Welcome back! If you’re just joining us, this is Step Two in the series 4 Easy Steps to Create a Life You Love. You can find Step One here.

For those of you who finished last week’s exercise, Prioritize, how did it go? Did you find the Dream Big exercise helpful? Did you have a tough time listing out your top five priorities? I found the exercise to be quite freeing.

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Happy New Year! Today is the first day in the new series, 4 Easy Steps to Create a Life You Love. I am so glad you are here.

This series is for anyone who:

  • is unhappy with their current life but is unsure how to change
  • wants more, and wants less, but doesn’t know how to reach a balance
  • is tired of living run-down, rushed and ragged
  • wishes they could finally start living the life they have always dreamed of

This series will allow you to create a life you love by guiding you through four easy steps: Prioritize,

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Happy Friday!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. We stayed in our pj’s all day and finished watching all of the Star Wars movies. Our girls had never seen them, and I’ll admit I had only seen a few. I understand all the hype now. And can I just say I love Anakin Skywalker and Padme’s love story. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, it was hard for me to watch knowing how it all ends.

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It’s been a year since my life was rearranged, flipped, turned upside-down and inside-out. A year since everything and nothing has become important.

A year since I got a second chance at life. And I am so thankful.

I have talked openly about suffering from a pulmonary embolism but today, one year to the date, I’m sharing my story.

The day started out like many others, taking down Christmas decorations and preparing my house for my parents to arrival in a few days.

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This past November I attended the Hope*Writers Workshop in Charlotte, NC. I learned a ton but I also met other terrific women. Many of whom I am lucky to now call my friends. Jenn is one of those friends. She is guest posting today.

“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

The food my three children love more than anything else in the world is macaroni and cheese.

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We all want that Hallmark- holiday-movie-type-of-Christmas, don’t we? But the problem is, that isn’t realistic because life isn’t a Hallmark movie. We have real demands, real hurts, and real bank accounts, (can I get an Amen?!). So how do we find and keep our joy during the busy demands of Christmas? How do we live out daily life with a focus on the divine?

There are two ways in which we can find and keep joy this Christmas.

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Happy Friday!

I’ve been sharing with you some of my favorite Gifts that Give Back, but I thought today it may be fun to share with you some of my favorite gifts for your favorite 4-legged friend. Mine happens to be a French Bulldog. His name is Kyle and he is trouble. Seriously. My husband, sister and I have joked we should start him an Instagram page and his handle could be @Kylesonthenaughtylist.

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Today my friend, Cathy Wiley is here guest posting. Cathy is sharing her story of how God has led her and her husband, Will, and their two daughters, to adopt a little boy from India.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or even think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever.

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Several years ago, when my daughters were much younger, I read an Ann Voskamp post, (you can read it here)about how they gave up giving gifts and instead used that money to bless others in need.

It ripped me open. Wide open. I wasn’t sure how to remedy that feeling with the one that I was expected, and wanted, to give gifts to my children, husband, family and friends for Christmas.

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