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Fit to (Baby) Fat to Fit

It had been a bad day so I gave in to emotional eating and sat down with a big box of . . . strawberries. Had it really come to this? I had given in to the temptation of stress eating, but couldn’t even muster up the nerve to go for ice cream. Instead I chose strawberries, and not even…

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Giving Out of Your Abundance

With the holidays now in full swing, everyone is focusing on giving. I personally think giving should be an ongoing attitude that lasts all year, but even the stingiest of people seem to give at the year’s end (even if it’s more for a tax write off than charity). If you’re like me, you might feel guilty every time you…

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Finding Fulfillment in Life

I can honestly say I’m at one of the happiest times in my life, and it has nothing to do with what’s going on around me. Sure, I’m about to have my second child to complete our family, my stand-up and writing careers are getting recognition, and I have a great support system of family and friends. But I give…

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America’s Fading Glory

At a time when we all should celebrate our independence and enjoy the freedoms of living in America, my mind is filled with fear. I have not felt such a fear for our nation since my Freshman year in college when 9/11 hit our country. The difference is that terrorists attacked 14 years ago, and though there is a threat…

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Saving Myself from Food Snobbery

As if working out intensely for five days a week and wearing a size 2 was not good enough, I was determined to “get ripped.” I had finally overcome my fear of the scale and felt content with weighing an average of 7 more pounds since before I got pregnant with my son a few years ago. I looked smaller,…

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The Curse of Comparison

When I was a young girl we played a game called MASH, which was a clever adolescent acroynym for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House. There were other options too, like your job, spouse, car, number of children, etc. You concentrated on when to stay “stop” as your buddy drew a spiral on the piece of paper. Then the lines were…

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Conservative Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Sieze the day! We’ve all heard it, said it, and read it. It’s known as living in the moment, worrying only about the day, etc. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as “the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.” Even the Bible instructs us to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry…

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Never Say God Can’t Use You

I spent a good bit of my 20s trying to figure out the best way to make an influence, help others, and make a difference for God. Wanting to find your “calling” (as many people call it) is an honorable pursuit, yet we should not stress ourselves over it. After wasting a lot of time worrying and trying out different…

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Cutting Down on Holiday Stress

I would loved to have entitled this entry “Eliminating Holiday Stress,” but that would be a big, fat lie and virtually impossible. With shopping, cooking, family, friends, work, events, etc., not all the Hallmark movies and eggnog in the world could make up for the inevitable stresses brought on this time of year. My husband and I were talking last…

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