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Perspective

Parenting
Perspective

When Your Children are Better at Sorry than You

It was one of those nights. One of those nights when everyone is exhausted, at the end of their proverbial ropes. My husband was working and I was trying to scrounge up some dinner. And naturally, when all I could use in the world was a few minutes of peace and quiet, my kids started […]

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Parenting
Parenting Mission
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Changing How We Think of Success

By now, we’ve all heard about the big college application fraud scandal and read plenty of commentary on it. I can’t get it out of my head. Here’s the thing – I cannot wrap my head around how any parent could waste that much energy caring which school their children go to. And yes, these […]

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Looking for Inspiration? | A List of Books to Inspire You
Life
Perspective

Looking for Inspiration?

I started Ordinary Days, Meaningful Life to share my journey toward finding perspective, seeking inspiration, and learning to let go. Scary as it is to share this stuff so openly, I decided to start it in the hopes that if I share the meaning I’m discovering in my life, you too will discover new meaning in your […]

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If You Couldn't Hide Your Pain | Seeing Brokenness Might Heal Us All
Life
Perspective

If You Couldn’t Hide Your Pain

Years ago, I read The Illumination, a collection of short stories based on the premise of a world in which suddenly everyone’s pain becomes visible light, illuminating from the source of the pain. The light would increase with the pain – the greater the pain the brighter and more beautiful the light. All types of […]

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What Would I Say To My Daughter? | Get Unstuck and Make a Decision
Life
Parenting
Parenting Mission
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What Would I Say to My Daughter?

In the fight or flight moments of life, my natural response is almost always flight. Well, not so much flight as crawl into bed and turn on Netflix. At times, when dilemmas in my life invoke fear, I have felt completely paralyzed. Flight. The paralysis encroached about a year ago when I was considering calling […]

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Is a Thanksgiving Resolution a Thing? | Gratitude and Happiness
Life
Perspective

Is a Thanksgiving Resolution a Thing?

I downloaded a gratitude journal app recently. I was going to try this “practice” people talk about. Perhaps I would find more positivity in the world. Maybe I would “re-wire” my brain as these apps claim to do. Hmm… After downloading the app, I also happened to read The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky. […]

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Marriage
Perspective

Important Life Lessons from the Birthday-Obsessed

It’s Jamie’s birthday! My sweet husband loves his birthday. He loves it so much, in fact, that every time he looks at the clock and sees that it is 11:14 (am or pm), he announces, “Hey look! It’s my birthday!” When I met him, I thought this was one of his adorable quirks. But over […]

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None Of Us Are Fine | The Struggle Can Bring Great Things
Life
Perspective

None of Us Are Fine

I sat in a workshop yesterday where the presenter said we all tell lies all the time. And we are all told lies all the time. But the biggest lie of them all is a four-letter word we tell ourselves: “Fine.” It didn’t sit well with the women in the room. “I am fine,” they […]

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The Little Tightrope We All Walk | Balancing Encouragement and Humility
Judaism
Life
Perspective

The Little Tightrope We All Walk

In life, sometimes we all need encouragement. And there are plenty of times when we all need more humility. To find balance, we have to call on these qualities in the right moments of our lives.  There is an old Jewish teaching that I remind myself of often. Rabbi Simcha Bunim, an 18th Century Polish […]

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Stomping All Over the Carpet | How My In-Laws Became My Friends
Life
Marriage
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Stomping All Over the Carpet

How My In-Laws Became My Friends My husband and I married fairly young, at just 23 years old. Of all of the stress and changes that I expected in the process, there was one that came as a huge shock: in-laws. I had no idea how much work in-laws would take. I was young and […]

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