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Healing

When I was a teenager, my life was full of anger, hatred and resentment. I couldn’t wait to get out of my cruel, sometimes violent home life. I stuffed down a lot of my feelings during these years because I wasn’t “allowed” to feel them. When I finally got free at 18 and moved out, I thought I was leaving my past behind. I thought wrong.

The trauma from the past resurfaces from time to time. Our minds are such incredible supercomputers, lighting fast and efficient at knowing what we need to live fully. We are automatically hardwired to live the way our Creator designed us to live.

Wounds from the past bubble to the top, and we can either face them or stuff them back down. They will return, but our brains know when to allow them to resurface. The wounds appear when we are ready to heal from them. The timing is perfect. Trust the timing…

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Friday the 13th

In western culture, the number 13 is considered to represent bad luck. The “cursed” number takes its reputation from Norse mythology.

Luck doesn’t really exist except in our minds. If luck was real then life would be a series of random events. I believe there is a Divine Order to our lives that is bigger than anything we can understand.

Embrace everything that happens to you in life, even the bad stuff. When you accept that there is no randomness, only structure, it makes the bad things easier to navigate. A little easier, anyway…

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Seek Help

We are independent, aren’t we? Self-sufficiency is a sign that you’ve “made it.”

Yet the struggles of daily life remain. Sometimes the challenges we face may seem insurmountable. We try to face it alone because we’re capable of taking care of ourselves.

There may be times when we need help. There’s no shame in seeking someone to come alongside you to help you through a difficult period. In fact, it demonstrates strength to know when you need others.

You are not alone, unless you choose to be…

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Volunteering

If you are reading this, take a moment to thank the Creator for all the goodness in your life. Every good thing comes from God. This includes our minds, sight, air to breathe, good friends and family, and so much more.

I believe it’s important to help others. The needs of mankind are huge and overwhelming, yet collectively we make a difference. God uses us to do His work on earth. He places others in our paths as opportunities to serve.

Here’s a picture of me from yesterday, May 6, volunteering at a golf event which raised over $100,000 for pediatric brain cancer research. I met so many wonderful people who have been impacted by this horrible disease, yet they continue fighting to find a cure.

My recent podcast guest, Melissa Fleming who lost her son to brain cancer.

Find a cause you believe in and immerse yourself in it. You can help make a difference…

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How We Treat Others

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Sounds easy, right? But some people can be downright difficult to treat kindly.

I have to ask myself, am I one of those people? Am I stubborn, ill-tempered or rude? If the answer is yes, then I need to work on myself. We will treat others in the way we love ourselves.

A healthy self-acceptance will be reflected by our words and our actions. Take inventory, and corrective action if necessary…

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My Interview With Viktoria Romanova

Viktoria Romanova had only been in The United States for a short period of time when she had a nightmare. She dreamed that her two-year-old daughter, Eva, had a blood disease. Viktoria’s dream proved to be prophetic because soon after Eva was diagnosed with leukemia.

In our interview we discuss the hellish two years + of chemotherapy, the anger and fear Viktoria felt after being told Eva had less than 24 hours to live, and we learn about the wonderful work The Make-A-Wish Foundation does.

Click on the link to watch. Please hit the ‘Subscribe’ button: The Determined People Podcast

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Science

Nowadays it seems that everyone is a “scientist.” During the pandemic, we continually heard “follow the science.” That’s easier said than done.

Science changes. Viruses mutate. What I love about science is that there are no definitive answers, only more questions. For a curious soul like myself, this feeds my sense of curiosity.

Science is a great reminder for us to question everything. Don’t believe everything you hear on TV, and question everything that comes out of a politician’s mouth. God gave us an incredible gift called our minds. Follow and believe His word, and question everything else!

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Keep Going…

We live in an imperfect world, where failures, frustrations and setbacks come our way. It seems like every time we get our lives together we only get knocked down again.

That’s okay. No matter what you see on social media, everyone has struggles. The most perfect-looking people are dealing with stuff we don’t know about. It’s important to remember, we are in this beautiful life together. Encourage others. Strengthen them. And when you find yourself in a battle, keep going, no matter what…

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