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Leigh Mackenzie
A Few Of Our Favorite Things, Part 1 (The Millennial/Gen Z Gift Guide: Christmas 2020)

A Few Of Our Favorite Things, Part 1 (The Millennial/Gen Z Gift Guide: Christmas 2020)

You may be looking at the title of this post and rolling your eyes because we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving

OR

you may be silently cheering, your internal pom-pom’s shaking wildly at the thought of getting a jump on your 2020 Christmas list.

To the purists: Puddin’ Pie, you do you.

For all you cheerleaders ready to tackle the end of the year: This Church Girl is here to help.

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How To Help A Friend With Cancer: Best Practices and Ideas

How To Help A Friend With Cancer: Best Practices and Ideas

When my friend was diagnosed with cervical cancer years ago, it was the first time I had tried to serve someone with a critical diagnosis. Honestly, because of my anxiety, I was a clueless and unhelpful bystander other than praying. I froze and regretfully did nothing. I wish someone had given me a list of pragmatic ways to serve.

It wasn’t until my own mother-in-law had lung cancer that I began to understand from the inside how to be more useful.

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How To Write Through Suicidal Hopelessness And Come Out The Other Side Stronger.

How To Write Through Suicidal Hopelessness And Come Out The Other Side Stronger.

Some days it’s hard to put on a pretty face.

Tears welling up in my eyes make the mascara goopy instead of crisp and thick, sloppy smears pool at the corners as I attempt to apply it. “Gotta pull it together, pretty girl,” my voice speaks to the reflection in the mirror. “You have to take your daughter to the doctor and help your husband host a lunch meeting.” 

Why can’t I summon the will to live right now? Sometimes there are days when all I can say is “I’m sorry.”

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