Staying Power: How to Keep Moving Forward While Battling Discouragement

How to Keep Moving Forward While Battling Discouragement. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The staying power of encouragement is difficult to attain. If I start out my day encouraged why can’t I stay encouraged? Christian or not, staying encouraged these days is no easy thing. Discouragement is not absent from the human experience. We flip from one shooting to another, day after day. How do we stay encouraged? Being encouraged and staying encouraged are fundamentally so different. How do we get the staying power? My inner encouragement seems to flip and flop as my day goes on. Inconsistency is cringe-worthy to me.

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#GriefMountain: The Most Epic —Yet Universal — Climb Ever; How to Overcome Grief & Loss

Can I just say: grief is bad enough all by itself? Right? Friends and family may pull back, leaving you feeling abandoned. It may seem as if you have fallen into a pit from where there is no escape. Experiencing a terrible loss and the grief that goes with it is the most concrete proof there is that you are a real, live, normal human being.

To me, grief feels like a cup of water that is full all the way up to the brim. You head out for the day, feeling good, not thinking about the loss and your self-talk is…“You’ve got this…you’re over it… move on.” Then you dash into the gym, got your game on, and suddenly you’re face-to-face with that person, and they say, “I heard about your loss; I am sooooo sorry. How are you doing?” The long pause. It is in that moment that the cup of water starts to spill over the brim. You literally feel it coming up and it’s going to spill. Your tears come.  The embarrassment floods your face and you can’t find an exit.

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How to Practice Soul Care this Summer

Whew! My yard was bad this year. So bad. I neglected my lawn care; my shrubs are sickly, and my soil is dried up like clay. Where to begin?

Your yard and your soul cannot fix themselves! The neglected soul won’t go away-it goes awry. I strive really hard all year to consistently do self-care for my outsides; coffee, massage, brow waxing, pedicures, exercise… and often my insides (soul) doesn’t match my outsides. From personal brokenness to the brokenness in the world all around us, the toxins can pollute our air and turn in to a downward flow in our lives. So, let’s put on the brakes and tend to our yard and tend to our soul this summer.

Join me this summer as I kick off my Summer Soul Care series! First, let’s take an honest look at the condition of our soul.

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Going from Nowhere to Now Here: Turn a Setback into a Comeback

How do you go from a setback to a comeback? This Easter season is really about the greatest comeback of all time. Our greatest example of coming back and beyond is watching how Jesus was betrayed and beaten yet he did not settle into that setback. He made his comeback and beyond!

A comeback is not a go back. We can’t go back and fix things. Most people try to go back and try to repair.  We nurse the setback and rehearse the setback. And in time we are our setback.

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It’s Valentine’s Season -- Just Not Feeling the Love?

Unsafe People, Soul Wounding & How to Attract Healthy Relationships 

I know it’s February and everywhere we turn we are supposed to be “feeling-the-love.” What if you’re like; “yeah, no?” Maybe you find yourself in an unsafe relationship? Ignoring your gut, your instincts and your spirit is one of the main reasons we stay in unsafe relationships. You rationalize, justify and deny the harm that the person is doing to you and they are taking up more ground in your life every day. Grab your highlighter pen right now. Unsafe people can blameshift like no other. An unsafe person will always bring their blameshift to every conversation. It is their A game.

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Seeing is Believing - How to Create the Perfect Vision Board

“Seeing is believing” is kind of a universal thought! Did you know that 82% of us are visual learners? This is why a vision board can serve as a daily reminder and a tangible daily check list. Seeing what I want to achieve through images and phrases has become vital for my growth. I can talk about what I want to do and have plans all day, but without a physical reminder the goals will dissolve into a wish.

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