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Pregnant? Yes There is Hope for You

Hope is like a beckoning light on a dark day—it’s what gives us to courage to keep pushing forward against life’s obstacles. But sometimes obstacles—like an unexpected pregnancy—loom so large that they block the light of hope. We grow fearful and discouraged, and we stop pursuing our dreams. We give up. Even though hope is …

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Unexpected Pregnancy: Hard Time to be Thankful?

Thankfulness may be the last thing on your mind when you encounter an unexpected pregnancy. But gratitude may be exactly what’s needed to help you move through this experience in ways that bring you joy and hope. Don’t believe it’s possible? Read on. Why be Thankful? Research shows that when we’re stressed, gratitude can help …

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Will Adoption Be a Chapter in Your Pregnancy Story?

People like stories that sound real. Stories where good things are mixed in with the bad things. We especially like stories that start out risky or dark and end up in a happy, surprising place. These feel like stories that matter. That’s why it matters what you write into your story of unexpected pregnancy. Because …

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5 Powerful Questions That Can Change Your Life

It happens to all of us. We do the same thing today that we did yesterday. And we don’t like how it turns out today any more than we liked it yesterday. Then tomorrow comes, and we do it all over again. Sometimes the “it” we do is how we handle relationships. Sometimes “it” is …

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How to Quit Following the Crowd and Enjoy Sexual Integrity

Following the crowd has become something of a national pastime. For image-sensitive high school students it can be an obsession. The crowd tweets something and we retweet it. (Even if we’ve never checked to see if it’s actually true.) The crowd starts a fashion trend and we feel we’d better wear it too. We want …

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Feeling Stuck? Your Life Coach Can Help

Finding out you’re pregnant can reveal a whole lot of things. . . . a weakness in your romantic relationship. . . .the downside of some lifestyle choices. . . . the feeling you’re stuck in a rut. And you want out. But how can you change your life’s direction? We Get By With a …

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Will This Pregnancy Ruin My Plans?

Life is full of surprises. Pregnancy may be one of them. But pregnancy doesn’t need to ruin all your plans. Let’s talk about ways to stay on track even when pregnancy catches you by surprise. Will pregnancy make me drop out of school? No. Whether you’re in high school or college, you don’t have to …

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How to Turn Setbacks into Opportunities

How do you respond to setbacks? Do they send you into a tailspin? Do they drive you to seek easy answers—before you’ve even thought about the questions? Most of us take negative surprises like a collision with a wall. All we can think about is the pain we’re in. The mess we’re in. So we …

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Your Resilience Superpower and How to Get it

What do you do when an unintended pregnancy threatens to radically change your life? Life has thrown you a curve, and you’ve got to deal with it. In a word, you need to be resilient. Resilient people bounce back. They hit hard times and still find a good way forward. They fall down and climb …

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Michelangelo and You: How a Strong Relationship Shapes You

How many of the benefits of a healthy relationship do you know about? Look at what a healthy, loving relationship can help you do: Live longer Heal faster Feel less pain Reduce your stress level Avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking Maintain healthy habits like exercising and eating right And did you know that …

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Is Respect Alive and Well in Your Relationship?

If you only watch movies or TV, you might come to believe that as long as the sex is good, the relationship is, too. But if you live in the real world, you may have noticed that’s not true. Look around you. The best, longest-lasting relationships are built on something else altogether. Something that doesn’t …

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Longing for Love: How to Fill Your Heart without Regrets

You were made to be loved. That’s why the longing to be loved is so strong. Yet you have probably heard society’s subtle whispers: “Who would ever want someone like you?” or “You’re not (_fill in the blank_) enough to be loved.” Then puberty hits, and hormones turn your longing for love into something deafening. …

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