Category: Personal Growth (page 1 of 1)

Dear Americans

From the beginning - in the Garden of Eden, to our country's origination and deep into our own family systems, we are a boundary violating culture. The outcries due to racism and sexism that have been brought further into the light in this country are because of boundary violations. If the Covid virus can travel and make it into every country, so can other pandemics.

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Surviving to Thriving

Have you learned anything new about yourself in 2020? If so, I'd love to hear about it! As for me, I'm learning more about who my Creator made me to be and what it means to live a fulfilling life. I no longer feel the need to adjust myself to fit the mold of others. That kind of living is a detriment to human flourishing.

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The Knowing Venture

When was the last time you engaged in a conversation that ended up going south? In the midst of so much polarization, it's easy to do these days. I'm slowly learning the importance of engaging in healthy dialogue, rather than entering into a heated debate.

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Let’s Talk About Boundaries

I was about 25 when I first learned the concept of boundaries. It was after reading the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. But I didn't make it much further than awareness. I didn't know how to apply boundaries to my life. As a child, I learned other strategies to keep myself safe by hiding my feelings, trying hard to just be good and people-pleasing.

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Learning to Listen

So far this month I’ve learned that I really can do 6 AM too. I was hoping by now I could say this girl is on fire, but it’s not so much the truth. Okay, so let’s do a recap. These are the days I’ve been successful in my little #icando6amtoo challenge: March 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th.

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Pushin’ It Real Good

Well Hello. It’s been awhile. The last five months have been filled with excitement and frustration and clarity and confusion and celebration and ima-gonna-just-hafta-go-through-the-motions-what-am-i-even-doin-so-help-me-Jesus-loves-me-this-i-know. I could definitely use some BALANCE in my life, but unfortunately it’s just not in my DNA.

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The Race of Faith

I used to be a runner. Back in December of 2009, I ran my first training mile. If I remember correctly, it was a bone-chilling 22 degrees and it took me 17 minutes. I was inspired by the TV show Biggest Loser and decided the night before I wanted to run a full marathon. Twelve months later on November 27th, I did just that. I ran 26.2 miles with a 12-minute pace.

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The Day I Chose to Obey

It was a beautiful spring day. The opportunity had come, the timing was more than right. It was perfect. I knew I had enough courage to follow through with it—not because of my own doing, but because of the strength given by Almighty God. It is a journey I look back on often, as a reminder of his faithfulness.

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Day 3: My Imperfect Self

My name is Julianne and I am a perfectionist.

I’d like to believe I’ve already come to terms with my imperfect self. I mean come on, I am going to be 40 soon. I feel pretty decent in my own skin–except I prefer to keep things on, thank you very much. I don’t particularly like to be reminded of my flaws.

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