faith

My favorite moment at LIFT, the behind-the-scenes scoop, and my thanks to YOU

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It was an amazing night at LIFT, filled with many great moments. But my favorite one was when Dayna from Exalt came up to our team and shared that they received over $1,085 in donations from attendees. Exalt falls under the Idaho Coalition for Justice and does amazing outreach to help local girls working in […] Read more…

On being real, facing fears, and silencing the voice of “not enough”

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That’s what happened this past weekend at the retreat in the mountains of Idaho. It was an amazing time… a beautiful mix of sharing and listening, laughing and crying, exploring outdoors and gathering together in a cozy event space lined with string lights and flowers. It was a time of holding on to what is […] Read more…

You already have good land

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We had lived in our house in California for eight years at the time. It was a beautiful two-story at the corner of a quiet court, and we loved it. We loved our neighbors too. But after being there for eight years, I started to get an itch for change. It wasn’t that I wanted […] Read more…

An open letter to the woman who feels like there’s something missing

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Sitting here in this cafe, surrounded by groups of women who are leaning in close and confiding in each other, I’m more certain than ever that I need to write this. I hear it in the conversation that carries above the music, and I see it in the encouraging hugs of hello and goodbye; we […] Read more…

When you feel like it’s too late to pursue your dream…

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Early in my journey as a writer, when I first set out to pursue my dream of becoming an author, I dug out an old box that my mom had saved from my high school years. At the bottom, buried under dried prom and homecoming flowers, my graduation cap and gown, and pictures upon pictures of high […] Read more…

When you don’t feel good about your body: 5 things to remember

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In my work with moms and women, I’ve had countless conversations about how we often struggle with our self-image. We look in the mirror and instead of appreciating our unique qualities, the negative self-talk begins. As someone who has struggled too, I know how it is to battle these feelings, and even obsessions. But there […] Read more…

What to remember when you’re facing change (and why it’s a beautiful certainty)

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  A friend asked me recently how we did it — how we moved our two teenagers across states like that with one going into 8th grade and one going into 10th. How did we make it look so easy? she wondered. It wasn’t easy, I promised her. There were tears and unknowns and excruciating goodbyes. But […] Read more…

What will you do with your 168 hours?

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“We all have 168 hours in a week and one life to live.” I look at those words written by Jessica Turner at Ann Voskamp’s blog and I pause. 168 hours. When you say a week, it sounds like a week – routine and packed with this, that and the other thing. But when you break it […] Read more…