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On Dreams and Purpose and Letting Go

Uncategorized May 27, 2014

Follow Your Dreams and Your Passions They Pave the Way to Your Purpose

God placed a dream in my heart of being a writer. And maybe even a speaker. I'm still coming to terms with that one. It's an argument we have quite often actually. The writing part I dealt with a year ago. I had been secretly writing a book for a couple of years and finally "came out of the closet" if you will, by launching this blog and admitting I'm a writer.

It's a scary thing, you know? Admitting you have a dream. Because we all know that dreamers are weirdos. They're living in la-la land, thinking they can actually change the world. But, we're wrong. The dreamers and the weirdos ARE the ones who DO change the world. One book at a time, one sale at a time, person at a time.

Here's what I've learned about following your dreams. When you follow your dreams and your passions, they pave the way to your purpose. {Tweet That} Your purpose is far greater than you could ever dream. Your dream is just what takes you there.{Tweet That}

Every single one of us were made on purpose and for...

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50 Money Saving Tips You Can Start Doing Right Now

business home life May 12, 2014

50 Money Saving Tips

I'm getting so excited about the launch of The Simplicity Project book! One of the sections of the book is on simplifying our finances. We Americans are really good at living beyond our means and it's time we start living within them.

I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek from the book and share my 50 Favorite Money Saving Tips. These are things that are very simple to implement. You may not save a ton of money on each individual thing, but if you consistently do several of these things over a long period of time the savings will add up!

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50 Money Saving Tips

1.    Give up eating out and entertainment for a month or two.
2.    Have a menu plan to avoid last minute drive-thrus.
3.    Make your own meals at home. Live on rice and beans for a while if you have to.
4.   ...

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On Making Hard Decisions

faith life May 02, 2014

Maybe sometimes the hardest decisions we have to make are ones that God wants us to make ourselves.

It's amazing to look back over our lives and see how things played out. Knowing that because of decisions we've made, we've walked each step a certain way. And while some decisions may not seem as important as others, they all affect our lives in some way shape or form.

For the most part, our decision making can be pretty easy. If it's a matter of good vs. evil, good should always win. If it's biblical, then do what the bible says. If it's going to bring joy to someone, bring the joy.

But what about the decisions that aren't good vs. evil? Or the ones that aren't even addressed in the bible?

These are the decisions that we can fret over for days on end. Like, where should we move? Should we buy this car or that car? Should I take the job? Should we have a child? How many children should we have? Should we adopt? Should we foster? Should we homeschool?

You get the idea.

When we're making decisions like these, we want God to just open the heavens and yell down at our puny little...

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Are You Complicating Your Health & Fitness?

health life Apr 25, 2014

It's funny how we Americans love to complicate anything and EVERYTHING.  Even when it comes to our health, we complicate it. We have to try the latest fad diet or the trending workout craze, join the fancy gym, or buy expensive equipment.

Guess what. You DON'T have to join a fancy gym or hire a nutritionist to get yourself healthy! Say what???!

The truth of the matter is, we already have everything we need to live a healthy life. It really doesn’t have to be that complicated. We were made to be active and to eat healthy food. Food is fuel so there’s no reason to stop eating it.

I’m not a doctor or even a nutritionist so I’m not going to give you any medical advice. {If you do need medical advice please see your doctor.} What I can give you is advice from a wife, mom of 3 kids, normal, real life person that is not blessed with a speedy metabolism that allows you to eat candy bars all day and do 5 sit-ups before bed to get a flat stomach. It takes...

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On Being Stretched Too Thin

faith life Apr 21, 2014

It seems as though being stretched too thin is the story of our lives. Whether we're trying to keep up with the Joneses, spending more than we earn, enjoying too many calories, or saying yes too often, we are SPENT!

When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure

"When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure." -Viktor Frankl {Tweet That}

I think Viktor is spot on. While we’re searching for our purpose and the meaning of life we become so distracted by things that please us. We find pleasure in food, busyness, laziness, shopping, and just about anything we can get our hands on. This creates an endless cycle of temporary pleasure and continual emptiness. If we can’t stay disciplined and keep our purpose and dreams in the center, we can easily jump ship for the next thing that will bring us pleasure.

I recently heard a sermon on clarity of purpose. It couldn't have come at a more perfect time because this is what I've been doing the past couple of years. Really honing...

