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Alive, Once

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Last month I had the pleasure of seeing Johnnyswim in concert. Introducing what they refer to as their “YOLO song,” Amanda pointed out that “you only live once” is used almost exclusively as justification for doing risky and usually ill-advised … Continue reading

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The Nautilus

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Confession: I found my tattoo on Pinterest. As my friend Melody said, it could have been “the biggest Pinterest Fail ever.” It wasn’t. I saw the picture about two years ago, a nautilus tattoo on the inner side of a … Continue reading

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Ask, Seek, Knock, Live

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About a month ago, I was on the phone with my brother as we both drove to work. He wanted my opinion on a slightly crazy idea he had. “I think it would be fun,” I told him, “and I … Continue reading

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Alive in Disappointment

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So what we are saying is this: you have no guarantees, but dream anyway. You will hurt more if it doesn’t work out, but your laugh will have a more rapt quality to it. You’ll feel the sting, but your … Continue reading

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Alive to Vulnerability

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As far as I’m concerned, Dr. Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly deserves all the hype it gets and then some. For the uninitiated, Daring Greatly is about the epidemic of shame in our society, the lie of scarcity, and the … Continue reading

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Alive: Promoting Life

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I’ve been expanding my thinking about Alive, from what being fully alive means for me to how it affects others. I’m not a person of special influence. I’m no one’s boss, nor am I an official leader of anything. But … Continue reading

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Cultivating Life

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Jules-Adolphe Breton, The Last Gleanings (public domain) On Mother’s Day morning, I woke up thinking about the things that bind women together. Not the things that separate us. In much of the Christian world, there’s an implication that childless women … Continue reading

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Alive: Checking In

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This month’s One Word linkup is a three-month(ish) check-in. Well, Alive is still inspiring me and remains very applicable! When I chose Alive, I knew it would mean dealing with negative emotions I’ve tried to sweep under the rug. Even … Continue reading

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Alive to Change

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I am not a natural fan of change. As an Enneagram Type Six, I seek security, and security usually means things staying the same. When my life got turned upside down, I became a lot more flexible and open, and … Continue reading

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Alive, Musically

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A little-known fact about me: I can play the guitar. But only in the Phoebe Buffay sense. In college, surrounded by guitar players, I became interested and took lessons from my RUF campus minister off and on for about six … Continue reading

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