I Close My Eyes And I’m Overwhelmed

by the universe that comes to life inside my head All the space and time in which I can recall my existence. Everything that I have ever been, everything that...

The Most Important Thing You Can Ever Do

Just saying that there is a most important thing you can ever do sounds dangerous. Aren’t we all different? Aren’t we all in different circumstances? So is...

Reflections on God and the Tasks of Humans

I view God as a living, loving, divine, infinite power that created all matter as a reflection of itself, to be materialized and transformed for the...

The Girl with the Absolution Tattoo

I always enjoy notifications of Time Hop and Facebook, reminding me of what I was up to, on “this day”, years before.  Notifications reminded me that...

The Art of Apologizing

“Hold me now, it’s hard for me to say I’m sorry” -Chicago Can we all agree that it’s not easy to apologize? It takes a lot of humility to admit that you were...

Forgiveness Is Not Absolution

It is a form of self-acceptance I took forgiveness for granted until someone truly, fundamentally, wronged me. I judged that only people who weren’t willing...

Never Leave Me, My Love.

A poem on Separation. Parting from you inflicts wounds in my chest.My heart is on fire, slowly dying within my breast. Nocure can heal the wound of living...

How Can We Nurture Grit In Our Children, And Why Should We?

What is grit and why do we need it? University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth, defined grit as a child’s “perseverance and passion for...

The Enduring Allure of Fairy Tales

Fairytales are archaic stories, shot through with whimsical and fantastical elements. At first glance they might appear to make no sense and yet, the slow...

We Are All Made of Stars

On embracing solitude  The year is 2016. I’m a teacher’s aide sitting in a year seven science class. The grey-haired teacher with kind eyes leans over the...

My Journey to the Edge and Back: A Tale of Writer’s Burnout (Part 1)

It’s 3.00 a.m, I’m sitting in front of my laptop and staring at the blank screen. The blinking cursor is taunting me. I want to beat it to death one word at a...

Chasing Money? Getting Nowhere? Try This Instead!

Chasing money for its own sake distorts your values. You often end up sacrificing too much for it. You may sacrifice your self-esteem, your health, your time,...

Counting Your Macros 2.0: The Last Guide You’ll Ever Need for Logging Your Nutrition

A few months back, I wrote a short article about how to count your macros. That article received more reads than any other I’ve written, but had about half...

Three Universal Habits that Will Make You More Productive at Work

Exercise, meditate and keep a gratitude journal. Say what?!?!?? Yep, these three habits will help anyone become more productive at work, whatever that work...

Four Truths About Sex in Relationships

A healthy sex life requires open communication and agreement. Period. Sex is a hot-button issue for many couples, and the media does little to help with this....

The Curative Power Of Face-To-Face Interaction

In the networked world produced by technology evolving at an ever-accelerating rate, we are more interconnected than ever, in ways that give new meaning to...

My Wake-Up Routine…

And No, I’m Do Not, Will Not, Shall Not Wake At Dawn! The above is my idea of bliss. Oh to be a cat! To sleep whenever, where ever. Here it is, my awaited...

Is Anything Really Simple?

Banging on an appliance doesn’t fix it “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow...

Under Pressure? Calm The F*ck Down And Rise To The Occasion

Pressure can burst a pipe, or pressure can make a diamond “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and...

Being Afraid to Lose Will Ruin Your Chances of Success

We all know the daunting feeling that comes with starting — or trying to start — something new. A new profession. Trying out a new hobby. Learning a new...

7 Hacks for Saving Time When You Have Kids

I left my ex-husband when my boy/girl twins were 18 months old. I immediately had to learn how to juggle all of the business of raising two children on my...

Buddha and the Mountain Bike

The Buddha spoke of moderation in all things. The more years of life experience I gain, the more truth I realize there is to these simple but vastly...

6 Steps To Help You Move Past Perfectionism

 Do you constantly seek approval from people around you? Is it incredibly difficult for you to accept being second best? Do you too often sacrifice your...

Falling In Love With Writing (Again)

I Do It Quite Often 😉 Let me get straight to the point, writing has been challenging for me. It’s been tough. Not because of its creative challenges, but its...

Mind Power

Personal power of our minds Greatest gift we ever have, Create thoughts for us to use Determining eventual destinies. Sometimes ignored, or not considered,...

From Samsara to Nirvana

“You may discover that when there is no resistance to totally being in hell, heaven opens up and samsara reveals its true nature as nirvana.” ― Joan...

The Vantage Point

rom my vantage point, I knew I was surrounded. Basic training had prepared me for some of the hardships I would endure, but this was definitely a new...

Elevate Your Life With The Lousy Deal Hack

They say that happiness is a choice, but hey — then everything in life is. All your emotions, actions, thoughts. Dirty little secrets, big bold dreams. Bliss...

The 1 Thing We Miss about the Fruit of the Spirit

And how it leads to real relationship growth Do you find your spiritual life disappointing? We are promised new life, abundant life, eternal life. But all...

Do You Remember Your Bullies?

