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From Forgiveness to Thanksgiving

Traci

Pain. Hurt. Betrayal. Suffering. Most don't walk many days in their adult lives (or even in their lives period) without experiencing pain. Whether it's intentional or not, we humans have a way of hurting each other. We betray our word to ourselves and others, we cause pain, and we enact suffering. I, too, have experienced pain multiple times in my life. 2015 was one of my most difficult. It was a betrayal and pain that impacted my husband and my children which was part of the incredible intensity of the hurt and the ramifications continued into 2016.

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Inspired Thought

Traci

Have you ever had a million dollar idea? Not just the idea of winning a million dollars from the lottery or the McDonalds Monopoly game, but an actual, original million dollar idea? Regardless of how creative your think you are (or aren't), most people have had at least one million dollar idea. I have had many. From hotels to unique clothing (nose warmer) to kitchen gadgets, I have had a number of ideas that could have earned a million dollars.

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The Yellow Chair

Traci

My husband and I recently began a 13-week goal challenge. We are using the Best Self Journal as our format. When getting started there is information to read that helps in thinking through what big goals to set, what sub goals will help get there, and what main action steps will result in the accomplishment of those goals. One of the other things to set up before beginning the challenge is a morning and evening routine.

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Substitute

Traci Castaneda

Recently I completed all of the mounds of paperwork to become a substitute teacher in the school district where we live. My own kids are in the Intermediate school (4th-5th grade), middle school, and high school and those are the schools where I chose to sub. I want to sub because it allows me to connect to our new community. In the few short weeks I have subbed, I have met countless students, teachers, and staff in our district. They are awesome people and I enjoy getting to know them. I am also here because . . .

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Benefit of the Doubt

Traci

Last week my daughter, Celina, worked on a hand-written letter (with a colored picture) to the two ladies who serve lunch at her school. It was kind and sweet. She thanked them for fixing the food and also mentioned some of her favorites. I didn't think much about the note because every once in a while she will write a note to her teacher.

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Braces or No Braces

Traci

Tuesday, January 19, at 10:20am my beautiful daughter Bethany was scheduled to get her braces off. She is about one month shy of having had her braces for 18 months. This process was much quicker than anticipated, but getting them off was still very exciting. Bethany has been counting down the days since her December appointment, when Dr. Schultz told her the thrilling news:

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Say "Yes!"

Traci

Imagine with me for a minute what it would be like to tell your children (or your spouse, boss, or co-workers) "yes" in response to all of their questions today. And beyond the "yes" words, actually allowing the answer to be yes and permission to be fully given for what they requested. The first time I was presented with this thought, my kids were young . . .

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My One Word: Heal

Traci

One word: Heal. This is my word for 2016. (Read more about choosing a word HERE). My desire is to experience deep healing throughout this year. In order to live the extraordinary life, be all that God made me to be, and do all that God designed me to do I must experience real, authentic, and deep healing.

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Word

Traci

It is common in recent years to choose a word for the year. It has probably been popular for ages, but I have seen it in books, blogs, and heard it spoken about more often recently. I have been doing something similar with my mastermind team for the past eight years. We make contract statements. For example, "I am a Joyful, Positive, Forgiving Woman."

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Tears

Traci

“Tears are words that need to be written.” -Paulo Coelho I believe I shed more tears in 2015 than I have in my entire life combined. I often put those tears into words - prayers and cries to God, conversations with family and friends, conversations with people I barely knew, and in the pages of my journal. A few times I expressed my words through this blog, but more often I couldn't find the words to express the heart-felt tears that frequently flowed. 2015 was tough.

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Against the Wind

Traci

I completed the couch to 5k (C25K) training program a few weeks ago. I absolutely love the app since it tells me when to run, when to walk, when my workout is halfway complete, and even congratulates me when I am done. It took me much longer than the allotted 8 weeks, but I did finish and then ran a 5k in 31 minutes. The next thing I did after completing this training was a little outside my personal workout box:

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Someday is Not a Day of the Week!

Traci

Do you have dreams? Are there things you have been wanting to do, or things you know without doubt you are called to do, but you haven't gotten around to them yet? Dreams and desires without action are just wishes, hopes, and fantasies. Without action now, your dreams will still be sitting on the shelf unfulfilled when you leave this earth.

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Something Greater at Work

Traci

My ache for your pain would not be as real, honest, and deep as it is without the pain I have endured the past few years. I have not endured your same pain or your same circumstance, but the pain (my pain) that I have experienced has built within me compassion for those who are hurting in all areas. My eyes see your pain differently.

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Little Orange Leaf

Traci

It is a new season . . . fall. I love fall and the changes it brings. . .

Fall colors are amazing. I love the oranges, reds, browns, and splashes of yellow. I decorate my home with these warm, beautiful colors.

The weather is changing. Today, where I live, the temperature is 13 degrees lower than yesterday.

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