Life Stories

I can only imagine.

I recently watched, I Can Only Imagine,” While I watched it I cried like a baby with tears streaming down my face. The movie was sad, yet moving, and showed the power of God, and how he leaves his word all over in our lives. Since watching that movie I can’t stop singing, “I Can Only Imagine”. It’s not like it’s…

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Comparison-itis

As I was driving around the other day I had this sudden feeling of “why are things so bad for us right now and all of these other people are having no problems” as I would look at people seemingly happy walking, running, biking and just simply getting around in the daily rituals. Yep, I was feeling just a little…

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When “Home” Is No Longer Home

It’s been more than 12 years since we let our childhood home go.  Mom was ill with cancer and we knew that hanging onto it was a logistical and financial challenge for us at that time.  So as a family, and with mom’s reluctant blessing, we emptied that overstuffed house out and sold it to the hospital.  Our home was…

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The 6 Letter Word That I Hate

Cancer. I am sure that this word doesn’t invoke feelings of happiness in anyone, even if the end result was positive.  The diagnosis, the journey and the aftermath (regardless of outcome) is always shocking, uncertain and scarring. Today, cancer is an all too common word and one that is thrown around more and more.  The causes are all around us…

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Childfree by Choice

Childless vs. Childfree The term “childless” refers to anyone who wants a child but is unable to have one. The term “childfree” refers to anyone who has consciously chosen not to have children. I am childfree. It’s really no surprise I chose not to have children. All the signs were there when I was growing up. Like any little girl…

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About Mental Illness

Recently, we heard the sad news about iconic fashion designer Kate Spade‘s suicide.  Today, we have Anthony Bourdain as well.  These deaths, like so many others before them, did more than cause us to take pause, they once again ignite the debate of the seemingly growing concern of depression and suicide. The truth is that depression does not discriminate.  It…

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The Many Benefits of Lavender

Lavender oil is the most used essential oil in the world today.  There’s a reason for that, it has many positive benefits from everything from relieving stress to reducing GI bloating.  Lavender has been around for more than 2000 years and it’s made it’s way into several treatment modalities.  Lavender has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, anti-depressive and calming properties. Lavender…

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A Bucket List

No, I’m not talking Jack Nicholson or Morgan Freeman but that was a great movie!  Same idea though.  First of all, what is a bucket list and why do we need one? The idea of a bucket list?  Well, is to create a list of things that you want to do before you “kick the bucket”.  What is the importance…

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Life Stories, Relationships

The Myth That Is Mental Illness.

What do you think of when you hear the word mental illness?  Does it conjure up images of “crazy” people in an institution?  Do you think of violent individuals and assume that they have a mental illness?  Do you think that people that are mentally ill people are just making excuses for their weakness or failure? The truth is that…

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