The Five Areas of Life You Should Not Neglect

This is a guest post from Tom Elliott. Tom is an inspirational speaker, comedian and magician on a mission to help people live life more fully. When he’s not traveling, Tom loves spending time at home with his wife Natalie, daughter Abigail and his cat Jeffrey. You can find out more about Tom at www.tom-elliott.org or connect with him on Facebook or Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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Life is full of pressures and commitments that distract us from investing in the core elements of a life well-lived. The problem this presents us with is that we then miss out on a life of wholeness that is available to us. If only we had a bit of discipline and advance planning, we could live life more fully.

5 Ways Being Broken and Homeless Changed My Family

At the beginning of this month we took our first family road trip vacation in years. My wife and kids and my parents packed up two cars full of stuff and headed west. We were headed to spend time with my brother and his family in Missouri. But this was a trip that almost didn’t happen.

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We had an amazing time. The words I kept hearing from our kids were “epic family vacation!” I have to agree, although I didn’t think it would happen. Shortly after the trip was initially planned we found out that our daughter had a national track meet the same week.

3 Changes For Less Stress This Year

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This is a guest post from Chris Goodchild. Chris lives in Cranbrook, UK where he is husband to Candy and Dad to four boys. He’s a writer and problem solver and believes that every marriage can be even better. Today he shares three easy-to-implement changes to achieve less stress in life. You can read more of Chris’ writings at ChrisGoodchild.co.uk and connect on Twitter at @WorkingMarried. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

I slumped helpless, hopeless into my seat. “Oh God…” I whispered; it was as much as I could say. My head buried in my hands hid the tears that forced themselves through clenched eyelids. What had I done? They didn’t deserve to be treated like that – no one does.

Work had been getting on top of me for months. The pressure was building. Once I had enjoyed it. The variety, the challenge, and the people. But now… it was different. Every day I woke with that nauseous feeling in the pit of my stomach. The tension in my chest – at times I felt like it would crush me.

My 40th Birthday! 5 Ways to Best Handle Turning 40

So, this past Sunday, I hit the big 4-0. I’m gonna let that sink in for a minute (let it sink in for me, not you). I am now 40-years-old. I’m not sure what to say about it.

My 40th Birthday: 5 Ways to Best Handle Turning 40 - Jackie Bledsoe

I honestly didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal. I’ve never been big on milestone dates, years, or whatever. I’ve just always had this “it is what it is” type of approach to it.

Why We Need More Redeemed Families Instead of Perfect Families

Last night my wife and I went to see Irreplaceable the Movie. Irreplaceable is a Focus on the Family documentary directed by Tim Sisarich about family, and how it has seemingly lost its meaning in our modern culture. After watching a few YouTube trailers about it, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it was going to be about.

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My assumption was it was going to document the important, almost irreplaceable role that father’s play in family. It was about that, but it was so much more! There were so many things that jumped out at me that I can’t even begin to mention them all in one blog post.

In-Between Your Wedding Day and the Marriage of Your Dreams

You get married, go on your honeymoon, and your marriage is the most amazing thing you could ever dream of.  It makes you think, “why did I not do this sooner??”  We all know that is far from the truth.  Some have reached this dream marriage state.  For those of us who have not, what happens in-between?

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