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
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
First things first, I am NOT the best parent out there 😂. In fact, I am a BIG believer that there is no “best” way. You are simply the best parent for your child because you love and know them best. Whatever your methods, as long as you have that, don’t let anyone else call the shots! That said, I developed this acronym earlier in the year for some of my own parenting goals, and I would love to share it with you! Take and leave what you will. Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: Parenting To The B.E.S.T. Of My Ability
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?
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?
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
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
On Sunday, we held our annual children’s program at my church. The kids sang beautifully, and they shared simple truths about their faith in Jesus. We gave them a few prompts, and here is what they said: Continue reading Wednesday Walk Along: I Feel My Savior’s Love
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?
“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 ♫♬