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?”

Education :: Choosing a Setting

The first time a student writes a story in our classrooms, the setting is probably one of the last things they consider. Think back to many of the stories they read in Kindergarten through Second Grade as a class. Many of those stories – though great at teaching sharing and friendship and dealing with emotionsContinue reading “Education :: Choosing a Setting”

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 :: What IS Hope?

It’s a long post, but I hope you’ll stick it out to the end! 💙 So I’ve been naming these blog posts ‘Hope’ for many weeks now, but it only just occurred to me that I’ve never taken the time to actually explain what I believe hope is and how it works. So, my apologies!Continue reading “Hope :: What IS Hope?”

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 :: When Anger Strikes

You know those moments where everything is fine until suddenly it’s not? Where you’ve been having a pretty good day and all of a sudden you’re overcome with this raging anger that takes over out of nowhere? This was me just last week. I live 3000 miles away from my family, but I try toContinue reading “Hope :: When Anger Strikes”

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”