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Goal Setting: Keep it Simple

I am nearing the finish line. I can feel the burn in my legs and the sharp cut of cold air as it rushes in my lungs. I started this race strong, full of determination and grit. With a few stumbles along the way, injury and discouragement threaten to slow me down. I will finish this race! Goal setting is easy. Reaching goals is monumentally hard. I started the year off with some ambitious goals. I [Read more...]

The Perks of Being 38

Birthdays, like New Year’s Day, are a prime time to assess one’s life. I process life with pen and paper. So, for my 38th birthday, I decided to make a list of things I have going for me. It is a good practice to be thankful on my birthday. Today’s #FridayFive is a birthday edition! I Have My Knees. I work in geriatric rehab. I am painfully aware of the fragility of one’s [Read more...]

Teetering Between Anxiety and Adventure

This is a sentimental time of year for me. One year ago, on the morning of my 37th birthday, I wrote my very first blog post. I didn’t publish it. I just held it in storage as I worked my way through blogging tutorials trying to figure out the technical side of things. One year ago, I decided to be a writer. Or call myself a writer. Or write. I can’t quite figure out the semantics of [Read more...]

Five Fall Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That phrase may usher in the sound of jingling bells in your mind. I submit to you, the most wonderful time of the year is the fall.  The crispness in the air, the colors bursting from tree trunks, the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Ah! Give me a thermos of chai tea, a good book, and lock me out of the house! The changing of the season is [Read more...]

New Season, New Goals

In my neck of the woods, the earth is shifting into the slower, more colorful season of fall. While the trees are packing up their photosynthesis for the winter and the birds are soaring in V-formation toward a warmer sun, I am entering a new level of chaos. This whir of activity has my goal-oriented head pounding and my heart searching for peace with our new normal. Just a few short months ago, [Read more...]

How Right Living Was My Brokenness

I believed in Jesus and redemption before I could spell it. “Jesus loves me, this I know.”  “I once was lost, but now I’m found.” At 8-years-old, lost doesn’t mean much. Because I am a rule-follower made righteous in Christ, I never felt lost or broken, until a broken home during my high school years fractured me and birthed unrest. The rules didn’t work. The law didn’t lead me [Read more...]

Five Soul Fillers

In the early days of motherhood, I didn’t think much about the gas tank of my soul. I gave a lot and then wondered why I felt empty all the time. After reading Jessica Turner’s The Fringe Hours, my eyes were opened to the great need to gauge my soul’s tank. Giving too much without taking the time to refuel leaves me tired, frustrated, and sometimes just plain ugly. For [Read more...]

I Gave My Name Away

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory. (Isaiah 43:6-7) I stood in the registration line with a handful of eager women, waiting to receive my conference notebook and name tag. This was one of those “I am a writer” moments–my first writers’ conference! Over 700 women converged on [Read more...]

High Five

I almost didn’t write this. It has been an exhausting week in my world and I didn’t think I had the energy to think of five good things. I have hobbled around on a broken toe, worked extra days, gotten up early to meet deadlines, and yelled at my husband after leading a small group where we discussed not being a pushy broad. Then it hit me: weeks like this are exactly when I need to [Read more...]

Are You Halfway To Where You Want To Be?

The start of July marks the halfway point of the calendar year. Are you halfway to where you want to be? We often start out the year with a list of goals or resolution. After a few weeks, many are forgotten. Give it a few months and old habits are back in their comfortable spot. Are you okay with ending 2015 the same place you started? In her online course, Make Over Your Mornings, Crystal [Read more...]