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7 Secrets of Following Your Dreams (Without Going Broke)

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Today I am very happy to introduce you to my friend Jeff Goins, a person I have admired for a long time.  I first heard Jeff speak about writing at blogging conference called Blissdom, back in 2012.  In that session, he challenged us to write about the thing that scared us, and it was that [...]

Undone is Beautiful

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I hate cancer. Ten years ago, while I was in law school, a friend asked me to join her Relay for Life team. I had never heard of Relay for Life, had no idea what it was all about, but agreed to participate. That night my soon-to-be husband Chuck and I walked around the track, [...]

9 Conversations Every Couple Needs to Have

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Marriage is....well, it is a million different things at once. It’s wonderful and heartbreaking and comforting and difficult. It can be invigorating and infuriating, peaceful and tumultuous, good and bad, exciting and dull—sometimes all at the very same time. It takes a lot of hard work to make a marriage work.  During the honeymoon phase [...]

10 Ways to Combat the Winter Blues

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This is the time of year when winter just gets OLD!  The holidays are a distant memory, the thrill of the New Year has worn off, and even the Super Bowl is now over (and your favorite team may or may not have just suffered a crushingly heartbreaking defeat.) While I live in Florida now, [...]

Leap of Faith

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Today I am in North Carolina at the She Speaks Conference, where I am speaking about using Pinterest to build a platform.  To be perfectly honest, it is sort of a full-circle moment for me, and although I had originally planned to write something completely different today, I couldn’t help but take a few minutes to reflect [...]

How to Overcome Self Doubt

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Do you want to know the honest truth?  Public speaking scares the you-know-what out of me! In college, taking Speech 101 was a requirement for graduation.  Because I dreaded it so much, I put it off as long as possible, until the very last semester of my senior year.  And while I don’t exactly blame Speech 101 for [...]

5 Secrets of a Happy Marriage

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I can't even tell you how excited I am to introduce you to my friend Melanie Shankle, aka Big Mama.  I'll spare you the boring details of how we met, suffice to say it involved much laughter (and a little wine) and an instant realization that she is my kind of people.  She is an [...]

How to Make a Dream Come True

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This past weekend was a big one for me, and not just because Seattle won the Superbowl.  No, this weekend was big because it was the weekend I turned in my completed manuscript for my first real book. It will still be quite a while before that pile of pages is transformed into a real [...]

4 Resolutions Every Mom Should Make

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Today I am so excited to be re-introducing you to my dear friend Edie from Life in Grace.  Those of you who have been around for a while might remember her from the 31 Days of Less & More series that we co-hosted in October.  Edie and I became friends about three years ago, just [...]

Imperfect Weakness

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Have you ever been embarrassed?  I don't mean doing something embarrassing, like tripping over your own feet or having a piece of toilet paper stuck to your shoe --I think we've all had a few cringe-worthy moments we'd like to forget--but have you ever been intentionally put down or mocked by someone else? A few months [...]

In the Blink of an Eye

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Life, for the most part, is full of the mundane, the obvious, the expected.  We go about our daily routines, get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, go to work or school, take care of the kids, make dinner, clean up, go to bed. Repeat.  It is easy to become complacent, to take it for granted, [...]

Always In Pursuit {7 Ways to Be More Content}

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A few months ago I shared that our family's theme word for the year is contentment.  After an entire lifetime of wanting to trying to fill my life with beautiful things in the hope that it would bring fulfillment, learning to simply be content with what I have is a huge shift in paradigm. I [...]

The Process is The Point

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It is always a little rough coming back down to reality after such a fun & motivating getaway.  It's not that I don't love my family or my life in general, but getting to connect with amazing women and be completely inspired while other people fed me delicious food, made my bed, and took care [...]

Whatever

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A couple of weeks ago Princess proudly announced that she already knew what she was going to ask Santa for Christmas next year. “I’m going to ask for a magic wand.”  Trying very hard not to spit out my coffee--an American Girl doll bed was one thing, after all, but this Santa momma was going [...]

A Season of Hope {Experiencing a Joy-Filled Christmas in an Imperfect World}

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I'm fighting hard to stay joyful this Christmas. To be perfectly honest, there are a lot of things weighing me down. Our schedule--normally busy even on a slow week--has been packed to the gills with Christmas programs and commitments and events and parties, and while most of it is self-inflicted, it sometimes makes my head [...]

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