The Most Perfect Wedding Shower Game Ever

There is nothing I abhor more than those stupid wedding shower games that you buy out of a book at the gift store or Wal-Mart.  They’re filled with word matches, word unscrambles and questions about the bride that you’d never know in a million years unless you were going to marry her.

They make me miserable.  I’ve even tried to go a little late to a shower just so I didn’t have to be subjected to the pain.

But last week I was a co-hostess.  That meant I had to get there early.  I was responsible for mailing out the invitations and for the “game”.  That meant I didn’t have to endure the stupid game.  I had to figure out how to make it ‘not stupid.”

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Why You Don’t Need To Run a Marathon, Move to Bali or Become a Navy Seal to Find Adventure

There’s a myth out there.  It’s the myth that everyone else but you is living a great big adventure.

My son Travis is a perfect example of what everyone thinks you should be.  Last summer he completed the US Army’s Special Forces Underwater Operations School.  He’s a qualified combat diver at age 20.  Last March he marched 26 miles through the desert of New Mexico in the Bataan Death March in full uniform with a 55 pound ruck sack on his back.    He’s going to spend this Christmas vacation backpacking through Europe with one of his friends.   Yes, he’s doing amazing, exciting things and I couldn’t be prouder if he were the President.    He’s grabbing life by the throat and saying Yes!!

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The Epitome of Vulnerability

I haven’t worn a bikini since I was 13 and inwardly struggled with my “outie” belly-button.  Oh, I remember the summer of 1974…I spent every afternoon of my 9th grade summer with 4 or 5 of my girlfriends all oozing in baby oil infused with iodine to ensure our bronze tans.  The junior high bikini was green and yellow and had palm trees all over it.  I weighed 118 pounds so there wasn’t much to filling it out.  It simply fit.  Well.

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ETG Nominated for One Lovely Blog Award

EncouragementToGo has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!  We’re thrilled.  Thanks to Candy of  FindingOrderinChaos for nominating us as “very therapeutic”.

To receive a daily dose of encouragement, simple go to EncouragementToGo on Facebook and hit the like button. 


Is It Really Depression or Something Even Bigger?

We’ve arrived at a place in time where everyone has something.  ADD.  OCD.  Asperger’s Syndrome.  Depression.    Personality Disorder.   SAD.  The list is endless.  And while treatment for mental illness is still not mainstream, we mention the labels flippantly and often.

My Dad suffered from severe depression for over 3 decades.  He visited countless counselors and therapists, pastors, and MD’s.  He contemplated suicide.  He mused about moving and living alone in the Colorado rockies.    He joined Writer’s Groups.  He was a tortured spirit.  He lived woefully and painfully for most of his adult life in the depths of his own mind from which he could get no relief.  I couldn’t help him.  No one could.

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