Tag Archives: Relationships

My New Adventure!

October 26, 2016

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“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” Lewis Carroll I ran into a friend recently who asked me why I was blogging so infrequently these days. Besides being flattered that she noticed my absence, I was SUPER excited to tell her what I was doing with my writing time…and I’m even […]

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Ode to Elementary School

May 25, 2016

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Line up. Raise your hand when you want to speak. Avoid cafeteria corn dogs. Put your name on your paper. Sit as far back in the bus as possible. Criss-cross applesauce. Keep your hands to yourself. Recess keeps you sane. Field day is the best day of the year. Nine things elementary school teaches. Standard(ish) […]

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Do you ever feel the benefit of loneliness?

May 12, 2016

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“Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln never saw a movie, heard a radio, or looked at television. They had ‘Loneliness’ and knew what to do with it. They were not afraid of being lonely because they knew that was when the creative mood in them would work.” Carl Sandberg Have you ever […]

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Why You Should Tell Kids Your Stories

April 6, 2016

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Have you ever noticed how you see different things every time you watch a movie? My 11-year- old daughter was screening the Pixar film UP recently and commented on her “new” insight. “It’s so sad Ellie had a miscarriage!”  she said. Um. What? Quickly, I replayed the movie in my head and realized that indeed, the […]

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The Marriage 10-to-10 Rule

March 23, 2016

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For the last handful of years, Billy and I have mentored a couple of small groups for newlyweds.  As a result, we probably spend more time talking about marriage and marriage principles than your average couple.  We love these groups for a host of reasons (deserving of its own blog post!), but one BIG benefit […]

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Forget Identity Crisis

March 15, 2016

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“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein I’m so excited for you to check out this TED talk because Meg Jay has some real gems in store for you. I particularly love her idea of ignoring any said “identity crisis” and instead shifting your focus […]

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Practicing Vulnerability With Your Spouse

January 28, 2016

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow…” Brene Brown Love […]

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Prioritize understanding over being understood

November 10, 2015

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“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen Covey I was chatting recently with a girlfriend when I noticed that neither one of us could complete a sentence. I would start a story and she would jump in when my pause was just a smidgen […]

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Fix your face

October 19, 2015

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“She was not one for emptying her face of expression.” JD Salinger Have you ever walked through a large group of people and noticed how facial expressions reflect the mood of the crowd? At sporting events BEFORE the competition starts, there’s almost always bright eyes, broad smiles, and happy countenances. Of course, after the game […]

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Keeping your spouse interested

September 29, 2015

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I was traveling much of the last few weeks and when I was home, Billy or I had evening commitments that made it feel as if we were ships passing in the night.  Most of what we talked about involved schedules (flight times, guitar lessons, babysitter start times, blah, blah, blah.) In those times, I […]

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