A Remembrance of Life

20171030_Cemetery2Halloween is a holiday I’ve always been ambivalent toward but became a date I’ve come to dread.

My baby Dalton would have been 17 today. 17!

On the way to the hospital that fateful day, we thought he picked the perfect day to be born – all that candy and a built-in celebration. Then, no heartbeat. Instead of happiness and celebration, there were tears and despair. Continue reading

A True Test

After a year away, I just recently went back to work at the same company, but this time part-time as a contract employee.

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My biggest concern that this might stir up the old feelings of anxiety and of being overwhelmed that I had been dealing with before I left. Continue reading

Embrace Today

Do you ever hear yourself saying, “I wish it was Friday already,” or find yourself wishing away the weeks leading up to Christmas due to all the stress and busyness. (Unless, of course, you happen to be one of those crazy organized people who start their shopping in July! (I’m just jealous, really.))

It is a natural reaction to want to get through something you dread, or get to a day you’re looking forward to, but life goes by much too fast to wish it away.

Don’t forget about today!

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The Two Sides of Anticipation

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Excitedly looking forward to a long-awaited trip – oh, the anticipation!

There are many things we anticipate – vacations, weddings, summer break, Fridays…

However, there is a flip side to this coin as well. Those with anxiety might equate anticipation with fear. Continue reading

Stronger Together

At a young age, we start learning to be independent and hear of the importance of being self-reliant. “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” they say.

I had subscribed to this myself, but more and more I’m learning it’s not always true. Yes, I love being thought of as the capable, reliable one. Yes, sometimes it will turn out better if I do it myself. But I have discovered that not admitting you need help is a weakness.

We are not meant to do it all by ourselves. Families, friends, and co-workers – each of these people have a place in our lives, and they are there for a purpose. They are there not only to accomplish their own goals but to contribute as a whole – as part of a community.

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The Deliberate Yes

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Saying yes can be a wonderful thing.  It makes it possible to learn new things, meet new people, have beautiful experiences, and accomplish things you never knew you could.

However, not being careful with what you say yes to can cause your life to be out of balance.  Continue reading

Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Neiquist – Book Review

51ysp75ny-lI found this book at the perfect time in my life.  I had already realized the key theme of this book and had begun making changes in my life.  This book wonderfully complemented my plan and expanded, explained, and put into words exactly what I was experiencing.  (If it wasn’t already taken, and I had been clever enough to have thought of it myself, Present Over Perfect would be a great title for my blog.) Continue reading

Rena’s Promise: A Story of Two Sisters in Auschwitz – Book Review

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Rena’s Promise is the book that has left the most lasting impression on me.  I read it several years ago and still think of it often. Her experience was so harshly different from anything I’ve personally gone through. When I am struggling with something, I will recall a hardship described in her experience at the concentration camp, and I am often able to look at my situation in a healthier perspective. Continue reading