Dear Diary, today is such a special day! Two years ago today I gave birth to the happiest, kindest, sweetest, and spunkiest little guy I know. We look forward to another special holiday on Sunday, too. Continue reading Dear Diary: A Birthday, A Miracle, & Hope For A Lost Cause
While our season is ending, we wanted to let you know that our thoughts and our hearts are with you right now. We are thinking about and praying for this community, along with all of our loved ones and neighbors all over the world as we practice social distancing and hope for the light at the end of the tunnel. For what little comfort we might be able to offer, we share some laughs in this un-edited bonus episode of the podcast, along with 6 ways we are handling the COVID-19 Crisis: Continue reading 6 Ways We Are Handling the COVID-19 Crisis, How About You?
Today, Joe and I home in on one specific aspect of becoming the hero of your own story: overcoming the darkness within. We talk about shame, confronting your weaknesses while the stakes are low, “rescuing” others, how opposition in all things leads us to more freely exercise our agency, and more. Continue reading Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story — Three Lessons from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
They say a good blogger admits when they are wrong. I must confess, the world has gotten to me, lately. I can see it in some of my posts — not in a blatant, or bad way, but in my focus. Today is my attempt to get back on track 😉 Continue reading The Secret to Finding Peace
I’ve been thinking recently about assuming the best in people, about seeing each other as God sees us. Do you have people like that in your life? People who know your mistakes don’t define you? Continue reading No Offense…
“Lasting change cannot be founded upon guilt, shame, or fear.” Continue reading Guilt, Love, and Progression
This month we are talking about: resilience!! (My favorite topic 😂.) In today’s episode, I re-purposed my article about The Importance of Small Wins in order to show you how small wins can really re-shape the beliefs you have about yourself, and, hopefully, help you transition from survival mode — to gentle action. Continue reading 5 Steps to Help You Transition Out of Survival Mode with Small Wins
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
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?
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
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?