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Let’s Celebrate Friendship Day

Did you know that the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 30 to be International Friendship Day? I don’t really need a special day to celebrate my friends. I’ve got some great friends, and I am thankful every day for them. But it is nice to know there is a special day set aside just to celebrate friendship. My life is much richer because of the friendships I have. In honor of Friendship Day, I thought share a little about what makes my friends so great. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I also love great Read More

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14 Last Minute Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is only a few days away. If your life is like mine, then you’re probably scrambling to find a gift for mom. May is the time of year when everything gets crazy in my house. This year is even crazier than most. Between now and the end of the month my family’s activity list includes: several end of the school year projects, assemblies, and trips, prom, a high school graduation, out of town visitors, two birthdays, a camping trip, and Mother’s Day, of course. Add to my madness two dogs that seem to enjoy eating things they shouldn’t Read More

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Quality Self-Care Begins with Self Compassion

Self-care is all the rage these days. It pops up on my Pinterest feed, in blogs I read, and even on news sites. Everyone, it seems, is jumping on the self-care advice bandwagon. In fact, I just published a post on journaling and self-care. You can read it here. So I guess I’ve jumped on the self-care bandwagon too. Perhaps I should have published this post first. Because practicing self-care doesn’t get very far unless you start with self compassion.     Have you noticed that we are often our own worst critic? Our inner voice tells us things we Read More

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11 Ways to Show People You Really Care

It seems everyone lives such busy lives. We are always rushing from one activity to the next. Our eyes and attention are constantly attached to our phones, our computers, our televisions. In the hustle and bustle, we sometimes forget that it’s often the simple things that make life worth living. Sure, a grand vacation is wonderful, but so is a walk in the neighborhood with someone you love. You can take that walk a lot more often and at much less expense. Its the same with showing people you care. Grand gestures are great, but it’s the every day, seemingly Read More