Mid-Year Reboot

July and August always feel like new beginnings to me. Most school years start in August or September, which always signals the start of a “new year.” In my case, I finish my biggest event of the year the last week of June. July provides me with a great time to reflect on not only that event and what worked or didn’t work, but it also provides a great opportunity for me to look at the other areas of my

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On the Road Again

If you’re a parent with a kid that has a chronic illness, there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time in your car traveling to doctor appointments. We’re blessed to live in an area with some of the best medical facilities in the country nearby. This week I had to take my own daughter to Johns Hopkins for an appointment with her hematologist. On a good day, we can do the trip in an hour. This time we

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What You Learn when Managing Chronic Illness

My daughter has had to battle many health challenges most of her life. I’ve had my own share of those challenges as well over the years. I know so many people deal with these issues on a daily basis and most of us have no idea that those people are battling anything.   Here are some important things I’ve learned over the years if you’re trying to manage a chronic illness: You are not your illness. While it may bring

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Observations from a Week of Daily Blog Posts

I’ll start by saying it’s definitely harder than I thought. Here’s the thing – I have no problem carving out the 30 minutes to write from my heart. And it feels great. But what I write down in my journal is not always something I’d want to put on my blog. So I find myself sort of censoring my writing making sure it’s okay for public consumption. Which, while not what I intended, is really good practice for me. I’m

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Some Days You Just Need to Rest

I’ve been writing and posting to my blog now for 6 days. Today is the first day that I got my morning started and thought “Oh no – what am I going to write about today?” A good friend reminded me this morning at my Bible study that it doesn’t need to be long to be complete. My post today will be a short and sweet reminder that it’s not only okay but necessary that we all find time to pause

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The Power of Community, Part 1

God never intended for us to live in isolation. Part of feeling and being fully alive – actually, a huge part – is the relationships you form with others and being part of a community of people. Your community may look very different from mine, but at the core, there are more similarities than differences. A common thread runs through all communities – relationships and support. As an introvert and someone who tends to battle my own share of mental

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Putting It All in God’s Hands…

One habit that I developed this year is reading this incredible book (that half the world has read, except me, apparently) called Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. My friend Michelle told me about this book about 5 years ago. It only took me until this January to finally check it out. It’s profound and speaks to me in a way no other book has. For those unfamiliar with the book, the devotions are written as if Jesus were talking to

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Meditation with a Pen: Day 1

I’m blessed to be surrounded by some really great people in my life – both those that live close by and those in all corners of the U.S. Several of those people are writers, like myself, and serve as sources of encouragement in my craft. Two of my friends have recently started their own personal writing challenge. I’ve sat back and watched how this challenge is transforming them in all areas of their life and I’m inspired. One of my

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We Need Some Radical Empathy

There is so much strife all around us right now. Anger, bitterness, and hatred seem to be finding their way into every day as we move through this post-election time. If you’re upset about the results of the election and don’t know what to do or how to process it, I encourage you to pause and then look around you. What can you do from where you are to help enact positive change? NO positive act is too small. Do

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Ponderings from the Almost Empty Nest

empty nest, emptynesting, college

As my youngest child prepares to leave for college in a mere two weeks, (yikes!) I find myself with a myriad of emotions. Of course, there’s some sadness, some anxiety – will she be okay? Let’s get real – will I be okay? The five million “what ifs.” But more than that is an underlying feeling of great excitement for both of us. I’m excited for her and the new world of opportunities and experiences that are about to open

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