Tips for Processing Emotions

Processing emotions is hard for MOST people. Very few of us have been taught how to work through our emotions in healthy ways, including grief. Most of us ignore them, push them down or blow up after letting them build up inside. We respond this way because we haven’t learned healthy ways to process our […]

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Health Update and Plans for ???

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share the latest about my health, and fill you in on the way God is nudging my heart. Health update I’m almost through with all the testing to be considered for a lung transplant. I just have one more test to do in the hospital in San Francisco and then […]

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Enjoying Life During Hardships

Last week my husband and I celebrated our 40th anniversary! I am so grateful to celebrate this amazing day with this wonderful man! Four years ago, I was told I had a few months to a year to live and was offered no treatment options. Being given such a horrible time frame to live was […]

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Getting Your Kids to Do Chores Without Losing Your Mind

What did you think when you read this title? Guilty? Hopeful? Full of Dread? Anticipation? Help is on the way! I love this verse. The Bible says that everyone works and contributes, unless they are truly unable to. This is also true for our kids and chores. We are not there to serve them. They need to […]

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Breast Cancer Self-Care: Loving Your Hurting Self

  Society likes to talk a lot about self-care: which often translates to a box of chocolates, a bubble bath, and perhaps a glass of wine. I had the privilege of being a guest writer on ImTakingCharge.com last week. I take the idea of breast cancer self-care (and all self-care) to a higher level–beginning with […]

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Keeping Yourself Emotionally Grounded

  Our feelings, thoughts and beliefs are wonderful gifts from God that help us understand ourselves and how we’re doing on the inside. Our emotions can also be confusing, scary and unpredictable. We need practical tools to help us process and learn from our emotions. They help us learn about our emotions and how to […]

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Helping Our Kids Grieve

Our kids need our help to process the grief they feel when they go through losses, disappointments, and tragedies. They don’t know what to do with their powerful feelings. They grieve over lots of things – from small things, like the top of their ice cream cone falling on the ground, moving, losing a friend, […]

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Soothing Yourself When Distressed

We Need Ways to Soothe Ourselves There are so many difficult things in life that happen that cannot be changed. We have a lot of losses to grieve. What helps during these difficult times is taking the time to soothe, calm, and comfort ourselves in ways that help, not harm. We fall into these practices […]

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Negotiating Challenging Times

As I mentioned during my last blog post, I’ve been taking some time off from social media and my blog to go through extensive medical testing. I’ll be honest, it has been challenging. Being poked and prodded over and over again is exhausting, stressful, and sometimes painful. It is all for a great purpose – […]

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Is Self-Compassion Selfish?

I’ve written two books about self-compassion, and have done a lot of interviews, videos and podcasts on the topic. I love getting input about this important topic. One question I’ve been asked a few times is, “Is Self-Compassion Selfish?” When we don’t care for ourselves At first glance, it could look this way. The reality […]

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