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Would it be so bad just to take that first step?

Dear Longing Girl, What would a leap of faith look like? That thing that's been lingering on your mind, burning in your heart . . . that scary beautiful thing that you can't get out of your whole soul because it wants to be heard and acted upon. Guess what lovely?...

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Be thankful for those uncomfortable spots . . .

Dear Sweet Soul, There are so many things that we would never do unless we were down to our last straw . . . pushed to the very edge until there was nothing left to do but to find a better way. Ask yourself honestly . . . "Would I really have done _______ had I not...

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Don’t let your worries steal your day . . .

Dear Extraordinary Girl, Is there something that is heavy on your heart? Is something holding you back and keeping you in a state of worry, or exhaustion, or confusion, or hurt? Ask yourself some important questions, dear friend. Will this matter a year from now?...

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Put your face to the sun . . .

Dear Beautiful Soul, You know it’s okay to be happy, right? Sometimes we squelch our happiness so we can stay small or so we don’t make others feel bad. Sometimes we squelch our happiness because we feel like we aren’t worthy of it or that we might not really...

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Worrying doesn’t help anything, does it?

Dear Peace-Seeking Soul, Worrying changes NOTHING. Sometimes our worrying becomes a bigger problem than the problem we are worrying about to begin with. Please, beautiful friend, set your worries aside and step firmly into this very moment. Look yourself in the eye...

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What does it mean to “win” a fight?

Dear Courageous Girl, Some people might say that walking away from a battle is the cowardly thing to do. But very often, it is the best and bravest thing you could ever do? How do we know when it’s time to walk away from a battle . . . whether it is a real human...

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Chill time is part of your important life work . . .

Dear Needing-a-Break Soul, We would never expect a car to run without fuel. We would never expect an appliance to work without being plugged in. We would never expect a flashlight to work without batteries. Why do we expect ourselves to operate at full capacity...

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What It Takes To Get Back Up

Finding yourself face-first on the ground, spitting out gravel, tasting blood, maybe even missing a tooth—it’s not fun. Whether literally or figuratively, when life knocks you to your knees and then kicks you flat for good measure, you’ve got some choices to make....

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