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Stories are powerful.

stories are powerful

Stories are powerful. This is a truth I’ve believed for years because I’ve experienced it. As a child, the books I read took me out of my own world, my own fears, my own pain, and allowed me to find myself in other worlds. Worlds that, despite their inherent dangers, were

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Let Go of the Past

charlene carr

It’s so easy to let the past cripple and define us. We hold onto experiences, beliefs, and heartache, thinking those things are still real, that they have control over us. But they don’t, unless we let them. Many readers of my novel, Skinny Me, focus on the main character’s weight loss journey

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If a spider can do it …

resilience charlene carr

My husband and I took a walk through the woods. As we travelled deeper the snow fell harder, eventually turning into ice pellets that stung our faces and clung to our coats. The world around us was beautiful, but also a little cruel. Then my husband, ever the observer, stopped

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Can happiness be measured on a scale?

skinny me charlene carr

  It’s January—new beginnings, new goals, and for many, myself included, the need for a new pair of jeans. If you’re like me though, you don’t want to buy that new pair of jeans, rather, you want to fit back into your old pairs! I may be exaggerating a bit

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What’s the big fixation? New Year’s Resolutions or Old Year’s lessons

New Year's Resolutions?

If you could go back over your year and get one do-over, just one, would you? If you would, what would it be? This is the time of year when people determine to look toward the future, to think about the goals and resolutions they want to make for a

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Oh, the cycles of life!

Where There Is Life - cycles

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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Once Upon A Time … We Believed In Happy Endings

I’ve been watching the series Once Upon A Time—obsessively, actually. For those who don’t know, it’s all about fairy tales—the heroes, the villains, and everyone in between, often modernizing and complicating the simplicity that Disney gave to many of these stories and blurring the lines between good and evil. In

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Inviting Calm

Calm
I found myself sitting in my office this week, papers strewn across the floor, tears running down my face. I felt like a failure. You ever been there? Deep down I knew, I mean I REALLY knew I was not a failure. It didn't even make sense to think I was one.Keep Reading ...

The Journey Never Ends

Mark Twain Twenty Years From Now

  Over a decade ago now I was packing up my bags and preparing for what I imagined would be the adventure of a lifetime. There were two things that gave me the drive, the excitement, and the courage to travel to the other side of the world. One was

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A novel moment.

As I write this, I’ve just finished editing my first novel for self-publication. And when I say finished I mean really finished – after the months and months of writing, revising, rewriting, getting feedback from others, and editing, editing, editing – I’m done! Of course, there are always things I

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