Category: Wednesday’s Wisdom

Wednesday’s Wisdom is a weekly column sharing nuggets of wisdom learned through the eyes of our contributors.

“Free Cookie Day”

“Free cookie day!” said an older gentleman with a huge smile on his face. He was standing by the open door to a local bakery my son and I had just passed after going grocery shopping. I smiled back and assumed the gentleman worked at the bakery and must be offering a free cookie to kids that day. I confirmed …

5 Takeaways From Failure

My friend Amanda Jensen is starting her health and fitness coaching business and invited me to join her September Accountability group. I was excited to join because getting healthier has been on my mind now for quite some time. Unfortunately, I have allowed other things to distract me from taking care of myself physically. I am growing exponentially spiritually and …

You Are What You Love

When my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, her doctor said she had a few years.  Despite chemo rounds, we watched her decline quickly.  A short seven months after the diagnosis, she was gone.  It’s been two years now, and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the things I learned from my mother.  It’s interesting …

Finding Christ in My Eating Disorder

“Please!  Listen to this audiobook!” chirped my mom, “I know it could help as you try to make friends!”  With my usual teenage flair, I rolled my eyes and acted disinterested.  My mom had begged me for weeks to read Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.  We just moved to a new city, and my mom was convinced …

Of Course You’re Tired, You’re a Mom

The pharmacy cashier asked what my relationship to the patient was. “I’m her mother.” I was picking up some prescription pain medication for my daughter who was at home with my husband and still super emotional from one of the general anesthesia meds she’d received. Just an hour earlier she’d been medically oblivious as nine baby teeth had been extracted …

Revisit Your Memories

My earliest memory involved a parking garage and a pink rain jacket. I was somewhere between two and four years old, stomping and jumping in a puddle. The dirty water splattered all over my jacket and matching pink boots and pink hat. I shrieked with excited laughter. I thought this was a dream until I discovered a photograph of me …

Change, Faith, and Perseverance

Change and my faith have been two constants in the last decade and a half of my life. I think somewhere around our fifth move I felt good at applying the principle “bloom where you’re planted.” At the time, a lot had just wrapped up including an extended work assignment overseas separating my husband from our first baby and me …

A Summer of Travel, Memories, and Learning

Summer is my favorite time because it’s when we travel the most.  And I adore traveling.  This summer we kind of accidentally had a National Parks theme to our adventures.  I came away with a lot of pictures and some great memories.  I also came away with three life lessons. Lesson One:  You Never Know How Close You Are to …

Environments are Stronger than Willpower

The last few weeks I have been actively re-organizing and re-decorating my home and office. My boys are with their Dad for the summer, and yet for some reason, the clutter remained. I didn’t realize how much it was negatively impacting me until I started finding a place for everything, started taking down old things, and replacing them with new …

How Our Thoughts Can Turn Against Us

For eight weeks, I had a series of full blown crazy scary panic attacks. My whole lower body would shake like I had hypothermia. They led to adrenal fatigue as well as various other spin-off health issues, which of course added to the panic. My doctor told me to cut everything out of my life for the next 12 months. …