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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What It Feels Like To Wrestle With God’s Call

Do you ever find yourself wrestling with God? It’s an absurd concept as we have no chance of “winning.” But I find myself in spiritual tangles nonetheless. When this happens, I am left in a puddle of guilt for the questions and doubts. But with each issue I bring to the feet of Christ, my faith is stretched deeper and wider. You see, we aren’t meant to understand God! He doesn’t punish us for our lack of understanding; He simply asks us to keep our faith and to say “Yes” to His call. As I’ve said before, I’m a recovering people pleaser, and the root of wanting to please has everything to do with the fear of being misunderstood. When God calls me to things that are new or confusing, my first thought is, “What if my loved ones don’t understand?” “What if I’m misunderstood?” You see, I recently put in my two-weeks notice for a job I loved. God has put on my heart that I need to make more room for new opportunities. During a time when I was reflecting on my future and how I wanted to impact more people’s lives through life coaching, The Dreamer’s Nest […]

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Why Time Spent Together As A Family Is Important To Child Development

After several long months of putting my head down and working crazy hours, I took a break. With my computer shut, my attention was no longer split between family and work, but instead, it was put entirely on my family. This weekend, we spent every minute together. We laid in hammocks, played games of tag, and hopped around the living room with our new pet bunny. In the evening, we threw on our dirty shoes, left responsibilities at home, and went to the park. My husband and I sat on a nearby park bench. This particular bench was high off the ground and allowed my legs to dangle like a child — even with my tall frame. We could hear candid laughter and watch the freedom that ran through their spirits because the playground belonged to only them. Work was not on my mind. Instead, I was reflecting on my childhood memories with my family and enjoying the scene right in front of me! Bringing up children is one of the hardest and most rewarding parts of life. Having a family is often a huge dream for most of us, but along with the fun, it does come with hard […]

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What To Do Instead Of Throwing That Pity Party

Some weeks are harder than others. This week was one of them. But whenever I’m faced with difficult times and want to bury myself under the covers and not come out until the storms calm down, I try to focus outward and make other people’s days a little brighter. Self-indulgence and pity parties are easy. So is inviting self-doubt and worthlessness in to cause more chaos, but we have the power to choose something better for ourselves! One way I enjoy focusing <<outward>>  is through “snail mail.” As you may have read in one of my recent posts: 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. To me, words are sincere. I don’t say things that I don’t believe, and I have trouble not believing other people’s words as well. Words are full of powerful truth when they are spoken by the people we have come to know, love, and respect. So, from now until the end of the year, I want us to band together and shower each other in mushy, sappy (but sincere) affirmation letters! I created a FREE printable to use as a “guide” […]

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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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