Spend It Offering Light: Week 1

Today is the day: our new series, “Spend It Offering Light” (#OfferLight) starts now, with essays from Brooke Adams Law and Abby Norman! This recent post inspired the idea, and the stories I’ve received have been breathtaking. “Spend It Offering Light” features real people turning their fears into something that helps others, into light. …
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The Dance of Disconnection (And Some New Moves)

You’ve probably had this happen to you. You see a person you love after an extended time apart. It's wonderful to reunite. You feel so fortunate to have this friendship; you’re sure you’ll keep in touch. And then you go home, back to your everyday life, and you don’t call them for months. This isn’t something you do on purpose. It’s just that one day you wake up and realize that you're disconnected, despite your good intentions. At this point, you have a few options. You can: A) Shrug off the guilt, saying that you’ll call at an unspecified ‘later’...
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Little Known Ways To Face Your Fears & Wow The Crowds…Maybe.

This is a story about a time when I fell flat on my face. Metaphorically, I mean. And I don't know about you, but that's a big fear of mine. Preparing and trying to do my best, and instead...completely blowing it. When L'Arche DC celebrated its 25th anniversary birthday, I volunteered to give a speech with Leo at the Saturday evening banquet. I was his accompanier, and L'Arche DC's 25th anniversary was more Leo's celebration than anyone's. As the community's founding member, it was a milestone for him. Me and Leo, giving the L'Arche DC 25th anniversary speech! ...
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5 Books I Can’t Live Without: Guest Post At Books Distilled

Readers, surprise! This week's (usually Thursday) post is over at Books Distilled. It's the latest post in Brooke Law's "5 Books I Can't Live Without" series. You can find it here:  5 Books I Can't Live Without: Caroline McGraw I'm honored to be posting there. Books Distilled is all about "helping you find books you'll love" and Brooke Law is very, very good at doing just that. Welcome, readers from Books Distilled! I'm happy you're here. xoxo, Caroline

Fail, Fail And Fail Again: Why Falling Flat Is Key To Flying High

Lately, I've been feeling like failure is a necessary precursor to success. Allow me to explain. I've got 4 guest posts coming up in the next 4 weeks. I set a goal to guest post on a new site every other month. One could say that I've achieved my goal for the next 8 (!) months. I also have my first ebook coming out on 5/24. Guest-posting and releasing an ebook are my two major growth strategies for this site, and it's exciting to have them converging during this time. Let's set aside the fact that I should have set...
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