How Changing Your Thoughts Can Change Your Life

How many of you believe that life happens to you and not much of what you do can change your life? We are simply a character in the story with no control over the plot. As children, we are wild and free. Like a sponge, we soak up knowledge through learning and observation. There’s nothing we cannot and will not do. Embarrassment, fear, and inadequacy have yet to enter and wreck our lives. Ask a child what she wants to be when she grows up, and she will answer based on her desires and ambitions — not practicality. I remember my mom asking my little sister what she wanted to be when she was grown, and she confidently said, “A zookeeper ballerina!” In her mind, she wanted to help animals but also loved dancing — this answer was easy and obvious to her. So when does the switch happen that causes us to start limiting ourselves? We get caught in the clutch of reality and believe our life is defined by our circumstances rather than our thoughts or the control we have over our actions. For the most part, kids think positively. That is why they are happy, carefree, and bounce […]

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The Benefits Of Last Minute Trips

Have you ever thought about going on a last minute trip? Not many people do. They don’t think they can make it work with their schedules, and they’d rather play it safe than do something wildly spontaneous. However, there are many notable benefits of going on a last minute trip. You may have heard of Cheryl Strayed, the author of the novel ‘Wild.’  “With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” Not only does this show the power of spontaneity, but that there are always lessons to be learned in every situation. I’ve done planned trips like the Bahamas trip my husband and I took for our five year anniversary. We had everything planned in February for a trip in August! But then there have been other times where we threw our tent […]

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5 Confidence Boosters For The Hard Days

We all look for confidence boosters on the hard days! Do you often compare yourself to others? Do you ignore your accomplishments and tend to focus more on the negatives? When you receive compliments, do you refuse them? Would you rather talk negatively about yourself? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you need to think again. These are signs that your confidence is low. Feeling and thinking positive all the time, your whole life might seem impossible. There will always be a point in your life when you feel down. And feeling down once in a while is a totally normal thing. However, feeling down most of the time is another. It indicates having a low level of confidence that could negatively impact your life. But how can you be so confident in accomplishing your tasks when you are feeling down? Hard days do not only affect our relationship with others; it also affects the way we feel about things and the way we act and respond. Being confident is not constant. Confidence levels change, particularly during those times when all of the things you want to achieve are moving in the wrong direction. We all have […]

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90-Day Bible Reading Plan With Sacred Holidays

During Advent last year, I was honored to write for a Sacred Holiday’s devotional. Since then, I have loved following their impact on the Kingdom of God! Recently, they announced a plan to read the Bible in 90 days. I have never read the entire Bible or been able to keep up with reading plans in the past, I wanted to give this a try! If you want to join me, read Sacred Holiday’s original post below: You are a rockstar. Truly, you are insane and in the best possible way. Choosing the read the entire Bible in the next 90 days is not an easy thing to even approach, much less complete. We will do this with you. We know it won’t be easy. So let us partner up with you and support you through this.  Our whole heart and hope at Sacred Holidays is that we can come alongside you during holidays and help you get closer to God and others. We know that holidays are typically the time of year we take a break from time with the Lord or get caught up in other things. How about let’s do something different this year. How about we […]

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An Easy Guide To Internal Spring Cleaning

Springtime is when we clean up everything around us — the indoors and out. But many of us forget to dust off our insides and do an internal spring cleaning. A few weeks ago I was in full-on nesting mode. After wading through an adoption process, we heard that our family was going to quickly grow by two. In those moments, like a flash of light, I saw everything that needed to be done to my home to prepare for a family of six. I frantically dug through every closet, cleared every shelf, and organized every space in my home. We were clutter-free, minimalists ready for the green light. But then the adoption process slowed down, our situation changed, and we were back to waiting. The two kids are still in need of a home, but the court date isn’t officially for another two months. The frantic, spring-cleaning side of me has had to slow down. But then, I got to thinking… What about my insides? So much is going to change with my family, and I’m running around preparing my kids and my home while the insides of me remain dusty and the unhealthy habits overgrown. You may not […]

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