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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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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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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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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: Take Time for ‘Us’

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 Back to School! My goodness, I am such a nerd! When I was young, back to school was just so 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.   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…

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