A Slide 36 Years in the Making

Last week I did something new and brave thanks to a recent round of fresh counseling sessions: I slid down a water slide with NO inhibitions! I grabbed the overhead bar with both fists, swung hard, launched myself, leaned back, crossed my arms on my chest and FLEW!!!! I have NEVER gone down a water…

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You Have Divine Beauty – Use it for Good.

God put SO much beauty into one simple rose, just imagine how much beauty He’s put into you! Sure, we have our thorny, prickly moments. But I believe people, YOU included, have much more beauty inside than they realize – beauty of character and conversion, compassion and charity, that’s just still trying to blossom. ♥️ Let God…

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Dance. For. Joy.

Want to cut a rug in your own home? That’s right, I’m bringing dance to you! Whether it’s because you’re learning something new or because your heart is racing, dance lifts us in amazing ways! I’ve been enjoying movement for over 15 years and am thrilled to share how it can help raise your spirit.…

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Healthy Mind: Music & Mental Highs

A healthy mind is one that takes care of itself. It’s an ally. It thinks thoughts that keep it safe. Those safe thoughts then create safe emotions that allow us to be our best selves. Mental highs are one of the “M&M’s” that help me take care of my mind.  What IS a mental high?…

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Rise Up and S.M.I.L.E.

I’ve been doing some re-branding and am SO excited to finally start sharing the projects I’ve been working on! First off, as much as I loved the start that the name Uplifting Eva gave me, I never liked that it had my name. I’ve always wanted something that was more about sharing hope for everyone…

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8 Thoughts from 8 Social-Media-Free Weeks of Reflection

It’s been 8 weeks since I’ve taken a break from social media and did some soul-searching. Here’s what I’ve learned:  1) I have no serious gut issues. All tests and scans came back normal (no cancer, IBS, or anything else). What I do have are some serious stressers in my family’s life. Each time those…

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Book Launch Party and Staying "Up" Emotionally 4 Months Postop

2 months. Because I’ve been focusing on finishing my latest book, that’s how long it’s been since I’ve sat down to write here, and I’ve got to say that it feels like I’ve come home. It’s almost like I have a relationship with this journal. It’s a space I can be myself. It’s a place…

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I’m okay and that’s enough.

(Cold but smiling at the start of what I thought was my last appointment.) Today is supposed to be my (for real, again) FINAL doctor’s appointment related to my mastectomy and reconstruction.  It’s been 5 weeks since the appointment I THOUGHT was going to be my final one.  I think I’m finally starting to be…

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Pennies of Parenthood: The Investment of Connections

A little while ago I was finding myself exhausted and disappointed at the end of each day.  It was really discouraging. I could think about all this “stuff” I got done, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled.  I was feeling worked to the bone, but no satisfaction from it.  That’s when I realized it was because…

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Change, Motherhood, and Rubber Chickens

This precious photo above is from trying something new.  My daughter wanted to be one of the orphans in the local high school production of “Annie.”  Though I was a little unsure of how she would do, we went for it.  There was definitely a learning curve.  I was a brave momma and didn’t stay…

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