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Christina Brandt

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It’s Up to You

What are you most afraid of right now? Not knowing where you’re headed? That you’ll make a mistake? That someone will judge you? That you only get one chance in life so you’d better get it right? That no one will understand your choice and you’ll be all alone? That you’re not smart enough? That […]

“It’s Complicated”

I’m hearing this phrase a lot lately.  It’s a response that’s lobbed at me when I ask questions about why someone stays in an icky relationship, a toxic job, a home that’s too big, and in other unsustainable situations.  We sure do like to complicate things. Well, maybe not all of us.  Have you ever […]

Fear and Love

My friend Karen posted this on Facebook recently:  “Fear knocked on the door.  Love answered.  No one was there.”  Although I’m not a big Bible reader, I remember a passage similar to Karen’s post about perfect love casting out all fear. When I’m afraid, I do three things: focus on my breathing, noticing each long […]

The Head/Foot Switch

I was desperate for a good night’s sleep.  Three nights of tossing and turning made me really, really grouchy.  After sharing with my grad school professor how frustrated I was, he said “mix it up. ”  He suggested that I either:   sleep on the sofa, or lie on the floor, or put my head […]

Your Punctuation Mark

Dr. Bill Hale believes that people can be classified as one of three different types of punctuation mark: The Exclamation Points  These are the “my way or the highway” folks who fight you for the sake of being right, who know best and are unwilling to believe there’s room for anyone else’s views or insights.  […]

Picture the scene:  a tarmac in the middle of nowhere.  A small plane arrives, dropping off the next lucky group who’ll experience the magic of the South African bush.  Off to the side is a group who must say goodbye.  Hugs all around, but no one’s willing to board the plane.  I found myself in […]

Soul Catchup

During our recent trip to Spain, my friend and fellow coach Susan Baghdadi was telling me the story of an Australian Aborigine who, after his first ever car trip, felt the need to sit down on the ground.  When asked why, he said “I am waiting for my soul to catch up.” I’m sure all […]

5. October 2011 We arrived in Santiago today, exhausted and pretty proud of ourselves.  Receiving the “compostela,” the certificate from the church that recognizes your pilgrimage, is a pretty special moment. A mass in the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela is enough to move anyone to tears, coupled with the fact that the celebrant recognized […]

3. October 2011 As the day wore on and it got hotter, the storming began.  Not the rain kind.  The kind where everyone’s sniping about one another, wanting others to back off, or simply being crabby about life in general. This day’s hard.  Lots of ascents and descents, a little less scenic and a lot […]

3 October 2011 It’s hot here on the Camino, with weather in the 80s and a cloudless sky.  Today I’ve decided to walk the latter part of the day’s trek and ride out the first part in our “sag wagon.”  The walkers are passing us by, laden with gear and sweating profusely.  I’m in the […]