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#Sowkind Suggestions: 2019 Holiday Edition

Last year, I shared a #Sowkind Thanksgiving Takeover post. While I still stand behind every suggestion in that post, it is time to expand our vision. This year, while eagerly awaiting the return and reunion of my maturing children, I cannot ignore an often overlooked subject. Singleness. It presents in many forms. Singles have a…… Continue reading #Sowkind Suggestions: 2019 Holiday Edition

Encouragement · Sow Kind

The Residual Effect of Unmeasured Words

One minute I was upright in the ocean, but in the blink of an eye, I was improperly acquainted with the coarseness of the ocean floor. While involuntarily being drawn in and pushed out of the rip current, I struggled to get vertical and out of the dangerous rhythm. Once my feet were under me…… Continue reading The Residual Effect of Unmeasured Words

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

This is the final part of the “Porch Pondering” vlog series. It was a labor of love, and it taught me a few things about myself. I am a hand-talker. Wow. As much as I love the outdoors, the outdoors doesn’t always reciprocate. Melinda wields great power with her calm spirit. Video editing and storytelling…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

Sow Kind

It’s Time for NEW #Sowkind Shirts

For anyone curious about what the hashtag means, you can check out this post for more information. This is an organic effort to scatter kindness in the world around us. What started as a letter writing campaign has diversified to sticky notes on bathroom mirrors, dinners dropped off for friends, car chargers given to weary…… Continue reading It’s Time for NEW #Sowkind Shirts

Community · Encouragement · Sow Kind

Just When I Feel Like Quitting

I want to share a story with you. This summer, while heading out on a mission trip, I decided to leave a note in the Houston Hobby airport bathroom. It was a simple note to cheer on the woman who would enter the bathroom stall sometime after me. So far this sounds noble and lovely,…… Continue reading Just When I Feel Like Quitting

Encouragement · Grace

Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

As an English teacher, the idea of narratives is ever on my mind and infused into conversations. It’s easy to discuss and analyze a dynamic character; what motivates the character to action, what lie does the character believe, and what is the catalyst for their ultimate change? I think we instinctively do that in life.…… Continue reading Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

Encouragement · Letters from the Heart

Dear Friends in Low Places

Today’s letter comes to you from a friend I’ve logged many hours laughing with. She is the type of person who is authentic, unafraid to tell the truth about her self, and willing to step into someone else’s mess [including mine]. She makes up the best dance moves, always has a funny story to tell,…… Continue reading Dear Friends in Low Places