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It’s really easy for me to slip into believing that God barely tolerates me, because often I barely tolerate me. It’s easy to believe that voice in my head that tells me that I don’t measure up. But my mother’s song and my dad’s acts of service both tell a very different story. New post:
http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2015/05/song/
Early in my life, I noticed a pattern. Whenever I’d meet older adults, those in my parents’ demographic, our interactions would follow a predictable course. We’d exchange names, and then I’d look down, both because I was shy and because I knew what was coming next. They would start singing. At a conservative estimate, this …
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Have you ever found yourself trying to be the puppet master of every situation, working so hard to protect everyone else's feelings? If so, maybe it's time to set down the strings. New post: http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2015/03/strings/
I have this counterproductive dance I do with my long-distance loved ones. Here’s how it goes: when I don’t expect to see faraway friends and family anytime soon, I’m pretty good at keeping in touch. I make calls, write cards, and send care packages. But when I do expect to see people soon – say, …
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"Friends, I’m going to share an excerpt from a new book with you today. But if hearing the words ‘daily devotional’ makes you want to bolt, I understand, because I feel that way sometimes too. Daily devotionals and I have a checkered history, as they tend to trigger perfectionistic thinking. If I’d miss a day, I’d start to feel bad about myself, thinking, Shouldn’t I be more disciplined?"

New post: http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2015/02/makes-god-smile/
Friends, I’m going to share an excerpt from a new book with you today. But if hearing the words ‘daily devotional’ makes you want to bolt, I understand, because I feel that way sometimes too. Daily devotionals and I have a checkered history, as they tend to trigger perfectionistic thinking. If I’d miss a day, …
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New post: It is OK to Choose the Heart of Gold Instead. Read on for permission to let go and let be this holiday: http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2014/12/heart-of-gold/
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New post - for those of us longing for a slower, sweeter pace of life. xo
Here’s the truth I need to share with you today … When we when we move through life at a breakneck pace, it adversely affects us, and other people. True emergencies aside, many of us have a real problem with pace. We find ourselves moving frantically through our days. Even
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Deep breath ...  "Perfectionism Doesn't Protect Us" (my TEDxBirminghamSalon talk) is now live on Youtube. Thank you in advance for your views, shares, and support. xo

http://youtu.be/hm0bZETWIkg

“We are stronger than we know, and our mistakes actually help us to see that because they reveal our true selves, the ones that endure when our false selves die.”
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"For a long time I was convinced that feeling anger meant that I was a ‘bad’ person, lacking in compassion. And I wanted so much to be (and to be seen as) ‘good’. So whenever anger arose, I tried hard to make it go away." New post: http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2015/05/the-only-life-you-can-save/
“… determined to do the only thing you could do– determined to save the only life you could save.” – Mary Oliver, “The Journey” Something happened to friends of mine this past week. I won’t go into detail, because it is not my story to tell. The short version is: People I love are being …
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"It’s funny how, without meaning to, we can get stuck seeing ourselves a certain way." New post! http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2015/03/dress-better/
It’s funny how, without meaning to, we can get stuck seeing ourselves a certain way. Until recently, I’d feel bemused (and even confused) whenever someone complimented me on my appearance or clothing choices. I’d smile and say thank you, but still, a voice inside would say, Oh, if only they knew … Sure, I might …
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NEW: "I’m not proud of this, but here’s the truth: I waste a lot of time gripped by false guilt. 
Last month, for example, I felt guilty that my husband Jonathan and I spent $11 on ornaments for our Christmas tree." http://awishcomeclear.com/blog/2015/01/walk-out/
Friends, a few quick notes to start: A Wish Come Clear celebrated its four-year blog anniversary on January 16! I had every intention of publishing that day, but life got in the way. In the past week, I’ve faced a host of physical issues. (I’ll spare you the details, but don’t worry, nothing is serious, …
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So proud of my dear friend Brooke Adams Law for the release of her brand-new, reflective & lovely Advent devotional e-book, Journeying Through Advent! It's just $1.99 on Amazon, with 10% of proceeds going to Compassion International. Brava, B!

http://www.amazon.com/Journeying-Through-Advent-Devotional-Praying-ebook/dp/B00PWFNZO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416582068&sr=8-1&keywords=journeying+through+advent
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“This is not a competition,” the TEDx organizer told us. “We’re calling this Salon an audition for TEDxBirmingham, but remember that this is your TEDx talk … and one or two of you may be invited to present at the larger event.” I nodded, feeling a blush creep up my
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"Things were falling apart, but they were also coming together, and what was coming together was the knowledge of who I am and what I am actually called to carry." Honored to be guesting at The Art of Simple today!
by Katie Fox. Katie is a writer, a teacher, a mezzo-soprano, and a lover of all things red. She and her husband Shaun are passionate about mentoring and equipping artists of all kinds. Find her online at katiefox.net. Name: Caroline McGraw; Location: Northwestern Alabama; Occupation: Writer ...
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Would-be childhood paleontologist & recovering perfectionist turned writer, digging for treasure in people & uncovering sacred stories within ordinary days.
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As Anne Lamott says in her novel Blue Shoe, I’m writing, “… stories of real people trying to get through the day.”

I’m writing about what it looks like to let go of perfectionism, about what happens when we come to the end of our own strength, only to find freedom in surrender.

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  • Vassar College
    English Literature, 2003 - 2007