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What to Do With Unknown Situations

The other day my husband and I pulled into our driveway and there was a skunk on our lawn. In broad daylight. I don’t know much about skunks but apparently, they don’t like light. So what was this skunk doing on our lawn?   It appeared to be digging at first and my husband was […] Original link
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Don’t Let Difficulty Destroy Your Dream

Do you eat liver? Do you drink juice smoothies? People consume them because they are good for their bodies. Some people enjoy them while other’s force feed themselves. Both for the same reason. They have a dream. What about mental and emotional food? I’m reading a book right now that is good for me. Actually, […] Original link
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How to POWERFULLY Overcome Obstacles to Change & Personal Growth

You say you’re ready to start. You know which you need – change or growth . What comes next? Obstacles. Those nasty things that get in your way threatening to stop you. But in the words of Michael Jordan: Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. But how do we do this? See them and overcome them one by one. Where are you trying to change or grow? What is holding you back or getting in your way?   Common Obstacles Fear – Fear is one of the most common obstacles people face. Fear of failure. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what others might say or do. Fear of success. Self-sabota...
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6 Ways Change & Growth Differ – Which Do You Need?

Change and growth. Growth and change. Aren’t they the same thing? We use the terms interchangeably so often the lines between them disappear. But what if it matters? Change and growth are not the same. What if your happiness depends on which you choose – to change or grow? How do you decide which you need? Where do you start?   First, you need to identify your problem or the thing you want to be different.   Are you unhappy at your job? Do you have a negative self-image? Are you bored with your life? Do you lose your temper all the time? Are you depressed? Do you have relationship problems? Are you plagued by your past? Do you have financial problems?   These are just a few po...
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This ONE Thing Can Change Your Life Forever.

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One year ago today I started something. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I started anyway. I didn’t have confidence I would succeed, but I started anyway. In fact, I was afraid and ignorant, but I started anyway. And because I did it, I started, TODAY I can look back and celebrate instead of wishing I woulda coulda shoulda. What about you? Everyone has hopes, dreams, and desires. But if everyone has them, why don’t we all accomplish, become or do those things? We have reasons. We don’t have time. We don’t have the money. We don’t know how. We failed before. We think it’s impossible. We are too old. We are too young. And the list goes on. We call our excuses reasons because we are afraid o...
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Fear Detox: How to Choose Love

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Just like two weeks ago, today my writing didn’t go as planned. I had two other drafts before this one. What was my problem? Well, last week I said I’d talk about the love I mentioned at the end of the article. The love in the manifesto. The love in my book. The love that gets rid of the fear. The fear we deal with every time we want to get closer to someone. The fear we deal with every time our emotions go into a raging spiral and vile things come out of our mouth. The fear that drives us into hiding when we desperately want someone to come seeking after us. Yeah, that love.   Is this love magical? Am I saying it takes all the fear away and you can “emerge with wings” and fly through l...
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What it Means to KNOW Someone (3+7)

The subtitle of my eBook  Love’s manifesto is To be seen, to be known, and to be loved into wholeness. This is the craving in the heart of every human being whether they will admit it or not. We already talked about the being seen part. What it means, why we want it, and what it will do for us. And we talked about the inversion of being seen, the hiding. The shame that lies to us telling us that what we want, what we crave, indeed what we need is not available for us for whatever fill in the blank reason it comes up with. And if you didn’t read it, or need to be reminded – you ARE worthy of love. You DO deserve to be seen, to be known and to be loved into wholeness. So now let’s take a ...
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Why We Hide Emotionally (2 things we need)

I had a different topic in mind for today but I woke up feeling strange. Have you ever done that? Just felt weird inside. I found a vague sense of discontent rolling around inside me. I responded with what I believed would fix my problem. Gratitude. I practiced some gratitude. Looked for reasons to be content and counted my blessings. I thought my problem was just a superficial emotion and wanted a quick fix so I could just go on with my day as I’d planned. It helped. But it didn’t take care of ALL the feeling of strange happening inside of me. It was deeper. Crap! I wanted it to be simple. I didn’t want it to be deeper. That made me both sad and mad. Now I needed to find out what was going ...
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Love’s Manifesto

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  I’m excited to announce the launch of my eBook! It took weeks of writing, editing, and formatting, and I’m thrilled to finally share it with you. Love’s Manifesto. Love’s Manifesto To be seen, to be known, to be loved into wholeness   About the manifesto Love’s Manifesto is a small eBook about becoming your true self through the power of love. Growing out of two of my previous articles about  not being invisible & being seen this short manifesto is a call to join the journey to wholeness Intentionally poetic and brief, Love’s Manifesto can be read it in one sitting.   How to get a copy You can get a free copy of Love’s Manifesto by join...
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What Does It Mean To “BE Seen”? (Many Benefits)

