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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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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Wisdom to Your Younger Self

I was recently asked to share what I would say to my younger self, knowing what I know now about living life. I’m grateful to Jeanette Schneider at loreandlittlethings.com to allow me to share with her readers. I thought it might be helpful for all of us to think about. All of us have gone […]

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Creating a Safe Place on the Inside

  I’ve wanted to write about this topic for a long time. Our society has been changing over the last five years in ways that are disturbing to me. One of these ways is the emphasis on creating “safe places” for students on college campuses to shield themselves from uncomfortable or dissenting viewpoints. This is […]

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Being Compassionate as You Parent, Helps Your Marriage

  How does being compassionate with yourself as a parent help your marriage? Good question. First, remember that everything is connected. How you care for yourself as you parent affects your relationship with yourself, your child, and yes…your spouse. We can be pretty hard on ourselves as parents We don’t mean to, we simply don’t […]

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Getting Your Kids to Listen

We all want to be listened to, respected, and taken seriously by our loved ones, friends, workmates…and yes, our kids! It’s hard when they don’t listen to us, especially since we have such good things to say! The good news is that there are lots of ways to up the chances our children will pay […]

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Teaching Kids Compassionate Self-Talk

Last Sunday I had the privilege of talking with some young children about how to talk to themselves compassionately when they do something wrong. There were about 12 kids there and it was so fun to talk with them. I started by asking, “How many of you have broken something important of your mom or […]

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Grateful and Anticipating

Happy New Year my friends! As I reflect on 2017, I have so much to be thankful for. Grateful The highlight of my year was being able to attend our son’s wedding in Houston, TX, 2000 miles away. This was only possible because of the incredible generosity and prayers of so many who gave to […]

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Extending Compassion over the Holidays

  Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re probably exhausted. This year, I encourage you treat yourself with care and compassion, and extend that to your children and grandchildren too. Our hopes for the holidays, can be a mixed blessing. They help us plan what’s important to us, but can […]

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Embrace Your Imperfections

Last night I was sitting in the dark in my living room, with the lights of my Christmas tree casting a warm glow over the room. It’s one of my favorite things to do this time of year. As I gazed at the tree, I noticed both its beauty, and its imperfections. My tree has […]

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