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How a Simple Hug Changed My Life
Jun 10

How a Simple Hug Changed My Life

By Guest Blogger | Best of Messy Grace , faith , guest post , lgbtq , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

“The best advice I’ve been given when I’d failed – was a hug.”-Bob Goff​I’ve loved giving hugs for as long as I can remember. My pre-school teacher, Mrs. Upton, first emphasized the power of a good hug. One day during circle time, she taught us how to give “bear hugs.” One at a time, we walked […]

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Burnout: What to Look for & How to Fight Back
Jun 02

Burnout: What to Look for & How to Fight Back

By Steve Austin | life coaching , Mental Health , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , stress management

Photo by Hans Eiskonen on UnsplashA dear friend of mine recently resigned from his job. We’ll call him “Sam.” Sam worked for a Christian organization where he was doing a job that made a real difference. He had been a star player in this organization for five years. Sam was respected by his peers, adored […]

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Why I'm Trying Out Church Again for the First Time
May 26

Why I’m Trying Out Church Again for the First Time

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

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships, so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”-Wm. Paul YoungDead InsideFor a while now, my Christian friends have laughed (or cringed) at my response to theological talk. I usually say something like, “I […]

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Why My Kind of Coaching is Unique
May 22

What Makes My Kind of Life Coaching Unique

By Steve Austin | life coaching , Mental Health , Recovery , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , Spirituality

Could you summarize your life’s work in only two or three words?In the coaching world, we’ve come up with all sorts of titles to try and capture our unique brand of coaching. Plenty of people use the generic “life coach,” but you might also see things like:Wellness coachSuccess coachLife strategistPerformance coachMindset coachEmpowerment coachBehavioral expertPersonal development […]

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Dealing with Difficult People
May 19

Difficult People: Identify, Strategize, Implement

By Guest Blogger | catching your breath , guest post , life coaching , Mental Health , podcast , relationships , self-care , Self-help , stress management

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.”- Dale CarnegieIdentify:It’s not hard to identify who rubs you the wrong way. You feel it in your heart as your beats per minute increase when they’re around. […]

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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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