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The Ultimate Place

refugees welcomeWhen I worked at World Relief Chicago, a non-for-profit organization for refugee resettlement, I had to learn all about R&P.

R&P stands for Reception and Placement, a government program which funds refugee resettlement offices.

How it works is that R&P funds get allocated to the resettlement offices; those funds then are distributed to the different cases – the refugee families who are resettled – and used for affordable housing, food, clothing, and other basic necessities. [click to continue…]

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How We Change (Part 2)

desperationLast week, I shared about how we change, which I stated requires two main things:

1. Learning to wait
2. Learning to fail well

This week, I want to share another vital principle on how we change, and to do so will highlight four stories, or case studies, of some remarkable people.

Consider these amazing people: Abraham Lincoln, Corrie ten Boon, John Bunyan, and J.K.. Rowling.

All of them underwent change in the most unexpected way. [click to continue…]

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How We Change (Part 1)

A dark woodsIn Dante’s classic work of literature, The Divine Comedy, he writes:

“Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight road and woke to find myself in a dark wood.”

What a powerful opening line, and how apt it describes the human condition of how easily we go astray. Ultimately, Dante’s poem depicts a journey of how we change. But change – as Dante states – means undergoing trials and difficulties. Later on, for example, Dante’s Guide (the poet Virgil) says, “Get up. Up on your feet… a long road and hard climbing lie ahead.”

Does that not describe life so vividly? [click to continue…]

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The Bread Crumbs of Purpose

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Throughout my life I’ve struggled with how to discover purpose.

I used to think purpose would appear all in one moment, like when you discover a gray hair or some obscure mole on your skin you’ve never seen before.

But this isn’t the case with purpose. [click to continue…]

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Your Voice

voicesThe world is noisy… and it seems to be increasing in volume everyday.

There is so much information bombarding us every second of every day. There are new gadgets and software and updates and products coming at us at lightening speed.

I don’t know about you, but I get overwhelmed.

When I first got serious about blogging in 2012, I was overwhelmed with how much is out there. I tried to do all the strategies I read about, and all the social media platforms I could get on. Honestly, it was (and is) exhausting.

Additionally, there are so many out there who are blogging or starting a business or trying to get noticed that it has become the trend of our day. The internet is wonderful, don’t get me wrong; but it also can be a major headache. [click to continue…]