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What Is Love?

I’ve been married for nearly 18-years and I have learned a few things about love. Here are some of my favorite love lessons: Love is or isn’t. There is no in between. Love is powerful. Love is magnetic. Love can…
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Self-love: what it does and doesn't mean

Self-Love: What it Does and Doesn’t Mean

“Self-love” is something we throw around in conversation often these days. Sometimes we refer to it as “self-care” or “self-compassion.” We’re searching earnestly for a better way to exist in a world that demands so much of us. We are…
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Preparing for the Future

Preparing for the Future

We’re finding hope, expecting joy, and putting the past to rest. The only thing left to do in this final week of Advent is prepare for the future as it marches steadily toward us. We can pretend it’s not coming…
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Putting the Past to Rest

Putting the Past to Rest

One of the beautiful things about Advent is that it gives us the opportunity to clear the slate and start over. Our past can become the anchor that fixes us to unhealthy patterns, fear, and regret, and ultimately keeps us…
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Expecting Joy

Expecting Joy

Our expectations have a significant influence on the outcomes we get in our day-to-day lives. Not because they’re a magical solution, but because they have such a hold on our perceptions. If we expect to encounter difficulties, we perceive every…
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When Hope Doesn't Come Easy

When Hope Doesn’t Come Easy

This Advent series is designed to meet you wherever you are, regardless of religion, creed, or philosophy. Let’s come together over the next four weeks to center ourselves, reflect on the year, and plan for a beautiful future. -Gretchen This…
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Finding Peace in The Chaos

There is so much noise around us all the time. Many of us have kids to nurture, demanding jobs to manage, households to run, and partners to invest in. At the end of the day, when your head hits the…
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Why Gratitude?

Why Gratitude?

We’ve dedicated an entire holiday to gathering together with friends and loved ones and being grateful. When turned into a practice, gratitude can absolutely transform every part of our lives far beyond any holiday or celebration. Thanks to recent research,…
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