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Why Trust is Worth It

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWypWe9UAhQ?rel=0] Media thanks to Ze Frank You've probably participated in trust exercises at school or work. Maybe you've crowd-surfed at a concert. Had a piggy-back ride. Taken a bite from someone else's fork. These things all take a certain amount of physical trust and vulnerability, even if you...

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We've All Got Issues

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEncgA9N144] Media Thanks to SoulPancake Behind every face is a person struggling. When the facades drop, we're left on level ground: every one of us human, all facing challenges and carrying scars. What does it take to trust someone enough to show them who we really are? Will they scrutinize and judge?...

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The Secret of a Happy Family

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYT3a3LBYRs] Video Thanks to SoulPancake It’s not easy being a good parent, but the rewards are so worth it! There’s nothing quite like seeing your child beaming ear to ear, becoming the person they're destined to be. As Julien says, “Being a good parent isn’t about how much time you spend...

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Don't Guard Your Heart

Stop guarding your heart. Maybe this seems counterintuitive. "Guard your heart" is an expression thrown around a lot, especially in Christian circles, and it's commonly taken to extremes. It's supposed to encourage you to be modest, to protect yourself, to keep the bad guys out of your head and heart. But there's a danger when you try so hard...

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Living the Single Life

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lREZ6Bg_Y4E?feature=player_detailpage] Julian, the host of The Science of Love by SoulPancake, asks a handful of single people a few questions: If you could, would you wake up tomorrow single or in a relationship? What are you looking for in a partner? What do you think other people are looking for? Their...

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The Pep Talk You Need to Hear

I read a great quote the other day:  “It's a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you're ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” -Hugh Laurie It...

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The Way Back to Innocence

I clearly remember warm summer days long ago when I would lie on the grass. The sky was a canvas where I painted and planned my life. I owned mansions and elephants and dinosaurs—anything my heart imagined. Everything was good. I didn’t think things would ever go wrong, but they did. Devastating relationships. Shame. Stolen innocence. Grief....

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A Christmas Blessing for Stepmoms

Merry imperfect Christmas! If there is anyone who needs permission to not be perfect, and to not have a perfect Christmas, it is a stepmother. Give yourself a chance to breathe. You need it. Here are five things you have permission for this Christmas:* 1) This Christmas, you have permission to feel a little anxious. The logistics of celebrating...

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