Thrive and Cultivate Summit

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No, Faith is NOT the Opposite of Fear

Photo by Aaron Burden on UnsplashFaith and Fear: Pandemic EditionToward the beginning of this global pandemic, I had fitful sleep, to put it gently. Stress dreams. Awake at all hours of the night. Waking up in a panic.What about you?​Unfortunately, over the past week, I’ve had it all over again. And Lindsey shared with me […]

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Discovering Your Personal Set of Core Values

DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL SET OF VALUES Are you ready to discover who you really are? One way to truly know yourself is to get in touch with your own set of values.  ​Discovering your personal set of values – via @iamsteveaustin ​#coach #coaching #selfdiscovery Click to Tweet It’s easy to get distracted by others’ ideals […]

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Learning to Let Go

Photo by Ankush Minda on Unsplash​Learn to accept that life is what it is, and even if you don’t have the money you want or the life path you desire, there is nothing else to do except walk forward and embrace it.Learn to build clear ​boundaries around yourself that keep out negativity, and tell others […]

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Learning to See Your Diagnosis as a Gift

After much hard work, I am learning to embrace my diagnosis as a gift; but that wasn’t always the case.

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When Your Mental Illness Comes in Waves

A couple of years ago, I drove myself to the emergency room, unsure if I was having a heart event or a panic attack. My chest was tight, my breathing was rapid and shallow, and the longer I tried to calm myself down, the worse I felt.Long story short: It was panic. Nothing was wrong […]

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The Power of Non-Judgmental Presence

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-j6kr4-e2dbfb Welcome to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Episode 63. Today we’re discussing the power of non-judgmental presence. How can co-suffering with hurting people change everything? These notes are the bits and pieces that didn’t make it into my upcoming book with Fortress Press, but because I’m so passionate about this topic, I just couldn’t […]

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The End of the World As We Know It

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ww8am-e102da Welcome back to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, with host, Steve Austin. This is episode 62. The full title is, “It’s The End of the World As We Know It: How to Find Hope, Healing, and Inner Peace Amid Racial Tensions, A Global Pandemic, and a Political Dumpster Fire.” (No, really.) This episode includes […]

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Pastor: Not Sure How to Respond to Suffering? Start Here.

I’m not a theologian, my expertise comes only from personal suffering (as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a suicide attempt). But it seems to me that theology—at least the Western version of evangelical Christianity I’ve been steeped in—is as much about our views of self as it is our study of God. To […]

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8 Simple Ways to Increase Your Happiness with Self-Care

​To say that 2020 has been exhausting is the understatement of the year. As I write this, we’re in the throes of social distancing, isolation, and even quarantine. Because of Covid-19, 2020 hasn’t just been exhausting, stressful, and overwhelming: for 100,000 people in the United States and 350,000 people worldwide, 2020 has been deadly. Maybe you […]