Beverley Benskin

About the Author Beverley Benskin


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Take Care!

Self-care means different things to different people. Are you feeling tired, overwhelmed or just stressed out? Life can be extremely busy and hectic at times. No doubt, the struggle is real. That’s why your mental, spiritual and physical health should always be a priority. The question is… Have you been taking care of yourself? Have you been taking the time to check in on how you’re doing? Remember: If your cup is empty you’ll have nothing to offer anyone. Give yourself permission to pause, reflect, and practice self-care. We only get one chance at this gift called life and we …

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Show Me!

Don’t just tell me… Show me! Are your words lining up with your actions? I’ve had the privilege of speaking with many people who talk about wanting to see change in their lives, but then they’ll confess that they’re not willing or don’t think they are able to put in the actual work necessary for that change to occur. Talking about change doesn’t change anything. The thing about change is that it requires work and sometimes it takes hard work to get your desired outcome. You can talk about what you want to do all day long, but if you …

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Stop Comparing!

Comparing yourself to others will steal your joy… “Don’t let your food get cold worrying about what’s on someone else’s plate.” In other words… stay in your own lane, continue on your own path and do the thing that you alone are called to do and that only you can do with your unique talent, personality and gifting and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. There are endless opportunities to compare yourself to others we’ve all been guilty of comparing at one time or another; the problem is once you start comparing it’s hard to stop. Don’t worry …

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What Is Your Mindset?

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” [Proverbs 23:7] Many times we think that life is just happening to us and we believe that we have no control over our lives. It’s true that there are many situations that we have no control over, but there are also many things that we absolutely do have total control over. One of those things is our mindset, the way that we think about life. Our mindset determines our destination in life; it determines our future. Ask yourself: do I have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? A fixed …

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What’s Your Definition Of Success?

What does being successful mean to you? Does it mean having a lot of money or having a lot of stuff? Does it mean having a great job, a nice car or traveling the world? Does it mean having a great family and lots of friends or living in complete peace and contentment and experiencing good health? What are you striving for, and why? Zig Ziglar says, “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting, in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard reaching for the highest …

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Be Bold

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela What does it mean to be bold? It means that you take chances and that you experience new things. It means that you stand up for what you believe. It means that you take steps towards your goals and dreams even when you’re afraid. It means stepping out in faith even when everything seems hopeless. It means being courageous! It can be scary to try new …

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Be The Change…

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself: [L. Tolstoy] It’s so easy to look at someone and decide that they need to change, but it’s not quite as easy to look within and realize that you might be the one that actually needs to make some adjustments. Mathew 7:3-5  tells us:  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the …

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Kindness Matters

Be the reason someone feels incredibly loved and encouraged… Life can definitely be hard at times. We all know that the struggles of life are real, but a kind word can literally change someone’s entire world. Kindness is not a sign of weakness, kindness requires courage and it requires you to be vulnerable. Every single day you have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, even the smallest gesture can make a big difference. Think about it… Are you a kind person? Do you routinely show acts of kindness? We have no idea what people are going through …

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It’s About Time

I recently worked with a couple at the hospital that was scheduled to deliver their infant who had a terminal condition. Prior to the delivery we discussed their expectations and fears and walked through what the process would be like, because we weren’t really sure how long the infant would live. Their little baby boy lived for less than an hour and the parents were so happy that he was able to hold on for those precious few minutes after birth. They celebrated each and every moment that they had with him. It was truly a sad yet beautiful time …

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Don’t Just Survive… Thrive!

We were meant to thrive, not just survive. To thrive means to develop, to grow, to prosper and to flourish. So what steps are you taking to begin your journey from survival mode to thriving? I know what you’re thinking… “I’m just trying to get by…”   “You don’t know what I’m going through, or the challenges that I’m facing.” Yes, I know… there are periods in our lives when we have to go into survival mode, just to survive. I understand that, but the key is making the decision to NOT stay in survival mode permanently. Life can be hard, …

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