Growth

10 sources of inspiration for starting 2020 with focus

How many times have you set New Year’s resolutions for yourself, only to struggle to find the motivation to start pursuing those goals? Resolutions are easy to make, but not always so easy to complete. Instead, let’s start this 2020 with focus and determination that it will be a good year, successful however that might […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for parenting in 2020

As parents, we’re doing the best we can each day to provide a great life for our children. Because, ultimately, seeing them happy and helping them thrive is all that matters. But we’re also hard on ourselves. Even the most confident parents sometimes question if they’re doing things right for their children. It’s in our […]

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The dramatic and lasting effects of gratitude

Practicing gratitude boosts emotional and physical well being  A growing body of research is confirming that an ounce of gratitude is worth a pound of cure. “The practice of gratitude can have dramatic and lasting effects in a person’s life,” said Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and a leading scientific expert […]

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Feeling blue this Christmas? Here’s 3 tips to help

Behold! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people! Could have fooled me. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Unless you are me. Ever had such thoughts? Sometimes we can get a little cynical about Christmas. Our joy can be sapped away by the overwhelming […]

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Perfect Christmas

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. As a child, my dad reveled in the holiday celebrations and family traditions of the season. He came from a home filled with hurt, and I believe he wanted to create something new for our family. In many ways he did; he was a thoughtful gift-giver, and I […]

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7 situations to say ‘thank you’ instead of anything else 

I don’t say “Thank You” as often as I should and I doubt I’m the only one. In fact, I’m starting to believe that “Thank You” is the most under-appreciated and under-used phrase on the planet. It is appropriate in nearly any situation and it is a better response than most of the things we […]

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5 tips for achieving your goals

What are your hopes and dreams for what you want to accomplish in your lifetime? We all have them—from career aspirations, school objectives or general goals to achieve. But the path to getting there is not always as simple as we would like it to be, which can lead to discouragement along the way.  While […]

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5 ways to take care of your mental health

We tend to get so caught up in the million little things we have going on in our lives, that we forget to prioritize something sacred—our mental health. By the time we realize something is off, we’re overwhelmed and struggling to find out what went wrong. To top things off, the societal stigma of mental […]

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How getting healthy is good for kids’ brains

As a youth football coach, I often hear from parents that they sign their kids up for sports to keep them fit or keep them out of trouble. Recent studies have shown that participation in sports benefits youth on a deeper level, as well.  Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have linked participation in […]

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20: How to fill a political conversation with grace with Beth Silvers

 It’s not polite to talk politics.  I’m sure you’ve heard the sentiment. Especially in any kind of mixed crowd where people might disagree on the issue at hand.  We live, worship and work in diverse communities, but with politics becoming so tribal in nature, many of us simply avoid the subject. And that does […]

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My failed attempt at The Kindness Challenge 

The Kindness Challenge was harder than I thought it would be. Was it because I am incapable of being kind? Sure, there’s room for improvement in my personal Kindness Department, but I wasn’t necessarily a Scrooge. “I’m nice enough,” so I thought.  I’ve participated in other service-oriented missions and challenges that required random acts of […]

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Oh, where a library card can take you

The bulk of my education has come from something I can fit in my wallet. As a little girl, I got my first glimpse at what true passion feels like when I got a library card. I will never forget the feeling—a little me with a blonde bowl haircut carrying a stack of picture books […]

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