The girl in the fairy dress hated me on sight. I was five years old, and I’d been a child model for nearly half that time. My mother got me into doing it as...

Ed Elliott

Author Spotlight: Ed Elliott


See more of Ed’s work here

Ed and Laurie Elliott have been involved with world missions for over twenty-five years, sixteen were spent living and working in Africa. During that time they have had the privilege of seeing over three million people receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Working with the local pastors, they were very instrumental in the planting of churches throughout Southern and Central Africa. They have helped train thousands of pastors and evangelists to do the work of the ministry through teaching and training conferences and seminars. Many of these conferences and seminars were held in remote areas where the ministers would not have otherwise had the opportunity for training and “hands on” help.

For the past 11 years, WOLWO has been working with the underground church in Vietnam and recently Ed started working with the underground church in Laos. 

Visit Ed on his website for more information Word of Life World Outreach

Bring your questions for @EDLElliott to #PubChat on Twitter on Wednesday, February 20th at 8 pm Central.  

The Curative Power Of Face-To-Face Interaction

In the networked world produced by technology evolving at an ever-accelerating rate, we are more interconnected than ever, in ways that give new meaning to the concept of “face time.” We enjoy fantastic scientific advances and conveniences that extend and enhance...

Buddha and the Mountain Bike

The Buddha spoke of moderation in all things. The more years of life experience I gain, the more truth I realize there is to these simple but vastly eloquent words. Most often, when I find myself “off-course,” if I can allow myself to glimpse a reality outside of...

The 1 Thing We Miss about the Fruit of the Spirit

And how it leads to real relationship growth Do you find your spiritual life disappointing? We are promised new life, abundant life, eternal life. But all you’re feeling is the humdrum of ordinary life. All that “love, joy, and peace”, all that spiritual fruit stuff...

Eternally Fallen

The realization that safe spaces do not exist There are no safe spaces and threat forever looms under the surface.  We all know this deep down and have been telling stories about it for a very long time. The awareness that we are eternally vulnerable might, in...

Don’t Just Follow Your Heart, Lead Your Heart

You’ve heard it all before, follow your intuition, tune-in to how you feel, listen to your gut. It all sounds cliché and vague because it’s easier said than done. What does that even mean anyway? How do we listen to an organ that just pumps blood? Where is the gut? Is...

Having Hard Conversations

Have them with the ones you love because you love them.  The last nine months of my marriage were a nightmare. I discovered I’d been living with an active drug addict and had been for almost the entirety of our nine-year-long relationship, AND I also had one-year-old...

??? Questions To God… ???

A man died one day. His soul started to move wherever it was intended to. Though he died, his curiosity remained intact. Along the way, it screamed “I want to meet GOD!! I have a lot of questions for him”. If his prayers were not answered down below, they were...

God Will Test Your Patience

My Most Recent Wake-Up Call of Locking My Keys in My Car “Patience is a virtue” is a tough pill to swallow, at least during times when we need it. It’s a lesson I’ve discovered over and over but haven’t fully grasped. Maybe this most recent test will allow me to...

The power of self-reflection

If I had to choose only one tip to give someone who wants to develop themselves and become better in whatever he is doing it would be to practice a lot of self-reflection. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by...

A Little Light Housekeeping Before I Go

A Short Story Based on True Events Grandma wrapped the cord around the vacuum cleaner and returned it to the closet. Feather duster in hand, she headed for the hallway where the family pictures hung. All were within various decorative wooden and metal frames. They...

I Close My Eyes And I’m Overwhelmed

by the universe that comes to life inside my head All the space and time in which I can recall my existence. Everything that I have ever been, everything that I am and everything that I will ever be is there, inside my head. My notion of me. My notion of life. My...

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The Most Important Thing You Can Ever Do

Just saying that there is a most important thing you can ever do sounds dangerous. Aren’t we all different? Aren’t we all in different circumstances? So is there a single most important thing everyone can do? Jesus said there was — and if we are following Jesus we...

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Reflections on God and the Tasks of Humans

I view God as a living, loving, divine, infinite power that created all matter as a reflection of itself, to be materialized and transformed for the satisfaction and happiness of all living things. God is a force for love that exists in everything. This force thus...

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The Girl with the Absolution Tattoo

I always enjoy notifications of Time Hop and Facebook, reminding me of what I was up to, on “this day”, years before.  Notifications reminded me that today marks 5 years since I went in for the final coloring of my most important tattoo. (I have 9). This is the...

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The Art of Apologizing

“Hold me now, it’s hard for me to say I’m sorry” -Chicago Can we all agree that it’s not easy to apologize? It takes a lot of humility to admit that you were wrong and then say you’re sorry. Some people will go their whole life without offering a single apology to...

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Forgiveness Is Not Absolution

It is a form of self-acceptance I took forgiveness for granted until someone truly, fundamentally, wronged me. I judged that only people who weren’t willing to put in the work would hold onto resentment over choosing to embrace forgiveness. I made up the story that...

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Never Leave Me, My Love.

