What’s So Great About the Empty Nest?

What’s So Great About the Empty Nest?

The empty nest is one of the most talked about stages in an adult’s life. Some will even label it a “syndrome” like it’s some disease! While others call it an all-out celebration. Young parents may dream of a day without diapers. A time of life where they might possibly get to use the bathroom without company. Parents of teens may try to put the brakes on the calendar in hopes that they can have one last opportunity with their…

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Letting Success Speak for Itself

Letting Success Speak for Itself

Let’s face it. We all love to feel the victory of sweet success. It’s completely normal to enjoy success for what it is. But what we do after our successes is important to consider. For some the joy success brings is not enough. We seek recognition and accolades from those who will notice and applaud our latest achievement. But is that all bad? Is there anything wrong with wanting a little extra attention for accomplishing something incredible? I don’t think…

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The Truth About Being an Introvert

The Truth About Being an Introvert

Introverts are misunderstood. I’m convinced it is true. Some people have the idea that an introvert hates people and would rather hide in his home alone for days on end than engage another human being in a conversation. It’s just not true. I know because I am an introvert. Maybe I’m a little sensitive about this subject, but I think it is time someone speaks the truth about those of us who need a little retreat time after spending time…

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5 Ways to Pray for Your Kids Today

5 Ways to Pray for Your Kids Today

We know that we are supposed to pray to God every day, right? But do we realize the power that we unleash when we pray? Raising kids can be a most humbling experience. It can also be one of the most rewarding things that a person can do. But one thing is for sure. It cannot be done alone. Unfortunately, the little guy or gal that makes his way into your life does not come with instructions. And even if…

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Four Simple Steps To Escape the Comparison Trap

Four Simple Steps To Escape the Comparison Trap

Comparison is a trap. Remember when you were in middle school? I know, painful, huh? Remember the girl who always seemed to have just what you wanted before you could manage to get it? Remember that super intelligent guy in college that always seemed to ruin the curve in biology class? What about the mom whose children happily do exactly what she asks THE FIRST TIME SHE ASKS? Frustrating, huh? It seems that when we look at others and their…

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3 Top Resources to Improve Your Relationships

3 Top Resources to Improve Your Relationships

If you are like me, you may be on the lookout for solid, helpful resources to make your relationships better. Maybe it’s your marriage relationship or your a relationship with a parent or friend or co-worker. No matter how you feel like you are doing in the relationship department,¬†our interactions with others can always use some improvement. Those close to me know that I like to read…. A LOT! A friend recently texted me and asked if I had any…

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What NOT to Say During a Crisis

What NOT to Say During a Crisis

Whether you are in the middle of a personal crisis or you are watching others navigate their own troubles, it is difficult to know when to speak and when to refrain. And if you choose to speak, what are the best words to say? I have been given an incredible life, but as is true of all people, it has not been free of trouble or pain. One of the most difficult times was the unexpected death of my father….

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Why You Must Celebrate Others’ Success

Why You Must Celebrate Others’ Success

Everyone loves a celebration, right? Well, maybe not everyone. When it comes to celebrating the success of someone else, if we are honest, we may prefer to skip the party hat and hang out with the green monster of envy. We may say things like, “Why do they always seem to get the breaks?” or “It figures. I work my tail off and nothing changes. They coast along and get all the good stuff.”     I recently heard this…

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Book Review: Planet Middle School by Kevin Leman

Book Review: Planet Middle School by Kevin Leman

In honor of Back-To-School¬†month, I wanted to share a recent read with you. Each summer I try to read at least one book that will help me in my teaching day. This summer, I wanted to give myself a reminder of who I am spending time with every day for eight hours and how they view the world. 5th and 6th graders are on the cusp of adolescence and therefore live in a world all their own. I bet it…

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Giving Money Away When you Don’t Have Much

Giving Money Away When you Don’t Have Much

There is an age-old question that has been thrown around for centuries: Are people inherently selfish or inherently giving? I’m not going to pretend to know the answer to that question, but I do know that giving people are happy people. Think about that statement. Do you believe it is true? Take a minute to think about someone you know that is an unselfish giver. Got them in your mind? Ok. Now think about your interactions with them. Would you…

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