Category Archives: Encouragement

Confession: I’m ‘Offended’ by My Young Living Business

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I stood at a comfortable distance, searching my own thoughts: C’mon. I could have already gone over and been done by now—let’s go. You know how life-changing this business is; just think of how this could help them, I pepped in my own thoughts. But I felt stuck and grasped for a good excuse to not talk to them. Stuck in the sludge of self-limiting thoughts and fears, like: I dunno: Do they really look like “the…

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How to Be a Podcast Guest: 12 Things To Do Before Your Interview

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While prepping for my interview today with Carrie Robaina and the She Walks in Truth podcast (subscribe here), I realized that it may be helpful to share some of the ways I chose to prepare. Here are 12 of my top tips for preparing to be a guest on a podcast or other media channel:   1. Don’t wait until recording time to ask the host prep questions and get on the same page. Carrie does…

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Former “Other Woman” Explains Why Trusting Your Spouse Isn’t Enough to Protect The Relationship

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If you're in a relationship: Do you trust the other person? If you're single: Do you trust yourself? If so, that's great! But it's not enough. Every day, people who trust themselves still end up making poor choices. Every day, relationships are ruined by "I didn't mean for this to happen." For example: I trusted myself -- and still ended up making choices that resulted in an affair. His wife trusted him -- and he...
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Former “Other Woman” Reacts to Lysa TerKeurst’s Marriage News

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I was in a coffee shop waiting for a friend, when I saw Lysa TerKeurst's marriage news: I gasped and resisted the urge to sob (in public). In the post, she revealed that her husband of almost 25 years has been having an affair with a woman he met online. In what was no doubt a thoughtful, thorough, and difficult decision, Lysa has decided to seek a divorce. (She elaborates on her journey to the...
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4 Things That Hold Many Writers Back

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If you're at all like me: You dream of sipping hot coffee or tea on crisp mornings or quiet evenings, imagining what you'll write about next. You dream of sitting down to your computer -- barefoot (and maybe braless, too) -- and writing. Freely writing. You dream of writing for a living. Or better yet, living for a writing. But maybe there are some things standing in your way. Maybe it's one of these four things that...
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Ready or Not: Here I Go (Back to Work)

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Tomorrow, I'll return to working from the office, and for fuller days. It will be my first attempt in four weeks. I'm nervous about it, despite working from home part time these past 4 weeks, but want to try. Anxiety has been following me like a shadow, annoyingly underfoot like gum on my shoe. Like the ocean, the size of its waves change, ebbing and flowing at different paces. But still regularly creating a sensation that I'm...
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Thank God for Lavender

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I awoke around 2:30 the other morning. I don’t know exactly why. But my post-op nurse practitioner wasn’t surprised at all, when I woke up consistently around 3 a.m. every morning for at least a week. (That can happen with hormone fluctuations.) It seems to have started again. I don’t know for sure if it was: hormonal, as my post-hysterectomy body adjusts and hormones fluctuate; spiritual, a spirit nagging me in the middle of the…

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When the Heart Divided is Yours

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A sobering moment early this morning: I was sitting on the couch. My opened Bible on my lap. I would intermittently sip from my mug and stare at the tree in the front yard, excited about the bright green buds on its winter-worn branches. I glanced at my Bible, gently swiping through the delicate pages and hoping a passage would pop out at me. That’s when I realized: I was peering at the pages past a social…

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The Key to Human Trafficking?

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What if the key to combatting human trafficking is within reach? As I studied human trafficking in grad school, I realized: I believe our BEST chance of sustainably reducing the number of captives is by decreasing the number of customers. That means fewer men (and women) who would PAY for forced labor or services from a sex slave. At its core, human trafficking is a business. Which means it hinges on some classic principles, too. Like…

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Awake and Anxious

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I inexplicably woke up a couple minutes shy of 3 a.m. Again. Is it possible to be awoken by anxiety? Because there it was, hovering like someone with no sense of personal space. Or at least no respect for it. Stank-breathed. Inconsiderate. Intrusive. I tried to fall back asleep. It didn’t work this time. So I grabbed a pen and paper instead. Maybe moving them to paper could evict my anxious thoughts from my mind: March…

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