A poem on Separation. Parting from you inflicts wounds in my chest.My heart is on fire, slowly dying within my breast. Nocure can heal the wound of living apart.The scimitar of separation has pierced deep within my heart. Mymind is in pain, soul walking on live...

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How Can We Nurture Grit In Our Children, And Why Should We?

What is grit and why do we need it? University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth, defined grit as a child’s “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” There are several definitions of grit. For me, it is a growth mindset, a resilience that makes a...

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The Enduring Allure of Fairy Tales

Fairytales are archaic stories, shot through with whimsical and fantastical elements. At first glance they might appear to make no sense and yet, the slow dawn of delayed realization reveals that scarily, they make very much sense. How was it that in all our glory of...

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We Are All Made of Stars

On embracing solitude  The year is 2016. I’m a teacher’s aide sitting in a year seven science class. The grey-haired teacher with kind eyes leans over the bench eyeing the girls.  “There’s no new water on earth. The water your body is made of is billions of years...

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Chasing Money? Getting Nowhere? Try This Instead!

Chasing money for its own sake distorts your values. You often end up sacrificing too much for it. You may sacrifice your self-esteem, your health, your time, and your reputation. It’s also not uncommon to sacrifice your friendships and relationships. Naturally, when...

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Do You Remember Your Bullies?

The girl in the fairy dress hated me on sight. I was five years old, and I’d been a child model for nearly half that time. My mother got me into doing it as her entrance into show business. I was in a commercial for Fidelity Savings Bank the year before. I played a...

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Why I Chose the Patreon Option in Publishous

Medium is such an expanded, comprehensive platform.  There are layers and layers of places to submit your work to, within this community.  When I first began writing on here, I was clueless. I had no clue who I was writing for, what would be read, or why I...

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Lane-Locked

So locked in you can’t see beyond I do a fair amount of driving and there are a few routes I take pretty often in and out of town. While driving I’ve observed a common behavior. At first, it perturbed me but then gave way to some pondering. I noticed how people would...

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Why Third Places Will Save Us All

How I discovered the lifeblood of community In 2011, I was living and working in Chengdu, China. I was rocked to my core with culture shock the first few months and sought out familiarity from the hutongs, the streams of scooters and smog at ‘Peter’s Tex Mex Grill’, a...

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A Blogger’s Journey - The Snakes & Ladders

Learning from my mistakes to pursue your blogging career. My journey into blogging has not been a smooth journey. However, it has been one where I have grown considerably. Over the last year, I have developed and grown as a writer and this is due to my blogging. I...

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How to Be An Authentic Writer Without Feeling Exposed

the truth doesn’t have to hurt Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.May Sarton They say write what you know.  Be authentic and write from the heart. But what if that’s too painful? What if, like many writers, you’re afraid...

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Flipping Our Worldview

The reason you and I struggle in the world is that we see ourselves as isolated beings in a hostile world. This makes us feel vulnerable to all sorts of calamities that could strike us at any time from any direction.  Consequently, we are fearful when things...

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Four Truths About Sex in Relationships

A healthy sex life requires open communication and agreement. Period. Sex is a hot-button issue for many couples, and the media does little to help with this. Books and articles all give their own suggestions for how much sex couples should be having: “Every day!” “At...

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The Curative Power Of Face-To-Face Interaction

In the networked world produced by technology evolving at an ever-accelerating rate, we are more interconnected than ever, in ways that give new meaning to the concept of “face time.” We enjoy fantastic scientific advances and conveniences that extend and enhance...

read more

My Wake-Up Routine…

And No, I’m Do Not, Will Not, Shall Not Wake At Dawn! The above is my idea of bliss. Oh to be a cat! To sleep whenever, where ever. Here it is, my awaited morning routine. It’s not mind blowing… rather quite mundane,one might say…But here it is, all the same.  Sorry,...

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Is Anything Really Simple?

Banging on an appliance doesn’t fix it “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Well, who has mastered this one? I would like to meet you. No…maybe not. I tend to put people on pedestals and...

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Confusion

Compassion for our world today Confusion reigning everywhere, People unsure of who they are Or how they really need to be. Disagreement when unity needed Conflicts over almost everything, Knows no limits or natural bounds As it spreads throughout our world. People...

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What Is Your Impossible?

What’s your impossible? I started thinking on this subject a while back, of course, I was on a run as that’s where all deep thoughts start for me. I had just DNF’d (Did Not Finish) my second attempt at 100 miles. This time due to vertigo which came from an ear problem...

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How to Be a Good Boss.

“A good boss is one who walks around you under your hat”. You know the expression, “No one’s perfect.” It’s a good excuse to use when you have no other, as long as you don’t overuse it. Bosses are human, too, so they’re not perfect either. Even the best of them don’t...

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Is This Path To Fame And Fortune A Myth? Really?

Is Medium the Start of the Yellow Brick Road? The End of the Rainbow? Or just Another Unicorn? Disclaimer — this article is not about why we write. We all have our reasons. But some have found a way to write authentically and make a living at it. That’s what this...

