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This week, Marshmallow Mondays is asking you to visit The Caged Bird Still Sings, a new blog written by one of our very close friends in Pennsylvania, Lauren Shaak.  You’ll read about Lauren’s personal health struggles, from which she pulls new perspectives on life that will inspire and motivate you to help others, live more positively and be more compassionate.

The Caged Bird Still Sings is about finding a way to be content when life seems to feel out of your control.  Let’s face it, things don’t always turn out the way we’d like.  By reading Lauren’s blog, she will help you find ways to cope when things don’t seem to go the way you expected.

I have known Lauren for 15 years, and have watched her experience struggle after struggle after struggle, but am always amazed at the way she can emotionally bounce back while maintaining such a positive outlook.  Sure, she has bad days and moments of “why me,” but she never wallows in her sorrows.  Instead, she somehow manages to find strength and hope and uses that to ease her pain.

Any time I am feeling down or having a rough day, Lauren is one of the first people I call.  Not only is she one of the best listeners I know, but she reminds me of the big picture and that there is always a bit of sunshine in even the darkest storm.  I always find myself with a new perspective after talking to her, and it helps me to focus on the positive.

Here are a few of Lauren’s recent posts that I encourage you to check out:

Words Are POWERFUL. – This is my favorite post so far.  After reading this post, you will find yourself being more careful with your words.  Whether you’re talking to a friend, your spouse, or your children, Lauren explains the true depth on how your words can impact the ones closest to you.

Time Heals All Wounds. – Does time really heal all wounds?  What does it really take to deal with deep emotional trauma that haunts you night after night and leaves open, painful wounds?  Read this post for some great tips on coping with those emotional wounds.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. – Read the true motivation behind Lauren’s blog, which is a poem by Maya Angelou called “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”  We have all felt trapped or caged at some point in our lives.  Whether it’s a fear of failing, low self-confidence, or some other type of insecurity, each of us can easily think of at least one time where we’ve felt held back from something important to us.  This is why Lauren’s blog is so relatable.  She inspires us to positively deal with that feeling of being caged, and shows us ways that we can avoid making others feel caged.  Because let’s be honest, no one should feel held back from their hopes and dreams.

You can also follow The Caged Bird Still Sings on Facebook, where you’ll receive inspiring quotes, stories, and videos to remind you about the importance of being a positive force in a not-so-always-positive society.


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Bridgit, your kind words mean so much to me! Thank you for sharing my blog, and for believing in me.

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