Clinging to Faith: How I Survived Body Dysmorphic Disorder’s Horror and Started Living

7 tips to help you shy away from unhappiness when the going gets tough!

Looking at the quality of my present life, I couldn’t help but overlook the traumatizing experience that once impaired my ability to live, laugh, love, and appreciate the good things in life. I view it as something more nasty than Paul George’s lower right leg injury back in one of Team USA’s scrimmage in 2014. […]

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Finding Good With Childlike Wonder–Link-up #30

Children are experts at finding good in everyday events of life. It was the Summer of 2011, and I was on a daddy daughter date with my girls at Coronado Bay. This happens to be one of my favorite places in the world. Coronado bridge is a massive, 2.1 mile structure that connects San Diego to the […]

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Catching Foxes–Link-up #29

Simple ways I'm growing this week.

I took a deep breath and let out a sigh. Immediately, I wished that I could take the sigh back. Sighing is a bad habit. I sigh when I feel stressed. I sigh when life becomes rushed. And, I sigh when little annoyances come my way. On this particular morning, I felt hurried. Whenever possible, I  plan pockets of down […]

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Don’t Quit, Try This Instead–Link-up #28

Every Friday, when I visit one of my favorite Link-ups at The Bloggers Pit Stop, I am greeted with the words, “You have not failed until you quit trying.” This anonymous quote has become a favorite. It is a reminder to me that hard work in writing is normal, so don’t quit. Another favorite quote […]

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Family Conversations Team-up and Link-up #27

Back in January, I proclaimed 2016 as my year of teamwork. It has awesome experiencing the power of teamwork in action with the launch of my latest book on creative family conversations.  Here is what has happened so far! 20 Family Conversations Over Dinner In addition to writing an incredible review, Pat Fenner from www.PatAndCandy.com, asked if she could […]

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Smiling, Sipping Coffee, and Breathing Deeply–Link-up #27

Your permission to relax and practice good self-care this week!

“You cannot impart to others that which you do not possess.” This is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Barry Lord, a favorite professors while I was in graduate school. This quote is also the reason I am smiling, sipping coffee, and breathing deeply this week. After three glorious months of leave, today I  make my return to […]

Smiling, Sipping Coffee, and Breathing Deeply

How Small Actions Impact Marriage in a Big Way–Link-up #26

Small actions can make or break a marriage. Tiny acts of kindness are sometimes the ones that are remember most. Unfortunately, tiny acts of contempt are also long remembered, and can be powerful enough to turn a good relationship sour. The bottom line is that when it comes to marriage, little actions make a big difference. In fact, my marriage […]

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Creative Conversations For Families–Link-up

Discover creative conversations to make your family above average!

The average family spends less than eight hours together each week. Sadly, much of this time is squandered in front of the television, computer, or smart-phones–all activities where minimal engagement takes place. I wrote my latest book, 131 Creative Conversations For Families, because quality family time matters! Family time is when children and parents connect on […]

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Read More Books With These Reading Hacks–Link-up #24

During my college days, there were times I planted myself on the couch of the local coffee shop, and read for hours. I also worked a number of jobs that allowed me to bring a book, and read during the down time. Today, with four energetic daughters at home, and a job with ever increasing responsibility responsibilities, finding time to read is […]

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Dear Church, Will You Help My Children Discover a Love For Jesus That Sticks?–Link-up #23

Learn how parents can team-up with the church to build a faith that lasts a lifetime!

Dear church family, I have a favor to ask. I need your help with something that is far too big–and important–to accomplish on my own. Will you partner with me in helping my children develop a love for Jesus that lasts a lifetime? This tops my list of things that matter! The good news is that encouraging children to walk […]

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