Optimize Your 2018: Realistic, Sustainable Tips

The New Year dawns before us. Many of us begin this week catching up from the Christmas holiday. We end it, however, with a gaze back at the past year. And some of us will resolve to make 2018 better than the twelve months we just endured. For those of us…

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Illuminate Your Life with Hope

The first Christmas arrived during a bleak season for God's people. Israel shivered in the shadows of oppression and poverty. Iron-fisted pagans enforced their rule through barbaric crucifixions. Even their fellow countrymen succombed to corruption and betrayal. Prophecies had ceased four hundred years prior, so the growing cries of Israel seemed…

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Trimming Holiday Stress

Food, family, and festivities rush us through Thanks-mas into next year's calendar. We fuss and bustle, scurrying from one restless day to another in an attempt to "do" the holidays properly. Or survive them, at least. Expectations and expenses squeeze us until our temples throb from the pressure. The harder we…

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Essential Luxuries

Calendar pages flurry past our eyes, ruffling our lashes. Our one life races to its inevitable end, and each of us wants to make the most of it. Wisdom teaches us we can do anything but not everything, leaving us to choose what matters most. Food. Water. Shelter. Health. Survival rises…

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Responding to Burnout

As we conclude our series on compassion fatigue, today's post discusses how to respond when we notice potential burnout in others. As with any condition, listening with love must take the driver's role for effective, healthy support. Listen at least twice as much as you speak. Even more is better. As…

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Rein in Fear's Hurricane

Fear is a normal part of the human experience. All emotions occur naturally, whether positive or negative, and anxious feelings are no exception. Our feelings can alert us to opportunities to change ourselves or our circumstances, so we can benefit from paying attention to them. If we don't allow them to…

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How to Stay Refreshed

  For the past seven weeks, we've explored detailed steps to refresh each aspect of life. Our discussions noted ways to renew the mind, relationships, health, habits, spirituality, self-esteem, and personal image. Now that we've identified how to revitalize our lifestyles this spring, how can we keep up with them through…

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Refresh Your Spirit

  In preparation for Easter, we'll continue our series this week to highlight revitalizing our spirituality. We've discussed mental, social, and physical health. These integrated parts of life weave together as a skin over the most vital substance of self--our core essence. [bctt tweet="Well being begins and ends with the state…

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Refresh Your Habits

Our days consist of many auto-piloted moments. These little building blocks of habitual behavior shape our lives. We should examine the content of our automatic thoughts and actions to ensure we can become who we most want to be and bless those around us. [bctt tweet="Optimizing habits blesses us to bless others."…

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