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6 Simple Tips for Snapping Out of a Funk
May 16

6 Simple Tips for Snapping Out of a Funk

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Courses , Grief , life coaching , Mental Health , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , stress management

​I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at some point in your life, you are going to get into a funk. Some call it a rut. Whatever it’s called, it​ doesn’t feel good, and you​’d probably avoid it if you could. However, you can get yourself out of the funk by using​ […]

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How to Find Balance for Stressed Out Parents, via Catching Your Breath: The Podcast
May 12

Podcast: How to Find Balance for Stressed Out Parents

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Family , gratitude , life coaching , Marriage , Parenting , podcast , relationships , self-care , Self-help , stress management

​How to Find Balance for Stressed Out ParentsHoly End of the School Year, Batman! My wife is a teacher. Each day from 7-2:30, she ​teaches 14 three-year-olds. On top of that, we have two school-aged children of our own. That being said, this time of year is often chaotic and exhausting. End of the year parties, […]

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Join the Catching Your Breath Community on Facebook!
May 08

7 Things I Need from a Community Right Now

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , podcast , self-care

​Rather listen than read?Click the “play” button below.On Monday, I sent out an email with this question, “What’s the #1 thing you need from a community right now?” Here are a few of my favorite responses:​”…a safe place to land.” -C​”I need to know others are around who are willing to listen.” -L​”I need to hear […]

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The most important thing to remember when someone dies.
May 04

The Most Important Thing to Remember When Someone Dies

By Steve Austin | Grief , Millennials

“O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them, or mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a passing shadow.” — Psalm 144:4J.K. Rowling said that the central underlying theme of her ​Harry Potter series deals with death. Indeed, that’s pretty easy to see. One of the first […]

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Life is hard, and then you die.
Apr 30

Life is hard, and then you die.

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , faith , Religious Recovery , self-care , The Struggle With Church

My 5th-grade teacher, Terri Nobles, had a 2×4 in our classroom with the words “BOARD OF EDUCATION” written in black permanent marker. And if you failed to heed her warnings…no, she wouldn’t whack you with it. (I know I grew up in the Alabama countryside, but we weren’t that backwards!) Anyway, if you got in […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons: How to Re-frame Failure and Move On
Apr 24

When Life Gives You Lemons: 8 Ways to Re-frame Failure

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Courses , goals , life coaching , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , stress management , Videos , Webinar

​As Lindsey drove me home from the hospital, I wondered what was next. How does a failed minister start over? Would anyone want to hear anything I had to say? The fear, self-hatred, and shame threatened to choke any hope of new life out of me, before I ever had a chance to start over. If […]

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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety
Apr 22

Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of my Faith
Apr 17

Jesus was a Zombie? The Death and Resurrection of My Faith

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , faith , Messy Grace , Parenting , Religious Recovery , Spirituality , The Struggle With Church

“Until and unless Christ is experienced as a living relationship between people, the Gospel remains largely an abstraction. Until Christ is passed on personally through faithfulness and forgiveness, through concrete bonds of union, I doubt whether he is passed on by words, sermons, institutions, or ideas.”-Richard RohrBRAAAAAAAINSI don’t talk to my kids about the Bible […]

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How to transition from mindless to mindful.
Apr 16

How to transition from mindLESS to mindFUL.

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , life coaching , mindfulness , self-care , stress management

To make a difference, not forgottenA moment I must give.A splendid moment, so strong and realThat moment won’t blend in. Like a smile that happens in a flash,But the memory, it lives on.Or a touch, or a word, or a wink so small,No sound is ever heard.But the memory, it lives on.Yes, the memory, it lives […]

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