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Jul

17th

good life with amy strouse

Part of cultivating a good life is appreciating the perspective that life gives you. When my 40-year-old husband Mike died after living with ALS for 6 years, I coped well (mostly). After all, I’d had 6 years to adjust to the reality of imminent widowhood. I was getting by, going through the motions of raising […]

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Jul

10th

good life with andrea williams

Part of cultivating a good life is not waiting until circumstances are perfect before going after your dreams. The last three years have been the most rewarding years of my life. We have welcomed our second and third child into our home, remodeled a fixer upper, published a book, and launched our company — Tubby […]

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Jul

3rd

good life with tanya hickman

Part of cultivating a good life is knowing that sometimes doing nothing much really can be the best thing to do. Being an adult can be busy, stressful, and tiring. You need to do this and you need to do that. The noise can be overwhelming. I recently came across the book Winnie-The-Pooh and the […]

Part of cultivating a good life is knowing that sometimes doing nothing much really can be the best thing to do. Being an adult can be busy, stressful and tiring. You need to do this and you need to do that, the noise can be overwhelming. I recently came across the book Winnie-The-Pooh and the Royal Birthday. It was written this year to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth. I read the book and there is one part in particular that really struck home. Pooh, in his thoughtfulness, wrote a little hum for the Queen as a present: The Queen lived in her palace, as Queens often do. Doing all those busy things that busy Queens do. But The Queen could never know, as you and I do, That doing nothing much can be the BEST thing to do. So from a forest far away, for your special day, We’re sending you some quiet and a little time to play. When my fiancé and I bought our house, it came with a swing set in the backyard. While having children isn’t part of our plan, I wanted to keep the swing set. A couple times a week I head out there and I sit and I swing. I forget about responsibilities, deadlines and expectations. I just swing. I clear my mind and I focus on the moment. Sometimes it is 5 minutes, sometimes it is an hour. But that swing time, is MY time. I may not be a queen and I may not be the busiest or most overwhelmed person, but I plan on taking some advice from a silly ol’ bear. Sometimes doing nothing much really can be the best thing to do. see more

Jun

26th

good life with sarah innerst-peterson

Part of cultivating a good life is taking care of the critters. At our home we have a lot of companion animals. One of the many lessons I have learned from the experience of caring for all of these furry, feathered, and scaled friends is that when I care for another living thing, my life, […]

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Jun

19th

good life with shilea cooper

Part of cultivating a good life is being open to new adventures. About two and a half years ago our family started planning and preparing for my oldest son to go on a mission. It was during these months that I became keenly aware of how fast time flies. How could 18 years have gone by so […]

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Jun

12th

good life with annelie maddock

Part of cultivating a good life means living in the moment and saying YES to the right things and NO when needed. For almost a year now, I have been a stay-at-home mum. This came after having worked in the corporate world for many years, before and after having children. Most of you will know how hard that […]

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Jun

8th

balancing roles and responsibilities: 7 tips for making it work

In my own quest to achieve a healthy balance in all that I’m juggling, I’ve struggled. I have cried very literal tears about the struggle. I’ve messed up over and over — and I’ve even fallen flat on my face. But — I’ve gotten back up every time. I’m still here! I’ve adjusted and tweaked […]

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Jun

5th

good life with trang nguyen

Part of cultivating a good life for me is to love, respect, and learn from my mother. When I was little, we didn’t have a lot — just the clothes on our back and a bed to sleep in at night. She used to skip meals to afford me an egg so I could grow big and healthy. […]

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May

29th

good life with debra tuffner

Part of cultivating a good life is being grateful for all that has come your way as well as all that you have put in your own path. I was meeting with a new doctor last week and we were discussing the next steps in my treatment and the possible side effects. I was diagnosed […]

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May

22nd

good life with diana sanchez

Part of cultivating a good life is appreciating not just what we have but who we have. If you would’ve asked me a couple of years ago who I looked up to, you would’ve heard me quickly respond, “Tina Turner!” I mean come on, she’s an awesome woman and who can’t help but sing along […]

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May

15th

good life with megan rose

Part of cultivating a good life is realizing that being real is more important than being “picture perfect.” “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.” -Annette Funicello I used to love the idea of a picture perfect life. You know the posts on Instagram that are so beautiful they look like they belong in […]

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May

8th

good life with lindsay ross

Part of cultivating a good life is doing something, anything, for others in need. I glanced out my bedroom window the other day and saw my neighbor whose husband was recently diagnosed with cancer pulling in the garbage cans for my other neighbor who just had a baby. Pulling in garbage cans. Here’s a dear […]

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May

1st

good life with amy tan

Part of cultivating a good life is being grateful for all that you have… and all that you don’t. Growing up as an only child to immigrant parents, I developed a certain idea about what I thought success looked like. My parents were both born and raised in India and talked about how they grew up […]

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Apr

17th

good life with steffie van den akker

Part of cultivating a good life is to use your talents to serve others. When I was a kid, I showed a huge interest in other cultures and felt a strong need to help people in third world countries. A bit later, my interests shifted and I wanted to be a vet when I grew […]

