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It’s still your year: 17 creative ways to use your planner

Are you feeling like packing up your 2020 planner? If you do, you are not alone. As a planner lover, I was so excited to dive into my 2020 planner. I spent time intentionally deciding the design, layout, and purpose of my planner. Oh, I had all the ideas.  Then COVID-19. All of the plans I had laid out are canceled. No reason to track day dates with my hubby, family trips, extracurricular sports for our fellas, or vacations. Just like that, it felt like a sudden break up with my planner[...]

Refill your tank: 3 ways cultivate self-compassion on hard days

Why is self-compassion so hard for women? Just think.  Do any of these phrases sound familiar? You're always messing things up.  You'll never get things right.  You never seem to say the right thing.  You are ugly.  You don't belong to be here. Most of us would never say these phrases to someone, but how often have these ugly words replayed in your mind or even come out your mouth about yourself? Sadly, I will admit I have been there. Even as a child, I held high (often unrealistic) expectations of who I[...]

Building a marriage: 3 signs you’re sabotaging your marriage (+ what you can do about it)

Building a marriage: 3 signs you're sabotaging your marriage From the moment my hubby asked me to marry him, I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t wait to start my life as Mrs. Mamie L. Pack. I practiced signing my name. I flaunted my ring whenever I had the opportunity. Oh yes, I could not wait for our lives together to start. We started off doing all the right things. We did pre-marital counseling, often talked with our pastor, and loved talking to each other all the time. What I didn’t prepare for those b[...]

Remove the mask: 3 standout ways to live an authentic life

She stands there smiling, nodding her head, responding but not listening. To everyone else, she is strong. She has it all together. People often ask, “How in the world can you do it all?” They want to see the superwoman. So, she wears the mask. She hides her pain, her shame, her anger, her hurt behind the mask of her smile. Afraid her truth cannot be accepted. Afraid that her truth will keep her from being loved. Do you know this woman? Is she you? I must admit, I know this woman. She has been me.[...]