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Three Cheers for Progress on 2015 Goals

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Welcome to the second quarter of 2015! We’re three months into the new year—how are you doing on your 2015 goals? It’s possible your goals have faded to the background by now. That happens. Mine keep slipping into the shadows, and I’ve had to coax them back into the light…

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Finding Rest as I Run

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Now that we’ve hit the back side of March, I think it is safe to speak of winter drawing to a close. Here in central Illinois, this winter was typical—several weeks of brutal cold and wind along with a fair amount of snow and ice. Not the worst, but bad…

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Creative Work Roundup

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Happy Monday, my friends! It’s a new week and the start of a new month. Two months of 2015 are behind us. It’s day 61 of 365. How is your year going? Are you still focusing on your goals? I think I’m doing well so far. Although I haven’t done…

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Structuring the Creative Life

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Earlier this month, my free-spirited approach to daily life got a bit of a makeover to make space for my creative projects—my manuscript, my blog, the Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, and the Persuasion podcast. Change was necessary, because I, for one, was tired to hearing myself complain about my…

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Off and Running and Not Turning Back

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A new year is upon us, and I, for one, am very happy to welcome it! I feel this way every year, but it’s especially strong this year. Twenty-fourteen has been one of those desert wandering sort of experiences, as if I’m walking in circles, getting nowhere fast, grumbling all…

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Finding the Fire in My [Runner]Belly

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After 12 half marathon races in three years, I think I’ve finally discovered the race mantra that motivates me. I’ve heard and tried all sorts of motivation phrases over the years, such as: Just keep running, just keep running (Dory’s song) Pain is weakness leaving the body Almost there, almost…

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Small Pantry Makeover

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Over the summer, Mike and I got to spend a glorious month in Boulder, Colorado. We basically take our Illinois life and do it there instead of here. It’s a huge treat! (Although the mountains are a huge distraction to my work.) One of the best parts about being away…

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