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Apr

14th

small traditions

  Traditions are naturally and obviously associated with holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. Today is a seemingly ordinary day smack-dab in the middle of April, but I’ve got traditions on the brain. Why?? The older I get, the more I appreciate how much traditions have an impact on my life — and yours. Traditions become part […]

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Apr

10th

good life with gina zeidler

Part of cultivating a good life is investing MORE into your face-to-face relationships than your online community. Now hear me out. I have crazy value in, appreciate, and am blessed by this amazing thing we call the internet. Goodness, what would I or my business do without all of you! Yet, sometimes I find myself […]

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Apr

3rd

good life with kory woodard

Part of cultivating a good life is enjoying the little moments that make up the every day. As a perfectionist, one of the most important things I’ve learned about life is that it’s not always perfect. Sometimes you’re overly emotional about things that don’t matter. Sometimes your plans get ruined. Sometimes your floor is covered […]

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Mar

27th

good life with becky – easter edition

Happy Easter! What’s up with the book — and what does that have to do with Easter? Hang tight. I’ll happily explain. What I’m sharing today is a very big piece of my heart… something very near & dear to everything that I hold valuable. Easter is a time when many of us reflect on […]

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Mar

20th

good life with azzari jarrett

Part of cultivating a good life is fostering love between your children. I have always wanted a sister. As an only child, I remember having the full attention of my parents, but that never stopped me from wishing I had a sibling.  My parents and I did everything together. It was always the 3 of […]

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Mar

13th

good life with terri moore

Part of cultivating a good life is teaching kindness. I have many great memories of my mother. Some are vague and some are sharp and crisp. As a mother myself, I look back and see that she had an overwhelming amount of love for her children. You could it see through the kindness she gave […]

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Mar

6th

good life with kaitlin o’connell

Part of cultivating a good life is continually nurturing your friendships and being a best friend for your friends. When I was in grade two, my best friend Ashley moved away. I remember moping around, sad and complaining that I had to find a new best friend because everyone else had one. My mom wisely […]

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Feb

28th

good life with jamie rieger

Part of cultivating a good life is being present in the big and little moments of the everyday, and appreciating and valuing the importance of both. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood. Vacations to the beach and to Disney World; weekends on the lake swimming, boating, and camping with friends; dance classes and […]

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Feb

21st

good life with emily coe

Part of cultivating a good life is making time to rest. I have to chuckle as I write a post about something I desperately need in my life. I am in no way an expert in this area. I am a mom to 4 kids and this is my circus and those are my monkeys. […]

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Feb

14th

good life with melanie burk

Part of cultivating a good life is creating small, meaningful traditions and habits of joy. I have found that it is these traditions and habits that add a rich layer of happiness and fullness to my life, as well as creating lasting and beautiful memories for me and my family. Growing up, my mother was […]

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Feb

7th

good life with natalie hill jensen

Part of cultivating a good life is surrounding ourselves with people who may not be exactly the same as us. Of all of the beautiful things that make my life complete, the diversity of my friendships is among my choicest prizes.  My father taught me one of the most influential lessons of my life when […]

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Jan

31st

good life with alena honeycutt

Part of cultivating a good life is to love your “now.” Four years ago, we moved 500 miles from Oklahoma to Louisiana, away from all of our family, friends, our church, and anything we had ever known, to a new state, new town that we knew nothing about. To some people that may sound fun, […]

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Jan

24th

good life with brooke walker

Part of cultivating a good life is thoughtfully approaching and preparing for the things that matter most. “What’s that?” A rival TV colleague spied the scribbled-on papers I held in hand, as we both waited for our separate turns to interview a high-profile author. “Just some notes for the interview,” I replied. “Wait – you […]

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Jan

17th

good life with leigh odynski

Part of cultivating a good life is recording the everyday moments. In completing the past three years of Project Life®, I have seen how much it positively influences my outlook. Project Life has taught me to cherish the many blessings in my life that are so abundantly clear when I take the time to record […]

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Jan

10th

good life with toni sullivan

Part of cultivating a good life is to choose action over good intentions. The effects of our positive actions are felt by the individual acting and countless others. You’ll never know how far the ripples of your kindness will extend. Simply stated, THE SMALLEST ACT IS BETTER THAN THE GREATEST INTENTION. There are many reasons why I believe […]

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Jan

3rd

cultivating a good life in 2016

Part of cultivating a good life is beginning with the end in mind. Right. As in … the principle that author Stephen Covey has ingrained in so many of us. It’s one of my personal mantras. I think about it quite a bit. And if you ask my team, they’ll tell you I bring this […]

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Dec

20th

good life with emma ashby

Part of cultivating a good life is focusing on simple truths. Here are some of my simple truths:   I have a loving husband. I have daughters who love and forgive me even on my bad days. I get a clean slate every day. I have a Heavenly Father and Savior who know me personally […]

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Dec

13th

good life with alison bosen

Part of cultivating a good life is to never underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Taking the time to sit down, reflect on another person, and to deliberately reach out with a few lines of handwritten encouragement, love, or gratitude is a very powerful act that anyone can do! I think my love affair […]

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Dec

6th

good life with aimee clare

Part of cultivating a good life is to always remember. Cultivating a good life? My life at this moment is a big repetitive game….the many days and ways of high school, middle school, and elementary school fill our daily calendars. I have a sign in my kitchen that is my motto, my catch phrase, for […]

