How to Put First Things First in 2018

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By Leigh Byers, DBA, Executive Director of Wellspring

 

Is the journey of our lives a compilation of circumstances that happen to which we react, or circumstances which we bring about through proactive choices?  The answer is both.  We have no control over the circumstances to which we are born, where and who we live with as a child, the world systems around us, etc. The list can go on and on.  However, the realms of our minds and spirits are ones in which we can be proactive.  These realms are places that intentional change is possible.  Our minds, coupled with our wills, can be changed.  Our spirits coupled with our willingness to submit, can be transformed. What is the one intentional habit that can be embraced in 2018 to start the wheels of change?  A devotional life—reading, reflection, and prayer.

 

As a young Christian over 25 years ago, I wrestled wi ...

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The Path to Success Includes Failure

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By Tova J. Kreps, LCSW, President & Co-Founder of Wellspring

It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings… again!!!! As I prepare to teach this month on the radio and in our upcoming seminar about Healthy Habits, I am working on my own habits in order to try to “practice what I preach. I can’t help but be struck by the fact that I have tried to start some of these same habits for decades. I find myself tempted to focus on my failures and to give up before I even get started. But not this time! One of the major changes I have made in my own recent habit-forming efforts is to give myself permission to fail. Let me share with you six key points about how and why to use failure as your teacher instead of your accuser.

 

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    • emotional health
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    • empowerment
    • influence for good
    • mental health
    • power
    • resiliency
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10 Practical Strategies to Have “Happy Holidays”

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by Monica Snyder, LMFT 

“Happy Holidays!” greet your friends, colleagues and even strangers while you are out and about. What does that conjure up for you? Some of us have high expectations for sparkling lights, presents, meaningful remembrances and happy times with families. Others of us, though, also anticipate stressful schedules, dread for unhappy gatherings or reminders of loss.

How can you actually plan to have happy holidays? Here are 10 practical ways to increase your chances of being happy this season.

  • Focus on God. God Himself commanded us in the Bible to celebrate feasts to rest from our daily chores, to focus on what He has done for us, and to teach our children to do the same. Focusing on God helps us keep a right perspective on the “reason for the season”.
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    • Love and Relationships
    • Stress and Anxiety

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    • holidays
    • love
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    • parenting
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