Let's try something different...

Twelve years ago, I remember a clear, warm evening in San Francisco. I was at the Cheesecake Factory with my best friend. I think we had just come back from a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday. It was my aunt’s birthday and I had forgotten to call her to wish her a Happy Birthday, but I knew my mom was enjoying the day with her. Early the next morning, I had weird dreams about a brownstone crumbling around me. I was trying to escape. I had my kitten in my arms. We all know what happened next. Fear like I’ve never known coursed through my brain....more

Change & New Beginnings

Change and new beginnings.So the summer holidays are flying by and as exams results are in and it’s nearing the beginning of a new academic term I thought I’d blog about change and new beginnings.With over 10 years experience of working with teenagers there is one thing 100’s found difficult… And that’s change!...more

We Don't Know What We Think We Know

I know this sounds like a fairly ominous title but it's something I've been thinking about the last little while. Why? I'm moving in a week from my family's house to Chicago where I’m starting my Masters in Integrated Marketing and Communications. I’m one part excited and most parts nervous because as much as I'd like to think I'm good at handling change and transition, I know deep down I'm not... I'm not sure who is?...more

"Change" Is A Purpose In Itself.

Have you ever felt like you were literally swirling and twirling in a whirlwind of change? Well I have sure have and I'm certain that I'm not the only one because change is an integral part of LIVING this life! The good news is that whirlwinds are preordained agents of change that have an attached promise that cannot be broken by our God who is constantly making all things new....more

Do You Want to Change? Change Your Mind.

Have you ever wished someone would just give you a different life? A new identity. One where you could bag up all the rubbish. Bin it. And then change your neighbourhood entirely with none of the crap you created this side of the fence? I have. How easy that would be. Up sticks and leave. Thank-you-very-much. ...more

You Can't Change People But People Change

You can’t change people but people change. It has been one the nuggets of my supposed wisdom I have been spouting for the last few years.My husband and I were college sweethearts. Shared the same values, both engineers, for different reasons pretty much on our own without any financial help getting started as we graduated college. And we muddled along for years, sparks of true passion occasionally, mostly just existing, not really fighting much, but uncertain in how to have a relationship, not having had very good examples from our own parents....more

Lament for a house

  Three and one half years ago, my husband bought us a house at an “Undisclosed location”.Sure it was a weekend get away and I did manage to have an actual week off there last year, but it was cozy, it was comfortable and the back room was bright.It was a good spot to spend a third of our week at, which we seemed to do year round. We had to get serious, as when my husband sold our house in Philly, we were turning our minds to retirement living, We decided we needed a rancher.Not that this old house isn’t, but, we wanted a house to live the rest of our days out in. ...more

never too late

a recent objective of mine is to try to find a balance between my monkey mind and my sometimes overwhelming mental stupor, although the stupor seems to be more common lately.  it seems all i feel is dispirited. wandering from room to room in a fog, i wonder what to do to use up the hours left in my day, to keep my mind busy with anything other than what i need to work through....more

You Have More Than This Requires

Mike RobbinsI had a powerful conversation recently with my good friend Theo.  I was telling him about some of the intense challenges I’ve been facing and my underlying fear that I simply can’t handle all that is going on (and what I fear may unfold in the coming days, weeks, and months).  Theo listened to me with empathy and compassion, and then said something simple, but profound. He said, “Mike, it’s important to remember that you have more than all of this requires.”...more

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