Hey, You're Browsing the Heart Archives

Hey Laura, How Do I Get to Know My Neighbors?

Anonymous writes:

“You’ve mentioned a lot lately on Facebook about how awesome your neighbors are and prodding us all to get to know our own neighbors. Problem is, I don’t know how to do that! I feel weird just knocking on people’s doors, offering to be their friend!”

Oh, believe me, I know how intimidating it is to put yourself out there with strangers! But as you know, I think it’s a worthwhile endeavor to do so with your neighbors. You have the opportunity to create connections with people whose lives are proximate to you - people who can give you practical, real-life support if you need it. It’s great to keep up with Facebook friends, and to have close friendships that are maintained...

Continue reading

You Are Not Alone.

This post is dedicated to a friend of mine who is going through a really rough time right now.

It is written in memory of an old Me who once suffered in silence and self-afflicted isolation, afraid that in admitting I was struggling, I would drown. (Oh, how wrong I was!)

This is for anyone who needs the courage to speak up about what they’re going through and ask for the help that they need to make it through.




There are a million different flavors of struggles the human race goes through, but it seems as if Depression always seems to tag along - a bonus affliction, if you will.

...Continue reading

Guard Your Heart.

About 2 years ago, I began listening to someone’s well-meaning but totally off-base critique of my parenting choices, taking things to heart that were simply not true.

This voice was one of legitimately caring concern. But it posed as wisdom when its actual root was fear and misunderstanding. It very, very subtly undermined my confidence and slowly shut my heart down. I lost my footing, became ungrounded, and felt totally adrift.

We do things differently, my little family and I. And not many people get us. I allowed someone’s ignorance of our Way misguide and nearly derail me. It was a close call. We all suffered for it and are all healing from it now.

I’m actually in therapy for this. A...

Continue reading