Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017!

dsc_0094As I sat down early yesterday morning, the last day of 2016, to reflect upon the year one word stuck out to me, refining. It was a resetting, refocusing, refining year for me and my marriage and my family. This was already true by the very beginning of 2016, God had called me to lay down my beloved ministry at our church three months earlier in November in order to focus on my family during Luke’s surgery and recovery and most likely longer. I wasn’t happy about this; I was weepy and downright angry. Continue reading

4 Powerful Questions To Ignite Change

I was on staff at my church two and a half years ago when they brought in a consultant to help us navigate through the rapid growth we were experiencing. I was on maternity leave at the time but I attended the two day session anyways because I’m a leadership nerd and love that kind of stuff. I brought my nursing six week old baby boy with me. While he vacillated between sleeping and screaming, I asked myself a question I asked often during those days of parenting a three year old and an infant, “Why do I even try?

As I planned my exit, our lead pastor leaned over and said, “Relax.” I took a deep breath and settled back into my seat. As I relaxed, so did my son. I’m so thankful I stayed that day because I learned a tool for taking a current inventory and leading change that is so powerful, so versatile, and so simple that I use it at least once a week in all aspects of my life. Continue reading

“Do It Sleazy” 

I’ve been studying author photos for as long as I’ve been reading books. I’ve dreamed about what mine might look like one day; the clothing, the hair, the color scheme, the interesting background artistically faded out behind me. The best part of this dream was the pampering squad who would descend upon my room and bathroom to help get me ready. All of this would be paid for by some big publishing company, obviously.

I wanted to be discovered, swept away in a whirlwind of publishing deals and deadlines and glamorous speaking opportunities. I wanted to be asked to write and invited to speak. How were people and organizations supposed to know I was available or interested in offering these services? I have no idea. I never said it was a good plan. Continue reading

The Power of “One Thing”

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I recently travelled alone from Los Angeles to Denver to attend the inaugural Belong Tour with one of my best friends. I’m used to toting two car seats, a double BOB stroller, and a huge diaper bag around the airport when I travel so it was a bit unnerving to be on my own. I kept feeling like I was forgetting something- like a tiny human. It was mostly exhilarating though; writing, reading and sipping coffee in nice jeans, a cute blouse and heels is a novelty these days. Sweet freedom! Continue reading

I Write Because It’s My Purpose

*This post is part of the Write 31 Days challenge series, “Why I Write… And Think You Should Too” To read more from the series click here.*

fullsizerender-jpgI write because it’s my purpose; or a part of it at least. I recently attended the Belong Tour with one of my best friends, Michele, in Denver, Colorado. Before we were even seated we were handed beautiful postcards with “Rock Your Purpose”printed on one side and space to write our purposes on the other. I held it for most of the conference, not quite sure what to write. Then after one of my favorite authors and speakers, Jen Hatmaker, spoke on how to pay attention to clues to find our purpose I wrote, “Writing, speaking and leading women towards Christ.” Continue reading

I Write Because It’s Healing

*This post is part of the Write 31 Days challenge series, “Why I Write… And Think You Should Too” To read more from the series click here.*

I write because it’s healing. It’s cathartic, a release and better than valium. Yesterday I wrote about the thoughts, feelings and fears that were rattling around in my head in regards to Donald Trump’s words and actions that were recently leaked from a hot mic in 2005. I posted it on Facebook instead of here on the blog but I’ll share it here too. Continue reading

I Write Because I’m Tired Of Consuming

*This post is part of the Write 31 Days challenge series, “Why I Write… And Think You Should Too” To read more from the series click here.*

I’ve consumed books, articles, blogs, church services, workshops, seminars, conferences, camps, events, classes, and magazines for a long time now; most of my life. I’m tired of consuming. I’m ready to contribute. I’ve taken long enough, I want to give. I want to leave this earth all used up, wrung out; no gifts, skills, talents, or experiences left on the table. I don’t want any of what I’ve been given to go to waste. Continue reading