In Death, Appreciate Life

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things we experience in life. Some have experienced death more than others, but no matter how much we experience the loss of someone close to us, it’s always tragic. Just recently, my family experienced a tragic loss in the death of my father-in-law. Without question, [ keep reading ]

How to Manage Menopause Without Going Bonkers

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April 2019 has a deeply etched place in my heart. It’s the month when I officially completed menopause. After 34 years of parenting, it was one of the biggest milestones of my life. I had heard and read so much about this mysterious, sacred, often turbulent time in a woman’s life. Nothing I heard or [ keep reading ]

We Need to Practice; Don’t Preach

Children learn by watching and doing. If we want to show others what is important to us, we practice and don’t preach. With the conclusion of the Holy Triduum in the Catholic church, Christians are celebrating several weeks of Easter Time. Now that the season of Lent is over, many think that the burden of [ keep reading ]

Intentional Living: God Gave Us Senses for a Reason

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Sometimes, I wish I could simultaneously view all the lands and people in the world. I wonder what a satellite/panoramic view of earth would really look like. As I ponder the typical lifestyle in a modern world (at least, in America) I feel saddened. I immediately think I probably would not really like to see [ keep reading ]

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time comparing myself to others. Its something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I blame my competitive nature. I was raised in sports and competition. Growing up, I was seldom alone and always with cousins and friends. Playing ball was [ keep reading ]

Cultivate Confidence and Eliminate Negative Self-Talk

Confidence. Idiots have too much of it and genuinely awesome people have too little of it. To many, the stereotypical confident person is an extroverted individual who possesses a natural magnetism. Charismatic extroverts seemingly ooze confidence, while timid introverts tip-toe their way through life without it. Interestingly, some of the most extroverted people I’ve ever [ keep reading ]

Fasting Helps Strengthen Mind, Body and Spirit

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My mother has always been a tremendous promoter of temperance. She raised her children to maintain self-control in all aspects of their lives. She taught that too much of anything is typically never healthy. Especially regarding our diets, we were allowed to eat whatever we wanted, in moderation. As an adult, I have learned that [ keep reading ]

We Don’t Deserve Dogs

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras Dogs are the greatest. I love dogs and couldn’t imagine life without my pupper. It’s not always been this way. My love for canines is relatively new. In fact, just a few short years ago I was adamantly against owning [ keep reading ]

How to Beat Fatigue by Doing Nothing

How to beat fatigue, woman sleeping

If you run into someone you know in a parking lot, you likely wave and ask how he or she doing. Chances are, some part of the answer will include the phrase “so busy.” Busyness is tough to escape in modern life. If you’re feeling fatigued, it might have something to do with how busy [ keep reading ]

The Line between Acceptance and Tolerance

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Rodney King’s infamous words ring just as true today as they did decades ago, “Can we all just get along?”. He voiced a frustration he suffered first-hand and gave many of us something to ponder. Nearly 20 years later, I consider what it means for those of us residing on Planet Earth. Are we a [ keep reading ]


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