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

Wednesday Walk Along: Sunshine Blogger Award

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

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

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)

The Power of Silence — and How to Make it Work for You

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