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Nov

22nd

good life with ele allgaier

Part of cultivating a good life is loving unconditionally.  When I was in eighth grade I took a class called Peer Tutor. I didn’t know much about the class other than it was centered around helping students with special needs. I took this class because I had a teacher in my elementary school who really […]

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Nov

19th

report on bobbi’s trip to ethiopia

Hey, it’s Molly! One of the best parts of my job is when I get to work on charitable contributions. You may remember a few months back when we introduced you to our friend Bobbi as she was raising money to fund a relief trip to Ethiopia with the charity Kids Hope Ethiopia. Thanks to the support of many, she […]

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Nov

15th

good life with sarah jane wright

Part of cultivating a good life is learning to be constantly in a state of awareness. In the throes of personal life, family life, business life, it’s very easy to become distracted from what I feel is the most important time in our lives: the present moment. The NOW. As a busy and good-intended women, I often […]

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Nov

8th

good life with holly pitcher

Part of cultivating a good life is knowing that time is precious. After receiving some rather devastating news about my father, a friend gave me a quote that states, “Time is free, but it is priceless. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.” Time is a […]

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Nov

1st

good life with renee workman

Part of cultivating a good life is to make a plan! From the time my husband and I were first married about 14 years ago, we have always regularly sat down together to make a 5-year plan. This has been so important to us. We try to live by the motto that Becky talks a […]

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Oct

25th

good life with julie gagen

Part of cultivating a good life is loving where you live. Photographers know this trick quite well: you can make almost anything look desirable with the right staging, the right lighting, and the right angles. Sure, it’s a little deceiving, but hey, that’s what beautiful home tours, Pinterest, and marketing are all about, right?! I […]

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Oct

18th

good life with molly ashton

Part of cultivating a good life is learning to enjoy the ride, even with its ups and downs. Our family loves rollercoasters. If there is a theme park nearby, we will conquer it! A day at the amusement park is a great day in our books. But just as rollercoasters have their ups and downs, […]

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Oct

11th

good life with kristen creech

Part of cultivating a good life is setting aside time to be creative. Makers gonna make. I’m pretty sure I was born with that tattooed on my forehead. From the time I was little, I’ve felt this desire to make. I’ve felt the satisfaction that comes from the process of creating something of beauty or […]

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Oct

4th

good life by carrie hunt

Part of cultivating a good life is challenging your family to do and be more. On one wall of our home, I have a picture gallery of some of the challenging and fun family adventures we have been on together. Each one has a story about struggle, sacrifice, and fun. When my husband and I got […]

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Sep

27th

good life by karen nicholson

Part of cultivating a good life is having a generous heart and soul and sharing that with others without hesitation.  Hanging in my jewelry cabinet is a beautiful bracelet; actually it is my favorite bracelet. I named it Amy. Do I name all of my accessories? No – that would be borderline weird. But this […]

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Sep

20th

good life by race ashby

Part of cultivating a good life is chasing your dreams. Leaps of faith are worth the risk if they help foster a little self-discovery and a sense that God is in control. There’s a chart somewhere with golden stars plastered over the major life events my parents envisioned for me. I played sports in high […]

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Sep

13th

good life by annemarie sorensen

Part of cultivating a good life is to lather, rinse, and repeat as needed. When I wash my hair, two things go through my mind. First is the song, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” from the musical South Pacific. (I sing it in the shower every time! And personally, it reminds me that […]

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Sep

6th

good life by tori johnson

Part of cultivating a good life is learning about yourself through your ancestors.  How would someone who lived before you help you with that? I didn’t quite understand until recently. My mother had given me a 3-inch binder about six years ago full of information about a family line on her father’s side. “When you want […]

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Aug

30th

good life by rianne alonte

Part of cultivating a good life is to share inspiration and be inspired. Years ago, an acquaintance once asked me, “Why do you even post your craft projects on social media? I know someone who makes scrapbooks and is content with just keeping her layouts to herself!” I took the comment negatively and stopped posting for […]

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Aug

23rd

good life by jaime mclaughlin

Part of cultivating a good life is enjoying the “in-between” moments of life. What do you remember as a child? What did your mom cook and was your dad Mr. Fix-it? Did your grandparents play cards with you or did your auntie sew with you? Chances are the memories you cherish are the ones you […]

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Aug

17th

tribute albums for the swapp family

A month ago my dear friend Heidi Swapp and her family experienced an unimaginable tragedy. I immediately felt that something could be done. I knew it would never take away the pain, but putting together tribute albums that hold pieces of love and support and memories of Cory? Well, this could very well be a source […]

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Aug

16th

good life by claire sorensen

Part of cultivating a good life is finding joy and purpose in the journey. Life never seems to go as planned. No matter the prep work, our anticipation, or desire, we can’t predict how our lives will happen. Heck, we can’t even guess how one day will turn out! There’s always something we couldn’t have […]

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Aug

9th

good life by els brigé

Part of cultivating a good life is … cherishing motherhood – the good, the bad, and the ugly. As a mother of two growing children, I often find myself struggling with motherhood. Every parent has a certain vision in the back of her head of what kind of adult she wants her child to grow up […]

