Just Say No

“Just say no!” My voice was firm, as I gave this advice to my busy daughter. Although it was easy for me to say, a twinge of guilt ran through me. The truth is, I’m the one who taught her to overcommit, to be ever involved, to never say no, to stay busy, frazzled,...

The Pop-Up Blocker for Daily Living

Living Focused Amidst the Danger of Distractions A distraction is defined as something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention. Wow, anybody? Distractions were robbing me every day of focus, joy, clarity, calling, and the “present” of the present.  Every...

Worry or Peace-The Choice is Yours

Worry. Someone once told me it was “negative prayer.” I call it exhausting. At 3:00 a.m. it’s as if the switch in my brain has been flicked on and my mind starts to race. It may be words I’ve spoken, words spoken to me, the gas bill that is due, my child’s struggle,...

Stop Striving; Come Know Me

Stop Striving; Come Know Me A poem by Kristen Ostrem You don’t have to strive, and you don’t have to hide. Pretending, performing, and masking are facades that all root from pride. You’re afraid you’re not good enough, disappointed you...

When You Just Need to Take a Breath

“So what are you going to do next?” The question was posed innocently enough by a friend last night after I’d explained about just finishing up helping with a major women’s conference and meeting the final deadline for our book (yay!) last week. I immediately fumbled...