12 Ways to Start Being Your Own Best Friend

Think about your closest friends. Your friendships may span months, years, or even decades. You might have a dozen best friends you can call on day or night, or maybe your pack has always been small and mighty. Any way you count them, our friends teach us who we are and help us toward who…

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When Life Gives You Lemons

All truth is a paradox. Life is both a precious, unfathomably beautiful gift, and it’s impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. Anne Lamott No matter how much we plan, prepare, practice, or procrastinate, life can get messy. As Anne Lamott so eloquently captures, “All truth is a paradox. Life is both a precious,…

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4 Lessons in Living from (Wo)man’s Best Friend

Two years ago, my family expanded. It started innocently enough: browsing profiles on Petfinder, swooning over portraits of 4-legged playmates that dared me to say no. Nothing softens the heart so much as being met with an expression of wide-eyed wonderment and a wagging tail. I’d wanted a puppy for a long time, but circumstances…

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A Year’s Learnings

It’s been another full year, one of growth, gratitude, transformation, and resiliency. 2018 is just a few days away, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it has in store. It feels good to enter the New Year with confidence and anticipation. As it approaches, allow yourself to reflect on your successes of the past…

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Early Bird

It can be hard to develop a morning routine. I’ve read a lot about people who devote the early morning hours to meditating, writing, exercising, reading, or merely embracing the rare peace and quiet that prevails before sunrise. I’ve never been one of these people. As much as I’d like to harness the power of…

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25 Days of Gratitude

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh In keeping with tradition, I’m reflecting on what I’m grateful for this month. It can be so easy to lose sight of the simple blessings that surround us each day: warmth, kind…

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