I'm lighter when I'm lower, I'm higher when I'm heavy. ("Nico and the Niners," Twenty One Pilots) So there was a diagram in a book I just read (Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life) about how we respond to problems. We all have problems. But there were two ways to respond to… Continue reading Problems
Humility is not about thinking less of yourself, but thinking more about everything else. It doesn't require putting yourself down, but lifting others up. Humility means that you have confidence, but you are honest about what you can and can't do, and you see how others can help you. Humility is realizing your place in… Continue reading humility
I am currently reading a self-help book that drives down the same, worn-out path of trying to convince the reader that they can accomplish a lot because the author has accomplished a lot. If the reader follows the path of the author by doing specific things, then the reader will also be successful. And usually… Continue reading The joy of a simple life
So it's about 5:30 in the evening. I really want my husband to be home. I've been working on some things on the computer, which means that either my kids are watching way too much television or the house is a wreck. When I get off the computer, I find that it is both: the… Continue reading You can cry about the spilled milk … after it’s cleaned up.
The biggest surprise I've had in becoming an adult is that I'm not very good at this. I guess when I was younger, I expected that I would grow up and be a stable, happy, functioning adult. And while I knew I wouldn't be perfect, I guess I figured that I would at least be… Continue reading We aren’t perfect
I have bad days. And I have really horrible days. I would really like all my days to be good days--but that's not realistic. I'm going to have bad days. I'm going to have days when I wake up tired and cranky. I'm going to have days with bad news and things that go wrong. So… Continue reading How to have a bad day
I have a lot to do right now. Some people have asked me how I do everything--I don't think my list of accomplishments is overly impressive or unachievable. I'm mainly a stay-at-home mom, but I also have a lot of things I do on the side. I write books, I blog, I take photographs, I… Continue reading 6 Ways to Get Things Done
Lots of my extended family members are going through difficult times. Health problems, marriage problems, life problems. Sometimes I want the problems to go away. Sometimes I selfishly don't want to worry anymore. Sometimes I genuinely care about someone and I want them to have a break from painful experiences. I can only do little… Continue reading Remembering in Hard Times