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The Prophecy of Broccoli

Three months ago, had you asked me what veggies I like, I'd have said, "None." Then, I would have said, "I hate all green things, especially broccoli." Many of us are familiar with the prophecy that foretold the coming of a boy who would have the power to vanquish Lord Voldemort. But are you familiar with the self-fulfilling prophecy? Britannica defines it as the process through which an originally false expectation leads to its own confirmation. I'd been telling myself for years that I hated broccoli. But what if I changed my mindset? What if I tried affirming my like for broccoli? What would happen? What do you think happened? If you guessed that I started liking broccoli, you would be correct. By simply changing my mindset and saying out loud, "I love broccoli," I found myself actually enjoying it and looking forward to it at mealtimes. Crazy, right? Not really. It's just psychology. Often used in dialectical behavioral therapy (or DBT),
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Dinnertime with the boys

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Writer's Block 101

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REVISED: Owl Eyeglass Holder Crochet Pattern

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Otis: An answered prayer

This past Friday, October 15, I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed over lunch when a post on one of the dog mom pages I follow caught my eye. It was a rehoming post for this little boy: Otis, a 1-year-old teddy bear (Shih Tzu/Bichon mix). Now, this was a type of post I had seen before, but there was something about this one that stopped me in my tracks. I just knew in my heart we had to help. I called Dan over to take a look. He had a similar reaction, which told me we were being called to do this. Even though we already had three fur babies, we were drawn to Otis. We had to know more. We had to meet him. The post specified that they wanted Otis to go to a home where he'd be the king of the house or the only pet. That didn't stop me from reaching out. I wrote from my heart and asked that they consider us even though we did not meet the criteria set forth. Imagine my excitement when I heard back from the owner! We both poured out our hearts and knew this was worth a shot

SNEAK PEEK of my new manuscript!

A Second Chance Written by Jen Ekblad Property of Jenuine Enterprises LLC Chapter 1 Kate is a planner. She doesn’t like surprises. In fact, on her seventh birthday, when her parents surprised her with a trip to Disneyland, she locked herself in her bedroom and refused to come out. In the fifth grade, when the teacher changed her seating assignment, which meant she no longer sat by her best friend, Alicia, Kate refused to move. And, even into her young adult years, Kate insisted that the nurse count down from three and administer the shot precisely after the final count of “one.” Growing up, Kate spent more time with her nanny than her parents, who divorced when she was ten—their divorce was surprisingly a relief to Kate. But as she watched her mom struggle to find her purpose in life, Kate vowed that she would never place her purpose in that of a man. Needless to say, she set the bar so high that no man could meet her standard until her senior year at college. * * * “Off to class a