Lessons from my personal retreat (and the words I heard over and over)

Last week, while my parents were out of town on business, I drove 5 hours to their house for a 3-day personal retreat. As I mentioned, I realized before I left that this is the first time in my entire life that I have ever been alone for that long (Sean and I both still…

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Why I’m scheduling rest in 2015

If I was going to choose a second word of the year—or replace my current one—my word would be rest. Not just rest as in getting more sleep (although that sounds heavenly at this moment), but rest as in not trying to do it all, taking time off, being intentional about time away from the…

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How do you measure the state of your life?

How do you measure the state of your life? For me, it can really be measured by two things: how many books I read in a week and when I last organized. As we ended 2014 and life began to calm down, the number of books I read skyrocketed relative to the previous 6 months,…

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Join me in creating a life you love in 2015!

At the beginning of this year, as I was considering my "one word" options, I kept coming back to the word "live" again and again. Not [līv], as in U2 Live in Concert!, but [liv], as in "to be fully alive." I started the year wondering if 2014 could be my chance to really learn to live both intentionally and…

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When It’s Time to Reevaluate Your Life, Passion & Purpose

For the past few years, I've felt pretty comfortable in my skin as a working mom, entrepreneur and homeschooler. But the last year has been...different. It's not that I'm unhappy exactly, because my life is pretty amazing and I work really hard at choosing happiness even when things aren't perfect. But I do feel a…

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Happy 4th {And Finding Freedom from Other People’s Expectations}

I love the 4th of July! Not only because I'm that girl who cries every time I sing The Star-Spangled Banner but also because it's such a celebratory holiday. While there are certainly sad parts about Independence Day and the war that followed, it's really about commemorating the birth of our country, which makes the…

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How to Offer Advice {And How Not To!}

I've been the recipient of a lot of advice lately -- some solicited, some not. If I'm honest, some of that advice has left me frustrated, and I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out why some of it rubbed me the wrong way while the rest did not. I am 100% sure…

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An Important Lesson for Life & Gardening from an Organic Farmer

Yesterday afternoon, the girls and I had a chance to join with a couple other families to learn some gardening basics from a local organic farmer who goes to our church (and teaches our 4-year-old's Sunday school class!). Mr. Rod did an amazing job of teaching both the kids and adults about gardening, and I…

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Love to Live, Live to Love {On Tattoos, Life Mottos & Being You}

I've wanted a tattoo for as long as I can remember -- something small and meaningful, but pretty too. My grandfather had a tattoo on his arm that said his name, Russ, and I can distinctly remember sitting at his kitchen table with him, just studying it. I loved it, and while it was faded…

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