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Good Girls Need Jesus Too - My Messy Beautiful

faith life Apr 17, 2014

Our Messes Are All Different

I have a confession to make. I'm supposed to share my messy beautiful story on Momastery and I was very excited when I signed up to do it. But then fear gripped me and told me that my story isn't messy at all. This is true.

I've lived a pretty good life. I was raised in a loving, Christian home. I get along with my parents, siblings, cousins, the whole bit. My childhood was a walk in the park. I mean, I broke my arm and had to move across the state. But those weren't horrible things.

I always was a good girl. Always got good grades. Never smoked pot. NEVER.

I'm even in a very healthy, solid marriage. I can honestly say I'm IN LOVE with my husband. This doesn't mean we've never fought or been irritated. Of course we have. The two hardest things we've been through were losing our house and my husband losing his job. But this stuff happens all the time. And people get through it.

My kids are all healthy and very well behaved. And I'm not just saying that. People actually tell me...

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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

home life Apr 02, 2014

Nothing says simple like a slow cooker right? I mean, hello, I don't have to cook? Yes mam! I can handle that. This recipe goes hand in hand with the Simplicity Project.

I've been making this recipe for a couple of years now and it's always a hit. It really is so simple and you can adjust the ingredients to suit your family. On a tight budget? Add more beans and less chicken :)

Here's what you'll need.

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts {frozen}
  • One carton of chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cans of beans drained and rinsed {Black, Pinto, or a mixture}
  • 2 T. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 t. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 t. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 t. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 t. Dried Oregano
  • 1 t. Paprika
  • 3 t. Ground Cumin
  • 2 t. Salt
  • 2 t. Pepper
  • Shredded Cheese {For topping}
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt {For topping}
  • Cilantro {For topping}
  • Tortilla Chips {For topping}

I put the wet and dry ingredients into the Crock-pot first so it can be mixed well then add the chicken breasts and mix them in. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. This...

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Will You Just Give It Up Already?

business faith life simplicity Mar 21, 2014

The Simplicity Project

*UPDATE* The book is now available for purchase! Go to TheSimplicityProjectBook.com to order or you can get it on Amazon.

We all have a longing for more. For living a life on purpose. A life that makes a difference and changes the world.

But all too often, life gets in the way. It shouldn’t right? I mean, we struggle, we dream bigger dreams, and search for the meaning of life and then somewhere along the road, life gets in the way of living. We’ve got mouths to feed, laundry to do, emails to reply to, and deadlines to meet. On top of that, we have clutter filling our houses and our minds and there really seems to be no end in sight.

Of course there are other things that stand in the way of dreaming like fear and voices in our heads but for me, I was letting life keep me from living. The closer I would get to my dream, the farther away I would feel. I pushed through the fear, I faced giants, and I told the voices in my head to sit down and shut up. But I couldn’t...

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A Lesson From Bob Goff : Live In Grace, Walk In Love

faith life Mar 14, 2014

Live in grace walk in love

"Live in grace, walk in love."

Those words haven't stopped ringing in my ears since they fell of the lips of Bob Goff when I was at the Storyline conference a couple of weeks ago. Live in grace, walk in love.

Yes. That's it. That's really all there is to do.

You know when you meet those people and you're like, wow, they've got it. They've really got it all together. Not in a perfect way, but in a that's what it's all about kind of way. That's Bob. Seriously. He is living in grace and walking in love.

You see, grace is freely given. We all have it. Whether we accept it or not, it's there for the taking. If we so choose, we can live IN it. How awesome is that? We don't have to earn it. We don't have to wallow in our wretched selves. We can let it surround us and comfort us and keep us from hearing the voices in our heads.

I really don't know if we can actually extend grace, unconditional grace, unless we completely believe it for ourselves. {Tweet that}   Once we take that...

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Empty Shelf #2 : One Thousand Gifts

business life Mar 07, 2014

one-thousand-gifts

This year, I joined the Empty Shelf Challenge for my reading instead of making a list of books to complete. The second book I finished was One Thousand Gifts : A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.

I really did like this book, although the way she writes isn't totally what I love to read. But honestly, it wasn't hard to get through because I was so inspired by her story. She really taught me to find joy in all things. Even the hard things.

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved--by God.

I started my own gratitude journal to record 1,000 gifts. I absolutely love the process of...

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