A firm foundation: fixing our eyes on the immovable

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There is only one secure foundation…no matter what storms are raging. ~ Charles Stanley

While house/cat sitting for my daughter and her boyfriend, I ventured on a solo walk close to dark. Unfortunately…[read more]

Thanks‘giving’ back: appreciation in action

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First, thank you for stopping by my website. I appreciate you! Secondly, if you haven’t already guessed, this month my focus is all about “giving thanks by giving back.” In fact, I will be donating $1 to a local food bank for each new email subscriber in November. If you’d like to sign up…[read more]

Attaining different outcomes: how to navigate crossroads

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Since moving to Northern Arizona, my husband and I regularly explore a series of forest trails bordering our neighborhood—several of which are marked, as well as noted on our mobile apps. Others, however, reveal only worn-out grooves in the dirt, common at many of the…[read more]

More than thick skin: processing rejection and criticism

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Who doesn’t love to receive good news? Or how about the saying: No news is good news? What about when the dreaded rejection arrives for that dream job, much-anticipated date, financial loan or story proposal? For me, the latter hits home…[read more]

Catching up: permission to rest

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I noticed it over a month ago during my morning walk: a tree in our neighborhood sporting a colorful top hat. In addition, the coniferous tree needles have turned into shades of brown and gold before dropping to the…[read more]

The long haul: do not grow weary

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So let us not grow weary in doing what is right,
for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
~ Galatians 6:9

Recently, I read a devotion that talked about changing how we view our problems. Instead of looking at them in their entirety, the author suggested taking…[read more]

When results and efforts disagree: defining growth

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Now that we’ve surpassed the five-month mark into our new adventure on the mountain (see After the Leap), due to a three-week setback with COVID early on—as well as multiple challenges that have taken precedence—it often seems we have little to show for our efforts. Especially…[read more]

Goodbyes and expectation: returning to reality

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When my daughter visited our cabin in September, the goodbyes were especially difficult for me—the only consolation that we’d meet up the following week when my husband and I traveled for appointments and planned to spend two nights at her home. Not surprisingly, when the moment came to say goodbye the second time, it proved no less challenging. But it was also couched in…[read more]

Always the ‘Write’ Time: expanding my presence

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As a non-traditional undergrad returning to college at age 45, I created a blog called Always the Write Time—because I’m a believer that it’s always the write time to try something new. I carried this mindset into my author identity with a passion for writing about hope for new beginnings, humor in the messy middle & heart for happy endings. When I started…[read more]

View your surroundings with fresh eyes: resurrecting potential

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Recently, we hosted our daughter for the weekend at our little cabin in the woods. To view the space through her eyes for the first time reminded me of the reasons my husband and I fell in love with the mountain retreat when we, too, first laid eyes on it. Yet it’s too easy to forget its potential when confronted with…[read more]

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