What our souls need more than beachsides and margaritas this summer

Ahhh summer… It’s so magical even when it’s ridiculously hot outside like it is now, here in Portland. Our bodies awaken from a winter slumber, our energy spikes, we start planning trips and hikes, and watch our gardens grow. We move at a different pace during these months and much of it is focused on rest and play. And yet, even with a new, slower pace I still find myself saying, “It’s mid-July!! Where did my summer go?!”

Summers can be a great season to start new habits as well especially when it comes to our health. We are more active in the summer, eating more fresh produce especially here in Portland where the Farmers Markets are plentiful! But summer can also be a time where we start to let other habits slip.

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How to keep showing up (even when you feel like you have nothing to show for)

It’s been one full month since I have been out of school for the summer. I rushed into summer with a load of expectations:

Have a garage sale, check!
Workout more, check!
Build in time for writing…kind-of check!
Publish two blogs a month…uh…
Create a new Summer Memory Plan…memory, what?!

As I am sitting here trying to figure out what to write for my readers, I am simply just writing to myself and asking, “How can I continue to show up for this when I feel like I have nothing to show for?”.

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Why I Think I’m A Bad Writer (And Why I Don’t Care)

This last week I experienced what I like to call “Email PTSD”. Now I don’t want to diminish the real affects of PTSD but many of us have the same experiences just on a smaller scale. Last week was my first week as my church’s administrator. They just hired me and I was so excited to start. It has been a dream of mine to be a paid leader in a church and now God has created a role that fits me perfectly! Then I received my first email…

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Called – eBook Coming This Fall!

You have a purpose. You have been intricately designed by the Creator of the universe who loves you wildly and is completely involved in your life. He has gifted and sent you to into the world to live out what is means to be fully loved. This “sending out” is what I like to call our callings. These callings take many different forms and can often lie dormant as we go about our busy lives. But one thing I know for sure, is that we are called and we have the opportunity to either follow our callings or completely ignore them.

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5 Keys To Unlocking Your Bravest Self

Over the course of my (not-so-long) life, I have discovered a few key reasons as to why I stuck through certain situations that I would have otherwise given up. When it comes to fighting for our dreams and being brave, these 5 components I am about to share with you have been vital to both my successes and my ability to dust off the failures and keep going.

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Discipline & Grace

I have to be honest: I really want to give up around the last week of every plan. My flesh says to me “Well good job, you’ve memorized enough.” The tendency for me to go half way or three-quarters the way feels “good enough” for my flesh. This is why I love Paul’s letter to the Corinthians so dearly.

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Braving 2017

One of my favorite activities between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is writing resolutions. I grab a cup of hot coffee, my journal, and spend some quality time with my thoughts. A few blogs I follow (Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen, and Cultivate What Matters) have created amazing guides and booklets that have been so inspiring for me […]

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How To Be Less Nice But More Loving

Boundaries are a necessary part of personal growth, well-being, and our ability to love others well. Boundaries are never easy to set and even harder to maintain. When we talk about boundaries I also want to address self-control. Much of what makes boundaries so difficult is our ability to maintain them in the midst of emotional turmoil, pain, and desire.

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Easy Way Out

I am a strategic thinker. I love to find the shortest, most effective way to do a task. I will even take extra time just to think about what and how I am going to do a certain task. However, when it comes to personal growth, I have discovered there is no strategic way to make personal growth short and easy.

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How To Keeping Dreaming – When You Feel Like Giving Up

Remember that fire when you first started? The motivation to achieve that one big goal was so thrilling. However the reality of achieving that goal became increasingly difficult and perhaps even boring. You now find yourself reconsidering why you started in the first place.

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