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We, of the Symbiosis…

Conversation 1 “Oh! I have gained a new hitch-hiker. This one is scarred, from a war-ravaged race.” he thought, noticing his visitor. He himself was walking along the seaside; his followers, none the wiser, tramped along the sand, keeping him silent company under the...

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We’re All Screwed Up — Yes, Even Me.

Everyone is filled with flaws All the lonely peopleWhere do they all come from?All the lonely peopleWhere do they all belong? — Lyricsto Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles Bad Days Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash I have my bad days. You guys know the ones. Where you...

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Grandpa, You Have Poop on Your Finger!

The first-day of Babe watch, a simple diaper check turned disastrous. I pulled back his diaper to investigate. That was when the gaseous green cloud escaped. During my investigation, I dabbed my middle finger into baby sludge. To make matters worse, the toxic vapors...

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Eternally Fallen

The realization that safe spaces do not exist There are no safe spaces and threat forever looms under the surface.  We all know this deep down and have been telling stories about it for a very long time. The awareness that we are eternally vulnerable might, in...

read more

Under Pressure? Calm The F*ck Down And Rise To The Occasion

Pressure can burst a pipe, or pressure can make a diamond “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” — Peter Marshall Henry Ford famously said, “under pressure, the mouth...

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Being Afraid to Lose Will Ruin Your Chances of Success

We all know the daunting feeling that comes with starting — or trying to start — something new. A new profession. Trying out a new hobby. Learning a new skill. Perhaps even writing and publishing a post here on Medium. Whatever it is, the feelings can be overwhelming...

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7 Hacks for Saving Time When You Have Kids

I left my ex-husband when my boy/girl twins were 18 months old. I immediately had to learn how to juggle all of the business of raising two children on my own, and now, a year later, we are doing just fine.  Whether you’re a single parent or sharing the...

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Buddha and the Mountain Bike

The Buddha spoke of moderation in all things. The more years of life experience I gain, the more truth I realize there is to these simple but vastly eloquent words. Most often, when I find myself “off-course,” if I can allow myself to glimpse a reality outside of...

read more

6 Steps To Help You Move Past Perfectionism

 Do you constantly seek approval from people around you? Is it incredibly difficult for you to accept being second best? Do you too often sacrifice your own well-being in order to complete a task perfectly? Are you consistently stressed and anxious? If you’ve...

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A Thousand Lost Golf Balls

According to the book 501 Great Writers, T. S. Eliot was one of the great ones. Poet, essayist, critic, playwright and children’s book author, his influence on the cultural landscape was extensive. I remember studying his works in high school with profound...

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How to Stay Focused and Avoid Unwanted Thoughts?

You don’t stay focused by avoidance, you stay focused by keeping your unwavering attention on the task at hand. Thus, first of all, don’t try to avoid unwanted thoughts. Ignore them, acknowledge them, but don’t try to avoid them. That way you only fuel...

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10 powerful lessons to find the right direction in life

Feeling confused, lost, painful, hopeless and miserable…So do I Are you now in a dark room without any glimpse of the light or any ray of hope?… You are not alone, welcome to the club of life my friend.  There will always be times when each of us will be without...

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Is Your Online Brand Message Driven By Fear Or Purpose?

Growing an online presence for your brand is something that is very vital in this age. It does not matter if you are running a business or personal brand. You need to be seen and heard online. Brands that understand this are the ones that we see and celebrate online....

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The Long, Weary Legacy of Women’s Speech and Power

Mary Beard’s manifesto is a must read.  When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice. — Mary Beard, Women & Power You know it’s campaign season when then the New York Times runs a story about women tossing in their...

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Why Choosing The Correct Path Is Important

In life change is inevitable. So important to make the choice to change before the change changes you. Will you choose the path of inspiration or driven onto the road of desperation? These two emotion-charged paths; inspiration or desperation, will drive people to...

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Servant or a Son?

In the story of the prodigal son, Jesus unveils God’s heart. Two sons had deeply disappointed their father. One essentially took his inheritance and ran away. The other worked for his inheritance, not realizing he was working for something that was free. The Prodigal...

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It’s too boring to color inside the lines

The declaration My four-year-old daughter was sitting doing her homework with mom. The work required her to color a particular set of shapes that made up a path she needed to follow.  As is customary with our toddler, she tends to get wild with her coloring. So...

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Is it Ethical to Earn Money Off of Your Abuse?

2018 was full of stories of abuse. It was the year of the #MeToo movement, and multiple stories of celebrities like R Kelly, Donald Trump, Jacob Hoggard, and Bill Cosby. (These were only a few of the headliners in Canada)  All of these men were accused of sexual...

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Falling In Love With Writing (Again)

I Do It Quite Often 😉 Let me get straight to the point, writing has been challenging for me. It’s been tough. Not because of its creative challenges, but its peripheral challenges. (You know what I mean, don’t you?) Followers, likes, claps, subscribers and what not....

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Mind Power

Personal power of our minds Greatest gift we ever have, Create thoughts for us to use Determining eventual destinies. Sometimes ignored, or not considered, But guiding us where we go, No actions taken without thoughts And no creations materialize. Minds, reflections...

