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Bite-sized updates from Kathryn Valencia.

EENY, MEENY, MINEY, MO

Choices, Choices Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo ... A child's game with profound implications. It's the cornerstone of daily life. Contemplatively choosing a response to circumstances rather than a chaotic reaction is empowering. The ball is always in your court to decide the...

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SAY IT!

"LISTEN!" A demand for attention, but not in a bratty way. A connection through thoughts and words and language that penetrates deep into the soul. Listen ... To ... Me. Don't just hear the noise of communication. Acknowledgement of another's presence goes a long way...

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SAY IT!

"I Don't Know." I don't know why "I don't know" is so hard to say. Is it ego? vulnerability? ... Hard to tell. This admission has been a source of angst for me in the past, an uncomfortable uncertainty. But I have come to find that what I don't know is much more...

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SAY IT!

"AMEN!" From our lips to God's ears, a fitting acknowledgement of His omniscient counsel. Much more than a punctuation mark ending to a prayer, it's where our vulnerability brings us into a beautiful space of connection to The Almighty. Amen to that!

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BREATHE IN/BREATHE OUT

Receive/Give Receive Love; Give Forgiveness. Receive Forgiveness; Give Grace. Receive Grace; Give Understanding. Receive Understanding; Give Empathy. Receive Empathy; Give Peace. Receive Peace; Give Joy. Receive Joy; Give Blessings. Receive Blessings; Give Love. It's...

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SNAPSHOT

SAY IT! Acknowledgement "STOP!" To Stop: Cease, Finish, Be Over, To Come To An End. A command or demand or maaaaybe a turning point. That moment where awareness meets acknowledgement ... of a different way, another path. It's a choosing to end leading to what always...

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Intentional Living

What's the meaning of life? ... Perhaps to live meaningfully 🙂 First Step: Awareness Second Step: Acceptance Third Step: Acknowledgement That's the Reader's Digest version ... with every experience. The practice of zoning out until a moment "worthy" of validation,...

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“CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS”

Never underestimate the Power of Clean Although this quote is not meant to be taken literally, I do. As a frequent traveler, I have a good understanding of what it's like to go over 24 hours in the same clothes with just a splash of cold water to the face. There's no...

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LOCAL LIFE – Madrid, Spain

PACCO GUERRERO - MADRID Calle Mayor, a street I walked multiple times years ago when we spent a month in Madrid has the sights and sounds of the grand city all along its slender frame from pastelerias to heladerias to a flurry of souvenir shops dotting the sidewalk to...

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LOCAL LIFE – Birmingham, AL

M. LAVENDER and RYAN REEVE ... IT'S A WIN/WIN M. Lavender and Ryan Reeve, both beautiful boutiques, located in Mountain Brook Village and Cahaba Heights, serve the fashion cravings of our community. Such a fun experience to browse their selections and most recently, a...

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