About the Author


Sara Debbie Gutfreund

Sara Debbie Gutfreund received her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Family Therapy from the University of North Texas. She has taught parenting classes and self-development seminars and provided adolescent counseling. She writes extensively for many online publications and in published anthologies of Jewish women's writing. She and her husband spent 14 wonderful years raising their five children in Israel, and now live in Blue Ridge Estates in Waterbury, Connecticut, where Sara Debbie enjoys skiing and running in her free time.


Hanukkah and Jewish Grit

Spiritual victories are built on consistent, daily efforts that bear witness to our commitment and faith.

Sukkot: Living Under the Stars

Kyle Maynard’s courage to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, despite having no hands or feet, encapsulates the mindset of the sukkah.

Thanksgiving Should Not Be Only Once a Year

Six ways to feel gratitude every day. Try them; they really work!

Five Ways to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

Practical tips on how to transform your emotions and live a happier life.

Six Steps to Facing Your Fears

Because the only way to create a life of growth and significance is by taking risks.

Seven Ways to Make Your Thoughts More Empowering

How to bring more positivity and optimism into your day.

The 6 High Performance Habits that Make People Extraordinary

All successful people share six common, consistent habits regardless of their area of expertise. Everyone can emulate them.

A Shelter of Belonging: How the Sukkah Can Connect Us to Each Other

Open to the stars, we are able to see beyond the walls that divide.

The Five Ways We Mess Up an Apology

How to ask for forgiveness the right way.

8 Things I’m Letting Go before Rosh Hashanah

Because we can’t start anew until we stop what we’re doing.

Spiritual Deficiency Syndrome and What You Can Do About It

Take this important annual spiritual checkup before Rosh Hashanah.

Make Your Bed: Change Your Life and Maybe the World

9 lessons from Admiral McRaven’s best-selling book.

Taylor Swift’s New Song as a Jewish Guide to Forgiveness

Look what you made me do and three other common obstacles to forgiveness.

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions

Our feelings do not need to define us or dictate our actions.

Elul and the Solar Eclipse: Removing the Blocks to Find Meaning

Three steps to embrace the ever-present meaning in our lives.

How My Parents’ Divorce Impacted My Marriage

My difficult childhood is making my marriage stronger.

Ten Signs You’re Ready for Marriage

It has far less to do with age than it does with being emotionally ready for a lifelong commitment.

My 30-Day No Complaining Challenge

It was way harder than I thought. Here are my three main lessons.

Overcoming Loss through Reconnection

Now is the time to feel a relentless responsibility to create meaning in our lives and reconnect to what really matters.

Seven Daily Habits of Success

Change your routine, change your life.

How to Become a Better Learner

Jim Kwik’s transformative ideas to increase your brain power.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

The necessary habits for attaining success.

Bar Mitzvah of an 89-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor

Delayed by the Nazis, Harold Katz is the first person to read from the Torah Scroll he has dedicated.

Learning to Receive

Sometimes it takes more courage to receive than to give.

Dear Guilt: A Mother’s Day Letter Every Mother Needs to Read

Ever since my first child was born you’ve been undermining my confidence. Enough is enough.

Embracing Change in Marriage

How my husband and I learned to stop being scared of change in our relationship.

Falling in Love with Israel

4 personal reasons why I’m grateful for Israel.

An Open Letter to Israeli Soldiers

My heartfelt tribute to the dedicated and brave soldiers who defend our people.

The One Thing We Need to Be Happier

And the three myths that prevent us from attaining it.

My Epic Run in the Blizzard of 2017

Because every moment is a chance to grow.

The Five Second Rule for Spiritual Transformation

It only takes five seconds to change your life.

Queen Esther: Five Lessons in Personal Transformation

Queen Esther shows us how to overcome our obstacles and move forward, despite our fears.

Seven Common Myths about Marriage

These unrealistic expectations can wreak havoc in your marriage.

Marshall’s Mid-Life Crisis

Top five lessons from a quora post that went viral.

Warren Buffett’s Gems of Wisdom

Want to know what’s in Warren Buffet’s daily planner?

Super Bowl 2017: Meet the Two Jewish Owners

They both know the importance of being a mensch on and off the field.

Steven Spielberg’s Jewish Roots

“Because I am proud of being Jewish, I am worried by the growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the world.”

Knocked Out by the Flu

Unable to get up from my bed I was forced to face the uncomfortable truth: I am not in control.

The Power of Gazing at the Stars

In a miff? Sometimes all you have to do is look up.

Jewish Grit and Hanukkah

The incredible power of adding one consistent light at a time.

Mindset: Ten Transformative Quotes on Teaching Children to Grow

How to instill real confidence and embrace failure as part of the learning process.

Seeing Beyond Our Fears

When Isaac Lidsky went blind, he faced down his fears and created a new vision for his life.

Awesome Jars: A Transformational Tool for your Family

Instilling the art of acknowledging the good into your home.

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