The Most Important Thing To Know Before Going Back To School

The end of the summer is here, and many of us are preparing for a new school year! Oh, how the summer has flown by leaving nothing behind but memories and sunkissed skin. As someone with a heart for the younger generations, I wanted to share an important concept to teach your kids before they return to school this year. “You will only find fulfillment when you embrace your unique identity in Christ.” When I was young, authenticity was incredibly hard because I didn’t know who I was. I felt different — just like every other young person. But instead of dissecting my differences and sinking into them, I did everything I could to blend in. It’s easy to believe that school aged kids should fall-in line with everyone else and only stand out for things that are praiseworthy and notable right? Wrong. You see, we were created in the image of God, but not all in the same way. God is intricately complex and has created each one of us to reflect different parts of Him. When we are hiding in who He created us to be, we aren’t fully reflecting His image into the world. What does this have […]

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How To Change A Frequent Complaint Into Your Biggest Strength

“You talk too much.” If I had a dollar every time I heard this statement throughout my life, I’d probably be able to retire early (wouldn’t that be nice?) My family has said these words, my teachers would write about my excessive talking on every report card, and if my loved ones weren’t telling me that I talked too much, I would catch myself in the act. Because they are right! I do talk too much. And I started to let this truth bring me down. Why is it that I have so much more to say than everyone around me? Why can’t the “be quick to listen and slow to speak” command from the Bible be a little easier? From an early age, I began processing why words came so easily and freely to me. Quickly, my love language popped into my head — words of affirmation. Words are my soul’s sustenance. They are how I process the world around me, how I express my affection, and how I feel loved. All those years of storytelling and endless “chatter” were my way of giving and seeking love. On my journey of self-discovery, through personality assessments and inner intuition, I’ve been […]

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7 Steps Toward A Better You

We are all wanting to grow and better ourselves, but we don’t always know how. Here are seven tips to get us all on the right track! 1. Stay “Future-Focused” I wouldn’t say that I’m someone who thinks a lot about my past, but I know many who do. I actually do fairly well living in the present, but I know I would experience more growth if I spent time dreaming about the person I want to become in the future. Rather than all the “should’ve done” pep talks, ask yourself curious questions about how you can take action NOW to become who you want to be LATER. Don’t dwell on your past. Let your thoughts be consumed with possibilities rather than defeat and limitations. Each new day is a chance to better yourself. Don’t define yourself by who you once were because you have all the potential and power in the world to become the best version of yourself in the future. It starts today!   2. Feel All Emotions As someone who spent most of her life wearing a blindfold and ear plugs to avoid pain at all costs (though some has been unavoidable), I have learned that the most […]

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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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How Discovering My MBTI Type Changed My Life

Excited to have Anna Reel from Anna Motion as a guest blogger! Enjoy! Have you ever felt discouraged by a lack of understanding of who you are? A weight presses in your head and spreads to your gut as you try to make sense of the world around you and how you fit into the puzzle of life. It consumes your mind and your every action. Who am I? Why am I like this? Where do I fit in? I’ve been there. I’ve been in the depths of misunderstanding and have questioned (even cried over) why I am the way that I am. I don’t know when I first learned of the term “introvert”, but I know I had many negative misconceptions about if for years because of the media and the way the people around me treated seemingly “introverted” qualities. People would use it like a foul word, like “stop being such an introvert!” But wait…I was an introvert. Did that mean that I was bad? Did being an introvert mean that I was somehow lesser than? I already could see the differences between myself and many of the people around me. Everyone seemed so much quicker to speak, […]

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