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Aug

2nd

good life by aggie aviso

Part of cultivating a good life is cultivating a grateful heart. All I have is all I need. This was the caption of an old blog I had when my husband and I were just starting a family. And I can’t tell you how many times that sentence has turned my perspective around and allowed […]

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Jul

30th

kids hope ethiopia

Part of cultivating a good life is supporting meaningful causes. We are so thrilled to share something very special with you that’s a total win-win-win! You win by scoring awesome Project Life® designs. Bobbi Grunewald wins because she is able to raise money to benefit kids in need. And there will be many kids who are […]

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Jul

26th

good life by toni harris

Part of cultivating a good life is embracing the “everyday” photos of yourself.   While in college I found a love for scrapbooking. I think I wanted my future kids to understand where I had come from, maybe I wanted to remember these times myself, or perhaps I just loved pretty paper and shiny stickers. Whatever it […]

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Jul

21st

20 things I’ve learned in 20 years of marriage

Photo credit: Natalie Norton Twenty years ago today my husband David and I officially became a family. Best decision of my life, and I mean that. Neither of us has a clue how it’s possible that 20 years have come and gone already, and I feel more grateful than ever that we have 20 years […]

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Jul

19th

good life by bettijo hirschi

Part of cultivating a good life is accepting imperfections. I blog over at Paging Supermom with my friend and fellow perfectionist Aimée. We have a lot of fun and have created some really wonderful things together. In fact, we are so good at pushing each other to be better that we can literally spend hours tweaking a good […]

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Jul

12th

share your love for the swapp family

Part of cultivating a good life is mourning with those that mourn. I’m not sure I will ever forget the moment I learned the news. So many of us have felt shock and sadness over what has happened to the Swapp family in these past few days. Heidi and Eric Swapp’s 16-year-old son Cory (that handsome […]

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Jul

12th

good life by kimberly lund

Part of cultivating a good life is finding happiness where you are… and taking the time to find where you are. The past year (August until now) has been a challenge for me. At almost forty-five years of age, I’ve had to look deeper into myself and try to find happiness where I felt there […]

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Jul

5th

good life by vanessa laurnoff

Part of cultivating a good life is not letting society or other people’s beliefs determine the right path for you and your family. I tend to go with the grain instead of against the grain. I have gradually been shown during my adult life that it’s ok to take the path that’s not necessarily the […]

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Jun

28th

good life by awbree caton

Part of cultivating a good life is being open to creativity. For as long as I can remember, creativity has been a part of my life. Growing up I was surrounded by aspects of artful living. My maternal grandmother taught me how to sew and would spend hours making matching dresses for my Cabbage Patch […]

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Jun

21st

good life by devin pitcher

Part of cultivating a good life is having dreams. Well, really it’s more than just having dreams…everyone has dreams. But we forget them or tuck them away somewhere. We go into survival mode and we can barely keep up with the demands of “right now.” That’s okay; we all do that. But don’t let it […]

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Jun

14th

good life by rachael sheedy

Part of cultivating a good life means learning to live in the moment. This is not easily accomplished, but I have learned so much about identifying and embracing the “little” joys. I believe this perspective makes a tremendous difference in my outlook and quality of life. I have definitely found myself in the usual trap […]

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Jun

6th

good life by olya schmidt

Part of cultivating a good life is taking a leap of faith, no matter how scary it is. On March 5th, 2012, and on what seemed to be the most average day, I made a decision that forever changed my life. I took a leap of faith and decided to finally go after what I […]

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May

31st

good life by brianna marshall

Part of cultivating a good life is rediscovering creativity and joy after heartache. I was over the moon to be selected for this year’s Project Life® creative team. Stunned and delighted. However, that happy news just so happened to overlap with a significant life event: a breakup that I could have and should have seen coming […]

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May

24th

good life by kelly sill

Part of cultivating a good life is setting time aside each week to plan family meals. When I was growing up, I remember grocery shopping with my mom, a single mother of three little girls. My youngest sister would be seated in the shopping cart while my middle sister and I would walk along side, […]

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May

17th

good life by mark shields

Part of cultivating a good life is to have gratitude for the gifts we are given. There are many, many secrets to cultivating a good life. There’s so much I could say from what I have learned that it is hard to pick just one aspect. So, I’ll give it a try anyway and talk […]

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May

10th

good life by vicki allgaier

Part of cultivating a good life is learning to put others’ needs before your own.  MOTHERHOOD. That is a loaded word. It can mean so many different things to every mother you talk to. When I was asked to share my feelings about this very special day, my mind started racing. I recognize that motherhood may be a […]

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May

3rd

good life by al carraway

Part of cultivating a good life is fully accepting who we are and love it! I have a 10 month-old daughter and for as long as she’s been able to sit on her own, her favorite thing to do is sit in front of the mirror. It makes her so happy and she’ll just sit […]

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Apr

26th

good life by autumn nguyen

Part of cultivating a good life is establishing a habit of being grateful through scrapbooking. The poem above is inspired by the great author, George Ella Lyon. Autumn’s version of “Where I’m From” can be found here. I came across the photo above nine years ago while I was visiting relatives in Vietnam. I refer to this as […]

