How to Live Gently and Love Passionately

How to Live Gently and Love Passionately

How to Live Gently and Love Passionately

The brake light on my van has been flickering on and off for a couple of weeks now. My husband got up early this morning to have it looked at before the line got too long. When he brought it back, he stopped for a cup of coffee before heading to the office. This is what I call living gently. Someone asked me what I mean when I say I want to “Live Gently, Love Passionately”. The best way I can explain is to make room for the small things. Our lives have become defined by packed schedules and frenetic

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Kindness for Kids: Putting an End to the R-Word

Kindness for Kids: Putting an End to the R-Word

I don’t know any parent who doesn’t at some level want to raise their children to be quality individuals. We want them to be smart, funny and loved. More than anything I hope you want them to be kind. But kindness isn’t something you can’t teach, it has to be learned and what we want them to learn, we must model with actions. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that words aren’t important, they’re vital. Even more than the words we say to our children, it’s the words we say around our children. Our words and deeds towards others shape

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Strengthening Your Soul and Mind

Strengthening Your Soul and Mind

For the past week I’ve been rising at my normal time of day. I grab my journal and begin to write. In cursive I let thoughts spill out into the pages without structure or prompts. It has been a life breathing practice. In the past I’ve used the time to catch up on email, social media and often my scripture reading for the day. The latter being the best choice to move forward with a good attitude. The first two aven’t always set the day in order in a good way. What has turned beautiful is the ability to pour

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More Than Just One Word for 2015

More Than Just One Word for 2015

As so often happens at the beginning of January, we look forward to leaving behind those habits that have haunted us for the past year or often longer. We focus on our addictions or actions as if the magical date on the calendar will turn us into someone we can stop despising. We focus on what we see on the surface instead of the underlying We resolve to change. Promising ourselves that this will be the year we shed those pounds, give up smoking, make more money, take more time off or become organized. Some choose all of the above.

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Healthy Dining Doesn’t Equal Deprivation

Healthy Dining Doesn’t Equal Deprivation

This article originally appeared at NRTODAY.COM Often I have second thoughts about posting food on Instagram and Facebook. I’ve heard complaints before that not everyone wants to see your dinner. However, last week, a friend approached me at the gym and thanked me for posting pictures of great-tasting, nutritious meals. “It lets me know that I can do this,” she said. It encouraged her to know that healthy eating can still be a great experience. It not only tastes good, but also keeps my guests from thinking they’re eating “diet food.” One of my best tips is planning ahead. About

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