3 Weeks Deep in New Year’s Resolutions

Thanks to my hubby’s more gentle attitude toward New Year’s Resolutions, I might actually stick it out and continue the journey…

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Listen to Loving Thoughts

It’s so important that we’re gentle with ourselves. When it comes to feeling good, it’s all in your head – literally. That’s why my S.M.I.L.E. acronym for emotional wellness includes Listen To Loving Thoughts. What we think matters more than we believe. I usually LOVE to cheer people on, whether in an audience or standing…

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Isolate the Issue

Sometimes the challenges in our lives need to be singled out and faced head-on! That can be hard, but exhilarating when we do it. That’s why the I in S.M.I.L.E. (the acronym that helps reduce my anxiety and depression) stands for Isolate the Issue.

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Make Magic Moments

The second part of S.M.I.L.E. is Make Magic Moments. What is a Magic Moment? It’s when your worries are distant and light illuminates all the shadows in your mind. It’s a moment when your pain is lifted and faraway, like a cloud in the sky. The pain doesn’t necessarily disappear, but it’s momentarily out of…

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Perfect Faith in Perfect Love

As we wrote our annual goals (AKA gift to Jesus) this year and I pondered what I could do better or give up to be more like him, something heavy hit me. Hard. For years I have struggled to do what I need to do. I’ve written entire books while I’ve distracted myself from my…

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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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My Basement Marathon: Adapting Goals and Getting to the Finish Line!

Once upon a time (like 6 months ago😉) I had high hopes of running a marathon on Pioneer Day, just 2 days before the 2-year anniversary of my hysterectomy and 3 days before my 36th birthday. Then life happened – gut issues, family sickness for a month, and other “stuff”. But I reeeally still wanted…

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Slide Show Success: Doing My Own Family History!

Even though today was not the easiest, I spent part of my sabbath counting my blessings by doing some family photo organizing. It’s been a dream to start actually DOING something with photos from family trips and they’re so fun to look through again. Here’s the slideshow we made of our annual Baby Animal Days…

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Hopeful Spirit: Meditation and Mental Breaks

Feeling unhappy? Overwhelmed? When was the last time you relaxed? Don’t have time to relax? I get it. You’re busy. Everyone’s counting on you. But what if you escaped for a few seconds by closing your eyes and just letting yourself breathe deeply? What if? What if you locked yourself in your room for a…

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