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Apr

19th

good life by lynley johnson

Part of cultivating a good life is dedicating time and talents to those who matter most… family. It’s been said that in families, love is spelled T.I.M.E. I believe family relationships are developed and strengthened through time spent together. In my family we enjoy going on lots of walks, bike rides, and drives. On our […]

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Apr

12th

good life by stephanie vetne

Part of cultivating a good life is learning to let go of fear. When my daughter, Elizabeth, was five, she had a seizure in my arms. Through the haze of those first terrifying moments, the moments afterwards on the phone with 911, and through the confusion of the ride to the hospital in the ambulance, […]

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Apr

5th

my testimony of Jesus Christ

Part of cultivating a good life is recording and sharing your testimony. We don’t all have the same beliefs and I don’t expect that anyone I share my testimony with is going to feel the same way I do, or share my understanding. Obviously that’s okay. I’ve always felt that it is important for each of […]

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Apr

1st

documenting the beauty all around

  Maryland is where I was born and raised. I grew up next to the Potomac River in a rural area with rolling hills, dense trees, and green, green, green. While I don’t so much love the humidity factor in the summer, I do love that beautiful part of our amazing world. Brunswick will always […]

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Mar

29th

good life by tully reynolds

Part of cultivating a good life is appreciating the little things. This year my husband Chris and I will celebrate ten years of marriage. Ten years! I can’t believe how fast that time has flown. From the very beginning, we have shared an appreciation of the little things. Things that happen in life that may […]

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Mar

22nd

good life by amy baird

Part of cultivating a good life is preserving the relationship with a difficult child. As parents we have the responsibility to set guidelines, principles, and rules by which we expect our children to live. At a very young age, we need to let our children know what is expected from them while living in our […]

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Mar

15th

good life by donna meuli

Part of cultivating a good life is…learning to find the magic in your everyday. We all have adverse situations in our lives from time to time. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those who deals with them easily. In the last few years, our family has been learning to adjust our lives after the diagnosis of Autism […]

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Mar

8th

good life by julie gagen

Part of cultivating a good life is finding your light. My father used to say, “Whatever you do, no matter how hard it is, do it with a smile.” My sister left her son, Cal, with me on a Saturday night while we were out getting pizza. It was October 2013. Just a week prior, […]

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Mar

1st

good life by brooke petermann

  Part of cultivating a good life is using my time wisely.  I am deep into my third round of completing a 101 goals in 1001 days challenge.  The way this project works for me is in offering pre-planned projects to work on when I have available time. I use it as a resource list for […]

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Feb

22nd

good life by allison whittle

Part of cultivating a good life is laughing… always laughing. When I was growing up, I realized young that my parents had a gift. I was amazed by it. I watched and studied their words and actions; I wanted that gift. They could make people laugh. I remember at one of their many parties repeatedly […]

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Feb

15th

good life by rhonda steed

Part of cultivating a good life is looking for the joy in every situation. About a year ago I found myself constantly noticing what my son, Eli, did wrong instead of what he did right. He was constantly into things (like spraying the hose in the garage to wash the van, trying to back the […]

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Feb

8th

good life by karla rauch

Part of cultivating a good life for me has been becoming an activist! Four and a half years ago, if someone were to tell me I was to stand in front of a crowd of strangers consisting of parents, teachers, nurses, physicians, CEOs, and politicians sharing my family’s story, I would have fainted from a […]

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Feb

1st

good life by holly connors

Part of cultivating a good life is making time to set goals and work towards achieving them. Goals can be big or small, easy or feel near impossible; however, it is so important to make time to consider what we really want and what is most important to us individually and as a couple or […]

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Jan

25th

good life by lindsay ross

Part of cultivating a good life is choosing compassion over judgment.  My brother is an alcoholic/addict. During his decades-long struggle with drugs and alcohol, our family tried everything to help him. Compassion, love, anger, pleading, support, guilt, force, tough love. You name it, we tried it. And for the record, that whole tough love thing was NOT easy for […]

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Jan

18th

good life by peri musser

Part of cultivating a good life is practicing unity. I first began to contemplate this idea when I was randomly put with a new roommate. We also worked together on a full-time humanitarian mission. That is a lot of time to spend with someone you don’t know but need to. So how do we find […]

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Jan

11th

good life by tina johnson

Part of cultivating a good life is getting outside. There is something about getting fresh air and seeing the beauty around us that does the body, mind, and soul some good. Wherever we live, there is beauty around us. I love the variety the earth gives us, from the desert to the mountains to the ocean. An added […]

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Jan

4th

good life – intentional memories

Part of cultivating a good life is being intentional about creating memories. I wrote about being intentional in last week’s Good Life post and I’m using that word again today. To move forward with real intent and purpose is what many of us have on our minds and in our hearts right now as we […]

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Dec

28th

good life – reflections

Part of cultivating a good life is being regularly and intentionally reflective. As we draw the curtains on this year of 2014, a lot of us find ourselves reflecting on the past year. We might have a full range of emotions – from regret and hurt to resolve and hope. I personally find the actual […]

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Dec

21st

good life by lydia petersen

  Part of cultivating a good life is doing the things we used to do. I love to cook, but you wouldn’t know it from my freezer that looks like an aisle at Costco. It used to be lined with food-saver bags of soups, sauces, and the start to a lot of home-cooked meals to come. […]

