Category: Giving

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Monday 14th August 2017

We can’t do EVERY-thing. We can do SOME-thing.

We can't do EVERY-thing. We can do SOME-thing.

This is one of the most heartbreaking photos I have ever taken. Take a look: When I snapped the photo, I thought I was seeing miniature pottery bowls drying on mats in a Haitian village. I asked our translator if I was correct. “No, those aren’t bowls,” he said. “They’re mud ...

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Tuesday 7th February 2017

How To Find a Way Out of Your Darkest Dark

How To Find a Way Out of Your Darkest Dark

The year I chased after happiness more than ever before, was — in many ways — a year of yuck. It was beset by sickness, loss, doubt, second-guessing, loneliness, and more. That is just weird, isn’t it? Yet my author-friends had warned me about this. They said that sometimes, ...

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Tuesday 1st November 2016

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

A 7-Day Challenge Guaranteed to Make You Smile

The other day, I was on the verge of having another anxiety attack — the same kind that I wrote about in my book The Happiness Dare. I could feel it coming on — an overwhelming sense of heart-pounding panic, difficulty breathing, dizziness. There wasn’t any one thing that set ...

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Monday 2nd May 2016

flowers are for the living (plus a $100 giveaway)

flowers, bouquet, FTD

I grew up in a little town with a lot of old folks, and it seemed like every other week, Mom walked us uptown to the old funeral chapel, where we’d say goodbye to another of our old friends, who’d taken the offramp toward heaven. The sight of our old friends in velvet-lined boxes ...

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Tuesday 4th August 2015

#TellHisStory: Rock Bottom, the Color Purple, and a GIVEAWAY

#TellHisStory: Rock Bottom, the Color Purple, and a GIVEAWAY

The purple grabbed my attention. Dozens of bottles — in shades of violet and plum and lilac — glistened under the lights of an antique store in North Carolina, where I attended a retreat with girlfriends. I lingered a long time near the purple bottles, touching the tops of them, ...

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Tuesday 21st July 2015

#TellHisStory: The Easiest Way to Let People Know They Matter

#TellHisStory: The Easiest Way to Let People Know They Matter

It’s my fourth birthday, and Mom stands on the hem of my memory. I’m playing musical chairs with cherry-cheeked friends in the next room. And I think I see Mom on the edge, putting candles in a cake while standing barefoot in the kitchen. But it’s all so fuzzy. Fast-forward to another ...

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Tuesday 14th July 2015

#TellHisStory: What It Really Means to Have Compassion

Struggling Girl, Sudan, Kevin Carter

The museum was closing in half an hour, and I knew we wouldn’t want to miss the Pulitzer Prize Photography Gallery on the first floor. The gallery includes prints of every Pulitzer-Prize winning photograph taken since 1942. We moved slowly along the wall, lingering at each image, all of ...

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