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Veterans Day: How to Honor a Veteran.

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How do you honor a Veteran? Do they want to talk? Will I understand or offend them if I ask for a story?  Boiled down, it comes down to 1 thing: RESPECT.  Men and women who have served are immersed in a world that is inundated with respect. While respect may be something that is foreign to many young people who enlist or commission into the armed forces, it is quickly taught and reinforced that it is the new normal.  Respect is one of the main differences in a young…

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Gratefulness: Being Grateful in Uncertain Times.

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Is there health and healing, really? What does life look like when you have my stress? What do we do when we don’t have enough? Can a person really change? How do I make it through another holiday season? These are all questions that have recently come up. These are all real questions and questions that have real validity. Any of us can find ourselves asking these questions, either internally or externally. These questions internally can become a crippling repetitive dialog of judgment and shame.  How can you combat these…

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October Wrap Up

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Another month down in the books! This month we talked about Mental Health Awareness, Halloween, Fall pruning, and future plans. We have had quite the year folks! And this year is not over yet! We have seen unprecedented times in our world, not that our world has not seen its share of difficulty in the past. However, remember that we are all here together! I just want to ask you what kind of “here” do you want? I challenge you all to think about what you want our future to…

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Fall Cleaning: Relationship pruning is important.

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Who, what, when, where, and how. These are valuable questions, and invaluable when paired with answers. The issue is that in order to get the answers, you have to risk asking the questions.  This is where this week’s topic comes into play. We have certain times of the year that prompt a cleanup. Fall is one of those. We work on cleaning up from the fun of summer, getting things ready for the winter, and looking at the situations around that need a little TLC. For example, we trim trees, clean the…

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Your Money. Your Goals. Your Budget.

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Author: Steve Ehlers Constraining. Restrictive. Cheap. No Fun. Coupon Clipping. These are phrases generally associated when a person hears the word “Budget.” People imagine changing their entire lifestyle in order to not spend money and feeling bad whenever they swipe their card at their favorite store, restaurant, or coffee shop. I propose a different perspective. Encouraging. Freeing. Fun. Guilt-free spending. A budget is not meant to restrict your spending; instead, it is meant to align your spending with your goals. Not just your financial goals, but your goals for life….

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What makes a topic controversial?

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Controversy is something that has driven, divided, and destroyed societies. It has been, and is currently, something that has formed gaps in families, friendships, businesses, churches, governments, countries, and at times the whole world.  In this weeks video, we tackle a question that was asked multiple times by folks. The question was “what should a Christian do or not do for Halloween?”.  As strange as it was, I instantly found myself concerned about what people would say or think about whatever answer I gave. Whether in this blog or in…

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

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This one was hard to write folks! Not only because of the nature of the topic but also because of the personal impact I have seen mental illness have in both my personal and professional life. To start out, take a second and think through 4 of your closest friends and family. Think about the people you love. Odds are that 1 in 4 of your closest loved ones will at some point be personally diagnosed with a mental illness. Now I am not a betting man, but wow! Those…

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End of the month wrap-up

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Month ONE wrap! Super excited! So blessed! This blog is a step into the future here at Open Door Wellness Center. It is a tool that we personally hope helps us all think about the way that we interact with the world around us, particularly the people in that world!  This month we hit: Back to school: This is such an exciting time. The joy of new, and even how we all come together to learn and grow! Suicide prevention: The pain and tragic nature connected to a struggle that…

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Organization is important!

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Organization! Well, now there is a topic! This is something that I have processed in many different ways throughout each and every stage of my life. Whether this was in the exciting days of school shopping, and just praying that mom and dad would let me get the “5 Star binder” (goodness those were pricey), or my wife describing fawning over the newest Lisa Frank! There is just that pull… you know the one! The pull that makes us feel as if there is a way that we can be…

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Bullying: Everybody is a People

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I want to start this blog today with us going on a journey. I want us to start that journey only if you are in a safe place. A place that you know there is no reason to truly fear. Maybe you’re in your room, or even that favorite nook that you drink your coffee in the morning. Man, I love coffee!  Here, I would like to ask you to close your eyes, but now that wouldn’t really work would it? However, after you read the next 3 lines, please…

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