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Dec 22nd

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The love series: All the single ladies (and men)-Valentine's Day is for you too

The love series: All the single ladies (and men)-Valentine's Day is for you too“She made me feel that there was something wrong with me because I am not married!” my girlfriend confessed to me about her well-intentioned cousin who was trying to set her up with a man with whom there was no love connection. Although I imagine the heart of this concerned relative was in the right place, I must stop and ask you, the reader, a question “What’s wrong with being single??” Here is the answer “Absolutely Nothing!” So here’s my next question, “Then why do we sometimes make our single friends and family feel otherwise?
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The Love Series part 2: Keeping it simple on Valentine’s Day

On special occasions my husband, Lonnie, and I usually don’t exchange big gifts. What we really enjoy is giving and receiving greeting cards from one another. Whether the occasion is a birthday, an anniversary or Valentine’s Day, we take pleasure in searching for just the right card that conveys our genuine sentiments.  Our simple, yet impactful tradition began many years ago. I remember receiving a special card from him.  Moved by the message, I turned to him and asked, “Do you really feel this way about me?”  He assured me that he did and then he explained that it took him a long time to pick out the card, because he had to find one that said exactly what he was feeling (I love that man, y’all!).  
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Change your life in just 15 minutes

Change your life in just 15 minutesIf you are at all like me, you have probably said to yourself, “There is just not enough time in the day for me to accomplish all the things that I have to/need to accomplish.  All of the demands of life compete for my attention, my energy, and my money, so one of my goals in 2010 is to discover practical ways to continually simplify my life and redeem my time. Inspired by a website I introduced to you last week, www.flylady.com, I have started using bite-sized chunks of time throughout the day to accomplish small, yet important goals. I am already seeing some savings; more time, less headaches and frustration, more family unity. 
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Introducing Sheila Ford and her new book-love letters to him

Introducing Sheila Ford and her new book-love letters to himWhen I heard about the new book that Sheila Ford had written, Love Letters to Him, I knew that I had to share it with our readers. Not only does this book expose our common struggle to find the true meaning of love and intimacy, it also provides helpful tools to help gain freedom from love’s counterfeits.
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Can positive affirmations change anything?

Question:  "Can positive affirmations change anything?"
Answer:  From the Buddhist perspective all we can work on is our own mind.  So, a positive attitude will definitely help us deal with the world in more effective and compassionate ways.  2,500 years ago the Buddha said, "The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed.  The deed develops into habit; and habit hardens into character.  So watch the thought and its ways with care, let it spring from love.  Born out of concern for all beings....The shadow follows the body and never leaves it.  In the same way, as we think, so we become."
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Set goals to win in 2010

Set goals to win in 2010Recently while going through an old stack of papers, I came across a piece of paper whose heading read Humphrey Family Goals 2006.  As I looked over the list, a feeling of pride rose up inside of me.  Basically all of the goals had been met. The next feeling was one of disappointment for two reasons:  First, I don’t think we wrote down our family goals for 2009.  Secondly, I know there is at least one important goal leftover from 2008 (probably earlier than that) that remains unachieved. 
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Stop, look, and listen while crossing into 2010

Stop, look, and listen while crossing into 2010With only days left before the beginning of 2010 you may have already been thinking about how your life will be different in the New Year.  Is losing unwanted weight on your  to-do list? How about finding a new job? Or moving to a new place?  Do these types of thoughts about your future leave you feeling sort of anxious?  If so, I have three simple words of advice for you to live by as you cross over into 2010: Stop, Look, and Listen! 
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