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Our Wedding & The Miracle of 12 Close Friends at 30

It can be really hard to believe that it's possible to have 12 close friends at the age of 30. And yet our wedding day proved to be a great celebration of friendship and what it takes to build and celebrate connections that last a lifetime. Long time no post, huh? I know what you're thinking. Matt's married now so that means it's time for him to disappear off the face of the planet and to never be heard from again. In truth, we did do that for a while on our honeymoon in The Land of The Long White Cloud ...

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Why Christians Who Don't Go To Church Are Missing The Point

"I love God, but I don't go to church". Is it really possible for these two viewpoints to co-exist in someone who professes to be a Christian? Have you ever sat down with someone you went to high school, university, or some social gathering with, and had that little conversation of "Where Are They Now?". Oh yeah, Billy, I remember that dude, he married that girl who looked like a model. Ah yeah, Jen, she was the school dux, now she's a software engineer at Google. I was doing that over the last few weeks with a few different people (they brought ...

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My Problem With I Can't Help It

What do you do when people refuse to change? Here is my problem with the statement, "I can't help it". We recently completed our pre-marriage counselling, and it was an experience I would definitely recommend any serious couple to undertake. We did the Prepare/Enrich course with some longtime mentors and friends of mine. I wasn't sure what it would be like at the start but after the 200+ questions, I knew we'd have some things to talk about. And we did. I remember one of my habits came up during conversation that had been brought up before - one I've been ...

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6 Books I'm Glad I Read Before I Got Engaged (And One During!)

It's a time of preparing for a lifetime of eternal bliss, sexual fulfillment and everything always being perfect and wonderful... right? Here are 6 books I'm super glad I read before I got engaged. And one I'm even more glad I read while engaged. Last night I wrote a post about the questions I get asked the most about writing online. In it I wrote a small snippet about the importance of being honest, in which I wrote two different paragraphs about the engagement season to illustrate the difference when you're being open about yourself. Thinking about it today, I was thinking ...

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10 Questions I Always Get Asked About Writing Online

Whether you're a fellow writer, a regular reader, or looking to get started yourself, I get asked about the world of blogging on a regular basis. Here are 10 questions I always get asked about writing online. Walking The Shoreline started way back in 2014 after I had told a group of men my age that I wanted to write online in a more public capacity one day. I had been writing online on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and other little places here and there and had a lot of people quite interested in what I would have to write. I went ...

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Doing It Alone? 7 Reasons We Won't Ask For Help

Are you doing it alone when you don't have to be, or dealing with someone who is? Here are 7 reasons we won't ask for help. Wedding planning is a crazy time. It's exciting, it's confronting, it's encouraging, it's challenging, it's happy, and it's up and down. Or at least those have definitely been my experiences with it. The death of individualistic living and the birth of something completely new. My poor utilitarian mancave of a house will never be the same. PS. That's actually a really good thing, I can only imagine the thoughts people have kept to themselves over the ...

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Why Timon and Pumbaa Are The True Villains Of The Lion King

Hakuna Matata and eating bugs accompanied by utter devastation. Here's why Timon and Pumbaa are the true villains of The Lion King... and of the lives of many of us. I had the awesome privilege of getting to witness the Aladdin musical featuring The Genie from Broadway last week. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You get the point. It was stupendous. The sets, the songs, the costumes (!!!) were all top notch. Yes, I did cry... but it was from laughing so hard during the song High Adventure. People missed Abu but his replacements are quite hilarious. And the set they used ...

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When Nobody Is Good Enough For You

Whether it's the inability to find someone worthwhile, or feeling stuck in a relationship - what do you do when nobody is good enough for you? This one comes to you on the other side of some exciting personal news. I've recently gotten engaged in the last week or so, and Walking The Shoreline has had over 400,000 visitors! I am truly humbled by all the visitors I've had over the last few years, as well as all the messages I get from all across the world of how a few simple words from me have fostered some thought and even ...

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Everyone Is Religious

Is God dead? Is organised religion a farce? Whatever your answer, I would subscribe to you that everyone is religious, not just those who say they are. A comment that I hear with ever increasing regularity is "I'm not religious". People usually say this when they either have no belief in a higher power, or they do have a belief, but don't see themselves as actively exhibiting the behaviours associated with said belief. Owners of the statement would usually describe themselves as somewhere between atheists and deists. Some people would even describe themselves as non-practicing Catholics, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists. There's ...

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Are You Too Busy For A Relationship?

The African proverb says, "If you want to travel fast, go alone; if you want to travel far, go together". A growing majority of single and married people are choosing the former. Are you too busy for a relationship? I think one of the most common statements I hear when people discuss the topic of relationships, or anything really, is how busy they are. Any time I'm in an elevator somewhere, the small talk conversation is always obsessive about the level of busy-ness. "So so busy, I don't even know how we'll get it done". "Busy, but good busy". "It's good ...

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