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Comparsion is a Liar. Here's how to stop it in its tracks

Comparison is a Liar. Here’s How to Stop it in its Tracks

 Comparsion is a Liar. Here's how to stop it in its tracks

 

If you’ve never struggled with comparison, 2 things.

1. You are a Cyborg

2. Teach me your ways.

For the rest of us, comparison can be a harsh reality in the way we live our life. And it’s something I’m all too familiar with. (I talked about the biggest lie I battle here.)

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What's the balance between taking action and trusting God?

What’s The Balance Between Taking Action & Trusting God?

What's the balance between taking action and trusting God?

 

Lately, I have a question pacing back and forth in my head.

You know the kind. Constantly nagging at you. Annoying. You just can’t shake it.

Like “diner” smell on your clothes or 90’s R&B lyrics in your brain.

The question is this, “What’s the balance between praying and believing God for something vs. rolling up my sleeves and getting to work?”

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What to do when your time with God grows stale

What To Do When Your Time With God Gets Stale

What to do when your time with God grows stale

 

PICTURE THIS:

Chris and I decide to go on a regular date night.

We pick Fridays.

Each Friday at 7pm we meet at the car.

I wear skinny jeans.

He wears plaid.

Obviously.

We exchange compliments and exactly 1 ½ kisses. You know what I mean.

While driving we listen to precisely 3 songs.

The same 3 songs we’ve listened to the previous 14 date nights.

We go to the same restaurant.

Sit in the same booth.

Order the same menu items.

Walk the same route.

Have the same conversation.

Drive home.

Repeat next Friday at 7pm

 

 

You know what that is? BORING.

Bordering on tragic. We’d basically be living #datenight Groundhog Day.

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4 Things to Gift Yourself in September

4 Things to Gift Yourself in September

 4 Things to Gift Yourself in September

Fewer things connect me to the promise of new beginnings like getting a good whiff of freshly sharpened pencils.

Ahh, the school supply aisle.  I don’t know what it is, but everytime I walk past, that aisle at Target i feel compelled to buy a new lunch pail and convince myself i NEED a striped notebook. (Although this planner does already occupy my heart.)

I am well aware that I have been out of school for **cough cough** years, but still, September, in all its perfectly-blank-notebook-glory, will ALWAYS feel more like a new beginning to me than January.  Call it 15+ years of conditioning, (thanks education system) but Fall just seems like the ideal time to hit the “refresh” button.

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How to get out of debt and create a budget you'll want to stick with

How To Create A Budget That Doesn’t Make You Want To Cry

How to get out of debt and create a budget you'll want to stick with

by Chris Rea

Recently, I read an incredible blog post called, “Focus and Finish,” from Crystal Paine. Something powerful happens when you focus all of your energy on a single goal or vision. Many times we spread our focus out over several areas of life at once and never really achieve the results that we want. I totally understand that reasoning, BUT…

What if we could focus the majority of attention on one area?

 

What if we could create a vision for one thing, develop a plan to accomplish that vision, and then persevere to achieve that vision?

I am a huge fan of focusing on one thing at a time. Because honestly, it’s where I’ve seen the most results in my own life.

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2 Truths for the Days when you feel you're not Enough-NoSmallLife

2 Truths For The Days When You Feel You’re Not Enough

 2 Truths for the Days when you feel you're not Enough-NoSmallLife

 

I am notorious for choosing the wrong paint color. And there is no better example of my notoriety than when we redid our kitchen and dining room 4 years ago. You know before we sold our home and 70% of our belongings 😀 but that’s another story.

There I sat.

11:30pm.

Folding chair.

In my mess of a reno kitchen.

Intimidated by tiny paint chips

What I THOUGHT was going to be the world’s most perfect wall color would’ve, in fact,

reminded any sane person of “1970’s appliance avocado.”

 

It was dark time.

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Who's getting the BEST Version of you?

Who’s Getting the BEST Version of You?

 

Who's getting the BEST Version of you?

 

I’m a firm believer that the people closest to us should receive the best version of us.

And because you’re an amazing human, I’m sure you agree.

But WHY is that concept so much easier in theory rather than practice? It’s easy to be charming to the Starbucks Barista you may never see again. Maintaining that same level of “love” and charisma for the people that live in your house however, is a different challenge entirely.

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is your Smart Phone making your Life SMALL?

Is Your Smart Phone Making Your Life Small?

is your Smart Phone making your Life SMALL?

 Recently, I overheard my mother-in-law explaining to my 7-year-old niece that once upon a time all of our phones were connected to the wall by cords. This information just about straightened her adorable brown ringlets.

 

You may have veiled memories of that ancient time.

 

You may recall a time before you could check the weather, order a pizza, contact someone in Taiwan, and have 7 black tank tops shipped to your door by Thursday all within 47 seconds from the palm of your hand.

 

I still, and I’m about to date myself here, remember the first time I used my friends “car phone.” It plugged into the cigarette lighter of her Ford Taurus.

We ordered Chinese Food.

We were very cool.

 

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In a funk 15 Ways to Break out of a Rut & Care for your Soul

In A Rut? 15 Ways to Break Out Of A Funk & Care For Your Soul

In a funk 15 Ways to Break out of a Rut & Care for your Soul

Fewer things cause me to freak out more than a creative rut. Well, maybe restaurants attached to gas stations and THEN a creative rut, but I digress.

Recently, I hit a MAJOR funk and think I finally figured out why.  I’m a fixer, I hate when things feel unsettled.  I want to get to the bottom of it, find a solution and keep plowing forward.  But sometimes your brain and body just do not get on board with that business.  They want rest and fun and they will get all kinds of defiant until they get some.

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