Growing


How to Stop His Mom From Ruining Your Relationship

You love your boyfriend, but his mother…yikes! How do you cope when all you can think is, “I hate my boyfriend’s mom”? Here’s how to stop your boyfriend’s mother from causing problems and ruining your relationship with the man you love.

My Boyfriend's Mother is Ruining My Relationship

Choosing to Travel Lightly She Blossoms Tip 77

Choosing to Travel Lightly – Blossom Tip 77

Usually I write serious stuff. Practical tips, encouragement, information, and sometimes even exhortation to take responsibility for your life and choose to grow forward — even in an unwanted, unexpected season of life. Put on your big girl pants and blossom!


Blossoming Into Your Calling – Blossom Tip 76

Blossoming into who God created you to be — acrobat or blogger, cardiologist or gardener — takes time. Patience. Nurturing, growing, learning, and taking little leaps of faith. But what do you do if you’re stuck, stalled, or haven’t even started? I started the “She Blossoms” blog and book family […]

Blossoming Into Your Calling Blossom Tips

Helping a Teen Move Out of Foster Care Blossom Tips

How to Help a Teenager Move Out of Foster Care

Leaving home is a huge life transition for anyone; helping a teen age out of foster care is particularly problematic! My tips on how to help a teenager move out of foster care are inspired by a question I received from Christina Dronen, a foster parent and teen advocate.


Are You Tired of Blossoming Alone? Pen Pals – Blossom Tip 70

One of the best ways to let go of your old doubts, fears and problems is to find someone new to talk to. Someone who doesn’t know the “old you”, someone who will encourage you to change and grow. A Blossom Pen Pal is a friend who will encourage you to blossom in a new season of life!

Someone New to Talk To Pen Pals Blossom Tip 70

How to Make New Friends Brokenhearted Blossom Tip 69

Making New Friends When You’re Brokenhearted – Blossom Tip 69

It’s ironic, isn’t it? You need friends more than ever when your heart is broken. And yet it’s harder than ever to make new friends after a breakup, divorce, or death. You’re brokenhearted, sad, unmotivated, and tired. You may even feel worthless, unlovable, and empty.


Growing Forward in a New Season – Blossom Tip 67

What new season is unfolding in your life? Maybe you’re walking into something unknown — a fresh semester at school, different routine at work, unfamiliar rhythm at home — and you don’t know what to expect. Maybe you’re grieving a loss, saying goodbye to an old friend, letting go of unaccomplished goals.

She Blossoms Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back

Things I Learned From My Muslim Little Sister

5 Things I Learned From My Muslim Little Sister

Seven years ago — after my husband and I discovered we can’t have kids — I applied to be a volunteer mentor with Big Sisters/Big Brothers. This nonprofit organization matches adults (“Bigs”) with youth (“Littles”) and supports the friendship. I first learned about it 35 years earlier when I myself […]