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Self-Compassion, a foundational skill for dealing with overwhelm

2019-01-11T22:50:48-05:00

As we begin this blog series covering skills for managing life when it’s overwhelming, I want to start with the most important skill you can add to your toolbox. This skill increases the effectiveness of every other skill or tool for managing when life is overwhelming. It’s truly foundational to everything else […]

Self-Compassion, a foundational skill for dealing with overwhelm 2019-01-11T22:50:48-05:00

Cinnamon’s brave escape from domestic violence, a guest post

2019-01-11T22:52:41-05:00

It is my privilege today to publish a guest post from a long-time online friend. I first “met” Cinnamon in the homeschooling, large family blog niche, where we both blogged almost 10 years ago now.

We have a lot in common… large families (she has 11, I have 12 children), we both homeschooled for many years, […]

Cinnamon’s brave escape from domestic violence, a guest post 2019-01-11T22:52:41-05:00

Sweeter on the Other Side – A Guest Post

2019-01-11T22:53:00-05:00

Today I am honored to publish a post written by a much respected friend. She has (understandably) requested to remain anonymous.

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“Life will be so much sweeter on the other side of your divorce,” my new friend assured me with great tenderness. She escaped an abusive marriage over 20 years ago and is […]

Sweeter on the Other Side – A Guest Post 2019-01-11T22:53:00-05:00

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed

2019-01-11T22:55:36-05:00

Dear Lord,

This past week has been overwhelmingly difficult.

Please remind me that You see me, that you grieve with me.

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I have been blindsided, in the worst of ways.

I’m so thankful that You are not overwhelmed by my situation, nor are You disappointed in my weakness.

You love me in […]

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed 2019-01-11T22:55:36-05:00

10 Reasons to Write your Story

2019-01-11T22:56:01-05:00

In the past few weeks, since I began writing regularly on my blog again, I’ve had several readers contact me, expressing a desire to write and share their own stories.

Conversations with these sweet women encouraged me to think about why writing our stories is so powerful, and so needed, even if you don’t choose to […]

10 Reasons to Write your Story 2019-01-11T22:56:01-05:00

Currently

2019-01-11T22:58:08-05:00

Encouraged

to see small patches of green (finally!) on my walks with Winston and as I ride my ElliptiGO. (see the green in my rearview mirror?!)


We had some crazy snow/sleet on Easter and snow in the forecast for tomorrow (wait, what?!!), but I’m still holding out hope for more […]

Currently 2019-01-11T22:58:08-05:00

Why Quitting Isn’t Always a Dirty Word

2019-01-11T23:00:19-05:00

A week ago I made the tough decision to pull of of IronMan Wisconsin. Many of my readers know that I’ve been training hard for this race for a year now. (An IronMan race is a 2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike and a “little” 26.2 mi marathon run to finish it off)

And I […]

Why Quitting Isn’t Always a Dirty Word 2019-01-11T23:00:19-05:00

Dear Survivor

2019-01-11T23:00:49-05:00

Dear Survivor, I know; you’ve heard them talking. You’ve read the blog posts talking about the virtuous goal of being a “thriver” rather than a survivor.

I know the shame you feel, admitting even silently to yourself that for so long now  ~ years, perhaps, you’ve been gasping in the deep […]

Dear Survivor 2019-01-11T23:00:49-05:00

How Writing My Story Saved My Life

2019-01-11T23:01:56-05:00

I lived in an abusive marriage for 27 years.

The first thing that had to happen before I could escape was that I had to begin to see my life for what it really was.

There were a number of events that led up to me finally acknowledging the severity of […]

How Writing My Story Saved My Life 2019-01-11T23:01:56-05:00

What {really} worked in 2015- part 2

2019-01-11T23:02:21-05:00

I’ve been thinking about the post I wrote recently, “What worked for me in 2015” and the more I thought about it, I realized that, while what I wrote it true ~ those things did “work” for me in 2015 ~ the whole story is much more complex than that.

Perhaps you have read […]

What {really} worked in 2015- part 2 2019-01-11T23:02:21-05:00

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This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.