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Little Brown Book

My Little Brown Book

After my post, 3 Ways to Make More Meaningful Choices this Year, I had a couple of requests asking about My Little Brown Book. Put simply, it is a resolutions journal to track my progress and growth based on designated key indicators or life dimensions. It has become a way

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Redefining Success

How to Redefine Success Your Way

When our family was young, I felt like success was defined as picture-perfect. Nice, well-behaved children, a clean house, a husband who not only helps out but can read my mind. Has anyone else fallen for the same trap? Success isn’t about working to make everyone around you act a

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Joy & Happiness

Choosing Joy

The Wisdom in Choosing Joy

Is choosing joy a choice? How often have you encountered an unexpected situation and had to decide how you were going to react or respond? Where do you choose to focus? It was quiet.  Too quiet in fact. My daughter tended to silently sneak away and find “things” to create

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My Aha Moment! Laziness fails to bring forth happiness.

I’ve noticed a recurring pattern at the end of each school year. During the week following the end of school, we tend to indulge in laziness. I don’t impose reading books or practicing math and other skills on my children, nor do I burden them with excessive chores. I thought

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Faith & Family

Blog 9

Poisoned by Degrees

Sometimes our attitude is being poisoned drop by drop without us even knowing it. I’ve learned a few things to keep in mind to avoid being caught unaware.

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How Cancer has Changed Us

How Cancer has Changed Us

My husband and I were sitting around a table at a wedding. We were among friends, and the conversation was jumping from one couple to another as we caught up with each other. Someone asked my husband “how is your son?” He gave a brief rundown, and I interjected with

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Mindset & Emotions

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How do You Respond to Your Circumstances?

It’s human to feel as if our circumstances are a part of our emotions —  something we often have no control over. Thinking along those lines can lead to all kinds of negative feelings like helplessness, anger, and guilt. The reality is you DO have control. You choose how you

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Blog 10

How to Manage Feelings of Overwhelm and Stress

Stress and overwhelm used to send me into a screaming rampage with my kids. Sometimes it still keeps me from enjoying the good that is happening all around me. And it almost always makes me grumpy to be around. I’m not saying it isn’t okay to feel overwhelmed from time

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self-doubt and limiting beliefs

How to Crush Your Self-Doubt and Limiting Beliefs

I was listening to a podcast the other day where they talked about how self-doubt and limiting beliefs affect the way we show up in life. Limiting beliefs are created by the voice in our head — our thoughts. Because our brain is so quick to look for what might

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