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A must read: For the Love

Uncategorized Aug 17, 2015

For The Love NEW 3d

I was recently given the great honor of being on the launch team for Jen Hatmaker's new book FOR THE LOVE: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. You guys. I love to read. I LOVE loving books and sharing them with you. But if I had to choose ONE book for you to read this year, it would be For the Love. Honestly. I'm not just saying that because I'm on the launch team. I really, truly, honestly believe that this book is for every woman out there.

In For the Love, Jen bridges the gap between every woman no matter their age, marital status, or race. With her brutal honesty and heartfelt grace she had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Through the entire book. She makes you feel like she's your best friend who would love you in your sweaty workout clothes or your fanciest dress. The one you could come crying to when your kids have gone AWOL and the one who will go with you to watch you get Botox injections you don't need. Because she loves you no matter what...

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I may not be what you think I am

i may not be

Where on earth does the time go? I mean, didn't we just get out of school? And here we are again. Trying to squeeze every last drop out of the sunshine while struggling to wrap our brains around the thought of a schedule.

This summer has been one for the books. Between shipping thousands of planners, road trips, going to the beach, and staying up way too late, we've had a blast. But man, trying to be business owner slash the coolest mom in town is hard work. Who am I kidding? Just being a mom is hard work!

I constantly struggle with the guilt-trip I make up in my head. You're not good enough. You're destroying whatever is left of your poor children's childhood (or is it childhoods? I don't even know how to write words anymore). Who do you think you are? You don't know the first thing about running a business and you can't even keep your crap together! Read your own book, lady! Simplify!

But you know what? I don't have to be the cool mom and I certainly don't have to have my crap...

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Meet Kyle: The Most Inspiring Person I Know

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2015

Meet my friend, Kyle Bryant
Kyle Bryant friedreichs ataxia

Friends, I have someone very inspiring that YOU need to meet! I can honestly say that I don't personally know a more inspiring person than my friend, Kyle Bryant. Kyle was one of my WyldLife kids when I was in high school. He was the life of the party and fit the "WyldLife" name perfectly.

When Kyle was 17, he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder, Friedreich’s ataxia. Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. About one in 50,000 people in the United States have Friedreich's ataxia. Some symptoms of FA include loss of coordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs, energy deprivation and muscle loss, vision impairment, hearing loss, and slurred speech, and serious heart conditions. (source)

Kyle Bryant founds rideATAXIA

Instead of feeling sorry for himself and letting life pass him by, Kyle decided he needed to live each day with purpose. Even when he didn't know what to do, he did...

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When the Enemy Tries to Stop You In Your Tracks

Uncategorized Apr 24, 2015

 When the enemy tries to take you out

There are times in life when everything seems to fall into place and just flow. Things are good, everything is going your way, and you're walking the road you know you've been called to; when suddenly, wham! Out of nowhere you get blindsided and your heart sinks to your stomach. You can hardly come up for air before you're pulled back into the abyss of hopelessness.

You might as well give up because, honestly, what’s the point? Why should you keep trying when it hurts so badly? Why should you continue when it would be so much easier to just walk away and live a complacent life?

I tend to be overly dramatic when things don’t go as planned. I freak out. I stop eating. I stop sleeping. I completely lose hope. It usually doesn’t last long, thank God. But it sure feels like hell while I wallow in my “poor me, the world is against me party.”

Almost the entire month of March and half of April was an absolute bust for me. I was sick for three weeks....

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On Doing Those Things You Hate To Do

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2015

rehearsing your troubles

There are some things that I just torture myself over. Stupid. I know. But you know how you have those things that you hate to do and put off until the last possible moment or until life just smacks you in the face with it and you have no choice but to face that monster? We all have them. Mine is so lame too. Confrontation. Customer service. Phone calls. Emails. YUCK.

I would be forever satisfied if I never had to return a phone call or email again and if I could pay someone else to deal with the customer service side of my job. I hate it. I LOATHE it. I think about it day and night. I put off checking my voice mail and my email in fear of someone being disappointed in me.

I know! So lame!

But today I had an epiphany of sorts. More like a you are so lame! Why do you do this to yourself? moment. I was reading Jesus Calling {my morning ritual} and it said this:

Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they...

