Do Small Things With Great Love
Do small things with great love.

We’ve all heard this before. One of Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s most beloved axioms, this quote serves as a beautiful reminder to infuse all that we do – even the smallest, most mundane tasks – with love. When we act from self-centered or ambitious motives, our professional and societal achievements – no matter how great – are worthless. It is love alone that transforms and uplifts our actions, and there is no value in whatever is done without it.

This sounds simple enough in principle, but what does it actually look like applied to the regular happenings of our lives? How do we sweep the kitchen with love, shop for groceries with love, or sit in traffic with love? Continue reading on The Fullest to find out. 

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On Telling Our Inner Critic To Quit It

As much as we all want to be confident, self-assured women, there’s a nagging little voice inside our head that tries to tell us we can’t be — that we’re inadequate, we’re weak, we’re unworthy. It’s one thing to be aware of our shortcomings, but quite another to be self-critical and demeaning toward ourselves because of them.

When we notice our thoughts becoming less than kind and supportive toward ourselves, though, what can we do? How do we banish self-doubt and manifest the strong women that we are? Continue reading

Unleashing From Expectations

Growing up, I had clear expectations for the kind of life I would lead as I matured, including what I would know, how I would behave, the kind of job and husband I would have, and so on. As I’ve gotten older, most of those expectations have died, but new ones never seem to fail to take their place.

We all have expectations for our lives and our careers – whether big or small, positive or negative, realistic or not – despite the fact that we’re often told how damaging these expectations are to our wellbeing. As 18th c. poet Alexander Pope put it, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” Continue reading

The Confidant Embodied: Anny Donewald
This past winter, I had the pleasure of speaking with author and activist Anny Donewald about her incredible faith journey and how she uses her past in the sex industry in order to teach other women about their worth and fill them with hope through the love of God.

For those unfamiliar with her story, Anny entered the sex industry at the age of 19 and spent the next six years working as an exotic dancer in Chicago, Detroit, and other various cities before heading to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where her work ultimately escalated into prostitution.  Continue reading

Finding Happiness in Others’ Success

 matter how much we might strive for perfection in each area of our lives – in our relationships, in our careers, in our health, or even in our faith – it’s inevitable that we’ll fail at times and see others outshine us. Yet when this happens, what’s our reaction? Do we express happiness for our friends’ and co-workers’ successes in life? Is our happiness for them genuine?

A sense of ambition and competition can inspire us to reach for new goals and be a useful driving force for improvement, but when our competitive tendencies prevent us from rejoicing in the achievements of others, it’s time to evaluate our thought-patterns. Continue reading

Being OK With Being Last
 When it seems like all of our friends are getting married, having kids, purchasing houses or settling into careers before us, how are we supposed to feel? Is it possible to maintain true excitement for them without comparing their circumstances to ours?

In such situations we’re often first told not to measure ourselves against others, but this advice is easier said than done. In most cases, it’s just natural to compare ourselves to those around us; we look to others’ situations and behaviors in order to gauge our own. At one point or another, haven’t we all asked ourselves, Am I as happy as her? As capable? As successful? Yet, if this is how we determine our worth, we’ll never win. Continue reading

The Beauty of Silence
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.

Mother Teresa

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