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My baby slept through the night AND the time a guitar-playing prisoner made me cry

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Last week we moved my 11-month-old into her own room. The first night went amazing. She put herself back to sleep every time she woke in three minutes or less – without my help. Twelve hours and thirty-eight sweet sweet minutes. The following nights … Let’s just say it’s been a rough week.

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Crisp air, brilliant leaves, and a time for reflection

Charlene Carr drinking tea

Crisp air, brilliant leaves, a time for reflection, and of course … tea! I’ve never liked being cold …. scratch that. I hate being cold, and almost always am. Despite my double thick socks, and two to three sweaters, I often find myself chilled even when my husband sits across

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When Life Imitates Art

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Imagine living years of your life knowing something was horribly wrong inside of you, knowing your pain couldn’t be normal, but consistently being told that it was. Imagine large aspects of your life being defined by that pain—the confusion, isolation, and fear it would cause—yet being told it was all in your head or you just weren’t strong enough to deal with it.

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Oh, the cycles of life!

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Have you ever noticed how full of cycles life is? It seems time and time again we learn the same lessons, we make the same mistakes, or different mistakes in similar ways, and then, again and again, we have the opportunity to grow, to become this better, stronger person. If

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The Power of This Moment

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My whole life I’ve struggled with being happy – or at least with being happy for any extended period of time. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. At times happiness seems like this elusive thing, in our grasp for one fleeting moment at a time. When I was a child

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Go Ahead – Follow Love

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The past two posts I’ve talked about fear and courage. My life has been filled with a lot of both of those lately. Yesterday I was trying to think about what was meaningful for me to share this week – I came up with nothing. Yesterday I also happened to

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Breathe In, Breath Out

It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything . . . and not just here – anywhere.  Well, anything I haven’t been obligated by a contract to write.  I’ve tried a few times here – only to ditch a half written post that felt forced.  I’ve opened my journal,

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At Such An Age

I sat down to write today and felt like I had nothing but that I needed to write anyway, not just to try to meet a quota but because although I had a very positive and productive day I also had a very busy and draining day.  I read a

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Throwing Back Vials of Poison

I read a quote by Deepak Chopra today of wisdom he had heard from Nelson Mandela: “Having resentment against someone is like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy.” A truthful thought, a seemingly obvious thought, one I’ve heard in many ways many times before, but one I so often

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Following My Bliss

For the first time in a well over a week I was able take a few consecutive hours to work on what will be my first full-length novel.  I’m mere hours away from having the first draft completed and unlike the last few times I went to write, when I

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