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My One Word For 2017: Mindful

Jan 16th, 2017

I want this to be a year of awareness. I want to acknowledge how things make me think and feel so I can modify my behavior. But further, I want to be mindful of my surroundings. I want to know what is happening in the lives of those around me. I want to know what’s going on in my church and my community and respond gracefully and appropriately.

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How To Be Helpful, For Those Who Aren’t (Like Me)

Jul 24th, 2016

I used to be mean. (Okay, I still am.) Not the nasty, talk about you behind your back mean. Or the pull your hair and spit in your face physical mean. Not even the call you names mean. I was the uncompassionate and unhelpful kind of mean.

My One Word for 2016: Discipline.

Jan 1st, 2016

On a spectrum ranging from complete laziness to industrious burn out, I find a billion and one reasons not to do something, even if it is something I desperately want to do. Lawlessness is the silver spoon I use to sample each and every one of those problematic motives. Every bite is followed by the repulsive aftertaste of self-loathing; yet, I keep going back for more.

What is wrong with me?

It’s time to put the spoon down and step away from the table. This knowledge necessitates change. So I am making discipline my one word for 2016 (while noting the irony).

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Tanya, Not Polly

Feb 4th, 2015

From conception, my life has been rooted in defiance, as if I was created from equal measure of contradiction and spite. Instead of head down, I was breech. Instead of a boy, I was a girl. Instead of being too small, I was very large. Instead of an amiable Paulina Francis, my mom brought home a ornery Tanya Sue, and that was all within 72 hours of my first breath.

My One Word :: STEADFAST

Jan 10th, 2015

If January is a month of beginnings, then December is a month of reflection. I have wandered in retrospect through the past year trying to piece together happenstance into something tangible. I have sought patterns in both my shortcomings and successes to find what I can learn and where I can improve. Truth be told, I feel like there is more to improve than celebrate. We…