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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Endure to Enjoy

When we accept our reality we allow ourselves the freedom to take it on and make the best of it. That’s why the E in S.M.I.L.E. stands for Endure to Enjoy. Choosing to master our toughest circumstances will give us confidence, even when it feels like things are falling apart. We can be brave, keep trying, and eventually face challenges with grace. We get stronger from the struggle. Eventually, joy and peace can come regardless of our circumstances.

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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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Nothing Scary Here! Just love.

A few months ago I would have picked this apart. “You didn’t capitalize the first letter.” “You capitalized a letter in the middle of the sentence.” “Don’t just use a period. Use something else to end the sentence.” I’m kinda cringing thinking about it, but I’m learning to forgive my weaknesses too. Today I’m grateful,…

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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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Being Real about Insecurities in Motherhood

I completely lost it today. In a moment of stressful madness as we were running late, dealing with miscommunication, and some unexpected chaos, I hurried kids out the door. The first kid sprinted out the front screen door and the second trailed close behind, running right into the slamming screen door. Smack! Shock. Cut cheek.…

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Art Therapy: Pockets of Peace during the Struggles

This post is for anyone just doing their best to survive. Who are keeping a brave, happy face even when times are unexpectedly cry-through-it tough. Especially for the moms, who try so painstakingly hard not to let their kids know how real the struggle is sometimes. These pictures are highlights from my day. They do…

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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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