Choosing Relationships Wisely

Relationships are often the most important part of our lives. They help us define who we are and underscore our sense of worth in the world. They can also be the cause of the most pain and despair. The good news is, we have choices to make about who we want in our lives.

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How to Feel Beautiful

Beauty is highly valued in our society, but what does beauty actually mean, and why do even the most beautiful among us feel ugly? according to a new report by TODAY and AOL the average woman spends 55 minutes every day “beautifying” themselves. More than 2,000 adults and 200 teenagers were surveyed, and 78% reported spending close to an hour because, “it made them feel better about themselves”. That’s a lot of time, so is it working?

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The Story of the Joyful Cactus

My childhood home was full of dangers. As I was growing up, I spent a lot of time afraid and became hyper-vigilant as a way of keeping myself safe. I remember my sister and I locking ourselves in our room for hours, waiting for the fighting to stop, watching the door and praying that it didn’t open. To survive in my home required me to develop trust issues, isolation tendencies, and constant anxiety.

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Being Santa—Holiday Adulting with Joy

Ah the Holidays, the air is crisp, the lights twinkle, and all is Merry and Bright… for the kids right?! As adults, so many of us have a hard time juggling our desire for the magic and delight of the holidays with the stress of shopping, meal prep, and trying to meet the needs and expectations of family members.

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