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9 Tips to Survive Holidays with Family

9 Tips to Survive Holidays with Family

It seems that people are really stressing out about the holidays. Not just gift-giving stress and stuffing-making stress, but also the being-together-for-family-time thing. As a recovering perfectionist, I know full well the stress of having high expectations and then...

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Coming Out of My Cocoon

Coming Out of My Cocoon

This last month was hard for me. It was a season of confusion and discouragement, to say the least. I had some questions for God about my usefulness and direction, and then some heavy family stuff came right in and mixed up with it. I was literally not able to string...

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When Summer Comes Crashing Down

When Summer Comes Crashing Down

Summer is a time full of expectations. We imagine certain moments of relaxation, fun, vacation, or slower schedules. I picture it being like one of those drug commercials where the woman is playing catch in the yard or making lemonade with a child. Yes-- living life...

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Building Resilience Through Grief

Building Resilience Through Grief

I have been undeniably moved by Option B, a book by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I heard an interview with Sheryl at the Global Leadership Summit and was intrigued.  Option B is what you pursue when tragedy hits and Option A is no longer an option. I am...

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Do You Seek Wisdom?

Wisdom goes beyond what my opinion is, or what Google says about a topic.  Wisdom requires me to seek God, think and process about an issue, go outside of myself and seek thoughts from others. Abigail and I are in the final preparations for releasing a new marriage...

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Date Night Conversation Starters

Date Night Conversation Starters

It's Hard Enough to Make the Date Happen When I was a teacher, I knew it was more work to leave notes for a sub than it was to just be there. It took all the fun out of being gone!  Sometimes when we finally get out on a date, I feel just as stuck. Here I am with a...

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Are They Ready to Change?

Are They Ready to Change?

You've prepared well. You know about the levels of communication and the art of asking powerful questions. You have patiently walked them through the coaching model and they have maybe even identified the next step. But will they actually do it? Time and again we have...

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Conflict Resolution with Four Conversations

Sometimes when couples try to resolve conflict, they try to hit it all in one conversation. One spouse brings up an issue and the 2 people banter around the issue for awhile. Now while I choose the word “banter,” I think we all know I mean attack, defend, criticize,...

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Three Components of Each of Us

Some of us think we are pretty simple, while others of us know we are a complicated mess. The truth is that we are all complicated, complex people. One of the ways to break this down is to look at 3 contributing factors that make you who you are. Personality This is...

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Holding onto Your Dream

Ordinary Leaves the Land of Familiar I just read an awesome book that revived me for pursuing what I feel called toward. The Dream Giver, by Bruce Wilkinson, begins as a parable about Ordinary.  “Meet Ordinary, a Nobody who leaves the land of Familiar to pursue his...

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