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  I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following places: Tunes // Spotify Follow along with Nicole on Instagram and Facebook for more content.  

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In this episode we discuss: The crazy things moms do to their kids, Origins: where we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are going, and Nicole answers some questions about boundaries in our families of origin.   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at […]

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In this episode we discuss: Camp Registration… WHY, The Sabbath, The negative voices in our head and how we can move toward love, and Nicole answers some questions about dealing with hard relationships.   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following places: […]

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In this episode we discuss: Snow…. Lies Marriage Counseling Reader questions answered!   Key points: Nicole discusses some key points from Chapters 3 and 4 of The Struggle is Real. How to acknowledge the gap between what we experience and what we believe Reader Question: How to find a good counselor. Reader Question: If it’s […]

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Summer, I see you coming. And here’s what I know about summer: I want it to be awesome, I want my kids to be awesome, I want it ALL. I run out of ideas fast. (by day two) I live in “traumatic expectation disappointment” (by day 2.5). This year, I’m making my best effort to […]

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the view from here.   I was standing behind her at her dad’s funeral, a respectful distance from her–not in her personal space, but within earshot. This is what pastors call “the ministry of presence”–being quiet but visible, being close to the grief but not in it, except for the way we are all in […]

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If you want to be serious about your life, you have to work on it. Really. Who among us doesn’t have a preferred future for our life? Things we want to experience? The person we want to be? The legacy we want to leave? Part of the joy of being created in the image of […]

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My friend has a special noise she makes when she’s overwhelmed. It’s somewhere between a sigh and a groan and a moan, and it sounds like BLEHHHARRRRGGGG. I wish I could send you all this sound that you can press like a button every time you feel overworked, under appreciated, out of time/money/energy/joy—so all of […]

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I never wanted to be a counselor.  My younger self was drawn to “big things”, purposeful things, things that take strategy and action plans and big steps. But in the way life often happen, I ended up with a counseling degree and an office with a big couch and a fluffy chair and a soothing paint […]

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Once upon a time, I was pregnant for what must have been decades. The first two were less than two years apart, and then we gave it a little time but still managed to spend a year with three kids under five. Three kids under five might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to have […]