Are you successful?

I'm in a business where goals, ranks, and money are often held up as measures of success. I understand that healthy goals are helpful, fun, and  growth-inspiring, I've experienced all these things as I've reached goals I never thought I could. It's exhilarating! But, it's a temporary confidence. The satisfaction is fleeting. The goal is finally reached (yeah!) and then there is a new goal to accomplish.

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Empathy

I am an empath. I can feel what you're feeling. In my body. Sometimes more than you can.

This is a beautiful gift God has given me. It allows others to feel seen and heard by me. It helps people feel safe and known around me...

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"I did my best, coach."

My son played on a soccer team last year that was pretty good. Actually, there were some really good 11 year old boys on this team. The coach was an intense guy. I liked him. He pushed the boys to be better...

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Give yourself TIME

A few months ago I heard it suggested that a life of spirituality and faith takes PRACTICE. This seemed so obvious, yet so novel to me, that I haven't been able to get it off my mind. 

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Enjoy the journey?

How do you "enjoy the journey"?

I've heard people advocate this message many times. Today, I'm questioning it.

I'm not questioning if "enjoying the journey" is a good idea. I mean, who DOESN'T want to enjoy the journey? I'm just wondering how. And, why don't I?

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Two Things God Says About Food

There is a voice that whispers lies in my ears. “Being thin will make me happy. Eating will satisfy me.” When I was 8, I discovered something bad about myself -  I was chubby. It was a new, undeveloped shame, but, it was a growing one. I learned if I could just be skinny, I would be happy. Now, over 30 years later, I fight that belief. But, it still lingers.

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7 Ways to be a Woman of Joy

It’s no small thing to me that I was raised by a joyful mom.  As I approach the one-year anniversary of her death, I am in awe of the joy she had throughout life, and throughout cancer, and I am inspired to be more like her.

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I was done being chubby!

When I was 13 I decided I was done being chubby. That reputation was old and undesirable, so, I went on a diet...To this day, my brain still follows the same pathway...I see a sexy girl in a bikini and I think, “that’s what I want; that the goal.”

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Food, Body & Bible

Why did I think that being thin, toned, bikini-ready (I live at the beach) would make me happy? I would deceive myself into thinking I was doing it only for health reasons. Supposedly I mainly wanted energy, reduced joint pain, better sleep. And, I did (and do) want those things, but the REAL reason was to be thin. Thin and strong. And sexy. And admired. And looked-at. And accepted. Ugh. THAT AGAIN?!  

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A Pure Heart

It's always so relieving, and then so scary when I remember that everything comes down to the state of my heart; my soul. It's not what I put in my body; it's not what I eat that condemns me. (OH! how I've gotten this wrong.) It's not the social "laws" and niceties I follow that make me good and acceptable.

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