Hope :: Drowning in the Deep

Do you ever get so far into something, only to realize you’re in over your head, and you don’t know how to get out of it? If you’ve ever been in over your head with no real way to get out, you’re not alone. Sometimes, we get in over our heads by our own choices.Continue reading “Hope :: Drowning in the Deep”

Hope :: Losing a Loved One

It’s never easy to lose a loved one. No matter how much time you have to “prepare” or if it’s sudden, losing a loved one is difficult. I’m definitely not the expert on the grief cycle of losing someone – or even something – you love. I can, however, give some tips from my ownContinue reading “Hope :: Losing a Loved One”

Hope :: Bruised but Not Broken

I have a shirt with this phrase from Compelled Clothing and I think those words are beautiful. And relevant. I’ve gone through a lot of really rough things in life. No, my life hasn’t been as rough as others. I’m not trying to say it has been. I spent many years thinking of myself asContinue reading “Hope :: Bruised but Not Broken”

Hope :: Your Circle

Who is in your circle? No, I’m not talking about your social circle. Your peer group. Your family. I’m talking about your circle of people that you feel closest to and with whom you can be completely honest. Do you tend to share your secrets with everyone? Do you share with absolutely no one? BothContinue reading “Hope :: Your Circle”

Hope :: What Makes You Breathe?

A lot can happen in a day. A lot of bad can happen in a day. Sometimes, more than anything, taking a deep breath and focusing just on that breath can help our minds put life into perspective… or at least make it – hopefully – seem a little less daunting. When you force yourselfContinue reading “Hope :: What Makes You Breathe?”

Hope :: What’s Controlling Your Life?

It’s somewhat easy to recognize when certain things are controlling our lives. Things like drugs and alcohol can be obvious, though even with that we miss that they can be controlling our lives. Other things, such as perfectionism and anxiety, are more difficult to catch but no less life-controlling. We’re familiar with stress and anxiety.Continue reading “Hope :: What’s Controlling Your Life?”

Hope :: Keep Pushing Through

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. And again. And again. Life is hard! I don’t care how happy or put-together someone looks. I can tell you from experience that the ones who seem to be holding things together the best are usually the ones who are falling apart the most. I don’tContinue reading “Hope :: Keep Pushing Through”

Hope :: A Bit of Light

It’s easy to think that we’re alone here on earth. We look around and see nothing but bad. Or that’s how it seems anyway. We see all the negative happening and we think: if there really is a God… if there really is a LOVING God, then the world wouldn’t be so horrible. It’s veryContinue reading “Hope :: A Bit of Light”

Hope :: The Last Time

How many times have you said to yourself or others, “This is the last time. I promise.”? It could be about anything, small or major. How many times? And how many times have you repeated that “last time” and then hated yourself for it? I’m going to challenge you to change the way you think.Continue reading “Hope :: The Last Time”

Hope :: Moving Forward

Moving forward is hard. No matter what this statement references, it’s true. Some examples of when it’s hard to move forward: After a breakup After the death of a loved one After a job loss Starting a new job Getting your first car Getting your first home (rented and/or bought) Sky diving Life is fullContinue reading “Hope :: Moving Forward”