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From Samsara to Nirvana

“You may discover that when there is no resistance to totally being in hell, heaven opens up and samsara reveals its true nature as nirvana.” ― Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp Once the wave catches a glimpse of its oceanic nature, it finds it difficult to return...

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The Vantage Point

rom my vantage point, I knew I was surrounded. Basic training had prepared me for some of the hardships I would endure, but this was definitely a new adventure that no tech school can prepare even the bravest sniper or recon operative for. It was one thing to laugh...

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Elevate Your Life With The Lousy Deal Hack

They say that happiness is a choice, but hey — then everything in life is. All your emotions, actions, thoughts. Dirty little secrets, big bold dreams. Bliss and misery, brilliance and mediocrity. Gettings things done or procrastinating for days on end, waiting for...

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How to improve yourself by believing that you can

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset It’s just a matter of mindset! How often did you already hear that? Me for sure too often. No matter what it is that I am complaining about, my boyfriend is always the person saying ‘’This is just a matter of mindset.’’ And I can...

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The Forever Home

The worse part of being a traveller is that you never know how long you will stay with any family. Sometimes it can be a couple of weeks, sometimes a couple of years. If you are lucky, on very rare occasions, travellers find forever families. This is such a rare...

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I’m not one who celebrates love

Here’s a note from me to you my darlingFor the love of another is something we all seekBut I stopped my seeking and searching for meaningI lost hope and faith in love and humanityYou came along my beloved You became a friend and someone I could talk to without...

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Are You Wasting Your Time on Self-Help Books?

This is a sort of follow on from my last piece —We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?— and something that I have been thinking about lately.  Over the past few years, I have read and listened to quite a few self-help books/audiobooks. Popular titles such...

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Is Reading Ruining Your Writing?

A 7-step program for recovering word junkies Writers are almost always devoted readers, and we know that exposure to good writing will help us in our own work. I firmly believe that reading widely and wisely is essential to being a good writer, despite everything else...

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How To Come Up With a Short Story and Structure It

Part 4 in How to Write a Short Story: Coming up With Story Ideas and Actually Start Writing “Like every beginner, I thought you could beat, pummel, and trash an idea into existence. Under such treatment, of course, any decent idea folds up its paws, turns on its back,...

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One Year After Parkland

There are more questions than answers. My 12-year-old daughter came home from school crying last week. There was a “code red” drill earlier that day. She didn’t know it was coming. Her sixth-grade math class was working on their pre-algebra projects when the alarm...

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Life Lessons from Jesus and Zacchaeus

One of the most popular stories, especially for kids, is the story of Zacchaeus. He was a small man who had a great desire to see Jesus. His encounter with Jesus teaches us some lessons for our lives as well. Here’s the Story He entered Jericho and was passing...

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Every Breath I Take Is A Reminder Of My Blessings

That breath that you just took, that’s a gift Every breath I take is a reminder of my blessings. Each morning and evening, I inhale blessings and exhale gratitude.  The breaths of air that enter my body keep me alive and awake to endless possibility.  I...

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Poor in West Africa

Learning from the Rich in Heart urrently, I am in the process of finishing my second book which is a memoir of my first visit to Liberia, West Africa in 2007. This small country used to be prosperous, but a devastating 14-year civil war absolutely decimated it....

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Hey World

Hey world,My dad just died.How dare you keepMoving forward.It’s time to stopAnd show regardFor a man whoLoved his fam’lyWe miss him so. Hey world,Don’t just keep onRushing aroundAnd leaving usBroken and hurt.I may just endUp withdrawing From you and quitUntil I...

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How to Leverage Your Day Job to Grow Your Side Hustle

And Is It Time to Quit? If you can make yourself believe that the idea that showing up for your 9-to-5 is part of your art, it will change everything. — Shaunta Grimes Most creatives start here: With a day job and working on their creative life on the side. We...

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How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Fear

FEAR- The four letter word that can make or break a person!! Every year we hear about the increase in suicide rates around the world, and no matter how much we improve our lives in all the fields, still the suicide rates have not yet come down. Suicidal trends have...

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In Search of Awe

Consumption is a progressive disease* One benefit of pregnancy which counters the joys of lightning crotch (Google it, I dare you) is the guilt-less freedom to say no.  At first, I felt like a wing-clipped bird but now it’s as though those secret fantasies of...

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Witnessing My Shadow Self

I have a confession: I am as guilty of negative thinking as anyone else. Just this morning, my friend asked me about my work. Within a few minutes, I was describing everything awful about it, going into minute detail about the hardships, inconvenience, and utter...

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I Thought There Was Nothing New To Learn

If you think you’ve seen everything, look at it another way and it becomes new. There are times when I think I’ve seen everything. I get this strange feeling. Maybe it’s complacency. Everything thing under the sun has been done and re-done. Nothing seems to surprise...

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Talent Isn’t Enough

Talent isn’t enough. The first time I heard that statement, I don’t think I really agreed, until I took a closer look. I had seen plenty of talented people have lots of opportunities that seemed to elude me. But I also have witnessed fellow art school students who...

