Monday Mention: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

Does anyone else remember Colbie Caillat? She was my jam in high school ♫♪. And so when I saw she was being interviewed on Cathy Heller’s podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, I had to listen. It’s not a podcast I usually frequent, but I’m converted — because just two weeks later there was an incredible interview for entrepreneurs from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran! And, fun fact for you guys: that’s my favorite TV show. Today, I share 3 of my personal takeaways from each of these interviews with you, and link you up for the full scoop. Continue reading Monday Mention: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

Affirmations for Intentional Living

Less than one month left of 2019! I’ve been thinking a lot about the year of purposeful growth and hard work it has been — dealing with all of my baggage and how it affects the people I love. There are so many sayings that got me through difficult days, or helped me with my goal of intention, and I wanted to give you this piece of my heart. As you reflect, I hope these words will help you feel empowered, encouraged, capable, and loved. Continue reading Affirmations for Intentional Living

Wednesday Walk Along: Sunshine Blogger Award

Today I want to thank Dawn of Drawing Closer to Christ for nominating me to receive a Sunshine Blogger Award! I am sorry I’m so late to the game, Dawn. If you haven’t met or been inspired by Dawn yet, you have only to visit her blog and you will see what a truly faithful encourager she truly is. Due to timing, I won’t be able to pass this tag on today, but I wanted to honor Dawn and answer her questions for my walk-along today. Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: Sunshine Blogger Award

Seven Secrets To A Lasting Friendship

Joe and I recently had a conversation with a close friend of mine, who was curious to know if we had any thoughts on maintaining friendships through the various transitions/stages of life — particularly, how can single friends stay close together, even after one of them gets married? Between the three of us, we ended up with the following ideas, which, ultimately, apply to most friendships, because the real question is: What makes a good friendship last? Continue reading Seven Secrets To A Lasting Friendship

Wednesday Walk Along: Parenting To The B.E.S.T. Of My Ability

First things first, I am NOT the best parent out there 😂. In fact, I am a BIG believer that there is no “best” way. You are simply the best parent for your child because you love and know them best. Whatever your methods, as long as you have that, don’t let anyone else call the shots! That said, I developed this acronym earlier in the year for some of my own parenting goals, and I would love to share it with you! Take and leave what you will. Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: Parenting To The B.E.S.T. Of My Ability

Thoughts About Mental Health + 5 Ways You Can Be a Light in the Darkness of Mental Illness

I hold so many people dear who battle with mental illness on a regular basis, and it’s so often devastating, but it doesn’t have to be lonely. Not too long ago, generations of people were taught that mental illness was something to be hidden, something to be suppressed, and that seeking help meant blemishing the family name. Whether you talk about mental illness or not, this is something we all need to get away from. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. It deserves the same amount of thoughtful care, treatment, and understanding. Continue reading Thoughts About Mental Health + 5 Ways You Can Be a Light in the Darkness of Mental Illness

Barnabas Award

Today I want to thank Beverley of Becoming the Oil and the Wine, Matthew of jesusluvsall, and Pene’ of Pene’ Pasta for the Soul for nominating me to receive the Barnabas Award for Blogging Encouragement Recognition. Wow! I so look up to each of you for the way you speak honestly and from the heart, with faith throughout difficult circumstances, and love for others. I always hope others read my blog and walk away with the same feeling of encouragement, and I am honored you thought of me. Continue reading Barnabas Award

Wednesday Walk Along: Slow-Cooker Minestrone — A Favorite Cold Weather Soup

I love to bake! But when it comes to cooking, I leave it to my husband — the expert. However, soup is one meal I can cook, and feel fairly confident in serving afterward. Especially if the recipe uses a slow-cooker (my favorite kitchen appliance before and after kids 😂). With winter already on its way here in our little town, we are breaking out all of the cold-weather soups, and this recipe has quickly become a new favorite. Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: Slow-Cooker Minestrone — A Favorite Cold Weather Soup

Monday Mention: THIS is Legit Motherhood

In preparing for our podcast, I have found a treasure-trove of new friends, and Haili is one of them. THIS is Legit Motherhood is a beautiful podcast dedicated to: real and raw motherhood. I listened to my first episode a couple of weeks ago — Episode 17: The Powerful Light in the Darkness of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety — and I cried my eyes out. Continue reading Monday Mention: THIS is Legit Motherhood

Monday Mention: The Joyful Soul Project and The Beauty Coach Podcast

In case you missed it, I whipped out a great graphic (dutifully created in paint by a clear amateur 😂) in Saturday’s post about self-awareness. Being aware of my self-talk has absolutely changed my life, but, particularly in regard to the truths we tell ourselves, there are two podcasts that really inspired this shift. Continue reading Monday Mention: The Joyful Soul Project and The Beauty Coach Podcast

Self-Awareness and Meta-Cognition: Change Starts From Within, So What Are You Doing About It?

Reading about thought isn’t sexy. I won’t tell you to take immediate action, or make the bold and daring move. But the more I explore identity and progression, the more I encounter the importance of self-awareness and meta-cognition (i.e., thinking about your thinking). Without it, the actions we take can’t bring us the results we’re looking for. To illustrate my point, think for a moment about your own, inner goals. Do you want to deepen your faith in Jesus Christ? Do you want to define and live your healthiest life? Do you want to make big things happen with your writing? In merely deciding you took a crucial first step… Continue reading Self-Awareness and Meta-Cognition: Change Starts From Within, So What Are You Doing About It?