I Published A Book Today

Most of you know I published a book in 2013. It was a traditionally published book called Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World, and as great as my agents and publishers were, it was an agonizing experience that took many years to accomplish.   I had to learn: What I wanted to say How to make my story and make it applicable to a wider audience How to write a query to an...
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How To Stop Living By Fear And Trust Your Inner Pilot

I’m always looking for good books about extreme self care. I just finished reading Dr. Lissa Rankin’s newest book The Fear Cure. Though I liked her first book Mind Over Medicine better, this one had some good points. On page 241, she says she and Rachel Naomi Remen came up with a list they consider to be “Small Self Operating Principles.” These are the fears that are...
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Where To Go In Nashville

This is not my typical blog post. Normally I write about psychology, selfcare, and counseling. But today while getting a massage, my therapist asked me where to go in Nashville. I emailed this list to her, but others might enjoy reading it too.   I’m not a Nashville expert. I went once twenty years ago, and more recently two times. Both times were to attend The Nashville Treehouse with...
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The Importance of Gezellig Moments

Many years ago my pastor was depressed. He said his doctor told him to take a mini-vacation every day. At first that shocked me but then I realized he wasn’t talking about going to a day spa or a road trip to Aspen. What his doctor was doing was telling him was the importance of self-care. There’s a Dutch word that captures what I want to convey when I refer to self care. The term is...
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My 50th Birthday

I can’t believe I’m 50. My family and I celebrated in Winter Park. I made a little video to capture the party my Bible Study threw for me, and the fun we had in the mountains. I don’t deserve all these good things but I’m so grateful. ...
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The Number One Thing Smart People Do When They Bump Into Life’s Roadblocks

      Years ago I was at a workshop. Myself and about 25 other participants were blindfolded. We were escorted into a cafeteria where a makeshift maze had been created from chairs, pylons, and ropes.   The instructions were: “Hold onto the rope, there is a way out, and if you need help raise your hand.”     One by one we clung to our ropes, inching ourselves...
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