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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How Airbnb Is Saving My Writing Life

When I was in graduate school studying counseling psychology, I remember telling my practicum mentor that I asked a client what she was looking forward to. He said, “That’s actually a great question.” Why? Because lethargy and malaise are typical symptoms of depression.  My question gets to the heart of the matter. Depressed people are typically not looking forward to anything....
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Your Inner Happy

I’ve always used Instagram for my own pleasure. If you look, you’ll see I have lots of posts with food, drink, and the people I love.   However, I realized I was missing a huge opportunity to share my counseling, writing, and speaking material over there.   I didn’t want to post articles about personality disorders, sexual abuse, etc with photos of my new grandbaby,...
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