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 πŸ˜‚) 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?

Monday Mention + Resilience and Loss Question and Discussion

For the first 5 years of my marriage, I prayed nearly every night that God would let my husband and I die together β€” preferably of old age, holding hands like the cute couple in The Notebook. I almost feel like I have it too good, like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I fear loss, and I fear being left behind. But I want to live in faith, not fear. So, I have two questions to pose to you, dear reader: Continue reading Monday Mention + Resilience and Loss Question and Discussion

About Relationships, Polynesia, and Owning Who You Are

To be completely honest, I’m truly Americanized at heart. Growing up presented the challenge of being consistently obligated to dance, sing, and learn the language of my heritage. My dad and I didn’t always get along, and, like any self-respecting teenager, I did my best to do the exact opposite of whatever he wanted β€” a rebellion which I would later regret. Continue reading About Relationships, Polynesia, and Owning Who You Are

Wednesday Walk Along: πŸ‚ October|β€œWhat Kind of Pumpkin Are You?” Tag

I want to thank my friends at jesusluvsall and Herry Chic Counsels for tagging me to participate in the October “What Kind of Pumpkin Are You?” Tag. I had a lot of fun reading their answers as well, so please head on over there if you missed it ❀ . I also want to tag anyone reading this who would like to participate and hasn't yet. October is slowly waning to a close! Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: πŸ‚ October|β€œWhat Kind of Pumpkin Are You?” Tag

Wednesday Walk Along: 5 Crunch-time Parenting Hacks for Your Sanity

Sometimes, you put your kids to sleep; other times, they put you to sleep. Shucks, sometimes nobody sleeps. But one thing is for sure: parenting is a full-time job. Today, I’d like to share with you three tips that I use when the day winds down and the tired/hangry hits our house in full gear. Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: 5 Crunch-time Parenting Hacks for Your Sanity

Monday Mention: Brett and Paige Hoping 2 Adopt

A couple of weeks ago, my cousin shared a piece of her heart on her page, Brett and Paige Hoping 2 Adopt: “I have never been a patient person. Especially when I can’t see the end in sight. Prayer and Faith have been so important on this 3 1/2 year journey. I’m lucky to have Brett to keep me a little sane! If any of you believe in the power of prayer, we would love it if you threw some good thoughts our way! #prayer #faith #godstiming #trustinHim”
Her sweet request moved me, and, for what little difference it might make, I wanted to give them a special shout-out. Continue reading Monday Mention: Brett and Paige Hoping 2 Adopt

Celebrating 100 Followers + 6 Ways to Love Your Blog So That Others Can, Too (And Even If They Don’t)

100 followers and counting! I can’t believe it. Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us. Blogging has been such a source of joy for me, and I have you to thank for that. I cherish the outpouring of faith and compassion, the growth and learning, and the sense of community that you, dear reader, bring into my life. I won’t lie though, I also feel stressed out sometimes. I’m learning to navigate a whole, new world. And that’s a big deal! Assuming I’m not alone, I thought I might offer you a few tips I’ve learned along the way. Continue reading Celebrating 100 Followers + 6 Ways to Love Your Blog So That Others Can, Too (And Even If They Don’t)