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One way to stop romance from messing up Valentine’s Day

My husband is nothing if not economical. He loves me because I appreciate the finer things in life — him — and because I accept the things I cannot change — his economy. We do share one economic perspective: gift giving to each other. We don’t. In general, we have...

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Adolescent Awakening

I refused to call them “niggers” as others didThose six black girls in sea of 1800 students,God-fearing community’s school integration,No brotherly love, just resentment and hatred. Haunted images from my adolescent painBeing torn asunder in puzzling confusion,I was...

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3 Ways To Trust Your Inner Wisdom

Inner wisdom means knowing you can trust your gut instinct. It means knowing which creative project to work on and which to park for the time being. It will give you the courage to keep working on your art even if it is doesn’t seem rational or your nearest and...

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How to Overcome Your Fear of the Future

I’m sitting here trying to avoid thinking about the inevitable drive to my parents’ house this afternoon. It’s only thirty minutes from where I live, but the drive itself has developed into one gigantic monster that I must battle every time I want to visit them (or...

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We Can Lose Our Writing Momentum

And it may be so insidious that we don’t even recognize it until it strikes.  I lost my momentum with my writing the moment I started to care too much about outside reinforcement. Views, engagement and all that sort of thing that we kind of check regularly to see...

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Can We Please Have A Funeral For Opportunity?

Our brave little Mars robot rover, Opportunity has died. This cool (it’s cold there) robot lady, Oppy, has been collecting intelligence about our human idiocy for fifteen years without a potty break. Or ro-botty break? She’s been brave, beautiful, and brilliant, and...

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Lady Wisdom, the Woman of Valor

Some believe the Bible is antiquated and that Christianity is unfavorable toward women. But what do the Scriptures say? Women are depicted positively in the New Testament most explicitly in Theotokos, the Virgin Mary (Lk 1:28). It was women who were at the Cross...

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The Myth of Writer’s Block

There NO such thing as a writing block, notice, I say writing block, NOT A WRITER’S BLOCK. If the word writer associated with someone who writes it defeats the purpose of being a writer. You never heard of driver’s block, some who gets in the car and don’t drive!...

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Experiencing Paris

Treasures galore as I explore ParisA city experienced, unlike any other,History’s presence an enveloping shroud, My sensory perceptions unusually heightened. In Paris my passions are fully arousedWith sensual feelings strong and deep,My personal awareness reaches...

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Your Most Important Relationship

And why it starts way before you walk into McDonald’s When you walk into McDonald’s (or any fast food outlet as far as I’m concerned,) you have already decided you’re not enough. Years ago, in fact. And that’s why it’s so easy to walk up to the counter and punish...

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Three Powerful Reasons to Follow Jesus

How often do we do things without knowing why? How often do we pause and say, “Why am I doing this?” In fact, one of the great ways to unclutter your life is to ask that question repeatedly as you eliminate the habits and work you’ve grown accustomed to doing. So, why...

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Our Rescue Dogs Visit us While We Sleep

To Make Sure We’re Okay being Without Them For over the past twenty years we have rescued, adopted, fostered, and helped anywhere between thirty-seven and forty dogs. Being an accountant by trade, I am embarrassed at not being able to remember the exact statistics and...

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Who is holding you back?

It’s easy to identify the trolls. Trolls are people who have nothing good to say. They are the ones who live to stir up anger, rage and sadness. Many of them are unsatisfied with their lives. They are seeking an outlet for attention. They are seeking a stage. ...

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Message: “Bullying Is OK, Sometimes”?

I don’t get caught up in the social pressure of making a new year’s resolution anymore. Aside from that pressure to make one, if you don’t keep it, it can lead to self-shame and guilt. Instead, I’ve chosen to run through a series of introspective questions to move me...

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The Mirror Analogy & Significance Of Relationships

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” —  Epicurus The usual joyfulness associated with the monsoon rain was missing on that unusual evening. The clouds were...

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The Game of Life

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I am here to support life.  This is my new mission statement. I make this stand because I am life, a sentient being among other...

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Why We Need To Forgive When They Don’t Deserve It

A woman erupted in a fit of hysteria at the retail store I managed. She and her husband were in the middle of a bitter divorce and she arrived at the store while his girlfriend was there. I had been chatting with the girlfriend, who was a frequent shopper with us. As...

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How to Have Unlimited Access to Greatness

”You believe in honesty” — That’s mistake #1 “Many believe that by being honest and open they are winning people’s hearts and showing their good nature. They are greatly deluded. “ — Robert Greene. There are two kinds of people in this life: Those that believe in...

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We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?

We all have visions for the future. Of how we wish our lives to be. Huge aspirations, mammoth sized, scary almost impossible ambitions — if yours aren’t that big and scary give yourself a shake, dream bigger for goodness sake! In our daydreams, we are whisked away to...

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The Grapes of Wrath

“Women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole.” — John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath I’ve been listening to a series of hour long programs called The Big Read, produced in association with the...