I have been working on my Manifesto for many weeks now. It’s my statement of purpose of why I write and why anyone would be interested. The plan is to publish it next week. The title is Love’s Manifesto: to be seen, to be known, and to be loved into wholeness. The first part of that is: to be seen. We are told it is a fundamental need in humans to be seen. I’ve been doing research to find out why. How does it work? What is it we are looking for? What is the benefit of having this need met? I was raised during the era when it was commonly said children are to be seen and not heard. That mentality and treatment of children caused many negative side effects in adults today. Clearly, the being s...
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3 Amazing Examples of the POWER of Community

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Community is a powerful thing. For the last three weeks, we’ve been looking at if from a personal view. How it affects the individual. How we need each other. How we need to allow ourselves to be seen. How we need to speak up . How a community can be large or small (just two). Also, the personal benefits we receive from tapping into the power of community. All those things are important. But there is more. This week I want to talk about the collective effects. What communities, or the power of many, can accomplish.   Here are 3 Amazing Examples   1 – Gathering Power Parul Agrawal has been gathering a community of voices to speak about motherhood. She could have chosen to write...
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7 Benefits to Vulnerability & Connection

Last week I talked about how together is better , tapping into community, and what it takes to access the support we need. How we need to make ourselves vulnerable. Speak up. Allow ourselves to be seen. But is it just about getting support? Reaching out for help is good. Getting the help we need after reaching out is awesome. But there is even more to be gained through community than getting a single need met, or being supported in a crisis. Far more. First, let’s unpack the term community. It’s easy to think that a community must involve many people. It can, but it doesn’t have to. As I said last week , it only takes two for a together to exist. Community comes from the word commo...
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How To Get The Support You Need

I made up a word today. I do that sometimes. I made up the word pondery*. This morning I was pondery. A photo grabbed my attention. One of our grandson walking together with me and my husband on South Mountain in Arizona. The frame is inscribed with the words Grandparents fill the world with love. I paused. I got to thinking in many different directions. Hence the word pondery. Pondering is thinking on just one subject. I was on many. I pondered the time the photo was taken. Approximately seven years ago. My life has changed so dramatically since then. We are back living in Michigan now. The time we spent living in Arizona seems like a lifetime ago. I felt a sadness. I missed the sunshine. I...
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How To Put It Back Together When Your Heart Breaks

Last year was rough for many people. This year didn’t waste any time dishing out difficulty in my life. January first was an emotional day. I had one family member in the ER and another taking a larger step toward death. I wrote about it in the article Are You Emotionally Ready For The Unexpected. I was as ready as I could be, but we all need something beyond preparation. We need each other. The following week I wrote about the mind. How to be the master and not the slave of the thoughts in our own head. It is important to note, it is the mind’s job to process all the emotions that come with circumstantial trouble. So I shared How To Master Your Mind (4 Things You Need). I needed them today,...
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What Is Your Inner Orchestra Playing?

As I write this, my mother-in-law is on the edge of eternity. My husband and I went last night to say our final goodbyes. Whenever any of us encounter death the questions surrounding who we are, and what happens after we breathe our last, come rising up inside of us. Some have learned to shove it down. Nevertheless, these questions come. So today, my emotions are all over the place. My mind is trying to make sense of them. But my will is determined to let my spirit lead. My soul is seeking the conductor of my inner orchestra. What does that mean? It is an analogy. I love analogies and word pictures. They help me understand complicated things. I have become more aware of them all around us. I...
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How To Accomplish What You Say You Want

Is there something you want to do but don’t do? Is there something you want to stop but don’t stop? Let’s say a habit or a goal? I’ve been there. I’m pretty sure we all have. Today I want to tell a story. A story both of failure and success. A story of how I moved from one to another and you can too.   I was one of those people that others love to hate – until I wasn’t. You know the kind. The kind that have what you wish you had. The person who always seems to get a promotion when you are stuck in the same place. The mom who gives birth in what feels like five seconds when you go through hours of painful labor. The classmate that always aces the test without studying while you barely ee...
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How To Master Your Mind (4 Things You Need)

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Last week I talked about emotions . I think emotions get a bad rap as if they are responsible for all our troubles. I beg to differ. Our minds play an important role in relation to those emotions. The mind by definition is responsible for processing feelings and emotions. That being the case, it is beneficial to find out who is in charge. Are you the master or the slave? As we grow up we learn things. We go to school and learn to read, to write, to do math, and other intellectual things that use our minds. But we are not computers. We are people. We have a soul. This soul thing is made up of our emotions, our will, and our mind. The three are interdependent. They need one another. When we fa...
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