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Dissonance

I remember attending my first Twelve Step recovery meeting ever. It was an open meeting, and I attended with a friend. I listened. I learned a lot and felt that even though what people were sharing didn't totally apply to me, there was something warm and familiar about it all the same. I couldn't put… Continue reading Dissonance

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Say yes

I found myself whispering, too, even though I wasn’t the one hiding in a closet while a drunken man beat on the door. “Bridgett, it’s okay. You’ll be okay. You do not have to answer that door. DO NOT answer the door, okay?” Bridgett cried snotty tears on the other end of the phone. “But… Continue reading Say yes

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Tori’s Top 10

Today's guest blog post is written by my lifelong friend, Tori Walker Kirk. Watching her journey has been inspiring and filled me with gratitude. When I read that Bethany needed people to write gratitude posts for her blog, something inside me screamed, “Do it”!  I’m not a writer, but I do have my fair share… Continue reading Tori’s Top 10

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The gratitude word

*Today's blog post is a guest post written by my lifelong friend and former neighbor Leslie Ferguson Thomas. I'm always thankful for Leslie's contributions to my blog, but I'm more thankful for her ongoing friendship, her perspective on life, and her willingness to share it. Leslie's husband is currently battling cancer; please keep them in… Continue reading The gratitude word

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Counterweight

I pulled into the driveway of my close friend’s small brick house one autumn afternoon, the air thick and humid, stuck in transition from summer heat. She wasn’t home, but her neighbors’ kids ran and yelled at one another in the front yard next door, enjoying their first few moments of freedom after school. I jiggled… Continue reading Counterweight

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A new vision

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” My spiritual mentor has told me this on numerous occasions. The saying proved true in my journey to finding my spiritual mentor, and it proved true when finding my career mentor, too. In 2005, I attended the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers conference. In addition… Continue reading A new vision

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The mind’s freedom of movement

Today's post is written by my lifelong friend Mark Egan. I'm sure you'll appreciate this thoughtful reflection on the deeper meaning of life and love as much as I do. Nothing in life progresses on some linear path. Everything--happiness, health, love, achievement, motivation, self-worth--ebbs and flows throughout life. The valleys are labeled their respective peaks’… Continue reading The mind’s freedom of movement