Good Goes Around

friends Nov 19, 2018

You know those people in your past who made an impact on you? Parents, friends, teachers, maybe the parent of a friend...take the time to reach out to them and let them know how they've helped you. 

And while you're at it, think of all the people you could be impacting by sharing the gifts you've been given. 

Good goes around.  Don't let it end with you. 

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How to Start Working Out

fitness Nov 15, 2018

It never fails. We pick up a magazine because one of the headlines reads something like this: "The Easy Way to Get in Shape Now – We'll Show You How"

But then we get overwhelmed with all the information, and what happens? Usually? Not too much. Don't feel bad - you're not alone.

I can't begin to tell you how many times someone will say "I've read the books, I know what I'm supposed to do, but it's just not working for me."

Oftentimes they say "I just can't stick to this new diet and exercise plan. What else can I try?”

Often, the problem is that the changes they are trying to make are too drastic. Anything too drastic will most likely be too difficult to stick with. They are convinced that they must suffer and deprive themselves in order to be successful.

“Monday morning I start my new diet – no sweets, no junk food, no snacks...” By lunchtime on Monday, they are willing to fight for a candy bar. Forget about those exercise plans – they barely...

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The Family Bed

family Nov 11, 2018

Is there anything sweeter than being snuggled up with your babies? Feeling their little bodies wiggle around in their sleep, listening to their every breath? It’s such a beautiful experience that I almost missed out on.

I had every intention of sharing our bedroom with our baby when our first baby was due in 2008. We had no plans to set up a nursery; I constantly joked that the newborn could sleep in a dresser drawer in our room - after all – it was bigger than my womb. As a baby gift, my parents built an addition on our home to make room for a nursery. I looked at this nursery decorated with love and wondered how I would ever hear a baby crying for me so far away from where I sleep. 

He was born at 12:44 am; I stared at him for an hour straight, this living breathing baby boy who was so healthy. Who only moments before was inside me, with me, completely dependent on my every breath, on my every heart beat. Yet here...

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