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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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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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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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31 Days of Real Life [10/24/16]

I’ve been thinking about seasons a lot lately. Just like the seasons visibly change the landscape, they change me, too. The leave change colors, fall, and the natural world rests for winter, only to wake up and start over in spring. In my hardest seasons, I’ve felt dormant: my own personal, emotional hibernation. I’ve been…

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Simple Tips for Self Care: Know How You Recharge

Photo via Visualhunt.com If you caught my post about getting to know yourself, you know I’m a huge advocate of personality profiling tools like Meyers Briggs, Strengths Finder, Love Languages, Gretchen Rubin’s Tendencies, etc. (read the post here). Knowing what makes you unique, what your strengths/weaknesses are, and how you give and receive love can…

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Simple Tips for Self Care: Travel

Photo via Visualhunt This simple tip for self care is one I take very seriously: travel. When Keith was in medical school, a mentor of his advised us to take frequent weekend trips out of the area. “Staycations” don’t work for doctors who may bump into patients at the grocery store. The only way to…

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The Impossible Day

I can’t shake the feeling that after my post “Sinking into Grace” some people might think I’ve got it altogether and because I feel peaceful means my life is full of peace as well. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Today, for example, I have wished several times that there really was such a…

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