Jul 22

Emotional Acceptance: The Positive Side of Negative Emotion

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We are all wired with the same set of emotions. Some show theirs better than others. We are hard wired to feel, no matter what we do in this life to try not to feel things; we ultimately are made to feel. When we learn how to have emotional acceptance we begin to see the …

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Jul 17

A Healthy Habit For Happiness


Knowing what you want in life is the first step towards reaching what happiness looks like to you. When we learn to say yes when we mean yes and no when we mean no, we begin to build our lives based on our non-negotiables. Giving clarity to what we are willing to compromise on and …

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Jul 08

11 Ways To Cultivate More Happiness

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People often ask me if I have always been this happy. While it makes me smile to know that people can genuinely see or feel my happiness it wasn’t always so. Not only that, but I definitely still have my days and moments where everything is not unicorns and rainbows. The difference between now and …

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Jul 01

Transformation Starts With A New Beginning

For many, the start of a new month brings with it the hope for new beginnings. I’ve noticed that it seems to be the time of year for the winds of change to blow. With that, I’m reminded that sometimes we need our worlds to be rocked. We need to be rattled, torn down and …

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Jun 24

A Reminder To Let Go

carly benson let go

I recently bought a necklace in Los Angeles. It’s a weathered gold necklace with an old key on the end of it. A key someone used to own to what I would imagine was a mailbox of some kind. I bought the necklace because it had the words “Let Go,” engraved on it. I thought …

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Jun 19

The Game Before The Game

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We’ve all had something in life that we have prepared for or even fought for. Whether it was a goal, an event, training for something or a dream we are chasing. When I recently watched the Beats By Dre World Cup commercial, I could not help but be inspired and to ultimately question my faith. …

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Jun 10

An Exercise For Living In The Present Moment

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Living in the present moment is a practice that takes time, real mindfulness and it must be exercised like anything else you are trying to build upon. During a meditation and prayer time, I stumbled upon an exercise for living in the present moment that has started a shift in my life and helped me …

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Jun 04

Things Are Not Always As They Seem

naples fl beach

A couple weeks ago during prayer I heard a message that said: Things are not always as they seem. I couldn’t pin point what it was in reference to until I went for a long walk on the beach the other day. I’ve been coming to the same beach for half my life. I’ve done …

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May 28

Fear Is Beauty Disguised

angels landing zion national park

This past week I hiked Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. It’s well known as one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the country and it’s also pretty strenuous. I’m relatively athletic and have an extreme affection for adventure, but I have to be honest in saying I was pretty scared to climb it. …

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May 20

Our Thoughts Lead Our Lives

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Sometimes I write in the moment when I’m feeling inspired. The following is an excerpt from my iPhone notes from last February that I just stumbled upon. I think I was traveling to NYC and this came over me – a raw and unedited stream of consciousness about how our thoughts lead our lives. As …

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May 12

Let Peace Be Your Guide

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As I was watching Joel Osteen a couple weekends ago, he touched on something that really resonated with me. His sermon challenged the audience to see how closely they are listening to the subtle clues that come from within each and everyday. He nailed it when he said, “Let peace be your guide.” When I …

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May 07

Just Be Patient


As I was enjoying my morning coffee and quiet time a couple weeks ago, thinking and praying, I found myself getting very caught up in the future. Trying to plan things out and make a road map for exactly what I was going to do, where I wanted to go, and how I wanted things …

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