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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.

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5 ways to combat the pressure to be perfect.


Henry Worsley & Risking It All

Henry Worsley & Risking It All

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The British explorer died attempting to cross the Antarctic unaided. Was it worth it?


Grow like the Trees

Grow like the Trees

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6 lessons in honor of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees.


Lessons from Running

Lessons from Running

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Because every mile is a gift.


Facing Life’s Big Questions

Facing Life’s Big Questions

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My daughters are asking questions that Google can’t answer.


7 Ways to Build Your Teens’ Confidence

7 Ways to Build Your Teens’ Confidence

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How you can help your children believe in themselves.


Seven Ways to Turn Goals into Action

Seven Ways to Turn Goals into Action

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Most people abandon their resolutions. Here’s how to ensure you keep them.


5 Expectations to Give Up to be Happy

5 Expectations to Give Up to be Happy

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Life circumstances don’t make us happy. It’s how we view what happens to us that makes us happy.


Living in Israel: Six Lessons

Living in Israel: Six Lessons

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Where the heart of the Jewish people lies, nothing is mundane.


8 Ways to Turn Darkness into Light

8 Ways to Turn Darkness into Light

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This Hanukkah choose to create your own miracles.


Six Ways to Be Patient with Our Children

Six Ways to Be Patient with Our Children

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Parenting is exasperating. Here are some tips to keep in mind.


8 Ways to be More Thankful

8 Ways to be More Thankful

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This Thanksgiving take the gratitude challenge.


7 Reasons I am Grateful to Be a Jew

7 Reasons I am Grateful to Be a Jew

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Why I am grateful to be a Jew today.


6 Inspiring Quotes on Transcending Limitations and Reaching Greatness

6 Inspiring Quotes on Transcending Limitations and...

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How to live relentlessly.


No More Monday Blues

No More Monday Blues

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Transform your weekdays with the gifts of Shabbat.


Six Ways to Conquer the Fear of Beginnings

Six Ways to Conquer the Fear of Beginnings

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On your mark, get set, go! Yes, go!


The Spiritual Bystander Effect

The Spiritual Bystander Effect

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The Jewish people needs your prayers.


8 Ways to Bring Inspiration into Each Day

8 Ways to Bring Inspiration into Each Day

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The holidays are over. Here’s how to hold onto the light.


Finding Shelter in a Transient World

Finding Shelter in a Transient World

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Six points to think about as you sit in your sukkah.


Ten Ways to Get Up After We Fall

Ten Ways to Get Up After We Fall

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How to keep trying even when we feel stuck.


5 Things to Do During Your First Year of Marriage

5 Things to Do During Your First Year of Marriage

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How to work on building your marriage every single day.


But I Haven’t Changed All Year!

But I Haven’t Changed All Year!

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4 common thoughts that block change before Rosh Hashanah.


8 Ways to Jumpstart Change

8 Ways to Jumpstart Change

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Great quotes to inspire personal transformation.


7 Ways to Worry Less

7 Ways to Worry Less

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Don’t worry, be happy. 7 great quotes with photos.


Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

Courage & Faith: Tibor Rubin’s Heroism

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An anti-Semitic sergeant couldn’t stop a Holocaust survivor who heroically served in the US Army from getting his Medal of Honor.


7 Things Happy People Don't Do

7 Things Happy People Don't Do

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How happy are you?


Never Give Up

Never Give Up

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8 motivating quotes to fire up your day.


8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

8 Ways to Be a Better Parent

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Because every parent can use a quick reminder.


Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

Eight Things Women Say and What They Really Mean

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A user-friendly guide for men who sometimes have no idea what their wife is really saying.


Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

Six Lessons My Father Taught Me

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Life changing values to share with your kids.


Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

Seven Warning Signs of Toxic Relationships

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If these warning signs sound familiar, distance yourself as much as possible.


Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

Ten Things I Wish I Knew at My Graduation

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Print and post on your fridge and read regularly.


8 Signs You’re Creating a Meaningful Life

8 Signs You’re Creating a Meaningful Life

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Taste the joy of living with purpose.


Sharing the Gift of Torah

Sharing the Gift of Torah

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Shavuot reminds me why I’m grateful for having the Torah in my life.


Seven Ways to Build Confidence

Seven Ways to Build Confidence

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Never give up hope in yourself and in what you can achieve.


From a Stay-at-Home Mom to Her Working Mother

From a Stay-at-Home Mom to Her Working Mother

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A letter to my mother.


Finding Patience

Finding Patience

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We were newly married, just moved to Israel and everything was going wrong.


Six Common Mistakes about Change

Six Common Mistakes about Change

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How to succeed in changing a habit.


Six Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

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Start your day right.


Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

Six Jewish Strategies for Spiritual Growth

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A daily regimen for building your spiritual muscles.


6 Passover Lessons to Impart to Your Children

6 Passover Lessons to Impart to Your Children

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A letter to my children for the Seder.


Crushing Pain

Crushing Pain

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The Jewish people ache with the Sassoon family. We cannot speak; we have no words.


Empowering Beliefs For Freedom

Empowering Beliefs For Freedom

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This Passover set yourself free.


Eight Thoughts Successful People Think Every Day

Eight Thoughts Successful People Think Every Day

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Extraordinary accomplishments begin with extraordinary thoughts.


What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mother

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I stared at her beautiful face and held her tiny hand and thought: I have no idea what I’m doing.


Take Off Your Mask

Take Off Your Mask

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This Purim, remove the four masks we wear and experience true joy.


Five Strategies for Increasing Happiness

Five Strategies for Increasing Happiness

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It's the time of year to increase your level of joy. Here's how.


5 Things Not to Compromise While Dating

5 Things Not to Compromise While Dating

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Staying true to yourself while dating.


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Walking 21 Miles to Work

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James Robertson’s amazing story that merges faith and determination.


8 Things to Tell Your Children Everyday

8 Things to Tell Your Children Everyday

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Giving your kids the love and confidence they need to embrace life.