Identity & Life


Surviving a Situation You Can’t Change

Sometimes you can get a new job, leave a bad relationship, or even move to a new place. But how do you survive a situation you can’t change? These tips won’t make your problems disappear, but you’ll see you’re not alone. And you may find some strength and hope for your journey forward.


6 Ways to Cope With Being a Foster Kid

If you’re a foster kid – or even a foster parent – my tips for dealing with feelings of helplessness, shame, and loneliness will help you cope. It’s hard to be in foster care, even when your foster homes are supportive, your foster parents kind, and the system good to you.


How to be Happy When You Can’t Have Kids

Here’s the truth: there aren’t any quick tips or easy fixes for happiness in a childless life. But, my ideas on how to be happy when you can’t have kids may help you see things in a new light – especially if you haven’t chosen a childfree life. Let’s start with one of my favorite quotes about being willing to […]


7 Unexpected Ways to Stop Feeling Lonely Right Now

Trust me: you’re not the only one who is feeling lonely! Here, you’ll discover something a trillion times better than the usual tips for people living alone. I actually wrote that article a couple years ago. It’s fine and I even include the link below…but this is better 🙂 This article is for you – and it’s for the 5,400 people who […]


A Life Coach’s Advice for Overcoming Fear of What People Think

Do you feel paralyzed and anxious because of what people think about you, your appearance, performance, opinions, choices? Here’s how to overcome your fears and insecurities; these tips are from life coach Arianna Merritt, M.Ed. “For years, I kept my mouth shut as I was too shy to speak up,” she says. “While I wasn’t afraid of performing in sports or music, […]


How to Be With a Boyfriend Who Isn’t Ambitious or Motivated

You love your boyfriend, but he has no goals or motivation for his future. Here’s how to be in a relationship with a guy who isn’t ambitious about work, school, or anything important in life. I was inspired to share my tips for a reader who asked for advice about her boyfriend. He isn’t ambitious or interested in his future job or […]


Blossoming FAQ and Answers – Laurie’s Blossom Blog Series

You found Blossoms! Here are the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about my Blossom blog series, plus links to all things blossoming in my life. First, I have to share a quote I just found about blossoming. I don’t love it, but I’ll share it anyway…“They blossomed, they did not talk about blossoming.” That’s from David Stojanovic. Why don’t I […]


What Introverts Need to Know About Going On Mission Trips

Going on a missions trip can change your life and perspective. But, mission trips can be exhausting for introverted people! Here are the most important things introverts need to know about going on a missions trip, inspired by my volunteer work in Haiti. I recently spent a week with Mission Possible, serving on a medical missions trip. We also helped […]


How to Be Happy Without Kids – Inspiration From Lesley

Are you saddened by your life as a childless woman? Here’s one of the best tips on how to be happy without kids: connect with other women who have experienced infertility. “I am now in a place where I can say that childlessness has proved to be my biggest gift because without it I wouldn’t be enjoying the wonderful life […]