I've made a lot of room for negativity when it comes to body image. I’ve been trying to “fix” myself for about as long as I can remember. Always just 6 months away from a smaller size. Just one more diet away from a me I’ll like. All of this yuck almost ruined Saturday's shopping trip. Enough is enough. It's time to re-write the messages I'm believing about myself! And honestly, the stakes couldn't be higher [...]
So fun to be a guest on the Radiant Podcast! Don't miss this conversation with Kelsey Chapman - a fellow dreamer & doer! We cover a lot of ground - from starting a nonprofit to balancing the craziness of being a wife, mom, and executive. There's a lot of laughter, a lot of vulnerability, and a lot of laying stuff out on the table [...]
September 16, 2017 marked 11 years of marriage and 20 years of togetherness. The tiny Texas town of Round Top has been our special place of rest and quiet for years. We stayed in our pajamas till almost eleven yesterday, sitting around on comfy couches with mug after mug of coffee. Our time here has been slow and simple, and just as sweet as ever. I love that we come back here, but not just to this place, to each other [...]
I was afraid of the dark as a child (but only at my Grandmother's house). I eventually grew out of that silly fear, but I've found myself with all kinds of adult-sized fears. Honestly, fear has made itself a little too at home in me this last while. But no more [...]
I just celebrated one year of this adventure called blogging with great fondness and gluten-free cupcakes. I'm not great at keeping commitments. I'm a bit of a quitter. It's hard to say it, but it's true. But here we are. 12 months and 27,750 words later. I waited so long to start because I was waiting for the perfect set of circumstances, but DONE is far better than perfect. What dream or idea is sitting on hold? Today's Monday. Mondays are great for starting!
We know we should pray. We want to pray. But we don’t. Why? Because we think prayer is boring. I recently found myself feeling very "blah" about the whole thing. Something had to change. Here's how I breathed life and meaning back into my prayer life...
In spite of the 100-degree weather, I’ve learned to really appreciate summer. Even though most of my summer life looks exactly like the rest of my life, something about it just makes me smile. Generally speaking, simple things make the days special. So here are my favorite grain free DONUTS, some great reads, and a tip to really make the summer special.
Guilt and obligation often lead to a very grumpy "yes." Why are we over-stuffing our lives? I've found some great motivation and courage to say "no" a little more often. Waiting for permission to say "no"? Read on, my friend, read on...here's all the permission you need!
Like so many mothers, I’ve wondered if I’m doing it right. Do I work too much? Are they eating enough vegetables or too many processed foods? How long before they realize their birthday parties will never be Pinterest-worthy? Do we talk about God enough? Am I leaning on technology too much for entertainment? Can swimming count as a bath in the summer? WHO KNOWS. But one thing I'm coming to understand: While I hope to teach my children some important things, I’m pretty sure they are really the ones teaching me.
I used to say stupid things like, “I’ll reset when I die.” But as it turns out, the small investment of time for soul-rejuvenation produces exponential returns. My commitment to this whole idea lead me to make a 5-and-a-half-hour drive to Fredericksburg, Texas where I spent 4 days with 40 women I’d never met. I found a sacred space to learn, listen, and pray. And even if you can't go to Camp Well, here are 5 ways you can create your own soul-rejuvenation experience [...]