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Why Make Just One Pan of Meatless Lasagna?

Looking for a tasty meatless lasagna recipe? This healthy vegetarian lasagna recipe will feed a crowd of about 40 (or you can bake one pan now and freeze the other three for later). Meatless Lasagna Doesn’t Always Mean Healthy I confess, I don’t know how to make a single pan of lasagna. My first attempt at making lasagna was when I catered a student leadership retreat my second year of college. Which meant I had to make enough to feed…

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How to Give Your Busy Brain (and Weary Soul) a Rest

  Today’s Self-Care Sunday guest author knows all about growth mindset. She also knows the pitfalls of constantly taking on new things and soaking in knowledge like a sun-parched Iowa cornfield. Jennifer Dukes Lee shares with us the connection between stilling our minds and surrendering our hearts. How to Find the True Rest that Your Soul Needs I know how this noisy world can get in the way of me hearing God’s still, small voice. So, in the past few…

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Improve Your Photography, Improve Your Day

This week’s Self-Care Sunday post has tips that help you improve your  photography skills. So pull out your cell phone or your DSLR and get ready to make your day! How Improving Your Photography Can Improve Your Day Ok, I can’t actually promise that when you improve your photography techniques your day will magically improve as well. But I can tell you what works for me. Taking a walk with my camera—whether I lug along my DSLR or tuck my…

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How to Avoid Family Drama During the Holidays

This month, the Self-Care Sunday series will focus on Fall. It’s the perfect time of year to prepare yourself mentally for the holidays. Especially if your family gatherings end up stressing you out and building resentment. In order to move towards mental wholeness, we need to learn to handle problems when they arise. Another Holiday Dilemma “What?” I exclaimed. “I can’t believe they invited us for Christmas this year.” Pedro shrugged and replied, “They are family.” “I know.” Just the…

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You Can Benefit from a Working Vacation

This month’s Self-Care Sunday series focuses on freedom. You have the freedom to take a working vacation (but not the kind of work you may be thinking about). Freedom to Feel Exhausted “I’m exhausted!” Pedro exclaimed as he sank on to the couch next to me. The sun streamed through the window in Louis and Laura’s back door. Louis hung a blanket over the window to keep the light from blinding us as we relaxed after a hard day’s work.…

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How to Enjoy the Art of Building and Baking

This month has five Sundays, which means this week’s Self-Care Sunday will focus on art. And freedom. Sheds, Crackers, and Art As a teacher, I have the freedom for eight weeks to go on adventures—at times, academic, at other times artistic or physical. Part of my summer vacation adventure this year includes spending time with the entire family—including my parents. By Friday of last week, everyone had arrived in Wasilla, and our artistic adventure could begin. The adventure? Build a…

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The Politics of Freedom and What it Means to You

One important aspect of self-care lies in our responsibility to continue to develop our intellect beyond the four walls of the classroom. Wheels of Freedom I remember my first bicycle—a shiny green Huffy with a saddle seat and coaster brakes. The back wheel had a set of smaller training wheels attached. I eventually learned to ride by myself (thanks, Mom and Dad), and experienced new freedom. I cut pieces of cardboard and attached them to the bike frame with a…

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How to Find Freedom from Worry in Five Steps

This month, the Self-Care Sunday series will focus on freedom. Join me each Sunday as I show how self-care can bring you freedom. The Negative Effects of Worry Worry wrapped its sticky fingers around me, threatening to pull me under a wave of despair. Big worries—my husband’s health, the mountain of debt built by cancer—that loomed giant and threatening. Small worries—what to fix for supper, grading papers, the girl at school who seemed depressed—that nagged like mosquitos on a hot…

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How to Avoid Becoming (Heavenly) Hangry on Vacation

Vacation Hangry We’ve all had a case of hangry during vacations. Routines get disrupted, no one can agree on where or what to eat, and a case of hangry breaks out. We learn to carry snacks and plan ahead more, because nothing ruins a good time more than a car full of hangry people. But have you ever considered what happens when you skip your spiritual routines while on vacation? At home, I love spending a quiet hour studying my…

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Essential Survival Items to Never Forget on Your Day Hike

This week’s weeks installment of Self-Care Sunday continues this month’s theme of vacation. You’ll want to make sure you take these essentials on your next day hike. I learned from my Dad the importance of survival skills before I even started school. Thanks, Dad! Survival Skills “I think we need to cook them just a little bit longer,” my dad said, looking dubiously into the frying pan. We giggled. “It smells like chicken,” he assured us. We nodded. I piped…

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