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The Happy Bucket | December 11, 2017

Winter has hit Connecticut! We had a couple inches of snow Saturday (most of which has melted), but the air is crisp and cold and we are reminding our fleeces and wool socks of their purposes in life! If you’re obsessed with wool socks like I am, definitely try the Smart Wool brand: these are…

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The Happy Bucket | December 4, 2017

Things can get a little heavy around here. Life is hard and sometimes it feels impossible to find something that makes you smile, but I’ve found that knowing what brings you happiness is an important tool in living bravely through hard things. Very few of these things will ever provide a long term joy and may…

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9 Tips for a Quiet and Simple Holiday Season

Each Christmas season is an exceptional one. It’s another Christmas without Keith. Caleb is always so excited for this season: he runs around wearing his Santa hat and I often find him sitting and staring at the Christmas tree. Libby adores Santa and all of the silly Christmas movies (although, she’s quite offended the Grinch would steal…

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Do You Have Time To Make Your Dreams Reality?

#MyBrave2017 is a series of guest posts from women who are determined to live bravely in the little things and the big things. Join my email list so you can read them all. I’m a helper, a doer, an organizer. I have a really hard time saying “no” when someone or an organization needs help. The…

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The Worst Part of Being a Single Mom is the Exhaustion

Being a single mom never gets easier. I’ve got my ways of coping – preschool and playdates help this introverted mama recharge and stay on top of the to do list – but there isn’t much wiggle room for when the schedule gets turned upside down. Last week, there was a snow day. I knew…

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Confidence in the Daily Battle with Depression | Elli Johnson

#MyBrave2017 is a series of guest posts from women who are determined to live bravely in the little things and the big things. Join my email list so you can read them all. 29th December 2009. The day I was brave enough to tell my friend I had been diagnosed with depression. The diagnosis had come a…

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When You Feel Stuck on the Outside of Your Life

A reality of grief and depression is that you often feel stuck outside of your life. Last week, I had a few days where I felt like I was watching my life and not living it. I took deep breaths, trying to ground myself, feeling like I was floating away with nothing to pull me…

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Fear Shouts, But Love Whispers Courage | Lauren Miller

#MyBrave2017 is a series of guest posts from women who are determined to live bravely in the little things and the big things. Join my email list so you can read them all. If I’m honest with myself, I’m not sure that I have what it takes. Adoption has been unchartered territory for us.  Surprises we…

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When You Crave an Adventure and Discover Healing and Rest

When Keith and I lived in Las Vegas, he was in a Family Medicine residency program and I was teaching. Our stress levels were unreal (if you’ve listened to the podcast, you know this is when my anxiety disorder was diagnosed. LISTEN HERE). A mentor of Keith’s advised us to take regular weekend trips away;…

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On Brokenness and Rewriting the New Year | Heather Bender

#MyBrave2017 is a series of guest posts from women who are determined to live bravely in the little things and the big things. Join my email list so you can read them all.   Becky asked me well before the holidays if I’d like to do a guest post about how I intend to move bravely…

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