50+ Quotes to Live By When You are Feeling Stressed 50+ Quotes to Live By When You are Feeling Stressed I am in the process of healing from chronic stress and its adverse effects on my mental and physical health. It has been over two years since my healing journey formally began, and I’m getting better little-by-little, day-by-day, but I…

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Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control I am in the process of recovering from chronic stress. It has been two years and one month since my recovery journey formally began, and I’m getting better little-by-little, day-by-day, but I still have a long road of recovery ahead…

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How Chronic Stress Nearly Took My Life and How I Took It Back How Chronic Stress Nearly Took My Life and How I Took It Back Chronic stress nearly destroyed my life before I became aware of its presence and started taking steps to remove it from my life. It has been two years and one month since I started the recovery process, and I’m getting…

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5 Tips to Eat Healthier When Life is Stressful 5 Tips to Eat Healthier When Life is Stressful When you’re in the midst of a stressful situation, it can be hard to think about cooking a meal, let alone choosing a meal with nutritious ingredients. Often you’re in a hurry and grab the first thing you see in…

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Choosing to Live a Contemplative Lifestyle_Small-Town Girl at Heart Choosing to Live a Contemplative Lifestyle Originally Written: June 7, 2017 Published: February 9, 2021 This week I’ve been reading the chapter on contemplative prayer in Matt Woodley’s book, The Folly of Prayer, and this chapter has really hit home for me. I have been feeling…

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A Christmas to Remember, Small-Town Girl at Heart A Christmas to Remember A couple of weeks ago, I mailed out a few handmade Christmas cards to family and friends who I won’t be able to visit this Christmas. I wanted to send them a few words of encouragement and to let them…

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Cultivating a Thankful Heart Cultivating a Thankful Heart during Hard Times I’m especially thankful for my family. We have been through a lot together and we have had (and still have) more than our share of hardships, but those hardships have bonded us together like glue, and not just any ordinary…

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You are Loved, Small-Town Girl at Heart You are Loved Imagine reading the words, “You were created to be loved,” at a time when you feel like nobody loves you. Then imagine hearing a whisper in your ear, “Lovely child, I love you,” after spending years believing the lie that…

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Rose-Coloured Glasses - Small-Town Girl at Heart Taking Off My Rose-Coloured Glasses Reflections on Systematic Racism and Oppression in Canada Have you heard the phrase “looking through rose-coloured glasses?” It is an idiom that has been used since the 1840’s to describe a way of looking at life with optimism and cheerfulness.…

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First Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask A Self-Care Journey, Part 3 Last week I shared an article about what self-care is and what it is not (see blog post here) and the week before I shared a story of my own self-care journey (see blog post…

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Self-Care: That Thing You Do To Keep the Motor Running Self-Care: That Thing You Do To Keep the Motor Running Last week I shared a story about my own struggles with self-care and how I fell prey to the lie that productivity is the key to success (see blog post here). Today, I want to explain what self-care is and…

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The Lies Productivity Whispers in Your Ear, A Self-Care Journey The Lies Productivity Whispers in Your Ear I’m terrible at self-care and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I never really understood what self-care is. I’ve always had this impression of self-care as “girly-girl” activities, such as manicures, pedicures, facials, spas, hair dos, body sugaring, etc……

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Mother's Day without Mom, Small-Town Girl at Heart A Mother’s Day without Mom Mother’s Day during a pandemic is new territory for many of us, although the absence of our mothers may be familiar territory for a few of us. Some of us have the opportunity to live in the same house with…

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Be Still_Finding Peace in Times of Trouble_Small-Town Girl at Heart Be Still: Finding Peace in Times of Trouble A little more than three weeks ago, I had a panic attack as the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic pressed down on me. Prior to this, I hadn’t given the pandemic much thought. The lockdowns haven’t inconvenienced me all that…

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The Stress Monster Cover The Stress Monster Do you remember the opening scene in Star Wars: A New Hope when Darth Vader grips a crewmember aboard Princess Leia’s ship in a chokehold as he asks questions about where the transmission with the Death Star plans are? Stress…

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Social Distancing 25 Ways to Stay Social While Social Distancing The Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) that is currently affecting the world has dramatically changed the way we interact with other people… When uncertain and difficult times charge the air like static electricity, we are susceptible to shocks of fear and doubt.…

