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How to View Change as an Opportunity

How to View Change as an Opportunity

I opened up my email the other day, and saw some big news. Our department chair announced she was retiring, and she was doing it soon—her last day would be in one month. We were getting a new interim chair, and conducting a search for a new permanent chair. Anxiety My...
3 Steps for Peace, Honesty, and Living a Full Life

3 Steps for Peace, Honesty, and Living a Full Life

One of the authors who has made a big impact on my life is named Byron Katie (everyone calls her Katie). Her philosophy and way of engaging the world has been helpful for me as I have worked to navigate the ups and downs that come with living life. From her writings,...
Change is Hard (Even When It’s Good)

Change is Hard (Even When It’s Good)

This week, our Crossfit gym moved into a new building. It’s really nice—it’s a bigger space, it has heating and air conditioning, and the bathrooms and showers are a lot nicer. The new space is even closer to our home, so the drive is shorter. Tough to Leave Still,...
4 Steps to Emotional Peace

4 Steps to Emotional Peace

When it comes down to it, most of us are looking for emotional peace and happiness. But life has a tendency to disrupt this goal. Lost jobs, broken marriages, scary diagnoses, and pandemics all have the potential to rob us of our peace and happiness, sending us into a...
The Enneagram and Inter-Type Movement

The Enneagram and Inter-Type Movement

One of the more interesting (and for me, confusing) parts of Enneagram theory involves inter-type movement. In other words, the lines on the Enneagram connecting the different points are meaningful and indicate where certain types go to in situations of either stress...
How NOT to Get Divorced While in Quarantine

How NOT to Get Divorced While in Quarantine

Living in quarantine due to the COVID-19 crisis can be tough on marriages and families. Some people are dealing with very high levels of stress and anxiety. We’re stuck in the house 24-7, so we don’t really get a break from our spouse and family. It makes sense that...
Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

Don’t Feel Too Much Pressure to Find God’s Will

I was talking with a student awhile back at a conference, and she was feeling some anxiety about her future and what she should do with her life. She was just getting started in a counseling graduate program, and although she was excited, she wasn’t sure what kind of...
Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

Sometimes Jesus Calms Us Before He Calms the Storm

There’s this interesting story in the Bible where Jesus calms a storm. Here’s what happened: Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to...
5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

5 Steps to Stress-Free Productivity

Many of us would like to be effective and efficient in our work and personal lives. It would be great if we could handle our business successfully with minimal stress and worry. Unfortunately, for most of us, this isn’t our experience. We never seem to have enough...
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