Getting Educated About Human Trafficking and Abuse

This one is a little heavy today, friends, but I watched a video recently that I couldn’t not share. I know abuse exists, and I often pray for people who did not grow up as blessed and safe and loved as I did. But, if I’m being 100% honest, that is the extent of what I know about abuse. When I watched this sweet young woman speak, I made a few personal resolutions about things that I can do beyond prayer, and I wanted to share those with you, too: Continue reading Getting Educated About Human Trafficking and Abuse

The Story of Esther: What is God Calling You to Do?

One of my goal words for 2020 is: Spirit-Led. Last year, a year of self-care, left me with a profound desire to ensure this sense of renewal that I feel is put to good use. I regularly find myself asking, What is God calling me to do today? Am I directing my effort where it matters the most? I am therefore reminded of a favorite Bible story… Continue reading The Story of Esther: What is God Calling You to Do?

The Importance of Small Wins

I’ve been thinking about the importance of small wins, lately — breathing, waking up with the sun, watching it set… One of the difficult things about survival mode is: it can make you feel as if you aren’t accomplishing anything. You put all of your energy into making it through the day, but when your head finally hits that pillow, you always seem to be two steps behind. But, maybe you’re accomplishing more than you think. Continue reading The Importance of Small Wins

What To Do When You're Struggling: 15 Ways to Manage Stress and All the Things

How are you feeling, friend? Truly, deeply feeling? I feel like we need to catch up. Soul to soul. Whether it’s stress or anxiety, physical debilitation or loss, ALL of us are dealing with something. We all struggle. And life is so good, but it can also be hard. So, maybe, as we look for a starting point to keep putting one foot in front of another, we can do it together. What do you say? Continue reading What To Do When You're Struggling: 15 Ways to Manage Stress and All the Things

The Number One Mindset Trap When It Comes To Romance

Many women have maddeningly expressed to me (with regard to their significant other): “I want him to want to… I don’t want to him to do it because he feels like he has to.” Men, on the other hand, often declare (with some warranted exasperation): “How will I know what she wants if she doesn’t tell me?” Or, “I can’t read her mind.” And they both make a great point! But I have a new definition of romance for you that is going to blow your mind… Continue reading The Number One Mindset Trap When It Comes To Romance

Remember to Say “Thank You”

This Thanksgiving, my son swallowed a penny… And that is how, over the course of just a few hours, more than 10 people improved a difficult situation by being willing to show up and show compassion, even if they didn’t get the day off. The question I want to pose to you today is: who are the 10+ people making a difference in your story? And have you thanked them? Continue reading Remember to Say “Thank You”

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

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

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

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?

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 — a rebellion which I would later regret. Continue reading About Relationships, Polynesia, and Owning Who You Are