The Art of Hanging Out with Yourself


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This week I had a few days off, so my sister and I decided to take this opportunity to go stay at a peaceful, secluded Airbnb in the mountains near where we live and just get some quality rest and relaxation.

This place is seriously an introvert’s paradise. It’s secluded (i.e. private!), but situated in a gated community near a small town, so not too far away from civilization; also, it is quiet. Like, really quiet. Did I mention quiet? Which needs no words of recommendation for the introvert. Plus, it’s beautiful. The living room window and back porch open out to an incredible view over a valley, with pines, oaks, and other greenery scattered around, and frequent wildlife activity. It’s amazing! Peaceful, quiet, relaxing. A much-needed retreat from the daily stress and obligations of life.

I love to be alone. I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again. I really enjoy being by myself. Other people might think I’m crazy for wanting to spend an entire day or weekend alone at home, but I thrive on solitude. I think it’s my natural state.

Being alone is so peaceful, relaxing, and non-stressful. You add other humans into the mix, and I start to feel my stress level rising, depending on the specific people involved.

But give me a day or two to just immerse myself in utter solitude, and I feel refreshed, revitalized, and filled with world-conquering confidence.

Maybe that’s not so surprising. After all, I am an introvert (my personality type is INTP, if you’re into that)–and if you consider yourself an introvert, you probably relate to me on some level.

But, whether you’re an introvert or not, there is something special about spending time away from the bustle and noises of the world, away from the constant demands and voices of people and parties, business and machinery. Continue reading


Are You Missing Out On An Adventure? — Come Awake


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Check out this great post from Come Awake (link below).

Even though our lives as Jesus followers can seem overwhelmingly mundane and ordinary at times, God designed us all to do great things for him! That doesn’t mean that every day will be a red letter day for God’s kingdom, but we also can’t lose sight of the big dreams and goals He has put in our hears. While you’re living your life, don’t get discouraged in the everyday things. Keep going, and as William Carey, missionary to India, said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

The other morning my husband and I were walking out to our cars to drive to work. The air was fresh and the sky was a little overcast. My husband looked over at me and said, “Today feels like a good day for an adventure.” And it did. Being the responsible adults that we are, […]

via Are You Missing Out On An Adventure? — Come Awake

21 More Signs That You Might Be a Booklover


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Recently while browsing some of my old posts I ran across this one–“21 Signs That You Might Be a Booklover.” I can’t help but laugh every time I read it because, no matter how strange they may seem, every single one of those signs are just so true. If you also identify as a bibliophile, then you know what I mean.

That was such a fun post to write and is also one of my most-viewed posts, so I thought I would publish a part 2 follow-up to my first post with 21 More Signs That You Might Be a Booklover.

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Quote of the Week | To Love and Be Loved


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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~ Lao Tzu

What would life be like without people to love and to love us back? I’m extremely blessed in that I have never gone a moment in my life without knowing that someone loves me. It’s experiencing a constant and unconditional love like this that fuels my response of loving them back in the same way.

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Happy Easter! From A Writer’s Reflections


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Happy Easter/Resurrection Day! Today was a full day of worship, fellowship with my family, friends, and church, lots of good food, and enjoying the blessings that God has given.

Unfortunately that also made me too busy to write my own post commemorating Easter Sunday, so instead I’m sharing this beautiful post below by Anna from her blog Ginger Tea & Sympathy.

Take some time to really think on and consider what happened on this day 2,000 years ago and what it means to you.

“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6 NIV) The Holy Week is past and today we celebrate the resurrection […]

via Joyful Easter — Ginger Tea & Sympathy

Is Social Media Negatively Affecting Society and Your Personal Life?


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As in the days of knights and castles in which an experienced wielder’s sword was like an indispensable extended arm, we too, in the days of the pen being mightier than the sword, have come to have our own essential extended arm–the smart phone.

And contrary to what the label would suggest, smart phones are not used primarily for their phone apps.

You know the saying, “You can’t live with it, you can’t live without it”? I think the realm of social media is an apt use of that saying. Our grandparents and great-grandparents would probably never have guessed the massive influence that technology and specifically the cyberworld would have upon their descendants. And as with any great cultural phenomenon, this one also comes with both its blessings and curses.

From William A. on his site “PushUP24,” here is an eye-opening look at the world of social media and how it has wedged its way into our lives with unexpected consequences–and what we should do about it.

A couple of years ago, a friend matter-of-factly dismissed the research findings that led to my new book on the psychology of social networks, Facebuddha. She said “social media is here to stay.” Indeed, social media has attained such a ubiquitous, overwhelming presence and power in society that it seems unthinkable that we could ever […]

via Is Facebook Destroying Society and Your Mental Health? — PushUP24

10 Reasons to Embrace Your Singleness


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I was reading this article on 17 reasons why it stinks to be single or something like that, and it set me to thinking. What’s the worst thing for me about being single? So I started thinking, and I really couldn’t think of anything that horrible about my singleness. Actually, I can think of way more reasons why it would stink to not be single.

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My Theme for the New Year


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For the past few years, I’ve been asking God for a special word or theme that He wants me to focus on during the new year. Last year, it was “loving others with an unconditional love and compassion”; the year before that it was “abiding in Christ.”

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Happy New Year | From A Writer’s Reflections

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Happy New Year to all my amazing readers!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for every single one of you who have supported my blog even a little bit through your views, likes, comments, and sharing. I know this sounds cliche (and it is), but the reality is that I couldn’t do this without you. I mean, I could, but then all my blog would be is a sort of online journal; therapeutic and enjoyable to myself, yes, but not the inspirational sharing platform that I really want it to be. I love being able to spread my thoughts around to anyone who will listen (even though it is a leap of faith for me); it makes me feel like I have a legitimate role in helping to change the world for the better. Continue reading

Christmas over? What now?

Good reminder for the rest of the year!

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Merry Christmas

Even if you did a great job of remembering the reason for the season this Christmas, we want to encourage you to keep that spirit alive all year long! Remember the season for the reason never ends. The reason for Christmas doesn’t end, now that the holiday is passed. While we pinpoint December 25th specifically and December in general to celebrate the gift God gave us in salvation through the advent of Jesus Christ and the culmination of his work – don’t forget now that the 25th has passed to keep on serving God by loving others!

Keep the joy alive all year. Remember to keep giving gifts, comforting those who are mourning, caring for those in need. Remember to celebrate Jesus daily, his presence in your present life and his redemption of your past – and continue to anticipate the future culmination of our faith walk in heaven. It’s…

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