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Archives for April, 2012


You Can Hold Joy

I absolutely love getting older.

Yes, you read that right.

As I get older, I learn things about myself that I never knew were possible to learn. Things that I've puzzled over for years begin to finally make sense. I slow down, calm down, as I...
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Spiritual Maturity

I keep a vision board hanging on my wall.

I will admit that I do not update it far often part because "crafty" is not a word I typically use to describe myself (and vision boards involve a lot of cutting and pasting words, images, etc), but also because the things...
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Celebrity Mentors

Snooki, Role Model?

Whoo boy.

Never in all my innards did I ever see this post coming.

I travel a lot during the spring and fall when I am speaking at college campuses and conferences, and in addition to the opportunity to meet lots of fun new folks and see new places, my schedule also gives me access to an amenity I...
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The Little Things

In recovery, as in life, often the great sensibilities we gather that help us assess our overall quality of life really do boil down to a collection of the littlest things imaginable.

Like - do we live in a beautiful place? (if we love nature)

Do we have at least one close friend we can confide in? (the average number...
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Celebrity Mentors

Awesomeness: A Worthy Goal

When we are recovering from any difficult challenge life throws at us, it is totally normal to feel discombobulated for awhile.

Who am I again? What am I all about? Am I here?

Normal, normal, all too normal.

Oddly, being thrown for a loop is about the only time that a human being can absolutely, with 100% certainty, count on having the experience of being "normal."

Because while there is nothing normal about struggling, there is everything normal...
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Vulnerability Rocks

If we are to believe shame and vulnerability researcher Brene Brown, vulnerability can just about cure cancer.

The thing is, I believe her.

I first heard about Brene's work several years ago. She happens to do her research at the University of Houston, and I happen to live in Houston. So I had visions of sitting down with her over coffee, sharing with her...
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The Easy Way or the Hard Way

One of my all-time favorite movies is the Nicholas Cage classic "Gone in 60 Seconds."

This is not just because Nicholas Cage and my brother Adam could be identical twins, either.

In the movie, Cage plays car thief Randall "Memphis" Raines. His nemesis, Detective Castlebeck (played by Delroy Lindo) and Castlebeck's sidekick (played by none other than a younger Timothy Olyphant, aka Justified's Raylan...
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