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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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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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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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Forgiveness: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding Freedom from the Past and Peace in the Future

It eats at you. The resentment. The pain. You wish it weren’t like this. That you didn’t have to feel this way. That things had happened differently. But they didn’t. Some things can never be forgiven, you remind yourself. But sometimes you wonder, can they? Because the truth is, you’d like to be free. To …

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How to Live With an Open Heart in Times of Stress

Did you catch my guest post at Love Wide Open? “You can actually heal your heart by opening it. Amazing, right? When you see stress as a threat, your cardiovascular system literally tightens. Your blood vessels constrict and inflammation increases. It’s a biological carryover from times when humans faced more physical threats. It’s great news …

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Why You Should Forgive Yourself if You Want to Make Up for Your Past Mistakes

The regret follows you. Regardless of what you’re doing now, you’re also reliving then. You wish you could stop. Rewind. Redo. Since you can’t, you replay. Again and again. It’s like a form of penance. But what if there were a better way? A way to not only give your past mistakes meaning, but to …

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