These are the Days…Emily Freeman’s Writing Hack

I just got home from seeing clients. The house is clean and quiet. Our next set of Airbnb guests are set to arrive any minute. Instead of settling down with a book, I hopped onto my Facebook writer’s group (Hopewriters) and saw Emily Freeman’s video in which she explained that whenever she doesn’t know what to write, she types the phrase, “These are the days…”...
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The Art of Spending Our Lives Well

This morning I noticed the pineapple facial mask in my bathroom vanity and wished I had my money back. The cosmetic nectar promised to tighten my pores and exfoliate my cells. It did none of that. I wanted my twenty-five bucks back so I could give a gift to a friend instead.   Lately I find myself noticing how things are spent. Time, money, energy, love, attention. I want to spend my life...
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Slowing Down to Hear the Mystery

Sorry friends, it’s been awhile since I wrote my last blog post.   I wonder if your summer has been as busy as mine. I didn’t intend for it to be this way.   Today I took a long walk, alone, so I could hear the sound of my own heartbeat. And I’ve been reading a quiet little book called The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris.   She says, My strength returns to me with my cup of...
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Do You Want to Know How You Are Wired? Answer These Three Questions

Recently I signed up to receive Stephanie S. Smith’s Slant Letter – an editor’s angle on finding you. Stephanie works as an acquisitions editor for Zondervan Books. Previously, she served as an editor at RELEVANT magazine, the Barna Group, and before all this she started out on the other side of the printer as a literary publicist. She is currently pursuing my masters in...
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I’m Moving My Counseling Office

    The old adage is true: “The days are long, but the years are short.” If you’re a mom, you probably don’t remember the last diaper or the last time you put your child in a car seat.   Today I looked around my office and decided to take a photo because I think I just saw my last client in the space I’ve rented for the past decade. When I started my private practice in January...
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