Last night I scrolled through my feed, one after another of me too. Too many to count. I sat and I read every single one, tears streaming down my face.

My heart broke for those women, teens, girls, sisters, daughters, mothers, friends. My heart broke for them now and for them when it happened. My heart split wide open for all the ones who couldn’t, or wouldn’t, or still felt they shouldn’t speak out.

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**In honor of the blog’s one year anniversary, I’m sharing a post from a year ago that was featured over at (in)courage. I have a feeling there are a few of us that still need this reminder today:  God can grow us anywhere. He doesn’t need the ideal conditions. **

My husband and I have been married for thirteen years and together we have made a total of six moves.

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After I had my second daughter I struggled with losing the weight I had gained.  At my heaviest (ever) and experiencing severe knee pain, I knew I needed to start exercising and eating better. But there was so much to do, and I had so much weight to lose, I was completely overtaken by overwhelm.

I realized that with each passing day nothing was going to change unless I did. I wasn’t going to wake up one day with the overwhelming feeling gone and I certainly wasn’t going to wake up with the weight suddenly gone,

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When I first began to toy with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe last spring I was reluctant for a few reasons…

  • I didn’t think I could wear only 10 things over and over again. I worried about regretting it, or missing certain pieces of clothing.
  • It seemed like a lot of work.
  • I’m just a “normal” girl. I don’t have a background in fashion or even classify myself as super stylish.

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Do you have trouble asking for help? I sure do. I often find myself thinking, I wish someone would help me, when in reality I don’t help myself because I don’t ask. No one can read my mind (somedays I sure wish someone could) so unless I ask for it, I most likely won’t get the help I need and want. And I bet the same is true for you.

WHY WE DON’T ASK FOR HELP

But before we talk about how to ask for help,

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Are you drowning in busy?

  • Are your counters covered in stacks of art projects, permission slips, and homework folders?
  • Is your calendar spilling over with ink from after school activities, volunteering, and the beginning of fall commitments.
  • Are your days rushed: running nonstop from here, to there, and everywhere?

The beginning of back-to-school used to leave me treading water. Just waiting for the next wave to pummel me before I could return to the surface gasping for air. 

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Every Tuesday at 9am I pick up the phone and call her.

I dial her number, one I know by heart. Her name is Roberta. But I call her Nana Bert- my grandmother.

A few years ago, after my grandpa passed away, I told her I would do a better job of keeping in contact. At that point we only talked sporadically. Usually, when she would call me.

With two young daughters,

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The end of the school year hit and I had no plans of slowing down my writing routine. But as it happens, God had other plans.

I won’t get into all the details of the whys, and whats, and how-comes. But I will say that though I didn’t want to stop creating content for the blog and sharing with you, my readers, I needed the unexpected break. To recharge, to put priority on other things.

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Do you ever feel like life is out of whack? Like everything hits all at once?

My last few weeks have been like that… the nonstop, one thing after another, go-go-go, no time to slow down.

In the midst of it all I’ve been learning a few things about balance.

Balance at any give point may look totally different because of the day and what comes with it. I have given up fighting it or trying to force it to look a certain way.

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Last week I attended a ministry conference, The Orange Conference in Atlanta, GA. While there, I was fortunate to attend a breakout session led by Jon Acuff.  This particular breakout was title, Done (and why perfection is so toxic).

Um, hello, I needed to hear this message. I took away one major point (though there were many): in order to accomplish a goal, we must choose what to bomb (his words).

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