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  • Why We May Have Already Won the Lottery of Life
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    Why We May Have Already Won the Lottery of Life

    “Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey Occasionally, I experience moments of what I can only describe as “pure bliss.” It’s like a cool wave of peace washes over me, cleansing me momentarily of my… More

  • Why You Can End the Search for Your Purpose Now
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    Why You Can End the Search for Your Purpose Now

    “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt For some of us, like me, the question, “What is my purpose?” creates a ton of anxiety and a feeling that our self-worth is being undermined. It’s hard… More

  • Life Is in the Little Things: Finding the Extra in the Ordinary
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    Life Is in the Little Things: Finding the Extra in the Ordinary

    “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.“ ~Jimmy Johnson “Write about what we did today,” my daughter said. She knows I often write once she is asleep. Dully I thought, “What we did today wasn’t that exciting.” Yet, for her, it obviously was. She gets lost in her experiences, deeply entrenched in… More

  • In Search of the Sacred: Escaping Facebook’s Sticky Web
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    In Search of the Sacred: Escaping Facebook’s Sticky Web

    “You leave the present moment every time you check your phone.” ~Deirdre Jayko Facebook was driving me to distraction! One late-winter evening, I prepped for a mood-saving hike in the snow. Magic happened on the trails in the moonlight. I decided to check Facebook for a friend’s answer to a message. Who knows what caught my… More

  • Made a Big Mistake? What to Do Instead of Beating Yourself Up
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    Made a Big Mistake? What to Do Instead of Beating Yourself Up

    “Note to self: Beating yourself up for your flaws and mistakes won’t make you perfect, and you don’t have to be. Learn, forgive yourself, and remember: We all struggle; it’s just part of being human.” ~Lori Deschene When I was in twelfth grade I took a World Issues class and learned about colonization, child soldiers,… More

  • What Really Makes Us Feel Successful
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    What Really Makes Us Feel Successful

    “Congratulations on becoming successful and best wishes on becoming happy.” ~John Mayer I was living the life of my dreams. Or so I thought. I’ve been very fortunate to have had some very awesome opportunities all over the world. I’ve worked to help victims of human trafficking in the shady streets of Thailand, I’ve helped… More

  • Stop Talking So You Can Start Feeling
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    Stop Talking So You Can Start Feeling

    “Don’t hide from your feelings. Press into them. Learn from them. Grow from them.” ~Unknown There have been times in my life when you could look at my cell phone call log and see back-to-back conversations for hours. I am blessed to have a large support system of loving friends and family, and there have… More

  • How I Healed My Strained Relationship with My Mother
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    How I Healed My Strained Relationship with My Mother

    “Give without remembering. Receive without forgetting.” ~Unknown It was Sunday, April 12, 2015. I had just finished my grocery shopping and was about to leave the parking lot when I noticed a call from my dad. I called him back so we could talk for a few minutes. He said, “Troy died.” I thought of… More

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