3 Ways Yoga Makes Me a Better Employee

Recently, in becoming more intentional about the way I "look" not just on the outside but also on the inside I've started practicing various forms of yoga. I have been surprised at the short amount of time in which I've been able to experience the positive mental, physical, and emotional effects of yoga. ...more

Blogger Anna Whiston-Donaldson Turns Grief for Her Son Into Humble Magic

Writer, blogger and mother Anna Whiston-Donaldson—whom I first knew as Anna See, from her blog An Inch of Gray—landed herself the kind of internet fame we've all come to fear. She lost her son, Jack, when he was just 12 years old, in 2011. ...more
I love this review! Anna and her writing - truly treasures.more

To Be a Good Parent, I Had to Forgive Mine First

Like any new mother, after I had my daughter I experienced a wide range of emotions. Joy, excitement, fear: Those were just a few I seemed to feel on a daily basis. Two emotions I didn't anticipate myself having were resentment and bitterness. They weren't feelings directed at my new child, but at my own parents. And they were issues and hurts that I thought I had dealt with a long time ago. ...more
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Correlation Between Happiness & Success

When one pursues an unconventional goal or career path, one has to develop not just a filter that turns blatant rejection into constructive criticism, but also an unwavering sense of optimism and faith, bordering on crazy fundamentalist. One has to believe whole-heartedly in the purpose of every day’s endeavors, unpredicted encounters are signs from the universe that one is on the right path, and opportunities to accomplish the elusive goal, proof that miracles exist. Actors, dancers, writers and freelancers, I am certain can relate....more

When Prayer Doesn't Come Naturally

Maybe prayer comes naturally to some people, but for me it has been such a learning and growing process. I didn’t grow up sharing my heart and emotions. On the contrary, I pretty much had to bottle them all. Since emotional and relational honesty and intimacy weren’t areas I was very comfortable with, it took a long time to feel comfortable praying. At first, I didn't know how to pray or if God really even wanted to hear from me. I would try to pray, get frustrated, and give up because I felt like I wasn't doing it right....more

3 Ways Yoga Makes Me a Better Employee

Recently, in becoming more intentional about the way I "look" not just on the outside but also on the inside I've started practicing various forms of yoga. I have been surprised at the short amount of time in which I've been able to experience the positive mental, physical, and emotional effects of yoga. ...more

{Day 1} The Long Road

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Throwing The Baby Out With The Bath Water

Hey don't do that! There's a baby still in there! A sweet, baby who needs time to grow. Don't worry about the water that has been thrown out. There will be more water. Water that is sweeter, cleaner, and more refreshing than before, but if you throw the baby out, how will she ever experience what's to come?Please relax and think for a moment if you have ever been somewhere and everything was perfect? Where the people were all pleasant and funny? Where the program or whatever you were attending was setup exactly as you would have done? Where the air smelled sweeter?...more

Can Anybody Hear Me?

Week 3: The Art of Observation

As you remember to combine the first two challenges, I hope that you have found more energy to start off your day. This week we are going to try to discover the times during the day that you are out of balance, and how to balance yourself and your actions once you realize you are out of balance.The only way to create change in your life is to know where change needs to happen,and how to make it happen. This challenge will help you learn where your weaknesses are so you can create a more positive outcome for yourself....more

One More Down, One More To Go

This past week I attended a mandatory conference out-of-state. This is the same conference we were returning from when my husband died. To say that I was not looking forward to it would be a slight understatement.Originally, a friend of mine was going to go with me, and we planned to visit a glass shop and do some touristy things. Then she'd go shopping while I was in the conference, and we'd come home together. This would be handy because I wouldn't have to park at the airport, since her husband was going to take us and pick us up....more

Why I Don't Want Buried

Nothing says depression quite like a cemetery. My husband and I took our son for a drive through the country on Saturday. It was a cool 70 degrees outside with a picture-perfect traditional Carolina blue sky. We noticed a lot of old tombstones from the 1800’s in our route and I wanted to take some pictures. I’m a fan of old things that are borderline gothic. They’re interesting and also usually very intricate and detailed....more