Productivity & Goals

4 Practical Ways to Create Successful New Habits

When I want to create some sort of change in my life, whether it is for personal growth or development, I typically start looking at what habits might help. A Habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary, whereas, a goal is a result

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stop the procrastination and reclaim your life

Stop the Procrastination and Reclaim Your Life!

Isn’t it fascinating how good we are at procrastination when it comes to things with the promise of long-term happiness, and we’re terrible at putting off things that produce short-term satisfaction?  Tim Urban calls it the instant gratification monkey.  Sometimes instant gratification has a stronger pull than the long term

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growing pains

The Uncomfortable Truth about Growing Pains

As a child, I remember waking up in the middle of the night with growing pains — my legs would be aching with the most uncomfortable pain. Mom would give me a drink of milk, and tell me to go back to bed.  Sometimes, when it was awful, she would

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Joy & Happiness

Happy Habits

7 Habits of the Happy

Happiness is often considered one of those ever elusive emotions. We seem to search for it as if it were some tangible object. The truth is, happiness is something we feel despite what might be going on in our life – it is a state of being independent of circumstance.

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Health, Healing, and Happiness

Having been sick for over two weeks, I’ve realized that illness makes me appreciate my health. Just the simple act of breathing through my nose, or sleeping through the night is something I take for granted until I can’t do it.

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Faith & Family

The Place Which God for Us Prepared

  Life was lovely in Colorado.  My husband and I enjoyed four beautiful children, good neighbors, and fulfilling friendships.  We’d lived there for eight years, longer than either of us had lived anywhere.  Our older children didn’t remember living anyplace else — the younger hadn’t lived anywhere else. And yet,

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Small and Simple Ways to Grow Faith in Your Family

Wouldn’t it be great if we could see into the future and live today with the added benefit of our experience a few years down the line?  It would be so much easier to teach our families if we had the foresight to know what would work. It’s hard not to

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Why Family Traditions are Proven to be so Valuable

When I think of family traditions, the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” is the first to come to mind. Growing up, it was one of my dad’s favorite movies and plays. I remember him singing the Tradition song all around the house. Waving his hands and doing the fiddler jig —

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Mindset & Emotions

How Do You Resolve Conflict?

Last year one of my readers asked if I would write about how to resolve conflict. I’ll admit my initial reaction wasn’t one of excitement. Conflict, in general, has been something I’ve tended to avoid most of my life. It feels uncomfortable in an awkward kind of way. Truth is

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Mentally Strong People Do These 13 Things

As a trained therapist, Amy Morin’s focus has always been on helping others become mentally strong people, but when she was hit with one devastating tragedy after another she learned about mental strength first hand. With the sudden deaths of her mother and husband, Morin became acutely aware of how

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