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Valentine’s Day is Coming Up

To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate “Valentine’s Day is coming up,” Charlie said while reading an online sports article. “Is there anything special you’d like to do?” Warm tears immediately slid down his wife’s face. Hearing her sharp intake of breath, he rushed over and...

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Fleeting Thoughts

Thoughts from my distant pastIntruding in my current realm,Visions of what has come and gone,Realities thought forgotten long ago. Why do these fleeting thoughts appear?From what dimension do they come?Perhaps unresolved issues linger here?Are hidden years just coming...

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How to Fix Your Life

You want more for your life. I can guess that about you because everybody wants more for their lives. There’s nothing wrong with wanting more — a better job, a better business, the right partner, great health, more opportunity, more reach more impact — but we all have...

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How to Enhance Your Blog Using a Clear Writing Style?

AP Style and how to use it in your writing. There are many different styles that you can adopt when writing an article. The three most common are AP Style, Chicago Manual and New York Times. When writing an article it is important to adopt one and stick to it...

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My Anxiety Mouse

How to deal with that feeling of fear I’m on the balcony playing with pegs. Not quite two years old. Out of nowhere a bomb drops from the sky and explodes nearby. It’s a huge shock to my little heart. I scream. My sympathetic nervous system injects me with adrenaline...

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How to Become Extremely Motivated?

(lessons from Elon Musk’s and struggling author’s stories) You can be extremely motivated by fear.  Jon Morrow was paralyzed from the head down. He imagined that he is left in some health care facility, he dies and nobody even notices for a few days. This picture...

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Coming Home… Finally

It was a beautiful morning as I made my way to the galley of my ship for breakfast. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, breakfast was my favorite part of the day because the world is just beginning to come alive. The galley smells of bacon frying, and the sound of eggs...

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The Forgotten Blessing of Your Name

Once upon a time, the sound of your first name enchanted you. It was music to your ears. You heard the lilt, the cadence, and the phonetic richness of each syllable of your name. This occurred because your name was spoken with love by your parents. So it carried the...

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A World Of Infinite Ideas: How To Catch Them?

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. — Carl Sagan Ideas are everywhere. They find you when you’re on a walk, a drive or in the shower. I often get ideas when I’m rinsing twice.  So I keep a pad and pen on the bathroom sink. Maybe one day...

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Violated, Hailed, Forgotten

Trigger warning : This poem was written after and is a reference to the famous Delhi, India rape case.  She fought, she scratched, her screams unheard Nails clawing flesh pain from pleasure They kept on with their greed Testing fiercely,...

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The First Noble Truth of the Writer’s Life

Writing is, if not suffering, then it is at least often really really hard. -MOBUS I belong to a lot of writing groups on Facebook. I see over and over questions from, “What does it take to be a real writer?” Or, “If I write X novel do you think people will read it?”...

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My Beautiful Sister and The Museum

There is something so intimate and magical about whispering a secret.… “A sister is both your mirror — and your opposite.” — Elizabeth Fishel Moving My only sibling, a sister, Carrie Ann and I were moved from rural Amarillo Texas in 1975 to a suburb of the 3rd largest...

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There Are Thrushes Everywhere

Sometimes life forces you to notice things. The woods surrounding my home are teeming with wildlife: deer, birds, squirrels and the occasional bear or coyote. They’ve become part of the landscape, blending into the snow-covered trees in the winter and the bubbling...

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All Creative Work Involves Decisions

When you have to make a choice and don’t make it, that is in itself a choice. — William James There are a variety of ways to watch a film, look at a painting or listen to a piece of music. One of the ways I frequently watch a movie or listen to music is to think...

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Having Hard Conversations

Have them with the ones you love because you love them.  The last nine months of my marriage were a nightmare. I discovered I’d been living with an active drug addict and had been for almost the entirety of our nine-year-long relationship, AND I also had one-year-old...

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Wisdom From Unexpected Places

“You’re doing it wrong.” There I was pounding out miles at my local YMCA on a treadmill due to the below zero temperature when my treadmill started talking to me. I realize I was sixteen miles into a twenty-five-mile treadmill day but the shock of a voice coming from...

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How Jesus defined Great Faith

Jesus identified only two people in His earthly ministry who He said had great faith; a Roman centurion (Matthew 8:5–13) and a Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21–28). Both of these people were outside of the covenant God had made with Israel and I believe it is safe to...

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The Stupid ATM Machine

A Lesson in Humility The road of life has never been easy. I have long struggled with health issues, some of them that brought me close to death. However, in the midst of all the struggles, even when living deep, DEEP in the steamy jungles of Liberia, West Africa, we...

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I Feel Guilty About Going to Church

It’s a complicated part of my life I’m a cradle Catholic.  I don’t remember not going to the same church that I attend now in Brooklyn, NY. My siblings and I were baptized in a trifecta that represented where my family is from, me in the Dominican Republic with...

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Good Medicine, Bad Timing

On Passing Up Peace and Other Things I Don’t Know I Need “You’ll feel better after you take your medicine,” I tell my feverish little boy. He’s not buying it. Cherry flavored Tylenol®. Yummy grape Advil®, Chewable tablets. It makes no difference. His lips are sealed....

