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I felt like Quitting Until THIS Book Encouraged Me

  Discouragement is a destroyer. How we respond to it makes all the difference. When a sequence of events ran my value through the meat grinder of discouragement it enticed me to quit on my dreams. Encouragement whispered. Don’t quit now. Look at all you’ve accomplished. Remember your article Write Your Story Even if You’re Not […]

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5 Reasons Why We Have Favorite Quotes

  The other day I was captivated by four little words I’d painted on my wall. Just a simple quote: Live loved Live free I just stood there staring at them appreciating the beauty of their artistic form and meaning. But then, I started to question why. Why was I captivated by them? Why would […]

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Independence is Not Freedom

As a granddaughter of immigrants, I was raised to appreciate the price of freedom. America’s journey to become free from the tyranny of England began with the Declaration of Independence. A lot of blood was shed in the process. But I’ve learned that independence is not freedom. I appreciate the desire to come out from […]

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Don’t Let Difficulty Destroy Your Dream

Do you eat liver? Do you drink juice smoothies? People consume them because they are good for their bodies. Some people enjoy them while other’s force feed themselves. Both for the same reason. They have a dream. What about mental and emotional food? I’m reading a book right now that is good for me. Actually, […]

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The Power of Knowing You’re Loved in Your Messy Life

Do you know how powerful it is to know you’re loved? Your immediate response might be yes, of course. But do you really? I know I didn’t. I knew how painful and powerless it was to not know it. It wasn’t until I crossed the line I understood. What line am I talking about?   […]

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5 Steps to Know Yourself & Live Freely

  Little kids are so free. They can dance like a baboon with a bucket on their head, or sing Jingle Bells off tune in May. They are unfettered by what people think of them. Living freely out of their true self comes easy. Or does it? Maybe their freedom of expression is how they […]

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3 Things You Need To Know To Be Happier On Purpose

  Happiness. The word itself sounds like cotton candy, rainbows, and butterflies. Yet it eludes us when we chase it. Why is that?   Everyone wants to be happy. If happiness is elusive, what are you to do? Without knowing these 3 things, you’ll never be happier on purpose.   Happiness is Like a Butterfly, […]

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Do You Value Your Inner Life?

  I completed the Tribe Writers course and found myself doing a lot of introspection. I needed to determine what now? I looked back over my journey and my writing and had these questions. Am I applying what I’ve learned? Am I being clear? Am I providing value? Why should you read what I write? […]

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How To Laugh More (Don’t do these 2 things)

Face it, even though life can be hard, boring and painful at times, you don’t have to let it make you a sourpuss. You need a healthy sense of humor. You need to laugh more. Kids laugh all the time. Adults don’t. I could prove it to you. There are statistics! But I don’t want […]

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Do You Really Want To Eat That Crap Sandwich?

Springtime is such a beautiful season. So full of promise as new life erupts once again. Trees and flowers bloom with radiant colors and intoxicating smells. It’s a good time to sell your house and move. Children anticipate summer vacation. Weddings and graduations abound. All these are wonderful and exciting. Tis the season of celebration […]