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My Word For 2015 & A Link-up

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2015

Flourish one word 2015

Well, here it is. On this thirteenth day of the year, I'm finally giving you my "word." This has become a fun little tradition for me and looking back over the last few years it's turned out to be quite prophetic. I don't really like to rush into setting my goals and choosing my word for one reason. I want God to be a part of it.

In 2013 my word was Expectant. Because I was expecting God to move in my life and I was expecting nothing less than extraordinary. That's exactly what He did. He moved in me and through me. I started writing and dreaming like never before.

In 2014 my word was Increase. Wow! If you know ANYTHING about me or what my 2014 looked like, you know that there was increase. Increase in my capacity, increase in my dreams, increase in my business... you name it.

Needless to say after such an amazing year, I was a little nervous to even think about what 2015 could bring. I feel like I'm just settling in to this new season. I'm still learning and growing and thriving....

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It's Finally Here! Order The Purposeful Planner 2015 Today!

Uncategorized Dec 17, 2014

shipment

After months of planning, praying, stressing, losing sleep, freaking out.... it's finally here! My shipment arrived yesterday and I've been a busy little bee getting orders packed up. I have TONS of orders to fill {which is great} and more keep coming in {also great}!!

If you have yet to order yours, now is the time. All orders placed by 5pm Friday December 19th will be there by Christmas! Whoop whoop!

Head on over here for more details and to order your planner now.

**And how cute is my hubs? He set up my shipping area for me and even put up some Christmas lights so I feel cozy :)

 

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Introducing the Purposeful Planner 2015

business home life simplicity Nov 17, 2014

After years of dreaming and months of planning and designing, the Purposeful Planner is finally available!! for pre-order! **UPDATE** They're in stock!

I think my nerves have been put through the wringer this year. Between the book and now this I wonder if it's bravery or just plain crazy. It's probably a little of both.

For years, I've been on the search for the perfect planner. I have found many that come close but none have had everything I've wanted. I wanted a place to be encouraged and inspired, reminded to live on purpose, and keep my life and family organized. I wanted a place to budget and menu plan, to be reminded to take care of myself, and to keep up with those little things that I always forget to do.

I am happy to say that the Purposeful Planner includes all of those things. But more importantly it's covered in grace. It's not a system. It can be as much or as little as you want it to be. If I can help you do anything it would be to help you find your purpose and...

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It's been a year...

faith life Nov 10, 2014

One year ago {this past weekend} our family made one of the hardest best decisions of our lives. We've made many hard decisions but this one hurt the worst. We knew it would. We prayed it wouldn't but deep down inside, we knew it would hurt. We didn't expect the hurt to last so long. And honestly, a lot of times, it still hurts.

When the easier thing to do would have been to stay, we left. We chose to be faithful to God instead of man. We chose to do what would be eternally better for us than what would be surely comfortable for a little while. We chose loyalty to God above loyalty to man.

We lost friends. Looking back I guess they weren't really true friends. And that's ok. Better to know that early on then after a ten year investment. But it didn't make it hurt any less.

We lost community. Or what we thought was community. But again, looking back, it wasn't community at all. Because now I know what community is. Now I know what God's idea of Church {with a big C} is and what man...

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Lately...

business home life simplicity Nov 04, 2014

Purposeful Planner

Lately... I've been SO. BUSY. But good, busy so that's ok, right? I completely failed at the 31 day challenge. Boo! But I do have several posts that I am planning on adding to the challenge so be sure to check back often or sign up to get blog posts delivered to your inbox.

So. The reason I've been so busy. I've been designing a day planner for 2015 called the Purposeful Planner. Yay! This has been a dream of mine for quite some time and it just seemed fitting with the release of The Simplicity Project to just go for it. Now or never, right? And can I say, I'm pretty darn proud of myself!? I completely taught myself to use the programs that required creating a planner. I had no clue what I was doing but I was determined to get it done.

This planner, you guys. It is amazing! It has a monthly spread, budget sheet, menu plan sheet, and master task sheet all at the beginning of each month. Then each day has an inspirational quote or verse, a place to track your water intake, a health...

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