Fall Cleaning

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Who, what, when, where, and how. Valuable questions. Invaluable when paired with answers. The issue is with 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. Cleaning from the fun of summer, getting things ready for the winter, and looking at the situations around that need a little TLC.  We do this by trimming trees, cleaning the yard, doing that careful final mow job. It…

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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 that are generally associated when a person hears the word “Budget.” People imagine changing their entire lifestyle in order to not spend money and feeling bad any time 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…

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What makes a topic controversial?

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Controversy is something that has driven, divided, and destroyed societies. It is and has been something that has formed gaps in families, friendships, businesses, churches, governments, countries, and at times the whole world.  In our Words of Wisdom Wednesday video, we tackle a question that was asked multiple times by different folks. This 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 both wrote and recorded….

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Mental Health Awareness Week: “Address the MESS”!

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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 in my life; both personal and professional. Take a second. Think through 4 of your closest friends and family. People you love. Odds are 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 are good odds! Now let’s face it, getting diagnosed with mental…

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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

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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

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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 your room, or even that favorite nook that you drink your coffee in the morning. Man… I love coffee!  So it is here that I would like to ask you to close your eyes, but now that wouldn’t really work would it lol? But after you read the next…

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National Suicide Prevention Week

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Suicide. It is a painful, traumatic event. An event where a loved one finds themselves in such a dark place that they feel there is no way out. While this is not true and there is always a way out, the path out is rarely illuminated without another person there to help guide that hurting person out of despair.  As painful as it is to acknowledge, when I look up the statistics for our home state, Montana, I see that we are back in the #1 slot for suicide per…

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Back To School

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Back to School! My goodness, I am such a nerd! Back to school was just refreshing, and new! It meant new supplies, new clothes, new books! It was the smells, sights, and sounds of fall beginning to emerge! To confess, after finishing primary, secondary and now 6 years after completing graduate school, I still find myself wanting the experience yet again.   Now, as a parent myself, I find I’m having this crazy desire to live vicariously through my children in this process; happy as a lark when we get the…

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