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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Refusing to Worry

As is probably evident from my lack of posts, it’s been a bit of a crazy week. I’ve been keeping up my commitment to daily writing, just not daily posting. As I sat down to do my morning reading today, as always, the words from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young hit home for me. “It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control

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Books That Change Lives

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m an avid reader. And when I find something that I feel has really changed my life and has the power to change others, I tend to shout it from the rooftops. I’ve already shared a couple of book recommendations for you, but I’m certain that anyone that knows me well, knows the one book that has had the most profound effect on my adult life. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read

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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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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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Don’t Panic: A Guide to Getting Through Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks

So many of us have been there. You’re going about your day, minding your own business when suddenly something changes. Your breathing shallows. Your chest feels tight. You feel like you can’t breathe. Your heart is racing and you feel the overwhelming sense of doom. You’re certain in this moment that something awful is about to happen. Welcome to the frightening world of panic attacks. Panic attacks are a reality that I’ve dealt with many times. It’s not fun and

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Overwhelm

        We all experience it one time or another…..that feeling that we’ve taken on too much. It’s not a good feeling to have nor is it healthy for you, mentally or physically.   So what can you do when you get to this place? How can you regain “control” of your life?   There are several things you can do. I’m sharing what I’ve found to be most effective for me in my personal circumstances.    1. Write

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