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Worth Your Time: Episode Five, The Power of Words

If you have been around here for a minute, you know that words are a big deal to me. The #sowkind movement started because I thought we all had five minutes and the cost of the stamp, and we could invest at least that much in the lives of those around us.I was also guilty…… Continue reading Worth Your Time: Episode Five, The Power of Words

Community · Encouragement · Healing · wisdom

Why Shutting Down is Sometimes Necessary

Welcome to life in Texas! When I moved to Texas to student teach in the late nineties, I was surprised at the cultural differences I did not anticipate. Coming from Illinois, I was used to life that was undergirded by grit, a strong work ethic, and resourcefulness. Among the alarm at seeing cars on car…… Continue reading Why Shutting Down is Sometimes Necessary

Encouragement · Fun · wisdom

Cookie Fail; Humility Win

When we got the news that all our kids would be home for Christmas, we felt deep joy. For anyone who has grown and flown children, you know exactly what this feels like. It is no small feat to gather all your people, so the simple act of being under one roof at the same…… Continue reading Cookie Fail; Humility Win

Encouragement · Faith · Healing · Hope · wisdom

Burned out, Deconstructing, and Good Investments

Trapped between the easy way out and the proper way through, I stood looking at the tree. Trouble was brewing last season when one section of lights on our pre-lit tree refused to glow. It was easy to call an audible and add a string of lights because the problem was not detected until the…… Continue reading Burned out, Deconstructing, and Good Investments

Encouragement · wisdom · Worth Your Time Podcast

Worth Your Time: Episode Two

Many of you know that I did two seasons of Table Talk: A Place to Gather, Guide, and Go with my friend Jill. We decided to put our project on hold at the beginning of this year, so now I am playing around with going solo for a podcast possibly called Worth Your Time. Welcome…… Continue reading Worth Your Time: Episode Two

Encouragement · Faith · wisdom

Worth Your Time: A Word on Worthiness

Worth noun the value equivalent to that of someone or something under consideration; the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated: “they had to listen to every piece of gossip and judge its worth” Worthy adjective having or showing the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way:…… Continue reading Worth Your Time: A Word on Worthiness

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Soothed by Books and Mirrors

Sometimes the only way to sort out and soothe my soul is to write. Today, as I write, Chris Stapleton’s song, “What Are You Listening To,” fills the space, and I cannot help but laugh at the irony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_pPsmPFT4E Some of the things I have tuned my ear to listen to have caused so much…… Continue reading Soothed by Books and Mirrors

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Monday Motivation for Anyone Feeling Stuck

A cycle is a series of events that are regularly repeated in the same order. It is also known as a pattern. We get into them in our relationships, in the way we move our body, in our exercise habits, and the list goes on. Can you distinguish a healthy pattern from an unhealthy one?…… Continue reading Monday Motivation for Anyone Feeling Stuck

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Long Game Strategy: Hold on to Hope

This has been a full year in our family. We have two college graduates with real jobs [GLORY], we gained a son-in-love [not pictured], we will have another licensed driver shortly, and we have a wedding next week to make our daughter-in-love official. Underneath all the celebration is a deep gratitude. We have walked through…… Continue reading Long Game Strategy: Hold on to Hope

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Note to Self–You Work FROM Approval

So much of my life has been sitting in the waiting room. Waiting for an opportunity. Waiting for affirmation. Waiting for acknowledgement. Waiting for permission to begin. I was stuck because I thought my gift of teaching and writing would be used in a particular context. I waited and waited for a green light in…… Continue reading Note to Self–You Work FROM Approval