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Gen Z are digital natives...never knowing life without internet

Embracing Gen Z: Learning to Relate Across the Generations

Allow me to be brutally honest. I struggle understanding adolescents and the young culture of today. It is more than not understanding their eye rolls or …

Learning to Be Kind to Myself: What Does that Look Like?

I’m unsure where to start. What to write. What to say. I guess that is common when you hear news that causes your breath to …

Middle Aging: What the Hell is Happening to Me?

The more wisdom and knowledge I gain by growing older, the more my physical body starts to get quirky. Just when I feel like I’m …

Mind Your Gurus: How to Manage All Those Voices We Follow

Jim Rohn, a renowned businessman, once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” In short he’s saying …

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5 Tips to Succeed While Serving on a Nonprofit Board

It can be hard getting started and making a significant contribution as part of a non-profit board. Once you are selected, finding where to apply …

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I’m Still No Expert At This! 23 Thoughts About Relationships and Marriage

This month my husband and I are celebrating 23 years of being together. You’d think that after 23 years of doing something we’d be experts …

Time is a Blessing; Don’t Waste it, Allow it to Elevate You!

Time is precious. We’ve all heard that old proverb thousands of times, but we still take it for granted. We aren’t usually mindful everyday of …

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Three Core Life Values: Inspiration for the Game of Life and Football Fans

Fall is in the air, which means it is football season! Whether or not you love the game of football like I do, there are …

Pumpkin Cake Balls

Fall is in the Air: DIY Pumpkin Cake Balls

The nights are getting shorter and the air is getting crisper. School has started and activities are in full swing. Fall is right around the …

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Never Is Determined By Our Attitude: Discovering The Word Never

Understanding The Attitude of Never “Never, never, never give up”. Was a speech that Winston Churchill gave at his boyhood school one October. And was …

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Three Ways to Deal with Rejection and Live a Healthy Life

No matter what form it comes in, rejection carries side effects that can throw us off track. Rejection can take away precious moments with loved …

A Smoothie Love Affair: How Green Smoothies Changed my Life!

My Smoothie Love Affair I’ve been a lover of a good, wholesome smoothie for as long as I can remember. Well almost! It was 1998 …

Never-too-late

It’s Never Too Late; You Are On Your Own Timeline

“The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery I just recently celebrated my birthday, my 31st birthday …

Leery of Network Marketing? Get With The Times: MLM is Now a Way of Life.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, you are probably well aware that network marketing distributors are taking over the internet. …

Validation in the 21st Century: The Impact of Social Media and Communication

Validation? Validation is a hot topic in the 21st century. I don’t know about you, but I see it almost every single day. That is …

Doubt: The Painful Reality About The Path To Healing.

“When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” -Honore de Balzac Ever since I was little I have trusted myself. If I …

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Starting a Podcast is Easier than You May Think: 5 Tips for Getting Started

If you’re an entrepreneur that wants to get the word out about your message, product, or service, you may be thinking about starting a podcast. …

The Siren Song Of A Broken Heart Carissa Coghlan

The Siren Song Of A Broken Heart: The Aftershock of Trauma

July is hard, August brings healing. Trauma is a strange thing. Every year I think I’m over it, I think I’ve processed enough. Then September …

A Letter to the Mama Who Didn’t Cry at School Drop Off

Dear Mama, I see you. Talking with your mama friends about your kiddos starting school this year. Them telling you how much they cried and …

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How to Create Your Own DIY Handmade Art Journal

Disclaimer:  I would not call myself an artist. But I do love my handmade art journal. Like many, I possess a creative bent. This means …

Exposing the Myths About Life Insurance and Why Women Are Under-Insured

September is LIFE INSURANCE awareness month. You may have seen some of the #LIAM2019 posts on social media or on a poster at the store. …

Redefining Rest: Practicing Pause, Presence, and Peace

A few years ago, I was introduced to a new idea to begin the New Year. Rather than making a resolution, I would take a …

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Oh Lordy I’m Turning 40! Embracing the Other Side of the Hill

Today I turned 40 years old. I am now what is considered “mid-life,” “middle aged,” and “over the hill.” All joking aside, It stops me …

Music is Healing: Hope, Love, and Community Can Be Found Here

As the end of summer nears and fall begins, it is my favorite time of year for concerts. I love music all year long, but …

Be the Dog: Lessons I Learned from my Greyhound

Cat people vs. dog people I am not…strike that. I WAS not a dog person. It’s been said that there are two kinds of people …

