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How To Face Disappointment Without Losing Your Sparkle

By | Everyday Life | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I saw something really exciting pop up in my notifications from my favorite website. They were searching for 5 new contributors for their writing team. As soon as I finished doing the happy dance, I quickly filled out the application and took a deep breath before hitting send. As a writer, this was an incredible opportunity and I wanted this really, really badly.

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10 Things Every Friend Needs When They Are Hurting

By | Everyday Life | 29 Comments

The day after my son died, was the day I knew my life had changed forever. My sorrow was so overwhelming, I didn’t know what I was feeling, or what I needed, or how I would make it through. I was miserable, and I was equally miserable to be around. Despite the sorrow I was drowning in, I pushed every single friend away. I didn’t know anyone who was going through “my” pain and it was just too much work emotionally bringing anyone else in. Here are 10 things every friend needs when they are hurting…

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What A Child Really Feels In Foster Care {A Short Film: ReMoved}

By | Adoption | 12 Comments

“It would be impossible to fully understand the life and emotions of a child going through the foster care system, but this short narrative film portrays that saga in a poetic light, with brushes of fear, anger, sadness, and a tiny bit of hope.” If you are a foster parent, I hope this film validates you, encourages you and inspires you on your journey. Thank you foster parents for your radical hospitality!

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How To Love Your Selfie Inside and Out

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 2 Comments

The pressure to look thin and beautiful is an ongoing issue so many of us moms and daughters face every day. We see it all day long on television, magazines, and movies. I look at my two daughters and wonder what they feel deep inside about how they look. They are both beautiful inside and out. I see their beauty, their dad sees their beauty, but do they see their beauty?

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