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    The Game of Accomplishments

    Another year has gone by, and, if you are a lot like me, you are wondering, “Where did it go?” Every year, my head swirls with questions that pop up like a mid-summer afternoon thunderstorm. Questions like, did I accomplish what I wanted, what my family wanted, what everyone expects of me? Guys, I’m 56 years old, and these questions still pop up in my head. Crazy as it seems, I’m really not a goal-oriented person, but year after year, I still ponder what I accomplished last year and what I want or need to accomplish this year.   I decided after years and years of these New Year’s questions,…

  • Career,  Faith,  Family

    I Believe in You

    Right after I got married, I couldn’t find a job. I went straight to grad school from undergrad, graduated with my master’s degree in English, and then spent the next couple of months finishing up wedding planning. I figured I’d search for a job after our honeymoon.  But six months passed with barely an interview, and I was getting pretty bored sitting at home all day watching “The Price is Right” and reruns of “Quantum Leap” while my husband was at work. I decided I needed to do something—anything—while I still hunted for a writing job that might actually make use of some of my six years of college learning.…

  • Career,  Faith,  Fear,  Hope,  Prayer

    Worry Worshipper

    “God knows better than you what you need.” I felt like my head hit a wall after reading the above quote in my notes. My mind and heart were feeling discomfort; I had an instant headache and felt a quick, stabbing pain to the heart. I remember sitting on the couch, late in the evening. My husband was watching TV, and I was browsing through my phone. I was feeling anxious about finances, work, and my mile-long “to-do” list. I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t admit to being an anxious person until recent years. I always presumed my feelings of being overwhelmed came from placing too much stress on myself to be a high…