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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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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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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Happiness Through Music & Mental Highs

A happy mind is one that takes care of itself. It thinks thoughts that keep it safe. Those safe thoughts then create happy emotions that allow us to be our best, joy-filled selves. Mental highs are one of the M&M’s that help me take care of my mind. What IS a mental high? It’s when you…

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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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Loving Me For Me Post-Mastectomy

I usually try to hide my tears from my kids.  And my breakdowns.  But not this time.  They knew I was having a REALLY rough day.  Sammy kept sitting next to me, holding my hand.  Michael stopped when he walked by to give me a gentle side hug.  Sophia was my gopher girl, filling my…

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Take Time for Your Dreams, Even if it Takes More Time Than You Expected

I know it’s not Tuesday anymore (and it wasn’t Monday this morning when I did my #musicmonday either LOL) but I need to share a belated #taketimetuesday post.  I am so thankful that I have patiently pursued my dreams while devoting myself to motherhood.  I am a full-time mom every day and night.  I work…

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