One Key to Prevent Childhood Abuse

One Key to Prevent Childhood Abuse

Ashamed, I avoided eye contact with the teacher and pretended to not pay attention.  It was easier to pretend I wasn’t listening than to acknowledge the truth.

I did not want to admit that I couldn’t read as well as my other classmates.  I felt behind and stupid. Each time I had to read aloud, my face felt hot and my palms began to sweat.  How would I ever be able to read?

Everything changed when one teacher took the time to really help me.  She began using a different curriculum and I immediately started to get the hang of reading.  She believed I could read, equipped me to do so, and told me I was doing a good job. That teacher’s empowerment made all the difference to my first-grade self. 

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Four Steps to Achieve Bigger Goals

4 Steps to Achieve Bigger Goals

I remember the first time I tried lifting weights.  I was a kid and my dad had some weights stored in my playroom.  I thought lifting weights looked fun. My sister and I asked my dad if we could try out a few bench presses.  Despite our objections, my dad removed the stacks of weight from either side. He told us to start with just the bar.  We rolled our eyes at his suggestion. Just the bar? Really? That sounded like baby stuff.

Well, to an experienced weightlifter, yes, just a bar is baby stuff.  However, to two elementary school girls, it was not baby stuff.  We were able to lift the bar…a couple times.  A few lifts and we were done. Exhausted. Wiped out.  Compared to our dad, we were weak. We wondered how we could ever lift weights like him.

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3 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Marriage Last

3 Unexpected Ways to Make Your Marriage Last

I mindlessly scrolled through social media at the end of a long day of travel.  A stunning picture of my friend caught my eye. I read the caption, excited to see that she seemed to be doing so well.

Then I saw it.
The caption told the story.
She was no longer married.
My heart sank and questions began to flood my mind. 
“What happened?”
“How could this happen to them?”
“Is any marriage safe?”

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How to Keep from Falling Apart This Fall

How to Keep from Falling Apart This Fall

I remember the first time the holidays didn’t feel quite so merry.  It was the year after my uncle died when I was nine. Sure, I remember there being presents galore, great food, and a lot of smiles, but there was something missing.  Not just something, someone.  There wasn’t the happy-go-lucky guy that used to sneak my sister and I across the street to play on the playground.  There wasn’t my aunt or my cousin to laugh and play with. There wasn’t the vegetarian option that he always required.  In other words, there was a hole. Chances are you too have some mixed emotions around holidays like I did after my uncle died.

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