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"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

Khalil Gibran

Why Mindset Matters & How to Shift It

Why Mindset Matters & How to Shift It

What is Mindset? It seems like everyone is talking about mindset these days. It's definitely become a bit of a buzzword.  And with that, there's the danger that it becomes cliche and eventually overlooked as too hooky or woo-woo. I've been guilty of thinking that...

Writing Goals That Won’t Scare You

Writing Goals That Won’t Scare You

  The Ghosts of Goals Past I have never liked goals.  To be fair, I've also never set goals. Oh, I've tried.  Sort of. But the idea of writing down something that I could fail to accomplish scared the pants off of me.  I couldn't imagine what to write because I...

Exploring Worship in the Holiday Season

Exploring Worship in the Holiday Season

“And be the Worshippers because worship is existence and every word, thought, act, reveals what we really worship. What you think is worth it, is what you really worship, and you’ve got to worship right things, because every single one of us is wired to worship...

Strands of Sorrow and Light

Strands of Sorrow and Light

Disclaimer: my marriage is not perfect.   Shocker, right?  I’m sure it’s not.  I don't think any marriage is perfect. Even my friends who look like they have the perfect marriage admit that there are times when they have blow out fights and need counseling to tune...

Do I Deserve Happiness?

Do I Deserve Happiness?

"I AM WORTHY OF ANYTHING THAT MAKES ME HAPPY BECAUSE EVERYBODY, INCLUDING ME, DESERVES TO BE HAPPY." I came across this affirmation the other day as I was looking for affirmations to add to my weekly modified “bullet journal” spread (you can see how I create a...

The Things That Move Us

The Things That Move Us

Ann Voskamp wrote a book called The Broken Way. It’s really good, and you should definitely read it. But this isn’t about her book.  Every weekend she sends out “Multivitamins for the Soul,” and this week one of her videos broke my heart. Watch. I know that refugees...

Insights from a DISC Profile

Insights from a DISC Profile

  I recently took a DISC profile quiz (this is the one I took), and I was surprised at the accuracy of the results.  I was really high in the C (conscientiousness) area and my second highest was the I (Influence) area.  Basically, this means that I tend to be logical,...

30 Days of Gratitude

30 Days of Gratitude

Some days are full of shadows and dust. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to think about all the things that could go wrong or that aren’t exactly the way I want them to be.  I get stuck in melancholy, and I sink down into the mire of my own mind.  Even if...

It’s Okay to Slow Down (Really)

It’s Okay to Slow Down (Really)

You'll Get Run Over if You Go Slow Our world moves fast.  Really fast.  As a teacher, it’s a constant treadmill that goes faster and faster as I try and teach more and more to students who pay attention less and less because the content is not relevant to them (at...

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced Life

Finding Balance in an Unbalanced Life

I was listening to Graham Cooke do a Q&A on his website, and he said something that kind of struck me.  He said that he doesn’t really believe in balance, especially when it comes to walking with God.  Balance seems to be such a huge thing in our world today - how do...

A Thing Called Hope

A Thing Called Hope

Some people call it coincidence or karma. But it’s uncanny how God answers me in song…  Worship is in the fiber of my being.  My bones resonate with the harmonies of half-sung songs, lifted up in the darkest times and shouted from the mountaintops.   And lately, it’s...

Life is Tangled

Life is Tangled

I think it’s more like a big knotted ball of yarn. I think the tendency is to see life as one long path.  But really, I think it’s more like a big knotted ball of yarn with paths that criss-cross and tangle and wind from one part to another.  One day you think you’re...

The Myth of Perfection

The Myth of Perfection

Disclaimer: I’m not perfect.   There’s a whole lot that I’m not so good at. Maybe you’re as woefully aware of that as I am.  It’s okay if you are. But hey, if we’re honest, none of us are perfect.   Yeah, I know that the perfectly staged and (I’ll admit) beautiful...

The Honest Truth About Life

The Honest Truth About Life

Some days are full of shadows and dust. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to think about all the things that could go wrong or that aren’t exactly the way I want them to be.  I get stuck in melancholy, and I sink down into the mire of my own mind.  Even if...

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