Posts By: dukeslee

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Tuesday 6th December 2016

Six Steps to a Guilt-Free Christmas

guilt-free Christmas, preapproved Christmas

In our early years as a family, I transformed our house into a winter wonderland every Christmas. I set up tiny ceramic villages on fake snow. I baked (and burnt) dozens of cookies, mailed an avalanche of Christmas cards, purchased far too many gifts, and decked the halls to the point of ...

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Friday 2nd December 2016

How Social Media Can Make You Happy <---- You Read that Right!

Five Minutes to a Happier You

Do That Happy Thing – When Surface Pleasures Produce Meaningful Treasures By Becky Keife I heard the familiar br-rring of my Voxer app letting me know a new message had arrived. (If you don’t know about Voxer, think instant voice messaging ala adult walkie-talkies.) I pressed the play button ...

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Thursday 17th November 2016

3 truths to help you finish strong this week

3 truths to help you finish strong this week

1. You Are Strong Is this week just a little too much for you? Maybe, right now, you’re sitting on the other side of a really awful medical diagnosis. Or you’re struggling with chronic pain, a layoff, a bad breakup, or a terrible misunderstanding with someone you love. Or this: Family’s ...

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Tuesday 15th November 2016

Raising Confident Kids in an Approval-Seeking World (Book Giveaway!)

Raising Confident Kids in an Approval-Seeking World (Book Giveaway!)

Friends, I am so excited to have Kari Kampakis on the blog today. She’s an advocate for teen girls and has dedicated so much of her life helping them get in touch with their truest identity. Today, we celebrate the release of her latest book, Liked: Who’s Approval Are You Living ...

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Monday 14th November 2016

The Spiritual Practice of Tucking Away

The Spiritual Practice of Tucking Away

I spent the last 72 hours tucked away in a retreat center in the woods. No Facebook. No news. Not much awareness of what was happening in the world. Some might say I was practicing avoidance or escapism. I say I was saving my sanity. All weekend long, the spiritual directors at the retreat ...

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Monday 7th November 2016

How to Be Worry-Free in Times Like These – #TellHisStory

How to Be Worry-Free in Times Like These - #TellHisStory

It was 11:58 p.m. on December 31, 1999. Most people I knew were just minutes away from “partying like it was 1999.” It was New Year’s Eve, baby. And it was a big one. Meanwhile, I sat at my work desk on full alert, eyes glued to my computer screen. I sat in a newsroom […]

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Friday 4th November 2016

How To Find Joy When Your Story Isn’t Tied Up With a Pretty Bow

How To Find Joy When Your Story Isn't Tied Up With a Pretty Bow

It’s my pleasure to turn over my blog today to my sweet friend Melinda Means. She’s an author, speaker, and a true warrior. For her, finding true joy has been a hard-fought battle. You won’t want to miss her encouraging words today. A couple months ago, I traveled to Florida ...

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