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Dealing With Discouragement: How to Break Free From the Funk

It’s summer!  Sun is shining.  Days are getting longer.  But for some reason you find yourself in a funk.  Dealing with discouragement just as we’re heading into summer?How can that be?

dealing with discouragement

Times of discouragement come when we least expect them.  And it may be nothing more than a couple rainy days, and the feeling will pass when the sun comes out.  Other times we just find ourselves in a funk.  If you’re like me, you like schedules and predictability.  Summer can be far from that.  There are vacations.  Alarm clocks aren’t set every morning.  Activities.  So many things to do and so little time.

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This time of unexplained discouragement and slump makes me think of the first Easter.  Palm Sunday seemed like the day of celebration but we know the dark days that followed.  There were days of sadness and despair.  There was quiet.  We know the end of the story, but on that first Good Friday, they didn’t know the end of the story.  They knew the prophecies, but were they true?  

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A Few Things I Learned From My Mom

Mother’s Day had me thinking about the things I have learned from my mom over the years.

things I learned from my mom

To give you a brief history lesson:  My birthday is 4 days after my mom’s.  She had just turned 21 when she had me.   She and my dad had only been married about 6 months.  I was their first child.  Two years later my brother came along and that would be our family until our parents divorced about 20 years later.  

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Pretzels for Lunch: Heading Back to the School Cafeteria

That phase when I had pretzels for lunch.  Every. Single. Day.

pretzels for lunch

National Pretzel Day took me back to high school.  More specifically it took me back to the high school cafeteria.  I don’t remember it to be a necessarily “bad” time, but I know it was not a happy stage.  Overall, I spent my high school years feeling insecure and struggling with body image.   

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