The Secret to Reinventing Yourself

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Working – it’s something I have relished for as long as I can remember. On Saturdays when other kids were playing, I went to “work” cranking out thousands of bows for all the baby gifts that were purchased and wrapped at several children’s clothing stores. Because I was paid by the bow, I came up with a creative system to keep track of the number of bows I produced. That job eventually morphed into working in the store as a sales clerk, while in high school and later my responsibilities expanded to include dressing the windows. It was a perfect … Read More

Sustainability – The Key to Avoiding Dashed Dreams

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These days, we hear a lot about sustainability and living a green lifestyle. Being wasteful is frowned on while being efficient is celebrated. The driving force behind sustainability is a better future. Sustainability applies to your dreams too! It is a significant factor when it comes to pursuing your purpose, big dream, or giant goals! In order to accomplish what you have set out to do, you must do it in a way that is sustainable. When you set out on a new adventure, you don’t intend to overcommit yourself or hope that you will end up overwhelmed.  No, you … Read More

6 Powerful Pulls that Challenge Your Peace

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Ever feel like you are pulled in a million different directions? Stretched to the point of breaking? Overwhelmed? That’s how I felt on my first and last water skiing adventure. To be fair, I am not much for water sports. That did not keep me from accepting an invitation to spend the day on a lake to water ski with friends back when I was in college. It seemed like a fun adventure at the time. The best part of the day was hanging out on the boat and soaking up the sunshine. The water skiing part was an epic … Read More

The Unexpected Tipping Point of Your Dream

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Everything changed in a moment. Stepping out of the shower on an ordinary day I discovered my two-year-old daughter with a bloody nose. After an hour of trying all the usual tricks to stop a bloody nose and finding myself in a pool of blood, I phoned a dear friend who lived in our neighborhood to come help me. Thankfully my friend was home! She didn’t waste any time getting to my house. After reacting in shock to the amount of blood, she watched over my daughter while I dressed, and then we sped to the emergency room. Hours later, … Read More

7 Steps to Banishing Burnout and Walk in Shoes that Fit!

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My husband is a road warrior. When he is working, he is traveling. He thrives on variety and change; the adventure of a new place, a new crowd to train, and a new topic to teach. While my husband and I share a love of learning, we are different. I don’t dislike travel, but I am more of a homebody who gravitates toward routine and consistency. If I had to walk in my husband’s shoes, my shoes would be tired and sad. A dear friend of mine is a nurse. She worked incredibly hard after her boys were grown to … Read More

6 Ways to Brighten Dark Days

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The sun was streaming through my office windows with gusto, but my day was dark! At every turn my efforts were halted by obstacles. Everything seemed to be going wrong. I felt boxed in by darkness. I was exhausted. My dark day reminded me that just because I am passionately following my dreams and calling does not mean the path is always well lit. At times, it can be hard to see my way. The hills and valleys seem ridiculously high, surprisingly low, and never ending. It can be easy to forget why I set out on my journey in … Read More

Three Things to Remember in Chaotic Times

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We have successfully moved, and I am surrounded by a sea of boxes. They ebb and flow like the tide as we open them to search for things only to discover that whatever we were after was not in that box. A new stack grows. And in some places things can’t be put away at all because half of the house is in the process of being remodeled. It is a mess! During time alone with God, I have been reminded of the storm Jesus and His disciples were in. While the sea raged around them, tossing the boat violently, … Read More

Solving the Puzzle of Life

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Putting puzzles together in my spare time is one of my favorite activities; the more pieces and the more challenging, the better. It allows my mind to focus on the task at hand and to wander and ponder all at the same time. In keeping with the kind of person that I am, I have a system for putting puzzles together.  First, I complete the boarder, sort by color or texture as I go, and then I start in the most obvious spot and work my way out from there. The most important part of my system: place the box … Read More

Past the Picket Fence

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Illustration of a quaint white house with a picket fence

There was a time when I imagined myself arriving in life and living in a house with a white picket fence. Life would be neat and tidy because my hard efforts would have paid off. Life would be good. So far, that day has not come. I have been blessed in many ways and I love my house, but life is rarely neat and tidy. Even more importantly, I have realized that a “neat and tidy” life is not the goal. The goal is a life that glorifies God. A life where He shines in the midst of my chaos! … Read More

Your Life: Passive or on Purpose?

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Over the years I have had the delight of teaching children of all ages, and my favorite age to work with are the preschoolers. Preschoolers approach life in a way that is innocent, inspiring, and humorous. Preschoolers dream big. They embrace possibilities. They have not yet encountered the world that dashes dreams and hampers confidence. I think it is just one of the many characteristics that God treasures in children! When you ask a preschooler what they want to be when they grow up, they boldly share that they want to go to the moon or be a garbage man. … Read More