Listening is Key

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It can be difficult for someone to understand why a victim would stay in a relationship that has become abusive. Domestic violence victims often feel shame and blame when the relationship becomes abusive because in reality, domestic violence is not a single episode and rarely does the abuse begin with physical violence. Abuse is much subtler and slower to escalate, usually beginning with verbal attacks, isolation and controlling behaviors.

It is ...

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Celebrating Milestones

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Already this morning, I’ve been to the pool with my bestie and retread my lips solving all of life’s problems; I’m a solid cup of coffee into my morning and feeling fantastic!  Over the weekend we moved our two adult children into an apartment in Indianapolis and our youngest is now basking in the glow of being “the only child.”  The youngest has already made a plan to take over her brother’s room and turn her own room into a ...

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A Good Life

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I grew up in Nebraska during a time when our state slogan was “Nebraska…The Good Life.”  No matter where you went, you would see this slogan on billboards and smattered around on a variety of tchotchkes and pamphlets intended to remind locals and visitors alike that a good life could be had by all in our great state.

It wasn’t until adulthood that I really started to question what makes up “a good life?”  And to be ...

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Giving Makes a Life

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Amy and I were sitting cross legged on the floor in my room.  You can probably picture the 70s shag carpeting and wooden carpet rake leaning up against the wall.  My Jenny Lind bed and wild modern purple swirl bedspread were the centerpiece of the room.  It was very cool to be 8 in the 1970s.

Our eight year old selves were deeply engrossed in our Barbie play and the Barbie camper was ...

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Ho-Ho Whoa!

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I don’t know if the rest of you live by silly group text messages or not but sometimes there’s a gem that just has to be shared. Our family has a “Family” group that we use to share funny things, logistics about who is where, travel status etc. It’s not really a conversation string—however, last week Isabelle sent out a serious S.O.S. to the family.

“we need to buy our Christmas presents NOW ...

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Lean In

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You ever get stuck in a rut and after a while that rut feels uncomfortable enough that you want to break free?  I’m in one now in my personal life and it’s getting really uncomfortable.  Days feel monotonous and at times like you’re just going through the motions.  Things you set as rituals begin to feel less meaningful.  It’s the wash, rinse, repeat of life.

I’ve been here before and I know that ...

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Start with Why

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This week our organization hosted a virtual fundraising event and our keynote speaker, Lee Prosenjak, from Simon Sinek’s organization, led us through “Start with Why”.  This provided us with the opportunity to think more deeply about WHY we do what we do.  At Family Service Society, Ed Pereira put it best when he said, “We work because every child deserves to be guaranteed these five rights:

  1. To have sufficient food to eat
  2. A physical and emotionally safe place to live
  3. To have sufficient ...
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29,000 Days

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I’ve been doing some thinking.  Always erring on the positive and doing “Lisa Math”, let’s assume we each live for 29,000 days.  That’s 80 years.  Pretty good long life and 29,000 days seems like a lot, right?  To put in perspective how short this timeframe is, the earth has been around for approximately 4.5 billion years.  Oh, and did you know your chance of being born and reading this right now was 1 in 400 trillion?  So, those 29,000 days ...

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Settling

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I’m super strong willed—have been since birth and my mom has the stories to prove it.  As a three year old, I remember my lily white Easter dress with the wide yellow ribbon tied at the waist, my white tights and my white patent leather Mary Jane shoes.  I also remember my mother telling me, in no uncertain terms, to stay out of the creek.  I’m sure my eyes twinkled as I immediately headed for the creek to catch frogs ...

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Be Excellent

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I’ve been privileged to raise two children to adulthood.  While I have experienced all the feelings of joy and frustration while raising my kids, I have not taken for granted the amazing opportunity to observe their becoming.

My oldest daughter, Caroline, is 27 and has set her sights on law school.  Each day she is studying and getting incrementally better at mastering the LSAT—an exam she did well on the first time she took it and knows that if she does ...

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