Mindful Tasks

Life can be full of distractions.

We often have so much on our minds that while we are doing one task, we are already thinking about the next one. Instead of simply being in this moment, our minds wander into the future, robbing us of the peace that comes from…

No Place Like Home

When you think of home, what do you think of?
Is it the couch where you sit together as a family and relax after a long day? Is it the dinner table where your favorite family meals are shared? Or is it the people who are there waiting for you…

Spirited Traditions

It’s that time of year again- summer has ended, and all the holidays start to creep into our lives. It begins with Halloween, where we eat nothing but candy until we fill up on a Thanksgiving meal. We get so full from the feast that we basically sleep it…

One Thread Is Enough

Sometimes we may feel like we’re only connected to people by a single thread. Life gets busy or we don’t have extra money to go out to lunch with a friend. Maybe there’s family tension that makes us want to hide from everyone because we’re just emotionally exhausted from…

A Distance Shortened

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” That may be true for grown ups, but for kids still forming memories of all the people in their lives, absence created by distance can make relationships hard to maintain.

My best friend from high school moved to Colorado (we both grew up in…

Finding Your People

Finding your place, even in the middle of the city you’ve lived all your life, has its challenges. Life is a long road of figuring out who you are, who you aren’t, and maybe who you want to become. For that last one, there are the added challenges of…

Reality of Connection

Marriage opens up your eyes to all sorts of things you never would have known. Have you experienced that? Of course there’s the obvious, noticing how differently men and women keep house or organize bathroom essentials (if you’re a man, realizing how many more items women consider “essentials”).

My own…

Seasons of Friendship

“Ashley and Katelyn BFF” must be scrawled or etched into several thousand trees and wooden picnic benches across the United States. When we make friends in elementary school, the thought of one day not being friends anymore never crosses our minds. Best friends forever. But is that a realistic…

Distorted by Shame

Shame has a way of draining the joy out of every part of your life. I’ve heard several podcasts recently that address how shame establishes road blocks on the road to strong relationships.

One was an interview with Dr. Curt Thompson (author of The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories…

Power in Beginnings

It’s finally fall. Full of confidence, you wake up ready for the day–the promise of cooler temperatures, hot drinks, fall festivities with friends. It feels refreshing to step into a new season.

New chances.
New schedule.
“New you,” something inside whispers.

Something about the beginning of things makes us feel more competent. Like…

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