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Dec

17th

william joseph

Some of you are already familiar with the brilliance of William Joseph. While we never knew each other personally (until this year), I’ve been a fan of his music for years. I actually knew of his family before his career exploded because we happen to live in the same town. In case you are new to […]

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Dec

14th

good life by jessica turner

  Part of cultivating a good life is shining our lights to the world. Each day we are bombarded by negative news – stories about violence, disaster, and situations that seem hopeless. But goodness is everywhere, too, and it starts within each one of us. I believe that each of us is born with a […]

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Dec

7th

good life by jason wright

  Part of cultivating a good life is celebrating Christmas every single day of the year. Sound impossible? For most of my life, I certainly thought so. Then, late one evening in October of 2004, I sat beside my wife in our quiet living room and pitched an idea. I explained that I was the […]

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Nov

30th

good life by candice stringham

Part of cultivating a good life is nurturing family relationships through creating and keeping traditions.  It’s hard for me to even think of a way to explain how much of an influence growing up with strong family traditions has had on me. My parents worked hard to build and create beautiful family traditions that brought us together as […]

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Nov

25th

nick’s epic battle

Part of cultivating a good life is making every moment count – like, really count. If you don’t know Nick, you should. And his mom Tracy. And his dog Spot. Okay, Nick’s whole family is just awesome. I feel like I have so much to say and yet, I hardly know where to begin. I […]

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Nov

23rd

good life by andrew allgaier

Part of cultivating a good life is embracing failure. Life is full of twists and turns. Ups and downs. We usually express these with words like success and failure. Or perhaps we say things like, “Good luck” and “Bad luck.” However you express them, no one can escape life’s curve balls. But all too often we […]

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Nov

16th

good life by trina frandsen

  Part of cultivating a good life is choosing to be happy. I remember the first time this phrase actually touched me. It kind of made me mad. It was the first time I realized that it might be true, and that meant I had some perspective changing to do. Being happy was 100% up […]

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Nov

9th

good life by steven allgaier

  Part of cultivating a good life is keeping your goals and priorities in focus. There is a word that you may not know unless you are an optometrist or a linguist. Emmetropia. It’s one of my favorite words because of what it represents. Emmetros (well-proportioned) + Opia (having to do with sight). It describes […]

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Nov

2nd

good life by christy bullock

  Part of cultivating a good life is learning how to forgive. As a young girl, I was put in a situation that would change my life forever in so many ways. Not only was my innocence taken away, so was my ability to trust and forgive, or at least I thought it was…for over […]

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Oct

26th

good life by wendy howe

  Part of cultivating a good life is being able to recognize how service equals happiness – whether giving service or being the recipient.  We all experience hardship in our lives. Whether it be a physical, financial, or emotional loss, we know how it feels. I was blessed to grow up in a home where […]

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Oct

19th

good life by susan allen

  Part of cultivating a good life is taking the time to get to know other people who might seem different than you.  I started to appreciate this lesson 21 years ago when I was 19. I had the opportunity to move to Japan for six months where I would be working as a dancer/entertainer at […]

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Oct

12th

good life – by jen lake

  Part of cultivating a good life is taking care of yourself. As a young woman working full time, attending graduate school, and serving several philanthropies, I found it hard to make time for myself and my needs. Instead, my priority list was arranged with my physical and emotional health at the bottom. That is, […]

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Oct

5th

good life – by lara casey

  Part of cultivating a good life is… surrendering. It seems so contrary to what we are often told about creating a life of meaning. Well-meaning, wise friends encourage us to work hard and keep moving. But what if the most rewarding “work” was something unexpected. What if letting go was the key to cultivating […]

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Sep

28th

good life – by erin mcrae

  Part of cultivating a good life is learning to love the unlovable. That seems like such a harsh statement. How can someone be unlovable? I am a high school teacher, soccer coach, and a youth Sunday school teacher. In my various arenas, I am fortunate to associate with some of the most remarkable youth on the […]

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Sep

21st

good life – by makenzie moore

  Part of cultivating a good life is knowing that there are so many sweet moments in life despite the trials we face. I am 15 years old. I have a fabulous family including my parents and two brothers. We love goofing off together and just talking. In my short 15 years of life, I […]

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Sep

14th

good life – by andrea williams

  Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing the power of gratitude. It was May 22, 2008. My husband Travis was experiencing some facial numbness so he had an MRI. The scan revealed a brain stem tumor. Today was actually the four-year anniversary of our twin daughter, Ella’s, diagnosis with Leukemia. We had been […]

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Sep

7th

good life – by jenny solar

  Part of cultivating a good life is saying yes to adventure. It all started with our first family road trip five summers ago. We had three kids under the age of four and no ideas about how you’re supposed to travel with kids. So we loaded up our minivan and set out for Colorado. […]

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Aug

31st

good life – by heidi swapp

  Part of cultivating a good life is taking on challenges and seeing them with eyes of gratitude.  It was almost seven years ago when Eric and I packed up our family and relocated to Beijing, China. I remember like it was yesterday. Colton was nine, Cory was eight, Quincy was six, Capri had just turned one, and […]

