounds so easy. Except that it isn’t. Letting go. The feelings follow you, even when you try to leave them behind. And sometimes there’s a part of you that wants it that way. We hold onto so many things—relationships, memories, expectations, hopes, and even belongings. The truth is, our lives are largely defined by …

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