New Year

Why Finish The Past in 2016 Before the New Year

In Michael Hyatt’s five day goal-setting program he emphasizes the need to makes sense of the previous year before setting goals. Why finish the past in 2016 before the New Year? It clears away subconscious negativity and makes room to live fully in the present. We’re able to start 2017 with fresh energy and motivation. For example, an unfinished past is…

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Family Stories, Emotional Well-being

Family Stories And Emotional Well-being

Recently I’ve paid attention to how family stories and emotional well-being are related. My husband was so thoughtful to resurrect a few old family photos. He scanned them into a digital file; pictures of my primal self along with young versions of my mom, dad, sister, brother, and extended family. I began to share them on…

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Christmas Anxiety

What To Do With Christmas Anxiety

  I sat on a floor pillow in front of our ceramic nativity set; intending to slow down and ponder God’s love and sacrifice. Then Christmas anxiety showed up with messages like: Shouldn’t you be doing something else to get ready for Christmas? You know those packages will be late. What if they don’t like…

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Family Stress

5 Ways to Relieve Family Stress During Holidays

Family stress during holidays can range from mildly challenging to overbearing.  Sometimes it’s traumatic losses such as  divorce, death, or past trauma. Or invisible tension from emotional abuse, arrogance, manipulation, negativity or other issues.  Our personal history can make us vulnerable to reactions and old relationship wounds. We end up with feelings of dread. These…

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Regrets, life lessons

How 5 Regrets Are Life Lessons

Five regrets of the dying are life lessons for the living: 1. Courage to be true to yourself, 2. Don’t work so hard, 3. Express feelings, 4. Stay in touch with friends, 5. Be happy.

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