“Lasting change cannot be founded upon guilt, shame, or fear.” Continue reading Guilt, Love, and Progression
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Morning, everyone! Happy Wednesday! Today, on assignment from my dietitian, I am trying to define what “healthy” means for me. How about you? Healthy living can have so many connotations, but the great thing is: you get to decide. What does healthy mean for you? Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: What Does “Healthy” Mean to You?
I want to thank my friends Matt at jesusluvsall and Jacquie at Joy Cottage for tagging me to participate in the 1 Grateful Person Tag. I think this is such a beautiful idea, and I’m so happy to witness its creation. Continue reading 1 Grateful Person Tag ❤
For the first 5 years of my marriage, I prayed nearly every night that God would let my husband and I die together — 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
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
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: 🍂 October|“What Kind of Pumpkin Are You?” Tag