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Dear Mermaids: Body Image is not a Trend

At the beach this summer, I saw two young teens snapping photos at the edge of the water. The pair giggled at first, trying to get just the right shot with the ocean in the background, catching the sun dancing off the waves. Both wore their hair up in top buns, and possessed strong athletic bodies. Skin tan and glistening, I admired their youth and beauty. I put my nose back into my book when I heard, “Wait, we can’t use this one because my face looks too round.” Then,…

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Finding the Pathway to #Reality

One day I found myself sobbing, bitterly disappointed, and unable to see what would happen next. The reason for the outburst is genuinely irrelevant, because after a few minutes the storm passed. As is my way, I tried to look for the silver lining in what seemed like a stormy sky. In that moment this #QueenOfSilverLinings realized I wasn’t seeing anything clearly at all. My situation was less like the sky and a whole lot more like navigating a transportation hub. Let’s say you find yourself in an airport. You’re…

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#RealityMom Challenges: Working from Home

Anyone else have a love-hate relationship with working from home? Hate may be too strong of a word. And love may be too now that I think about it. For me it’s more like I have a “like-dislike” relationship with working from home. Before I go on, I should preface this by saying that I know I am very fortunate—I get to do most of my work from home and many moms would love to be able to do that. I’ve made conscious professional choices over the last 10+ years…

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Volunteerism: How to Raise Your Kids to be the Helpers

I will never forget the day I walked into the small musty smelling house and followed the adults until we reached the overgrown and sadly neglected backyard. “They will probably be doing most of their cooking outside, as that is what they are used to.” It was the summer between my fifth and sixth grade school year and I was helping my mom volunteer to clean-up a house our church had rented for a refugee family that was to be arriving soon. I was shocked when I heard the words…

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Left to My Own Devices: The Reality of my Motherhood

I thought that I had this motherhood life all figured out.  I thought that I was free to move about the cabin because there was an oxygen mask ready to fall from the ceiling when I needed it.  I thought that since my kids are no longer babies, I could grow up a bit. I’m here to tell you, ladies. We’re all wrong in thinking that we have everything under control. I’m as ignorant today as I was yesterday. But smarter than I was ten years ago chasing after that…

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