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Aug

24th

good life – by jenny schoenberger

  Part of cultivating a good life is finding the inner strength you never knew you had. In 1995 I was a single mom and raising my two sons. They were 8 and 9 years old at the time. I became involved in Cub Scouts with my sons, and I happened to meet a wonderful […]

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Aug

17th

good life – by karolyn corey

  Part of cultivating a good life is ensuring each family member feels loved! When my hubby and I were dating and discussing marriage, we talked a lot about our future and what it would look like, especially blending two families. Together we would have five kids – ages 13, 11, 9, 8, and 8. […]

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Aug

10th

good life – by selena sorensen

  Cultivating a good life is not stressing about finding the perfect balance but realizing I am good enough.  When contemplating about what I should write, my thoughts went directly to my current and constant struggle—balancing my life. I am a full-time mommy and wife with a growing photography business. Each week I go over […]

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Aug

3rd

good life – by lauren lundevall

  Part of cultivating a good life is stepping outside of myself and noticing the world around me. Being a teenage girl in this day and age, I face the challenge of going up against the world everyday. I wake up every morning and look in the mirror and see imperfections. But when I look […]

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Jul

27th

good life – by kara layne

  Cultivating a good life means remembering that life is short. It was 1994. My father had gone in for heart surgery and never came out of it. And there my mother stood with arms wrapped around my sisters and I. At the tender age of ten, I experienced the harsh reality of how short life […]

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Jul

20th

good life – by natalie norton

  Part of cultivating a good life is learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I recently overheard the following conversation: Husband: “It says here, ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.’ Well, I must really be living because I’m uncomfortable pretty much all the time!” Wife (in a hilariously sweet little sing song […]

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Jul

13th

good life – by cathy zielske

  Part of cultivating a good life is knowing when to get help. I’m not talking about help with the laundry. I’m talking about developmental help. Hands down, the best decision I have ever made was to start working with a therapist about four years ago. While this may sound super new-age-y and self-congratulatory, it’s […]

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Jul

6th

good life – by annette spaniel

  Part of cultivating a good life is gathering at the table.  Whether it’s a holiday dinner of 25, a family dinner of 3 or 4, a date night for 2, or an evening of take-out alone, I find great value in gathering at the table. Specifically, on a day-to-day basis, the importance of gathering at […]

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Jun

29th

good life – by kevin allgaier

  Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing your talents, then using them to help others. I was raised in a home of giving. Mom gave countless hours each day teaching us life’s lessons, and Dad spent his time tirelessly helping those throughout our community. Their efforts of devotion and dedication did not go unnoticed to those […]

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Jun

22nd

good life – by petra corcoran

  Part of cultivating a good life is learning to find strength even in the hardest of times. I feel fortunate that I have a good life. But it wasn’t always this way. I honestly want for little more than time and to spend as much of it as possible with those I love. When […]

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Jun

15th

good life – by david higgins

  Photo of David and Claire by Bradley Slade for Seeing the Everyday magazine. Part of cultivating a good life is being there for your loved ones. I grew up in a family where both of my grandfathers died when my mom and dad were just teenagers. Both men had cancer and both died relatively quickly (cancer treatment […]

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Jun

8th

good life – by stacy julian

  Part of cultivating a good life is by finding time to play. Addie: Mom, can I jump in that puddle? Mom: Absolutely! Finding a little play everyday is one of the intentions I set for myself in 2014. After several months of practicing play, I’m convinced (again) that it has everything to do with […]

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Jun

1st

good life – by mandy bopp

  Part of cultivating a good life is taking time to invest in others.  As I’ve grown older, I’ve become much more aware of the influence others have had on my life as well as recognizing the impact I could potentially offer for someone else. For the past 15 or so years, I have been […]

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May

25th

good life – by toni chase

Part of cultivating a good life is to realize that we are much stronger than we think. My husband Hugh and I married in 1992 when we were just 22 years old. Five months after we were married, we felt it was the perfect time to start our family. Young, I know. But that decision […]

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May

19th

letting it go

Part of cultivating a good life is being okay when things don’t go as planned. We all know that life is made up of so many variables – mostly the unpredictable variety. We often don’t know what’s coming our way, but I definitely find that I can still be just fine even when the curveballs […]

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May

18th

good life – by noell hyman

Part of cultivating a good life is doing something you love even if you’re too old and it won’t make you any money. I started serious dance training when I was 38, went on pointe when I was almost 40, and became a member of an adult dance company a year after that. You might […]

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May

11th

good life – mother’s day

Part of cultivating a good life is honoring the role of a mother as sacred. My feelings are tender when I think about motherhood. Partly because of the love I have for my own mother. And also because I personally understand the pain that comes with the aching desire to become a mother during years […]

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May

4th

good life – by kari holt

Part of cultivating a good life is continuing to learn and try new things. Several years ago I asked one of my closest friends – who also happened to make the world’s best cinnamon rolls – if she would teach me her secrets. I had always wanted to try and make them on my own […]

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Apr

27th

good life – by brandi nielsen

Part of cultivating a good life is stepping away from technology once in a while. We have 3 young kids. So two years ago, when my husband decided to head up our church family campout, I thought he was crazy. In our 10 years of marriage at that point, we had never been camping. Now […]

