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Naming the Act: What I Learned about Forgiveness from Teaching Middle School

A year ago yesterday I was in the midst of Laura Sprinkle’s #shesgotgutschallenge.   [I know this because my Timehop told me so.  Have I told you lately how much I love technology?  Though it’s been bringing me plenty of wrinkly-foreheaded suffering and bumbling-brained confusion, it also brings me plenty of awesome heart-filling reminders of what has been, which is such […]

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Spent Pens Don’t Write: Allowing Ease and Flow in More Than Just Your Writing Implements

When do you pitch a pen in the trash? I’ve always thought this was an obscenely obvious question to answer. You throw it away when it’s utterly unusable, when every last speck of ink has been liberated from its thin plastic tubular prison. I mean really, what do you think I am – a wastrel? Rich? Foolhardy? We don’t waste […]

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Going from I’ve Got To to I Get To: A Study in Living the Life You Want

Have you ever felt like your life is running you instead of the other way around? Totally overwhelmed by all the obligations and things that just must get done? Does the thought of a more joy-filled life sound like a lovely fairy tale that could never possibly represent reality? I get it.  I really do. For years I got caught […]

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Letting Yourself Know: The Opposite of Working Hard

You know when you’re driving somewhere you’ve been before, and you know your turn is approaching but you can’t quite remember which one it is?   Even though you’re familiar with the path, you worry that you’ll miss what it is you’re looking for. And so you drive.  You’re focusing hard on every approaching side street.  Squinting to locate each […]

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Letting the Other Shoe Drop: Vulnerability, Gratitude, and Joy

The other day I was watching a video of an interview between Brené Brown and Oprah Winfrey, courtesy of my friend Kendra Tanner of the True You Project.   In it, Oprah and Brené talk about the perhaps surprising component of terror – yes terror – that often lives in joy.  Brown cites the example of a parent lovingly looking […]

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