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What I Did Instead of Setting New Year’s Goals

I am tired of feeling overwhelmed. Years of goal-setting and driving hard to achieve those goals left me feeling frazzled, stretched, and out of focus. When presented with an opportunity to read Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregorie’s new book, Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity, I knew I needed whatever they had to say to me. The book did not disappoint. Kathi and Cheri [Read more...]

Numbers Make a Lousy God

Another rejection letter hit the inbox last week. A popular site for women sent out the woohoo’s and thank you’s on the latest round of submissions. Perhaps you received the polite “thanks for playing,” too. Did your heart sink a little? As I submit my words for approval and receive rejections (or worse, the rejection of silence), my writer heart sometimes sinks low. I [Read more...]

5 Book Recommendations from My Mid-Year Favorites

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read two books a month. I started with a list of titles I wanted to read. Along the way, I picked up book recommendations from my sister, my friends, and a few writers I follow. The number of books I want to read far exceeds the amount of time I have so I appreciate others’ endorsements to help me narrow the list down a bit. We are at the [Read more...]

Service: “Have To” or “Get To”?

I frequent a certain fast food chain and always order a number one with lemonade. It doesn’t matter who takes my order, the transaction always ends with, “It’s my pleasure.” The cashier always wears a smile, and I sense he or she truly enjoys serving me that chicken sandwich on a buttery bun. I encounter the same kind of smile at church. Mrs. Rita opens the door for my family almost every [Read more...]

Midyear Goal Review and Revamp

While July 1st is technically the middle of the year, the end of the school year and beginning of summer is well suited for a midyear checkup. How are all of those New Year’s resolutions coming along? I’ll wait here just a minute while you look for the paper you wrote your goals on so you can remember what they were. Found them? How is it going? Most folks have stopped trying to [Read more...]

What You Don’t Expect When You’re Expecting

Five Things New Moms Never Saw Coming Our response to new experiences can break us or make us. As a new mom, you expect great things. You envision sweet cuddles, lullabies in the quiet of the night, and bliss around every corner. While all of these things are a part of it, the hard reality of motherhood is often far from the expectations. I did this new mom thing twelve years ago and then again [Read more...]

My Five Goals for the New Year

This is the post that almost didn’t get written. How’s that for starting the New Year off with a bang? It is almost 2016 as I write this. The Crimson Tide is rolling on the TV. There a few giggling sleepover girls in my bed watching Rhett and Link. And I am tasked with putting my 2016 goals in written form before morning. Y’all. I’m tired. I am ending 2015 tired. I stay [Read more...]