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5 Ways to Cultivate a Heart of Joy

The key to a happy life is the simplicity of the soul.  So it’s time to eradicate our self importance.  One of the greatest ways of doing that is through laughing.  And laughing a lot.  Chesterton reminds us that “angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” ...

Underrated + Lovable Christmas Films

From a little girl to well into my early twenties, I always savored the evenings during the season where my family and I would pull out the board games or good old movies — everything is extra cozy by the soft twinkling lights of a Christmas tree. I remember so much laughter and warmth, the images alone fill me up each year. Yet now, I can take those precious core memories and build upon them with my new, sweet family. It’s such a gift, that I wanted to share some some delightful (but underrated) Christmas movies to add to your rotation this holiday season…

This Christmas Focus on Receiving

Is it better to give or to receive?

So stands the famed question of old that so often serves as the moral of many a children’s fable. But as I thought about this question during my Advent reflections, I found myself wondering: am I able to receive?

You don’t have to ask me twice to go out and get Christmas presents for those around me — it is one of my favorite pastimes. And I like receiving a thoughtful gift as much as the next person, but I mean on a deeper, more fundamental level.

Am I receptive?

Uninviting Your Inner Mr. Grinch

The holidays promise magic, warmth, and glad tidings, but only too often you hear people dreading the upcoming festivities because of family drama —be it political, personal, or what have you. It’s only too easy to let anticipated discord soil the wonder and hope of this time of year.