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Career and career guidance in the Nordic countries – Adventures in Career Development – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I’m really excited to announce that we’ve just published a new book entitled Career and Career Guidance in the Nordic Countries. I’m a co-editor of the volume with my wonderful Nordic colleagues Eric Hagaseth Haug, Jaan Kettunen and Rie Thomsen. It has been a privilege to work with the other editors and all of the contributors to the volume to create this summary of all of the career guidance work that is going on in the Nordic countries. In this…

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Book Giveaway, HumanKind: You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry (Really!) – Happiness Article

As I write this, I’m having one of those days. I feel so agitated it’s like there’s a tornado under my skin, yet so drained it took me five minutes to get my fingers to start typing words. I’m guessing I’m not alone in feeling a lot of intense emotions as of late, in a homebound life in this highly uncertain world. To be honest, I always experience intense emotions, but today it’s felt like someone poured gas on the…

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Prayer Walk: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

The Prayer Walk is a physical prayer. If you’re new to physical, body-oriented prayers, an introduction is in order. Our perception of the world and our bodies change with each other, even if we don’t know it. Our bodies react to stressful situations by increasing heart rate and breath, and sweating, even though we’re not doing any physical activity. We tend to unconsciously stand taller with better posture when we’re feeling confident, maybe in new clothes or after nailing a…

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12 Powerful Ways to Trust Yourself — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

As you start to trust yourself, you discover that you no longer need others to validate you, your choices and your life. In fact, you never needed their validation and approval. Your trust was always enough! ~ Luminita D. Saviuc I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you, but a few years ago I had this inner knowing that I was going to write a book.   I had no idea how I was going to publish it and how…

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Books I’m Reading to Welcome in the New Year – Self Improvement Article

Like many of us, each year I come up with a word that best embodies my intention for the year to come. As many of you know, 2019 was an extremely hard year for me that was filled with a lot of loss and health issues. Throughout the year, I felt overwhelmed, overtaxed, and oftentimes just over it all. And I wanted to make sure to go into 2020 with a fresh start, a clean page, and a new beginning.…

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Free Soul Clarity Message! Plus, a giveaway, a free writing class, and more! – Self Improvement Article

*** Thank you so much, everyone! I’ll be back next month with more readings! *** Happy 2020! I’m so excited about the possibility of this year, and I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds for us all. Each month, I pull one Soul Clarity Card for each person who leaves a comment below. This month, please feel free to interpret it as your card for the month or your card for the year. (You’ll know by how it resonates…

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Contemplation Exercise: Here I Am Prayer – Spiritual Article

Contemplation is the stillness we need to be aware of God’s presence. Jesuit theologian Walter Burghart calls it “the long, loving look at the Real.” It is long because our relationship with God (like our relationships with people) takes time. We must devote ample time to this Person we love. It is loving because we need to shed our judgments and fears and open ourselves to love just as we are. It is a look because we must face it.…

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Prayer of the Heart: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

Let’s sit down and listen to our heart. Western culture tends to reward quick-thinking, fast, type-A people — but the constant distractions in our environment can make it hard to hear that one small voice we associate with God. Hearing that voice requires setting aside some time to focus, which helps us build our relationship with the Spirit, quiet our minds, shed our judgments and fears, and open ourselves to love just the way we are. We are constantly being…

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Prayer Exercise: Where Can We Find Faith In Media? – Spiritual Article

Media’s place in our lives goes beyond the “Star Wars” prayer we tried a few months ago. In our ever-connected culture, we spend a lot of time consuming various media. Since it has so much influence, even in daily conversation, we ought to take some time to intentionally analyze what we watch rather than merely consume it.  We can find meaning in the stories from popular culture. Sometimes we even feel the Spirit of God move in and among us…

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Breath Prayer: An Excerpt From ’50 Ways To Pray’ – Spiritual Article

It is easy in our busy lives to begin to think that we “have” bodies rather than that we “are” bodies. All of our experience of God is filtered through some aspect of our bodies — usually involving our mind at some point. It makes perfect sense, then, to acknowledge and intentionally include our bodies in prayer. That includes breath. In Jewish and Christian thought, breath is closely related to Spirit. The Hebrew word ruach means breath, spirit and wind,…

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Revealed! Some of My Favorite Illustrations from the Book “Outer Order, Inner Calm.” – Self Improvement Article

With each book I write, I think, “I’ll never have as much fun writing a book again.” And then I love the next book project even more. Many aspects of writing Outer Order, Inner Calm made it particularly enjoyable. In it, I use a very accessible, concise approach. This book is meant to be read quickly, to get you fired up to clear clutter. I was inspired by a book whose structure I’ve always admired: Michael Pollan’s Food Rules. I’d always…

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It Can Be Easy

We were on a call the other day with some of the writers in our Your Soulful Book program, and someone mentioned how, as an experiment, she tried speaking her book instead of writing it. She figured that since speaking came more easily to her than writing, this method was worth trying out. And it worked for her! The words flowed out, and she soon found herself with several chapters for her book! She then used a program to transcribe…

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