Education :: Be There

My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who cared about me. I didn’t know anything about their personal lives. I didn’t even know their first names until much later. But I knew they cared about me. Mrs. Spargo understood that the playground wasn’t my favorite place. Instead of forcing me to go outside forContinue reading “Education :: Be There”

Hope :: There is Always Hope

Bad things are going to happen. There’s no denying that fact. We can do everything right. We can make the right choices, hang out with the right people, do all the right things. And life still knocks us down and holds us under the waves. When that happens over and over again, it can wearContinue reading “Hope :: There is Always Hope”

Hope :: Dealing With Difficult People/Situations

We’ve talked before about the people who just rub us the wrong way on a whole. What about those who are family and/or friends who can be extremely difficult sometimes? They’re people we care deeply for, but when they’re difficult we just wish they would go away. We don’t want to deal with it. MyContinue reading “Hope :: Dealing With Difficult People/Situations”

Hope :: Celebrating the Small Things

Does it feel like every single thing you do seems to fail? Or that every single part of your life is wrong and just falling apart? More often than not, we get so overwhelmed by the negative things in life that we can’t even see a sliver of light. I challenge you right now: writeContinue reading “Hope :: Celebrating the Small Things”

Hope :: Why Bother?

Have you ever reached the point where you take a look at everything that’s happening (or not happening) in your life and wondered, “Why am I even trying? Why bother? It’s not like anything is going my way!”? I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been there. I’ve been right at the brink ofContinue reading “Hope :: Why Bother?”

Hope :: Why Do Things Have to Change

Change is hard. Oftentimes, even if it’s a good thing, it’s hard and it most definitely hurts. It doesn’t necessarily physically hurt; that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about internal, mental, and emotional pain. Some of the best things in life bring certain pains: marriage (you now have someone else’s habits you haveContinue reading “Hope :: Why Do Things Have to Change”

Hope :: The Silent Self

If you struggle with anxiety or depression, you know with full confidence that they are anything but silent. You know that often you are internally screaming and shouting for someone to notice… to say something… but they never do. That’s because anxiety and depression are your silent self. It’s the ‘you’ that hides beneath theContinue reading “Hope :: The Silent Self”

Hope :: It Starts With One

One thought. One choice. One step. That’s all it takes to send your life soaring into the future or crashing down to the ground. Just one thought… choice… step… We blame the negative things in our lives on everyone else. And believe me, others DO have some parts of ruining our happiness and disrupting ourContinue reading “Hope :: It Starts With One”

Hope :: Beneath the Mask

You’re the one who walks around every day, a smile on your lips but inside your heart is completely shredded. You’re the one who just, for once, wants to be liked. You want to fit in. You want to be liked. You don’t actually like the people you spend your time with, but they seemContinue reading “Hope :: Beneath the Mask”

Hope :: Getting Back Up Again

Have you had those days where it felt like everything that could go wrong has gone wrong? Whole weeks? Months? And in the case of 2020 – an entire year? Have you ever felt like life tripped you? Then shoved you flat to the ground? Then kicked you for the fun of it, adding justContinue reading “Hope :: Getting Back Up Again”