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On Standing up for Myself

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I’ve been practicing standing up for myself. It’s really, really hard. This morning, I wrote a strongly worded email to a co-worker.  She made a decision about an issue we have been debating for weeks without my consent. Then when I questioned her actions, she acted like she had full authority to make a decision […]

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the wis

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She tells me I forced her to eat the broccoli stems. Apparently, I asked each of them if they wanted the stems or the tops of the broccoli. She says she cried when I wouldn’t let her leave the table. I was unswerving, she says. I don’t actually remember this event, but it sounds like […]

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sunshine

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When I was born, my name was Orianna Blossom. The story goes that Terri, my mom, excited about her first born, called her father from the hospital soon after I arrived. “We have a beautiful baby girl,” my mom exclaimed, “and her name is Orianna Blossom.” “Terri,” my grandfather directly responded, “It sounds like the […]

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the little church

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In the Little Church Where God Found Me, I was surrounded by the most generous, caring people I’d ever come in contact with in my entire 14 years of life. And when I was a new in my faith, without a family to model what it looked like to live in grace and truth, they […]

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