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Before I get started, I have something to say:

Life happens, ya know. And boy has it. It has been quite some time since I last posted and posting has not been as consistent as I had planned out in my mind. I have this tendency to read my work over and over and over… and over. So… nothing really ever gets done.

Why does that happen?

Often, I worry excessively about what people will think of my writing. Will they be bored? Would people like it better if I talked about something different even though I’m really not that…

What can we do when our thought processes malfunction? There’s no surgery yet… or is there?

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Therapy is kind of like surgery for the mind or the soul, and a lot has to go into a person being ready or willing to do that exploratory process. — Hillary McBride

The episode “Ask Hilary McBride” of the Ask Science Mike podcast described therapy in a way I had never heard before. For those who don’t know who Hillary McBride is, she’s my idol… just kidding…kind of. She’s a therapist, researcher, speaker, and writer who is also a co-host of The Liturgists podcast and has spoken on many other podcasts including this one. …

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Imagine a snowball rolling down a snow-covered hill. As it rolls, it collects more and more snow. The tiny snowball quickly doubles and triples in size. The momentum builds as the growing ball of snow races down the hill. Suddenly, a bump in the terrain sends the snowball soaring. The crash causes it to burst into a million little pieces.

I’m sure you’ve heard a version of the snowball effect in the past. It’s used as a visual metaphor for many circumstances we face in life. Something so seemingly harmless slowly begins to roll, gaining momentum, quickly turning into a…

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Today my mom and I were discussing COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus. We discussed how crazy it is that people are clearing out the stores of toilet paper and mac and cheese. It’s amazing how little people understand about this pandemic. Then, the conversation took a turn. She said, “Isn’t it interesting how the government conveniently created this disease on an election year.”

Wait, what?

I was taken aback. That made no sense at all. Would a government really create a deadly pandemic to influence an election? I know governments can be corrupt, but damn. Seriously, do people actually…

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I recently came across an explanation of the Eucharist that touched my soul. While reading Mike McHargue (Science Mike)’s book Finding God in the Waves, Mike explains the last day of a religious conference he attended was ending with the tradition of the Eucharist. He said he thought this was cheesy (as would I, since that’s how we ended church camp in middle school). Rob Bell was speaking at the conference and in closing with the Eucharist…

Rob paused to look around the room and then told us that we were all just ordinary matter. Like the bread and wine…

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Sweat pouring down my face. A puddle forming on the mat below me. I need to sit down. This is too hard. I’m so tired. I’ve done enough. Just as I’m about to give up, the fitness instructor starts talking about how you don’t need motivation to keep going. You don’t? You need momentum. Build up momentum and you will be able to keep going. It’s not about having or not having enough motivation to keep you going, it’s about choosing to build your momentum back up starting with one more step.

It makes sense, I mean it’s easy to…

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Senior year of high school my parents and I traveled 3 hours to Springfield, Missouri, center of the bible belt, to check out the Christian college I would be attending the next year. I had brought up visiting other colleges I thought might be a good fit for me, but my parents assured me that I needed to attend a Christian college so as not to be swayed by the liberal education system. I wasn’t the type of person, even then to just follow my parents blindly. …

Is creating a New Year’s resolution a lost cause? Why do so many people create them year after year with the same results? Everyone talks about how New Year’s resolutions never actually work, and many people have stopped creating them altogether. Have you ever decided to stick to healthy eating or working out regularly as a New Year’s resolution and come February, already slid back into old habits? Even people who don’t create New Year’s resolutions still have aspects of their lives they would like to change. Everyone does. So, how do we create positive changes and actually stick to…

A question that seems to keep coming up for me lately is, what is faith? I was raised to believe that faith had a very specific definition. Anything outside strict devotion to a book written thousands of years ago and an esoteric, exclusionary god was not faith, or at least not faith that is valuable in any way. What if you don’t/can’t truly believe that? Do you just act like you do? Or are you just straight out of luck because God knows you have doubts? These were the questions that haunted me most of my life.

The inconsistencies and…

Image: McGill University
Image: McGill University
Image: McGill University

It’s widely understood that our brain stores and manages all information about anxiety, past trauma, and emotional struggles, right? Well, the brain does do this, but it’s not the only place that deals with emotions or the only place affected by our thoughts and traumas. Wait a minute… This means that my thoughts and feelings can escape the dungeon in my brain where I keep them safely locked away? As much as we would like, those feelings and emotions cannot be confined. They always have a way of revealing themselves. Don’t worry, this is not a bad thing! In fact…

Kelsie Ferguson

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