Author Archives: Susan Ekins

About Susan Ekins

Freelance writer and blogger at Women Making Strides. Interested in personal leadership and empowerment. Wanting inspiration and to inspire. Leader in church ministries. Blog: http://www.WomenMakingStrides.com/ Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WomenMakingStrides1

Thriving . . . Not Just Surviving: Rachell Kitchen

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.” – Brené Brown Rachell Kitchen has faced significant trauma in her life, more than most people. She has not only … Continue reading

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

“It’s better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee I’ve started a blog post on another topic, but this time of year, I feel compelled to write about the New Year. In this … Continue reading

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A Change of Seasons

“When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcome.” – Kristin Armstrong Over the summer, my daughter’s manager asked me to … Continue reading

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Listening for Inspiration

“I have seen the healing power of good listening so often that I wonder if you’ve noticed it also. . . . Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy.” – Margaret J. Wheatley … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Running . . . for Life

“Life is for participating, not for spectating.” – Kathrine Switzer This is a different blog post from what I intended to write. Over the past few months, I trained for my third annual half-marathon and faced some challenges. My intention … Continue reading

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Developing Good Habits

“Just because you’re struggling with self-discipline doesn’t mean you have to raise the white flag and declare your self-improvement efforts a complete failure. Instead, work to increase the chances that you’ll stick to your healthier habits – even when you … Continue reading

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Joie de Vivre in the New Year

“Joie de vivre is an attitude. It’s a decision you make to live a life of joy. It’s an invitation to this dance called life.” – Jamie Cat Callan The holiday season has drawn to a close, having gone by … Continue reading

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