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Attack of the Mean Mommy (beware the false hope-bearers)

By Constance Rhodes
This morning I googled "hope,";looking for the perfect image to accompany this post.Instead, I found myriad counterfeit hope-bearers - everything from pictures of stone angels to psychological diagrams to the well-intended"trust yourself"; types of inspo statements that are so ubiquitous today, particularly in recovery circles. Well intended, but not helpful.Not hopeful either. "Ifyou rest your hope in anything other than Jesus' return,"; my pastor said this Sunday, "you will ...
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Why "Everybody Just Get Along" Isn't a Good Long-term Strategy for a Healthy Family

By Paul White
In working with family-owned businesses for several years now, I've seen one pattern of relating that consistently doesn't work over the long term. In many families there is a mantra that dictates the family members' behavior, and that can carry over to the business as well. It is: "Now let's all just get along."; While the "just get along"; message sometimes is promoted by the patriarch, it is more often a core value for the matriarch. The focus on ...
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The Death of Comfortable

By Joanna Hyatt
Today we mourn a death. The death of Comfortable. HE CAME INTO OUR LIVES UNINVITED, SEEMING TO APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE, ONLY TO BECOME A PERMANENT FIXTURE. A silvertongued easy-going intruder, he convinced us to hand over our relationships, our dreams, and our future in exchange for promises of stability, security, a life free from risk, and therefore, free from disappointment. Whenever we flirted with the idea of stepping out, breaking free, and reaching for something more than our current reality, Comfortable ...
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Fixing the Damage Done From Yelling at Your Kids

By Meg Meeker
Let's face it. We're all guilty of saying things to our kids that we'd give anything to take back. And worse, many of us have yelled nasty things too. So is there anything we can do to make up for hurting our kids this way? Yes. Let's take a look at how to make amends. Own the Guilt. One of the hardest things for a parent to do is admit to really hurting our children. It's easier to simply believe that our words didn't cut as deeply as they did. This is the worst thing you can do.Own ...
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What I Learned Backpacking Around the World

By Ida Abdalkhani
It's interesting how of my varied journeys and adventures in life-getting my MBA right after my undergraduate degrees (with no full-time work experience), going from corporate employee to entrepreneur, becoming a laughter yoga instructor, and even bungee jumping in Victoria Falls-the one thing that people most want to talk about is my backpacking trip around the world. I'm not sure what drives this curiosity in others. I've come to believe that it's a mixture of multiple emotions and ...
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The Greatest Enemy of Every Marriage

By Mark Merrill
What is the opposite of Love? If you saidHate, well, I hate to disagree with you, butI'm convinced that the opposite of love is reallyselfishness. And in marriage, selfishness often makes you the worst threat to your marriage. Consider these truths about selfishness: When selfishness has a seat at the dinner table, it always demands to be fed first. The human heart is naturally bent towards selfishness…it wants what it wants, now. Selfishness is a root problem. Most major problems at the root of ...
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Two easy ways to save money in your book promotion

By Maria Murnane
I've said countless times in this blog that if you want to get people to read your book, you have to give away a lot of copies. To reviewers. To bloggers. To the editor of your college alumni magazine. To the women in your yoga class. To the guy who cuts your hair. To the people you meet at Starbucks. Basically to anyone and everyone you think might like the book enough to spread the word about it. That can be a lot of books. But you have to do it! I always recommend giving away ...
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Overcoming Your Inner Critic

By Josh Linkner
"Stop pushing yourself," your angry four-inch tall shoulder-Devil whispers in your ear. "Let's blow off the day and hang on the couch. You'll never amount to much anyway." We all have that inner voice - the negative one that whispers fear, guilt, and laziness into our ears. The voice that tells us to take a break instead of forging ahead, to eat a candy bar instead of hitting the gym. The voice that holds us from reaching our full potential. Jim Harbaugh, the head coach for the University of Michigan's ...
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The power of a professional headshot

By Maria Murnane
Inlast week's postI said that for the overwhelming majority of authors, it's important to make an effort to connect with your fans. The same goes for having a good headshot. If you're selling millions of copies of your books each year, no need to read further. Almost daily I receive an email from an author asking me a variation of the same question: "How do I market my book?"; For those who have websites or author pages on Amazon (two things I've recommended in previous posts), I almost always ...
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The Destiny of Diversity

By Raquelle M. Zuzarte
As we bid adieu to summer and survive the frenzy of the fall schedule, let's take a moment to reflect on one of the biggest highlights of 2016 - the Rio Games. The Games heralded our quadrennial celebration of the human spirit and quest for greatness among the 10,000 athletes representing 207 nations from the Seychelles to the first ever Refugee Olympic team. The Games also represented an opportune time to reflect on the meaning of the word diversity in our fractured and fragile world. At Maracanã Stadium ...

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