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MY NEW MANTRA: FULLY EMBRACING LIFE

Moving to Tennessee was a major milestone for me. I drew a line in the sand and said, “From here on out, I want to wholeheartedly embrace the life God has given me. I’ve spent too many years stuffing problems under the rug instead of dealing with them in a healthy way. I’ve spent too many years of my life chasing productivity instead of making people and community a priority. I’ve spent too many years trying to please people instead of being who God has called me to be.”

It’s been two months of fully embracing life and I wouldn’t go back to my former self for anything. I’ve made deep relationships. I’ve become more spontaneous. I’ve laughed harder than I have in ages. And I’ve discovered that people are completely okay with my sometimes-messy, very imperfect self.

It’s been a beautiful journey and it’s only begun. Will you join me? Let’s fully embrace today… because we don’t know if there is a tomorrow.

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Are you paying cash for any of your summer travels? Read how this young family paid cash for a trip to Ecuador! http://ow.ly/yu6JG
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A reader asked: Do you have any tips for saving money on food when you’re never home? I’m spending too much on food while I’m out!

Here's my answer (plus a long list of make-ahead meal and snack ideas) --> http://bit.ly/1mK2Syv
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Anyone else know the feeling??
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Yup!! More than I care to shudderingly remember!! Auuwwww
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You can save a LOT of money by making your own snacks for yourself and your kids. Here are some ideas of some simple snacks that our family loves --> http://bit.ly/1oCo4TT
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Don't forget! Stop by Krispy Kreme today and you can Buy One Dozen Doughnuts, Get One Dozen for just $0.77 with this coupon -->
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I really, really need one of these... and a Put-er-Away-er, too. And then I'll be the Queen of Doing Laundry. :)
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ULTA is offering a free Blowout and Style on July 11, 18, and 25, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Choose one of three styles: Straight Blowout, Frizz-Free Curls, or Sleek Pony. Space is limited, so book an appointment now!

Your Blowout and Style includes wash, conditioning, and a 30-minute blowout styling.

More details here --> http://bit.ly/1omWXeo
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Looking for some new Busy Bag ideas? Check out this round-up of 8 different ideas over on Mother’s Niche --> http://bit.ly/1nb5pvW
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Last night an acquaintance called to tell me she wasn’t going to be able to be involved anymore in something we’d been planning together. Why? Because she’d just been diagnosed with cancer.

As she walked me through the details of the responsibilities she was handing off so that she didn’t leave me high and dry, I just stood there in disbelief.

Facing chemo and/or radiation plus possible surgery, she was so calm, cool, and collected. She was cheerful and apologetic. She was thinking of others, instead of panicking or being overwhelmed by fear.
She was choosing joy in the midst of heart-rending circumstances.

I don’t know what you’re facing today. Some of you have probably received gut-wrenching news recently. Maybe you’re struggling with chronic pain or illness. Perhaps you’re spending much of your time caring for a loved one who is dying.

Some of you are in the midst of job loss or drastic pay cuts and you don’t know how you’re going to pay your bills this month or keep food on the table. Many of you are worried about how you’re going to pay for retirement, college, or mounting medical bills.

And there are probably many of you who see no light at the end of this very long tunnel. You’re overwhelmed, scared, and feeling on your last leg.

Maybe you can’t change your circumstances, but you can change your attitude.

You can choose to smile and sing, instead of worry and fret. You can choose to say, “This is hard, this is overwhelming, but I’m not going to give up. I’m going to keep plodding along, keep hoping, keep making the most of everything I have.”

You can choose to be grateful, even if it seems like there’s little to be thankful for. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Challenge yourself to make a list of at least five things you can be thankful for. Once you start thinking of things, you’ll probably have trouble stopping at five!

You can choose to focus on what you do have, instead of what you don’t have. You can choose to cling to hope. You can choose joy!

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Don't forget! It's FREE Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven today! Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to get a completely free Slurpee! More details here -->
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Chick-fil-A fans! Don't forget that today if you Dress Like a Cow, you'll get a FREE meal at Chick-fil-A. Bring the family and enjoy a fun, memorable, and completely FREE meal for everyone who is dressed up! More details here -->
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