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WORDS TO BUILD ON


 

The Wounds Of A Friend

Good friends tell you the truth. 

 

They don’t hold back when it comes to celebrating you. When you’ve done something remarkable, they applaud, loudly! When you look good, they tell you. When you’re being too hard on yourself, they help you realign your perspective. When you don’t see what makes you great, they tell you over and over again until you believe it...

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Relationships Matter. Choose Wisely.

 

We say this a lot: you choose.  

The heart behind this mantra is a simple truth: we believe that your choices have more to do with how you build your life than you may realize. 

 

Read that one more time.

 

The choices you make are one of the most important tools in how you build life well. This is because your choices impact everything about your life. Whether...

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How To Live In Peace

Shalom. 

 

It’s not just a Hebrew expression for hello and goodbye. It’s an invitation to know Peace, personally. To be surrounded by peace, right where you are. Complete peace. Absolute peace. Peace in your body. Peace in your relationships. Peace in your finances. Peace in your purpose.

 

Shalom is peace that brings wholeness.

 

But the true depth of this word...

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How To Run Well

Like you, we’ve had to answer a lot of unexpected questions in the past several months—questions like where to buy Clorox Wipes, how to do school from home, mastering the decorated corner for all your zoom calls, deciding to hug or not to hug, and wearing mask-proof makeup.

 

But there’s one question that’s given us more to think about than the rest. It’s a...

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Don't Ignore the Check Engine Light

I wonder if you can relate...

 

Everyone thinks you’re the one people trust to have it all together. That you’ve always been this way. They think nothing ever moves you, and if it does, it only moves you forward faster. 

 

You’ve handled the pandemic with purpose—from the closet purge to taking things up a notch in your work. You’ve embraced this...

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How to Win the War of Words

The frontlines of life and leadership often means you’re on the frontlines of a war of words

 

This isn’t a surprise. Years of experience (and, perhaps siblings) has prepared you for battle. You’ve studied the approach of excellent leaders. You’ve listened to their advice and even had some experience navigating your own encounters with explosive rants and...

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Dare To Be Drama Free

There’s a farmer’s market in town. It takes place every Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Catholic Church. People from all around the area come to sell and to shop. The only drama here happens when the last jar of jam is sold but there are still people in line waiting to buy some. At least until this summer.

 

It was a 90 degree day. Somewhere between the vegetables...

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Better Than They Deserve: A Higher Perspective

These past several months have slowed us down long enough to expose things that we’ve been ignoring for far too long, like dust on baseboards, excess clothes in our closets and canned goods with a best-by date of 2017. 

 

They’ve also exposed some things we weren’t expecting. We’ve seen displays of profound solidarity followed by acts of anarchy. The genuine...

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How to Lead with Honor

Right now, our nation is feeling the tension between a great injustice and a great awakening. 

 

In the midst of anger, frustration and confusion, a deep hunger for unity is rising. People everywhere asking a foundational question for building life and relationships well: how can I be part of the change we need in the world today?

 

It may sound obvious, but change requires...

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You Can Be The Change

Did you know that there’s an actual science that explains how you form patterns and  habits—good or bad—in your life?

 

It’s called neuroplasticity. This is the scientific term for what your brain does to form a habit. It could be a habit of watching Netflix everyday to unwind or the habit of brushing your teeth before you have coffee. It could also be a habit...

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