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Being Present

Deeply feeling my own presence Intimately knowing my soul within, Generously accepting whatever comes My spirit vibrantly thrives in peace. In harmony with the world that is With no resistance as life unfolds, Present in each precious moment Experiencing boundless...

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??? Questions To God… ???

A man died one day. His soul started to move wherever it was intended to. Though he died, his curiosity remained intact. Along the way, it screamed “I want to meet GOD!! I have a lot of questions for him”. If his prayers were not answered down below, they were...

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God Will Test Your Patience

My Most Recent Wake-Up Call of Locking My Keys in My Car “Patience is a virtue” is a tough pill to swallow, at least during times when we need it. It’s a lesson I’ve discovered over and over but haven’t fully grasped. Maybe this most recent test will allow me to...

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This is why most people end up as mediocre writers

They are simply unwilling to do what it takes Anyone can tell a story. The power of a story lies in how personal it is. And isn’t that the beauty of it? That your story is unique only to you. Then why is it that so many people end up failing? Below, I list some...

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How Writing is Like a Cup of Coffee

I love coffee. Of the few vices I have, I would have the most difficulty giving up my morning brew, mid-afternoon cup of java, and my after-work steaming fresh cup.  The only other “vice” I have, (besides the occasional glass of red wine, or craft beer), is...

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What Does It All Mean Anyway?

Have you ever heard someone cry out in frustration, “What does it all mean anyway?” At times, I think many believers ask that question when it comes to studying the scriptures and trying to grasp this life as a follower of Jesus. I meet people on a daily basis who are...

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The power of self-reflection

If I had to choose only one tip to give someone who wants to develop themselves and become better in whatever he is doing it would be to practice a lot of self-reflection. The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by...

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Kaleidoscope Sky

Pink glows hover in early morning light Purple hues illuminate scattered clouds, Kaleidoscope colors beginning my day, Contemplating this beauty present now.  Each day colored along nature’s spectrum Always surprised by what colors come, Days sometimes break dark...

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How To Call Yourself A Writer (And Mean It)

it’s time to claim your title I know a secret about you. You want to share your secret and at the same time you’ll never tell. What would people say? How would they think about you after they learn the truth? Well guess what? I carry the same burden, and since you...

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For Our Children

And, oh, the things we do for them Her tiny body rolls into position on the pink and white patterned mattress. She sighs through her perfect lips, and I exhale a breath of relief. She’s asleep. I get to go to work, clean, or play with her brother. So many...

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The personal bars (goals) we set, are they optimal?

How low is low and vice versa. Basically, are we progressing? It’s a no brainer that to grow, it is implicit that a stimulus is needed, for, adjusting to the renewed environment is when we grow. There comes a need for us to unfetter ourselves from complacent cocooning...

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Why You Should Never Pay Your Children To Wash The Car

A case against extrinsic motivation. I screwed up badly on this one. Now, you’re probably thinking that my 4-year-old daughter royally botched the job and damaged the family car, perhaps leaving a scratch here and a ding there.  If you’re prone to exaggeration,...

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With Friends Like These

What a man with Down Syndrome taught me about being human. He’s standing by the keyboard, nervous, wearing a new vest and pressed white shirt. The room is festooned with streamers and balloons stamped with ‘Happy 30th’. Guests are filing in wearing their Sunday...

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The Forever Home

The worse part of being a traveller is that you never know how long you will stay with any family. Sometimes it can be a couple of weeks, sometimes a couple of years. If you are lucky, on very rare occasions, travellers find forever families. This is such a rare...

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I’m not one who celebrates love

Here’s a note from me to you my darlingFor the love of another is something we all seekBut I stopped my seeking and searching for meaningI lost hope and faith in love and humanityYou came along my beloved You became a friend and someone I could talk to without...

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How To Be Persistent With Your Goals

Even When the Finish Line Is Hazy Do you find yourself quickly growing frustrated when taking on a new skill or workout routine? Or do you have a goal you’ve been pursuing for years — maybe even since childhood — but still haven’t achieved the results you’ve desired?...

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Discovering Moments of Clarity

“On a clear day,” according to Frank Sinatra, “you can see forever.”  While we often wait for outbreaks of clear perception, where we understand something deeply from a level of intuitive knowingness, where we effortlessly connect the dots, it may be possible to...

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Ask Yourself the Hard Questions

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Ponder those words for a moment. I spent some time running in the mountains thinking about this verse and how it applied to me. This is one of those verses that if...

My back pain forced me to overhaul my business strategy.

And it’s one of the best things I ever did. “You look great”. “Have you lost weight”. I’ve heard these comments quite a lot recently. It’s nice to finally get some external validation after months, no years, of hard work. Not that I was aiming for people to...

What Building With Legos Taught Me About Writing

A simple blueprint for blog posts that sing Have you ever put a puzzle together?  Did you wonder if you’d ever get it done because there were just so many pieces?  Did it make you feel like you just wanted to pay someone to come in and finish it for...

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