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Healthy You: Refresh, Not Escape

Nicole Smithee video

  This second installment of a new video series “Healthy You”, explores the need for space to rest and refuel.  A true sign of maturity is intentionally investing in yourself through meaningful rest.  And it’s not just a good health tip; it’s an actual command from God. We need time away from our work to remember that we are more than our work.  Our value is not in what we produce or the paycheck we take home or the position…

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Starting Your Day Right: 6 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Mornings

Nicole Smithee

We all know what it feels like to get up on the wrong side of the bed.  We promised ourselves the night before that we would wake up early to go to the gym, get an early start at work, or have some time to enjoy a cup of coffee while properly preparing for the day.  Instead, we hit the snooze button more times than we’d like to admit, opted to wear a hat and go one more day before…

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Beauty Redefined: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Own Beauty

Nicole Smithee and bridal party

  I was 6 years old when a boy first made me cry.  He called me Plucky Duck on the playground in front of other kids, laughing over his own clever joke about my “big” lips.  I ignored him and kept playing with my friends as if nothing had happened, but later that evening I stared at my reflection in the bathroom mirror, biting my lips to make them appear smaller while holding back tears. I didn’t wear lipstick till…

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I Used to Hate Fasting, and How That All Changed

Nicole Smithee

I have a confession to make.  For a very long time, I hated fasting and avoided it like the plague.  I became a Christian when I was 12 years old, and I was eager to learn and grow in my faith at the time.  But fasting never made much sense to me.  It felt like a hunger strike at best and an unhealthy diet plan at worst.  I did a few short fasts throughout my teen years, but the whole…

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