Just do something

If you’ve made reasonable, specific, measurable resolutions, all you have to do is get started. Do something! If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time thinking about what you’re going to do. Procrastinating. Worrying about how you’re going to accomplish your goal. Often, I have to push myself to get started. However, once […]

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Be reasonable

I felt great last summer when I was walking three miles every day. However, during the holidays, I got so busy that I stopped walking. And, then, I broke my toe, and now I’m wearing a surgical shoe. “Can I still walk my dog in the morning?” I asked the podiatrist. “Yes,” he answered. “Just […]

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Don’t expect perfection

I made a resolution to lose five pounds, but then I went out to dinner and ate too much bread and butter and a wonderful piece of chocolate cake with lots of calories. You don’t have to be perfect, says Jessica Setnick in the December 30, 2014, issue of The Dallas Morning News. If you […]

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It’s time for resolutions

As you may remember, Fayteen and I think it’s best to wait until after the hurry of the holidays to make resolutions for the new year. However, now that it’s almost February, we’re going to be Resolute Women and make some goals for 2015.In the next few blog posts, we’re going to share some tips […]

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Time to clean up my act

I often find inspiration in unexpected places. While I waiting a long time in the podiatrist’s office to check about my swollen toe, I opened up WebMD magazine to an article titled “Ready to Order—Have a clutter problem? Get to the root of it and learn how to clean up your act for good.” The […]

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A friend who takes action

I showed up at church one Sunday recently in pain. The night before, I had slipped in the kitchen and hit my foot—hard—against a chair. When I woke up Sunday morning, my foot was blue and my little toe was swollen. I gingerly put on the pair of shoes that I thought would hurt the […]

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A friend who listens

One day recently, the week before my daughter Ranna had surgery, I was feeling stressful. I had promised Ranna that I would go with her to a doctor’s appointment. I was trying to get caught up with everything so that I could take care of Ranna while she recuperated from surgery. And, I was supposed […]

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The case for optimism

I often find wisdom in unexpected places. I was standing in line at Chipolte Mexican Grill waiting for a burrito to-go for my husband when I noticed a quote in big letters on a brown paper bag. No, I did not get a burrito for me because I am still trying to lose the five […]

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Like a wall?

Harold misses his wife, Maureen, even though they had lived together for years in silence, never talking, never relating. “He and Maureen could pass hours without saying a word, but her presence was like a wall that you expected to be there, even if you didn’t often look at it,” writes Rachel Joyce in her […]

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The effort to be normal

One of the important lessons that Harold Fry learns is that he’s not the only one with problems, that he has much in common with the people he meets. In The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce writes, “People were buying milk, or filling their cars with petrol, or even posting letters. And what […]

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