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
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
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
If I asked you to make a list of your top five shortcomings, what would they be? Now, if I asked you to list the top five passions/issues that are closest to your heart, what would they be? Isn’t it ironic how parallel the two are? Continue reading What Lack I Yet?
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?
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 — a rebellion which I would later regret. Continue reading About Relationships, Polynesia, and Owning Who You Are
Was there a time in your life where you felt God pour straight into your soul? As if He really knew you, He loved you, and He was completely aware of where you were at? If you answered yes, I wonder, is your experience of Jesus’ love a thing of the past? Continue reading Remember Who You Are
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)
Do you ever get fired up? Does the hype around the latest political or ethical faux pas leave you scrambling to defend a hot-button issue, or to change someone’s mind? I do. I may seem sweet, but anyone who has ever lived with me knows that when I get mad, I get MAD. After all, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And, when you are fired up, what does silence have to do with anything anyway? Continue reading The Power of Silence — and How to Make it Work for You
Good news! I finally broke out of my latest running slump. The truth is, until recently, I hadn’t ran consistently in at least 6 months, and— running, oh how I’ve missed you. Nonetheless, I regularly face roadblocks and ponder how clearly running relates to life. Continue reading On Self-Compassion: 3 Strategies Runners Use That Will Help You Show Up with More Confidence
I remember clearly the exact moment I received word that my sweet mother-in-law had passed away. I sat in a booth at a local bakery eating french toast over some animated girl talk. My husband ran in a relay race just outside of town. He headed home, and I drove frantically, preparing to meet him. What could I say? Or do? How could I be there for him? Continue reading What Is True Empathy?
Here’s an insight into the female mind for you: PMS = Truth Serum. Unorthodox, I admit, but I can’t be the only one who feels this way, right? Ladies, does “that time of the month” break down all of your regular inhibitions, too? If we’re being truthful, it isn’t always for the better, but speaking of being truthful… Continue reading Honesty Counts: Honoring Your Inner Truths
Do you ever show up with your inner teen clamoring to get out? You feel bombarded with messages like, “Stop feeling”, “Earn your worth” and “You are not enough”. You frequently encounter the pressure to be perfect, and it’s crippling. The question is, what do you do about it? Continue reading How to Set Boundaries with Your Social Media (and Why It Matters)
“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15: 10). Continue reading ♪ Amazing Grace ♫♬
The tragic thing about postpartum depression is, these events and resultant feelings are so much clearer in hindsight. My OB/GYN asked all of the right questions, but I was adamant— I felt fine.