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What is Life Coaching? And How Can It Help You?
Mar 19

What is Life Coaching? And How Can It Help You?

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

If you’re considering working with a life coach for the first time, it can be a little confusing, and downright scary. When I started working with coaching clients in 2017, I quickly learned that life coaching is a pretty misunderstood concept. In this brief article, I hope to clarify my role as a coach, plus […]

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Catching Your Breath Toolkit
Mar 17

How to Remain Calm When the World is in Chaos

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , catching your breath , Depression , life coaching , Mental Health , self-care , Self-help , stress management

How to Remain Calm When the World is in ChaosDo the headlines have your anxiety on high alert?Are you scared to leave your house and go to therapy?Does Coronavirus have you losing sleep?Are you struggling to remain calm when all the world is in chaos? Friend, I totally get it.  On Sunday, as our church gathered […]

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On Giving Up Fear-Based Theology
Mar 16

On Giving Up Fear-Based Theology

By Guest Blogger | Current Events , faith , Religious Recovery , Spirituality

For Lent, I am Giving Up Fear-Based TheologyImage by James Chan from PixabayPerfect love casts out fear—such an active verb phrase. One imagines a hefty seizing by the neck-scruff and an ignominious hurling out of a doorframe. (Anyone else picturing swinging saloon doors and a random horse tied to a nearby post?  No? That’s just me?  Damn, […]

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When
Mar 11

When “No” is the Most Difficult Word You Know

By Guest Blogger | Current Events , guest post , Mental Health , Self-help

​Imagine this: you’ve just built a brand new mansion right beside the ocean. The door is made of gold and the windows are stained glass. It’s three stories tall and designed with the most intricate details. It’s wide open to the public, there’s no fencing. Over the next few days, intruders start vandalizing the house. […]

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How to Stop Drowning in Busyness
Mar 10

How to Stop Drowning in Busyness

By Guest Blogger | Current Events , guest post , Mental Health , self-care , stress management

For Lent, I’m Giving Up Busyness and Numbing BehaviorsMy muscles tighten as I read the word “busyness”, despite it having been my comfortable state of being for as long as I can remember.  “How are you?”, they’d ask.  “Busy, but good!”, I’d say. This was my compulsive (yet, honest) response for decades, coupled with having bought the lie that my […]

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My Church Isn't Safe. What Can I Do?
Mar 09

PODCAST: My Church Isn’t Safe. What Can I Do?

By Steve Austin | Bible study , catching your breath , empathy , faith , Mental Health , podcast , Religious Recovery , The Struggle With Church

In episode 41 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Steve Austin walks through the Bible with a look at church safety, plus a discussion on the characteristics of a safe church leader. This episode also includes stories and advice from real-life people who have been wounded by the church.Support the show via Patreon.Is your church […]

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I am giving up the need to be right.
Mar 08

I am Giving Up the Need to Be Right

By Guest Blogger | guest post , Self-help

My dad had plans. As a high school student in the early 1950s in rural Arkansas, he worked to save money for college, joined the Arkansas National Guard, and pinched pennies. He was going to be a lawyer. Turns out, his family needed him to support them financially. While he did earn his degree, law school never happened. But he […]

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I'm Giving Up Self-Contempt (And So Can You!)
Mar 03

I’m Giving Up Self-Contempt (And So Can You!)

By Steve Austin | empathy , guest post , Mental Health , self-care , self-esteem

For Lent, I’m giving up self-contempt.Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay”You’re not enough. No one even likes you. You always screw it up. When will you get your act together?”  Are you well acquainted, like I am, with this internal voice that berates, accuses, and condemns?This is the voice of self-contempt. It is the root of […]

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Why You Don't Have to Be Ashamed of Your Feelings
Mar 01

No. You Don’t Have to Be Ashamed of Your Feelings.

By Guest Blogger | Mental Health , self-care , stress management

​For Lent, I am giving up emotional shaming.Image by Alexas_Fotos from PixabayNo. You Don’t Have to Be Ashamed of Your Feelings.With far too much frequency, I catch myself in the moment following an emotional reaction having a second emotional reaction. I get angry about something–some violation, some injustice, some attack on my pride–and a moment […]

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3 Meaningful Things to Give Up for Lent
Feb 29

3 Meaningful Things to Give Up for Lent

By Steve Austin | Current Events , faith

​For the Lenten season, I’ve invited some of my friends to join me in sharing one thing we could give up each day, in order to live a better life. Here are 3 meaningful things to give up for lent:YesterdayGiving up anything can be painful. You may need to let go of a person or […]

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