Standing Tall

When you need a rest from your inner task manager

By Alison Cook | November 21, 2018

A need isn’t always your personal call to action. My dad wrote this on a sticky note once and pasted it to his bathroom mirror. At the time, I didn’t really understand – I was a young kid. I just knew that my dad – a bastion of encouragement and helpful support – thought enough...

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4 ways to shift from overthinking to courageous risk-taking

By Alison Cook | October 10, 2018

Are you guilty of overthinking? I’ve had a few nicknames in my day. Most of them felt loving, but in my early twenties one took hold that really stung— “Analison.” Get it? Analyze + Alison = Analison. Ouch! If a friend or loved one is pointing out your tendency to over-analyze, you might want to...

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Controlling others or confident leadership?

By Alison Cook | October 3, 2018

Would you rather lead by controlling others. . .or by empowering them? The answer to this question is pretty obvious. Controlling others gets a bad rap, and for good reason. Controlling behaviors can lead to manipulation, abuse of power, and boundary violations. On the other hand, we do want to have “self-control” and we also...

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The 5 signs that your desire to please others has become extreme

By Alison Cook | September 26, 2018

The desire to please others isn’t all bad. But when the desire to please becomes extreme, it keeps you from tending to a more vulnerable part of your own soul in need. When you focus always on the needs of others, you risk neglecting your deepest desires. You also may be avoiding your fears and...

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thriving in chaos

You can thrive in summer, even when your schedule is falling apart

By Alison Cook | July 30, 2018

I always struggled to thrive in summer, even before I had a family. On one hand, I enjoy the happy chaos, but my soul tends to take a beating without the natural rhythms of a school year. In the absence of a set structure, I default to adapting my day-to-day routines around the needs of...

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How to improve connection

How to Regain Connection to God, Others, and Yourself

By Alison Cook | July 10, 2018

We want to be close to God and to others. . . but did you know that connection starts with you? We all crave the experience of being seen and loved for who we really are. And we rejoice when someone we love lets us in to see them for who they really are. Such...

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calm your emotions at the ocean

Three Steps to Healing Painful Emotions

By Alison Cook | June 15, 2018

The first step to healing painful emotions is to focus on them. This may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s true. I didn’t really learn how to focus on and heal painful emotions until I was well into adulthood. It’s not that I didn’t have painful emotions, don’t get me wrong! It’s just that I was adept...

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Courage

Finding Courage When All You Feel is Fear

By Alison Cook | May 29, 2018

Did you know it takes fear to have courage? A few years ago, I found myself facing a fearful set of circumstances. I knew God was calling me to do something that was going to be extremely difficult for me. I needed to take a stand that pushed against the grain of nearly every part...

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When Curiosity Becomes a Calling

By Alison Cook | May 7, 2018

How do you know when what you are curious about is actually a calling? I can be curious about almost everything. I’m delighted by people who excel at home design or gardening – I want to learn all about how they do it. If you give me a budget, I want to figure out how...

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