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Making The Most Of Your Summer

How’s your summer going, my friends? Are you making a splash? How are you breaking away from the ordinary? Any change in routine can be so helpful in recharging your batteries. That could mean trying some new summer recipes on the grill (ever used veggies or fruit?!) or getting away for a long weekend. Maybe[…]

Self Care Is Not For You

You’ve probably heard it before: Are you practicing self-care? Are you actively seeking out routines for your everyday life that will lower your stress levels? Daily self-care routines can include journaling, meditation, naps, reading a fun book, soaking your feet in epsom salts, drinking a cup of tea alone, aromatherapy — the list can go[…]

Why Self-Care Matters For Your Relationships

What about does self-care have to do with intimacy? This week I feel like I’ve come out of a long, Portland winter hibernation. After months of enjoying the coziness of this chilly season, all of a sudden I want to be outside. All the time! The nicer weather just entices me out there, and then I’m remembering why[…]

Facing The Here & Now

Today as I finished my book review for “The Prophetic Imagination,” I was able to share some of my insights with my son, Thomas, who happens to relate deeply to the idea of the ‘prophetic.’ To be honest, this was not an easy read for me — but as I read back through all my[…]

We All Need to Quit This One New Year’s Tradition

Well, it’s coming: The New Year. And with it, the obligatory flood of emails, blogs, soundbites, and ‘inspirational’ self-help books to remind you that you’d better make some resolutions. It’s a new year! Fresh start! Make goals! Make them huge, unattainable, unrealistic goals — that’s the whole point! The cultural obsession we have with self-improvement[…]

What Gift Will You Give This Year?

Hurry and get those last minute deals…pick the perfect gift…make sure and do those end of the year reports…make those cookies…send those cards…and the list goes on and on. As I stated last week, I had a bit of the “Bah-Humbugs,” but this weekend I took time away with Eric and went to a wedding on[…]

Fighting the Bah Humbugs

Christmastime can be so fun and festive…not to mention full of frustration and seething anger, right? I don’t want to be a scrooge here, but have you ever noticed how this time of the year brings out the worst in people…maybe even in yourself? Well, you know me…I’m all for being transparent and vulnerable, so[…]