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Pleasing Everyone, All the Way to Burnout

Some of us are hardwired to try to please everyone. We were the kids growing up who actually listened… well, most of the time. We cared what our parents and teachers thought and wanted to make them happy. It was easy to become a people pleaser because the applause reinforced it — made us believe that we weren’t much unless we were measuring...

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Making the Most of Life

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk] You bury your toes deep into the sand. As waves meet the shore, you feel the sea breeze as it brushes against your face. You close your eyes and fill your lungs with that sweet, salty air. If you could freeze time, right here, right now, you would. You wish more of life could be made...

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Why Trust is Worth It

[youtube https://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 https://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 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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Hot Pursuit

"I heard a story once, an incredible story, an amazing story. It told of one who was relentlessly faithful and loves with an unwavering love. It was said that his sorrow was over broken people, it was said that he tirelessly pursues each lost one, never giving up until...until…" Does your heartbeat quicken when you sense someone behind you while...

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How I’m Fighting Resentment as a Stepmom

“Will you always be my stepmom?” Down went the clean laundry I was busy folding.  I looked up.  My stepson was watching me intently.  It was just the two of us, in a rare bit of quiet.  I searched for an answer. “Well, I will be your stepmom as long as your daddy and I are married.”  I wanted to be accurate, but also reassuring....

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