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So many women dread the big 4-0, but I’m happy to tell you that typically, the 40s are a GREAT decade for women.   While your body does seem to start to exhibit signs of wear and tear more significantly in this decade (hello wrinkles and slowing metabolism);  internally, many women are actually gaining strength and stability. Remember […]
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Doorways are a powerful image for certain points in our lives.  In the work we do, we often find ourselves sitting with someone in front of a big scary door, behind which lies a myriad of pains they have been resistant to address:  disappointments, anger, grief, addiction, doubt, fear.  There we sit, coaxing them to […]
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My oldest daughter is forcing me to face the fact that she is leaving home.  Seven years ago when we moved overseas, she was given a simple tool to help her prepare to leave one place and move to another.  Now as she finishes her life in Spain and prepares for university in the U.S., she […]
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We spend a lot of time helping people figure out what they want to be when they grow up–  and I’m not just talking about the 20 year olds– because we will circle back to that question multiple times over our lifetime.   Some would even argue it’s an issue that will naturally emerge every […]
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Last time we came back to the US to visit family and friends, I was struck by how many men in their 40’s looked like had been run over by a bus (no offense, guys). They were exhausted.  Being pulled in multiple directions.  Fighting complacency in marriage and faith.  Restless and bored in their careers […]
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Some life transitions begin with a “bomb”.  These are the experiences that can usually be traced to an exact moment.  The car accident that caused a head injury.  The phone call announcing a death.  The moment when your spouse announces out of the blue that she never loved you.  The discovery of a deeply hidden family […]
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I remember when I first realized I might be in some sort of crisis.  I had left our toddler twins and their four year old sister at home to go for a girls night out at the movie, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  The movie depicts the main character, played by Ashley Judd, […]
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The decade of the 30’s is a little less self-absorbed than the previous decade (no offense, 20-somethings).  The relational, financial, and vocational commitments made as you move through young adulthood demand more structure and responsibility.   This will be one of the most intense seasons of output in your life, particularly if you are raising children. […]
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We like to romanticize the 20’s as a carefree time, full of friends, freedom, and play.  The truth is, while those can be beautiful parts of young adulthood, for many this is a decade filled with angst.  Many major life decisions in your 20’s need to be made, and every decision feels weighty. What am […]
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