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When “Work” and “Life” Merge Into “Living”

Read Time: 3 min.

I have very full days. I work full time, I’m a mom to a kindergartner, I’m a wife, I try to be active in my community—in other words, I’m not unlike lots of folks who juggle a lot on any given day. Take my to-do list from last Thursday, for example. Some of my tasks between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. included the following: dropping my son off at school, writing a client’s strategic plan, a walk arou...

“Go get a real job.”

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“Stop wasting time and go work for an insurance company or some other desk job. Everyone in your generation is so goddamn lazy and entitled!” I will never forget these words, mainly because my stepmom yelled them through a door I’d slammed shut moments before. This was during a pivotal time in my life: I had just graduated and was forced to move back in with my parents — sound familiar? After mont...

What Happens When I Make Rest a Priority

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It seems that every time someone tries to make plans with me, I’m busy. There’s always a work project, a kid’s event, a birthday, a networking meeting, a webinar, or something else going on that keeps me from fully detaching and just relaxing, with or without friends. Doesn’t it seem that we have to work for our relaxation now? We have to prepare for it, plan it, and always...

One Thing That Will Make All the Difference

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Fresh from a breakfast of piping hot spaghetti on toast and loud laughs, I headed back to work for the day on a New Zealand dairy farm. There was important work to be done. The smell of sweet silage hung in the air and the grass fields shone brightly in the early morning sun. We drove past a patch of turf that was unwieldy and overgrown. Still new to this whole dairy farming thing, having grown up...

Two years ago, you hit me.

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*Note: if you’ve been a victim of trauma or abuse, the following could trigger memories, emotions, and thoughts of your trauma. I want you to be well. Please only read if you’re in a healthy space to filter and process those thoughts and emotions. Also, you may feel ashamed, isolated, and alone—that’s normal. There IS help available. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799...

Work

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What does Christianity believe about work? And how does that impact YOUR work, whatever it may be? Work Has a Meaning Christians believe that work isn’t just something you do because you have to eat, and you need money. Work is one of the things God designed people for, and so it has meaning for us. The Bible tells us that people were made in the image of God, and one of the first things the Bible...

Rest

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Gotta go to work. Gotta get the kids picked up. Gotta get dinner…meeting tonight …Why did you wait till 8:30 to tell me you needed that tomorrow? Out we go again…Kids finally in bed, thank God, now I can get to that paperwork…  It can’t be THAT late already? Better set the alarm LOUD, I’ll never get up in time tomorrow… Most of us don’t get enough rest. We are a world of underslept, under-relaxed,...

Finding Gratitude Between Privilege and Poverty

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A few months ago I took a weekend trip to Mexico, on the Yucatan peninsula. As I drove down the highway from the airport to my hotel, I listened closely to the radio and translated as much in my head as I could. Something about “Saturday at 7,” and “huge sale on cars, call this number!” I did my best. At some point on my drive I realized that the hotel was a straight shot from where I was, so all ...

Humility

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Meek. Humble. Humility. When is the last time you heard someone resolve to be more humble? Or saw “humility” listed as a strong point on someone’s resume? Has anyone ever told you, “Oh, by the way, I’ve just found this great set of self-improvement videos and I’m spending the next eight weeks trying to develop inner humility”? I’m guessing not. Humility is a good thing, but it’s terribly misunders...

Wealth

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When it comes to money and wealth, we always look at those who have more than us: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and other members of the ‘1%.’ Those people are wealthy, no doubt. But what if we flipped our perspective? What if we look at who is behind us on a global scale? There is a website that does this—you can put in your yearly income and see where you land compared to the world’s population. Th...

When Travel Raises the Hard Questions

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Travel is trendy. Your local boutique store very likely sells coffee mugs and phone cases printed with “wanderlust” or “the mountains are calling” (insert trendy arrows and geometric designs), and you are tempted to buy these because you want to epitomize intrepidity, even while drinking coffee and scrolling your newsfeed on another mundane Monday at work. But why do we feel the tug to travel? I w...

There’s more to traveling than getting drunk.

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If you could travel to anywhere in the world right now, where would you decide to go? Would you choose a romantic getaway in Paris? An exotic beach vacation in The Bahamas? Or how about a historic tour of Florence? Chances are, if you’re American, you’ve probably fantasized about traveling to one of these (or other) new and exciting places. After all, the grass is always greener, no matter where y...