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Apr

20th

good life – by shelli gardner

  Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing a Higher Power in your life. I enjoy Bikram yoga and practice at a studio located in a gorgeous garden setting. During the past couple of weeks, I’ve looked out the studio window and watched spring arrive—different flowers pop up almost daily. Spring makes me happy […]

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Apr

13th

good life – by lisa bearnson

Part of cultivating a good life is to just say YES as much as possible! When my children were young, I heard a quote from a wise woman (Marjorie Hinckley) who said: “Whenever possible, say yes; they are only kids once!” I thought long and hard about these words and realized that there are enough […]

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Apr

6th

good life – by wayne mitchell

Part of cultivating a good life is taking the time to create memories with those you love and to support each other in time of need, knowing you can always get through difficult times together. We are all busy. No matter who we are, where we live, or what we do, we are busy. We […]

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Mar

30th

good life – by erin trimble

Part of cultivating a good life is never dismissing a thought to do something nice for another person. I’ve learned over the past few years that you can never go wrong by doing something kind for someone else. I think it’s everyone’s intention to serve and do nice things for others, but we let busyness […]

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Mar

23rd

good life – by vicki allgaier

Part of cultivating a good life is taking time for yourself even with a crazy busy schedule. The year was early 1969. I was a new bride. I had just found out I was pregnant with our first child. I was sick…very sick.  My husband was in medical school and the hours were grueling. That […]

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Mar

16th

good life – sarica cernahous

Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing our self-empowerment to make better choices for ourselves and our loved ones. There are many things in this world that are seemingly beyond our control, and it can sometimes leave us feeling overwhelmed and even helpless. However, we ALWAYS have control in some part of our lives, […]

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Mar

9th

good life – by ali edwards

Part of cultivating a good life is knowing we can make it through hard things. Two years ago my life changed in a million big and little ways when I went through the process of an unwanted divorce. There is nothing easy about divorce, but in our case, through intention, hard work, mutual respect and […]

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Mar

3rd

run for travis

  When David and I were first married – both full-time students and working part-time and adjusting to a new phase of life – we found ourselves blessed enough to be fast friends with a couple other newlywed couples on campus. The Williams and the Kennedys were in our same boat and we had an […]

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Mar

2nd

good life – by tracey clark

Part of cultivating a good life is learning how to reframe things. And by things, I mean anything and everything that might need a little change of perspective. Not everything needs a reframe. Some parts of our lives are fantastic—beautiful, joyful, inspiring—just as they are. But, certainly not every part. I have spent the past […]

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Feb

23rd

good life – by jenny meyerson

Part of cultivating a good life is being grateful despite our circumstances. My daughter Emily was only 18 months old when I was first diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, she has no recollection of that time. After a few scares of recurrence over the last two years and finally clean scans, our family has slowly returned […]

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Feb

16th

good life – by laurie pecotte

Part of cultivating a good life is living in the moment. I’m not talking about getting crazy and throwing all your responsibilities away or not caring about tomorrow. I am talking about really living in the day-to-day moments that mean something and bring us joy. Like many of you, my days are full of things […]

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Feb

9th

good life – by melanie mauer

  Part of cultivating a good life is practicing simplicity. Life felt a little too crowded (that can happen even with good things!) a few years ago. I started studying simplicity. Reading books like Simplicity Parenting (which is wonderful!!), and most anything with simple in the title, really. The word called to me. I wanted to focus […]

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Feb

2nd

good life – by shelby mills

  Part of cultivating a good life is seeing the true beauty in others. I have progressed over the years in my photography skills and have begun to develop my own personal style. What is it that I photograph? It is people, of course. I once heard a quote that said, “If you want to […]

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Jan

26th

good life – by emily ley

Part of cultivating a good life is taking the time to just be silly. Over the past year, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is how important it is to take the time to laugh and just be silly. So often, we become so consumed with meeting the deadlines and finishing the projects and running the […]

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Jan

19th

good life – by chari pack

Part of cultivating a good life is loving yourself for who YOU are. Over the past 5 years I’ve had the opportunity to meet countless creative, strong, impressive, and unique women. Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, Leaders, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and the list goes on. I have observed 2 things: We are all different. We all compare. What […]

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Jan

12th

good life – by wayne allgaier

Part of cultivating a good life is being organized and having priorities. I’m a list guy. One summer evening 23 years ago, when I was at the height of involvement in my profession, community, and church, with a wife and 6 children, I decided I needed to write down a list of priorities in my […]

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Jan

5th

good life – a new series

Part of cultivating a good life is instilling trust in those we love the most. I’ve been thinking a lot about trust. As important as it is to trust others, we also need to trust our instincts on who not to trust. As much as I wish we could trust everyone, that’s not reality. Like […]

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Dec

31st

Hello 2014.

As you know from yesterday’s post, we are gearing up for a remarkable year. There is so much in store for 2014, most of which I haven’t even touched on yet. You’ll be hearing about many fun things the coming weeks and months. I am so grateful that each of you are a part of […]

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Jul

19th

CHA + michaels exclusive core kits

Well, we are officially done announcing all the new products that are launching at the CHA – Summer (Craft & Hobby Association) trade show in Las Vegas next week. They’re now calling this show Create -n- Connect … but regardless of what they’re calling it, we will be there. I will personally be there at […]

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