Confessions of a Yoga Teacher: The Honest Truth

Yoga teachers have it all together, right? Not me. Just because I teach yoga does not mean I have it all figured out. Far from …

Stop the Meal Plan Mayhem! 3 Ways to Make Meal Planning Do-able Even With a Busy Schedule

Raise your hand if you have a busy schedule and you find it challenging to get healthy meals on the table every night—especially ones your …

Kindergarten

The First Time Kindergarten Mama: A New Season in Motherhood

My daughter started Kindergarten this year and it really caught this Kindergarten Mama off guard. Not the typical feeling of how much I will miss …

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What Happened to the Fairy Tale? Embracing the Reality of Marriage

This year my husband and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary. That’s 9 years of some hard work, let me tell ya. I’m not …

Happy Gut, Happy Life: My Journey to Good Gut-Health

Gut Health? Gut-health. Is it just another ‘buzz-word’ or ‘fad’ that’s recently hit the world stage? I put my ‘curious hat’ on when I first …

Life Insurance: A Necessary Conversation

Shh, Let’s Not Talk About “That. . .” Life Insurance. Nobody likes to talk about life insurance. It reminds us of our mortality and that …

Motivation Schmotivation: Why It’s Not Sustainable and What to do About It

We’ve all been there before. You’ve decided to change a habit or start working towards a goal. For the first two weeks or so, you’re …

Self Care: It Isn’t Just About Bubble Baths

Take a minute to imagine your typical work week. At what point in the week do you generally begin to yearn for Friday at 5 …

Hitting Rock Bottom: Finding the Blessings in the Hard

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart; a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when …

The Art of Commitment- Lessons in Digging Deep

Glasses clinked together as cheers resounded throughout the room.  Cake was cut, ice cream served as the committed couple were celebrated.  Giggles bubbled forth around …

The Benefits of Scheduling Your Daily Life Uncovered

Why I Began to Schedule I was never taught the benefits of scheduling my days. No one ever mentioned that there was even such a …

Show Up – Lessons in Showing Up For Yourself and Others

As the end of summer approaches, I have started hearing stories about heading back to college. It has reminded me of a lesson that I …

Releasing: Surrendering Control and Understanding

John and Stasi Eldredge have had a significant impact on my life. Through their books and through their teachings, I’ve experienced a deeper understanding of …

The Ugly Truth About Depression

Let Us Begin: I have debated for many months whether or not to write about depression. I have spent many nights sweating and in tears …

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It’s a Hill of a Life- Lessons From my 450 Mile Bike Ride

I have a problem…I love an epic adventure. I love a new challenge…a physically-draining, heart-wrenching challenge where you have to dig down to the deepest …

Dave Ramsey is WRONG: Learn a New Way of Doing Things

…well…not entirely. But, if he was the only one I continued to learn from in balancing my budget, then I would have lost an opportunity …

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Tips for the Sandwich Generation: Caregiving for Ailing Parents While Raising Kids

Many of us are caring for our parents as they get to an age where their health begins to fail or they are diagnosed with …

The Secret to Doing It All: Don’t! And Five tips to help you look like you Do!

People often ask me how I “do it all” or how I “keep it all together,” and I’m just going to be honest from the …

My Reactive Behavior Almost Ruined My Marriage: What I’ve Learned

It’s really hard to bring awareness to the parts of yourself that you don’t like, especially when you hurt those you love the most.

When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned: Healing after Having a Baby at Twenty-Three Weeks

We are coming up on five years since having a baby at twenty-three weeks gestation.  Every year, my processing takes off another layer from the …

What’s Eating You? The Secret Affect Stress Can Have on Your Health

Stress. We all have it, in one form or another. Whether it’s running around making sure our kiddos get where they need to be or …

The Elephant and The Rope: What You Believe is Powerful!

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt.

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Lessons from the Diary of a Novice Backpacker

I sauntered up to my sixteen-year-old daughter and inquired, “Interested in having a backpack adventure with your mom?” “Just us? Not dad too?” she asked. “Just …

Personality Tests - The good and bad

The Good and Not-So-Good Truth About Personality Tests

How many personality tests have you taken lately? There are dozens that all put people into categories of colors, animals, numbers, letters, or languages. There …

Enough! Determine What Being Enough Means to You in Two Steps

We are enough. They are enough. You are enough. You’ve likely heard these phrases quite a lot, but have you taken the time to figure …

Cabbage Leeks and Fennel – Oh My! A Recipe to Nourish and Heal Your Body

One of the ongoing ways to love yourself is to nourish your body with the foods that it needs to fuel and heal. Our bodies …

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