Growth

Finding love in the midst of heartbreak

To my mother, on Valentine’s Day. By Elizabeth Burbank – Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating love. Chocolates, relationships, flowers, etcetera. As a newlywed, I could share the story of how I met my husband. I could write all about him. I love him deeply, so it wouldn’t be hard. But I’m not […]

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The arc of identity

We grow and develop almost in tandem with the characters we love. Every good film in some way wrestles with identity—a character struggling with the gap between who they are and who they want to be. Seeing another person’s journey, no matter how far from our own, often triggers our own reflection. We are highly […]

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Why you need a true Sabbath each week 

Do you know how many times the average person touches their phone in a day? 2,617 times. A day! The American Psychological Association calls these people “constant checkers.” Is that you? Are you of the “rise and grind” mindset, day in and day out? If so, you’d better listen up. Aaron Edelheit recently appeared on […]

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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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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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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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A joyful bucket list with kids

It’s here—the season of merriment and good cheer. Use these December days to encourage joy and giving with your children, starting with these 10 bucket list ideas: 1. Send a meaningful letter. Sometimes, the best gifts are words. Who can you share good words with this season? 2. Go Christmas caroling. Gather up your family […]

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5 ways to strengthen your relationship with your kids

There’s a natural tendency for us as parents to fall into the routine of daily family life. The reality is that between school, work, cooking, cleaning, running errands, sports, extracurricular activities and more, we are so busy juggling our adult responsibilities and time with our families—many times to the point where it’s so exhausting that […]

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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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