Category: Struggle

Chasing Joyfulness...

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We often focus on the negative. What don’t we have? What is still lacking? What if it never gets better? 


There are times we should focus on what’s wrong. Ignoring it isn’t going to help anything. A life without reflection is likely one without learning or growing, and can lead to additional complications. I invite you to think of things going well in addition to this reflection. What have you done well so far in your life? There must be something. Don’t count yourself out before you’ve truly reflected on the ways you’ve learned and the ways you’ve succeeded. If life is feeling extra sad or gray lately, find ways to make life just a little sweeter. Some ideas include: 

  • Stay in the sun for an extra minute. 
  • Look at encouraging quotes.
  • Read old cards or letters from friends and family. 
  • Drink a glass of water. 
  • Take time to m ...

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    • Change
    • Coping
    • Decisions
    • Depression
    • Emotions
    • Exhaustion
    • Failure
    • Goals
    • Mindfullness
    • Mindset
    • Positivity
    • Practice
    • Presence
    • Processing
    • Rest
    • Self-Care
    • Story
    • Stress
    • Struggle
    • uncertainty

    Tags:

    • Dreams
    • Emotions
    • Hopes
    • Joy
    • balance
    • challenge
    • coping
    • depression
    • feelings
    • focus
    • growth
    • intentional
    • practice
    • reality
    • reflection
    • reframe
    • rest
    • self-care
    • story
    • stress
    • success
    • think

Adventures & Antidotes

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I have a nine year old son who loves to read. Before bed, we’ll often grab a classic tale to read together. As I’m writing this, we’re deep into Treasure Island, enjoying the harrowing tale of a young boy named Jim Hawkins who winds up aboard a ship of marauding pirates. Jim has to use his wits to outsmart the mutinous crew as he seeks to right wrongs and avoid certain death. 

My son and I find ourselves drawn to the underdog hero, cheering his valiant escapades. We’re left wondering whether we could muster the courage to outwit the unscrupulous Long John Silver, whether we would put ourselves at risk to aid dying friends, and if we would be willing to undertake an arduous journey that would eventually lead to untold treasure.

We close the book after reading a few chapters at a time and find ourselves back in reality. I’ve somehow ended up in an uncomfortable sitting position, my back aching and my arm numb from holding the bo ...

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  • Burnout
  • Change
  • Coping
  • Effort
  • Family
  • Goals
  • Mindfullness
  • Mindset
  • Positivity
  • Practice
  • Prayer
  • Presence
  • Relationships
  • Rest
  • Story
  • Stress
  • Struggle
  • uncertainty
  • weariness

Tags:

  • Control
  • Dreams
  • Expectations
  • Hopes
  • Joy
  • anxious
  • breathing
  • change
  • coping
  • intention
  • intentional
  • present
  • rest
  • story
  • stress
  • success
  • time
  • unplug

What's On Your Mind?

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Turning off endless thoughts and rumination can be a difficult task for many people (in fact, 6.8 million people across the US).  So, it should not be shocking that we all may experience similar instances, or even times of day when we find it difficult to turn off the worry.  Some people may experience anxiety in the morning, throughout the day, or all-times revolving around sleep.  Have you ever been abruptly woken up from a deep sleep trying to figure out the world’s problems—many of us have! Or, are you the jealous type who envies your spouse for catching ZZZ’s moments after hitting their pillow—meanwhile, you are left alone with your thoughts for hours on end?! The thoughts can be endless, and thoughts do not necessarily have to be distressing in nature to be, well, distressing. 


Humans have the ability to think and think and think, without ever really finding the end of the thought—we simply ruminat ...

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  • Anxiety
  • Control
  • Coping
  • Depression
  • Emotions
  • Exhaustion
  • Mindset
  • Presence
  • Processing
  • Rest
  • Stress
  • Struggle
  • Trauma
  • uncertainty
  • weariness

Tags:

  • Control
  • Emotions
  • Sleep
  • anxiety
  • anxious
  • balance
  • coping
  • crisis
  • depression
  • distracting
  • focus
  • rest
  • stress
  • think
  • uncertainty

Purpose in Struggles

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There have been some dry spells this summer, and my withering and parched lawn was certainly showing the effects of it. My first inclination was to swing into rescue mode and haul the hose out for daily watering, believing that I was doing the best for it, and keeping it ultra-hydrated and from as much distress as possible. A little research on lawn care showed me that this well-intentioned, extra care and attention routine could actually be hurting my lawn and creating shallow root systems and an inability to withstand the rigors of future heat and drought.


It is natural to want to escape suffering as soon as possible and not live in discomfort. We usually want the quick and easy way out. As a parent, I have found it difficult at times to watch my children struggle with various challenges that they have faced. The temptation is to step in and take over or rescue them from the difficulty rather than have them suffer. Yet, I know that ...

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Posted in:

  • Control
  • Processing
  • Story
  • Struggle
  • Tragedy
  • Trauma
  • uncertainty
  • uncertainty
  • weariness
  • weariness

Tags:

  • Expectations
  • Hopes
  • challenge
  • change
  • coping
  • courage
  • grief
  • growth
  • patience

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