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Stuck on a Crazy Train_Small-Town Girl at Heart Stuck on a Crazy Train Originally Published: March 22, 2020 Revised: January 22, 2021 There’s a song by Ozzy Osbourne with a line in the chorus that goes, “I’m going off the rails on a crazy train.” For about a year and a half, I…

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Not An All Weather Road Sign Not an All Weather Road I have always had an explorative spirit, although it has simmered down a little over the years because my husband, “Teddy,” doesn’t care to explore. He grew up in the city all his life and never had the privilege of…

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Village Well, Tarlac, Philippines A Well of Hope a Philippines Travel Experience A year ago this week, I went on a vacation I will never forget. My husband and I joined several members of his family (immediate and extended) on a trip to the Philippines to visit the…

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A New Year To Be_Small-Town Girl at Heart A New Year to Be Originally Published: December 29, 2019 Revised: December 30, 2020 It’s that time of year when we take some time to look back on what we accomplished in the past year and to plan what we will accomplish in the next…

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The Christmas List, Small-Town Girl at Heart The Christmas List *Disclaimer: “The Christmas List” is a work of fiction and does not represent any real people or charitable organizations. It was four weeks before Christmas and I still hadn’t finished writing my Christmas list. Mom wanted it on her desk…

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A Heart That Grew Three Sizes - Small-Town Girl at Heart A Heart That Grew Three Sizes Originally Published: December 15, 2019 Revised: December 14, 2020 The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth all the stress, extra work and late nights. Don’t get me wrong: I love…

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Sweeter Than Chocolate, Small-Town Girl at Heart Sweeter Than Chocolate When I was a child, Christmas was the most anticipated season of the year.  It couldn’t have been a happier time—with the setting up of the Christmas tree and decorations; the hours spent in the wet snow building snowmen, forts,…

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Christmas Angel, Small-Town Girl at Heart Christmas Angel When I was thirteen, I met an angel, named Wayne, two days before Christmas in 1998 following a car accident involving my aunt, my two sisters, and me during our last-minute Christmas shopping expedition to downtown Winnipeg.  The traffic on…

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01_Ferris_Wheel_2011 Control Freak I loved going to the carnival when I was a kid. There was something so entrancing about the carnival—it was a whole new world full of wonder. There was popcorn and cotton candy, hotdogs and nachos, mini donuts and pork…

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Love is All You Do_Small-Town Girl at Heart Love is All You Do Originally Published: October 20, 2019 Revised: February 4, 2021 In the summer of 1967 the Beatles released a song titled “All You Need Is Love,” which reached international success and became the anthem for the “flower power” hippie movement over…

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Giving Thanks Small-Town Girl at Heart Giving Thanks Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend in Canada, which means it’s that time of year for me to contemplate what I’m thankful for. Usually I have no trouble making a list, but these last few years I have felt it…

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A Boomerang Called Kindness, Small-Town Girl at Heart A Boomerang Called Kindness The subject of kindness has been tugging at my heartstrings for a number of years, but it has tugged the hardest most recently when my husband and I walked by an elementary school in our neighborhood and found laminated pink…

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New Beginnings, Small-Town Girl at Heart New Beginnings J.P. Morgan once said, “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” As I write this blog entry, I have finally decided to not stay where I’ve been for the past…

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50+ Quotes to Live By When You are Feeling Stressed

50+ Quotes to Live By When You are Feeling Stressed

I am in the process of healing from chronic stress and its adverse effects on my mental and physical health. …

Read More
Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control

Chronic Stress: What It Does to Your Health and How to Get It under Control

I am in the process of recovering from chronic stress. It has been two years and one month since my …

Read More
How Chronic Stress Nearly Took My Life and How I Took It Back

How Chronic Stress Nearly Took My Life and How I Took It Back

Chronic stress nearly destroyed my life before I became aware of its presence and started taking steps to remove it …

Read More
5 Tips to Eat Healthier When Life is Stressful

5 Tips to Eat Healthier When Life is Stressful

When you’re in the midst of a stressful situation, it can be hard to think about cooking a meal, let …

Read More
Choosing to Live a Contemplative Lifestyle_Small-Town Girl at Heart

Choosing to Live a Contemplative Lifestyle

Originally Written: June 7, 2017 Published: February 9, 2021 This week I’ve been reading the chapter on contemplative prayer in …

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A Christmas to Remember, Small-Town Girl at Heart

A Christmas to Remember

A couple of weeks ago, I mailed out a few handmade Christmas cards to family and friends who I won’t …

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