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    What Is Your Balance In Your Emotional Bank Account?

    What Is Your Balance In Your Emotional Bank Account? Sounds like an odd question but if you think about it for a minute, what a great metaphor. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, uses the metaphor of an ‘Emotional Bank Account’ to measure the amount of trust that accumulates in a relationship.1  We all make deposits and withdrawals to this “account” on an ongoing basis.  Deposits get added when you do things that are trustworthy or demonstrate care.  Withdraws occur when we act in a manner that has people less willing to risk psychological safety by doing things such as being disrespectful, dismissive or dishonest. …

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    D Is For Holiday’s! Wait, What?

    Dysfunctional: a : not functioning properly : marked by impaired or abnormal functioning b : characterized by abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction Since the 1980’s the word dysfunctional has been used to describe family dynamics. Talk show hosts paraded family members on screen for entertainment and the more obnoxious the better. With the holiday’s fast approaching I see many people talking about their family and using the word dysfunctional. I used to look at people and think wow they really have it together and their home must be amazing! Then they start telling me stories and I sit back and think holy smokes my family almost seems normal,…

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    Life, One Lesson At A Time

    I was thinking over the weekend of a few key things I have started taking to heart recently. I am guilty of many of the below and have had to take a huge step back and evaluate the emotions each of these provoke. Comparison: Be it in my family life or work life I have learned to stop comparing. What kind of mama am I in comparison to..? How is my blog in comparison? Maybe if I just do this the way Sally with 1MM followers does it, I will gain more. These are all conversations I had to stop having with myself. We all have our own parenting styles…

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    Time…

    For All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”  1 Peter 1:24-25  Time: The one thing we all have and can be the most abused gift we are given. I am guilty as most of us are and this morning I had my wake-up call that got me thinking. I start my day’s normally at 6:00am when my expensive alarm clock, Cooper, goes off. I get up, change him, and we set out to the kitchen to make our “coffee”. I let the pups out and give…

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    The Day The Devil Knocked & The Door Was Answered

    Our greatest fear is that our children will lose the battle with their addiction. For some families, this fear has become their new reality. June 26th, 2017 is the day that shook our world. We received word my husbands eldest nephew, Jake, lost his fight with his demons. After achieving a period of abstinence, the devil knocked on the door, he answered and his body failed him. The shock that took me is indescribable. It had been less than a week since we talked and he told me how great he was doing and I expressed how proud of him I was. For a moment I believed there was hope! He…