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Reclaiming your Voice

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Growing up as an energetic chatty young girl, I must have driven my dad crazy. I pestered him with a million questions. With lots and lots of stories. If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times. After taking a long puff of his Swisher Sweet cigar, a cloud of smoke and frustration […]

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When Submission is Twisted

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When it comes to past destructive relationships, have you ever criticized yourself and thought, “I should have known better”? “Why didn’t I see that coming? Or “Why did I put up with his control, manipulation, addiction, abuse, adultery, or _______ (you fill in the blank)?” Sometimes, our tolerance for abuse or evil behavior is the […]

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How to Confront Emotional Manipulation

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Have you ever been seduced by a manipulator? Tricked and deceived by flattery and charm only to later discover that the relationship was built on lies? It’s devastating when all of a sudden affirmation and attention turn into criticism, angry outbursts or silent treatment and other mind games. When deceit, malicious behavior and abuse occur, […]

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How to Use Boundaries and Stop Manipulation

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“I was never allowed to have boundaries as a kid,” said Jen, “so as an adult, I didn’t recognize someone was violating them. “Once when I was about five, my parents had a friend over to the house. They wanted me to sit in his lap, but I didn’t want to. For some reason, he […]

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How Do You Fight Fear?

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Today we are all facing a giant. A giant of epidemic proportion with uncertainty crouching in every corner. We can’t let fear destroy us, but how do we fight something we can’t even see? How do we fight something that threatens to kill us or destroy our way of living? It’s easy to have faith […]

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4 Secret Weapons to Destroy Bitterness

4 Secret Weapons to Destroy Bitterness

Did you know bitterness is a poison? Bitterness not only affects our emotions, but left untreated, the toxins produced by bitterness eventually seep into our body as well. Resentment can cause all kinds of physical ailments. In her book, Who Switched Off My Brain? Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions, Dr. Caroline Leaf reports, “A massive body […]

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When You Feel Called to Write

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When I first felt the call to write I pounded away at the keyboard with pride and eager anticipation. I was certain that I’d be the next publishing success and that readers would be scrambling to buy my book. Imagine my excitement when I learned that a friend of mine knew one of the senior […]

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When All Isn’t Merry and Bright

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Christmas is a wonderful time of celebration, but for many women December spells difficult. Hard. Even painful. Loneliness, disappointments and lost hope. Toxic relationships or family members make gatherings trying. Divorce and separation can create a tremendous void and celebrating the first Christmas without a loved one can make grief unbearable. Instead of glorious, December […]

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Jake’s Girlfriend

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Jake had sandy blonde hair, big brown eyes and pudgy cheeks. When he smiled, his grin exposed a missing front tooth. He knocked it out on the coffee table when he was learning to run. Most toddlers learn to walk first, but not Jake. You know the type—not happy at ground level and born to […]

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Nurse and Rehearse

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Nurse and Rehearse Have you ever been in a rut? Nursed and rehearsed issues until your brain is fried? I have. Trust me—it’s not a very nice place. I don’t think I’ve ever said, Hmm, I need a change of scenery…I’d like to stay in a rut. Let me go to Hotels.com and see if […]

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