Tagged: positivity

Do You Believe in Signs? Today is the fourth anniversary of my dad's suicide, and this cardinal just showed up in my back porch. 0

Do You Believe In Signs? I Do. Here’s Why.

I’m sitting here this morning trying not to let my mind dwell on the fact that it’s been 4 years since the day that my dad took his own life. Even though through the grace of God I’ve found some semblance of peace with not having my dad around anymore, the anniversary date is always difficult, as is the day before since that was my parents’ wedding anniversary. So that’s where I’m at this morning. As Cooper, Veda and I are hanging around in the kitchen, finishing up breakfast and getting Cooper ready to go off to preschool this morning,...

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5 Reasons I Started Meditating and So Should You

Honesty time. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. They set us up for failure. Every year, it seems people are focused on changing their body physically. I try to focus on fitness throughout the year, but I’ve never really sat down to think about what I need to be doing for myself mentally. As women, we tend to focus on ourselves last which can be downright detrimental to our health. I’m not immune to this taking care of everyone else before I take care of me. It causes me terrible stress and anxiety. When I feel this way I start...

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Rethinking Resolutions for the New Year

It’s time to start rethinking resolutions. At Dish-y, we encourage the feel good factor. We do what we can to inspire positivity. If you haven’t already, check out our previous post and get a positivity fix before making next year’s goals. I think it’s important to start rethinking resolutions. That’s because I believe typical resolutions are more likely to set us up for disappointing failure than fulfilling success. (And failure tends to make us feel bad/worse/worst. This is the opposite of the feel good factor.) Here are three ways that I believe typical resolutions set us up for failure: Many resolutions...

Before making New Year's Resolutions 0

Do This Before Making New Year’s Resolutions

Before making New Year’s Resolutions this time around, I’d like to suggest a little exercise in reflecting on the positive side of life. I have always enjoyed making New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s occurred to me that the way most of us go about setting goals at the beginning of a new year can be more self-defeating than anything. I think the reason that many typical New Year’s Resolutions set us up for failure is that we focus so much on things that we think need to be fixed. Sometimes they are things that really do need to be fixed, but...

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5 Days that totally changed the course of my life

Looking back on my life, I see quite a few distinct forks in the road that were pivotal milestones. Based on decisions I made or the circumstances that arose during those times, the course of my life was impacted more than I ever knew at that moment in time. It’s like the butterfly effect — one slight move in another direction, and things could have turned out very differently. Early in my adult life, I adopted the mantra that “everything happens the way it does for a reason.” It helped me to understand and remember that in times when I...

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Take Your Stress and Shove It

In 2011, I learned a very important lesson. And as it turned out, it was very timely for me, too. It was the Christmas Eve service at Grace Church—and it happened to be my very first year as a mother. In true form, our senior pastor used a rather provocative example to illustrate a spiritual concept—the concept of what it means to truly trust God. He explained that Mary, as a new mother to baby Jesus, had to trust God’s plan for her child. She knew from the very beginning that her baby boy was eventually going to suffer and...

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results 0

Renee Larr is not defined by her search results

Type Michelle Williams into a search engine, and the last thing you’ll find is me. Depending on your perspective, that could be a really annoying problem or an incredible relief. My friend Renee Larr would probably consider it a miraculous blessing at this point in her life. Three months ago, I published an article about my friend Renee Larr’s story. Almost two years ago, she was the innocent victim of a malicious cyber-bullying attack that left some parts of her life in ruins. → Also Read: The Silver Lining for Renee Larr Turns out that sometimes the most lush and...

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The Silver Lining for Renee Larr

Renee Larr, my co-editor at Dish-y.com, has been one of my best friends for more than half my lifetime. It was a little over a year ago that my dear friend suggested to me that we work together to start a blog. We share similar interests surrounding food, entertaining, and the like. We thought we could turn some of our experience into advice, inspiration, and encouragement for women going through life’s transitions like getting married and having babies. Writing a blog struck us both as a refreshing idea, particularly since we were each facing some personal struggles and needed a...

What does Dish-y mean 0

What dish-y means to me

That’s so dish-y. OK, so what exactly does that mean? Dish-y can describe a lot of things. It’s a certain kind of awesome quality. When something strikes me as being dish-y, it usually has a great ‘feel good’ factor. It’s the kind of thing that makes me stop, enjoy the moment and forget about anything that ails me. And in some lucky cases, it lasts more than just a moment. I think we all strive to attain as much of that feel good factor as we can get. It’s human nature. Maybe it sounds a little selfish from a simple...