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But…HOW do I find my Purpose??

Alana —  February 4, 2014 — 9 Comments

In case you’re wondering what to do with your life, this is it. First, you start with something you love. If it’s singing, great. If it’s writing, awesome. If it’s playwriting or playing the trombone or developing video games, even better. Maybe for you it’s just hanging out with people, making them laugh or feel really good about themselves.

Terri Spaulding from Get Off Go inspiring hearts through a Vision Board workshop

Terri Spaulding from Get Off Go inspiring hearts through a recent Vision Board workshop

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Combating Fear: Part 2

Jenean Moore —  January 30, 2014 — 2 Comments

flowersAt the end of 2013 I reflected on the year and acknowledged that I had been in fear. My first step to combating fear was to STOP PLANNING. (Click here to read my first post “Combating Fear: Part 1”) Instead of trying to coordinate every detail of each day in 2014, I am taking things as they come. In fact, instead of a resolution, I am focusing on one word for 2014: SIMPLE.

After last year, I do not want another year of chaos, stress or fear. Of course I can’t control the circumstances of life OR, as I’m learning, I can’t plan every detail. I need to do better at trusting God with His plan and being a good steward, wife, daughter, sister, friend and stranger along the way. I want this next year to be filled with great new beginnings, incredible blessings, positive habits, spiritual stepping stones and a lot of fun. Continue Reading…

Combating Fear: Part 1

Jenean Moore —  January 28, 2014 — 12 Comments

2013 was a year of fear for me, but I didn’t realize that until the last couple of months. I actually thought the year revolved around stress! Let me give you a brief summary.

deerMy husband and I were living in Wisconsin as he started his doctorate two years prior. We moved not knowing anyone and were farther away from family and friends. From day one we had experiences that had me ready to move out of that state ASAP! My husband was busy with his intense program and clinicals. That was his full time job…plus some! I was working full time to make ends meet…but in the most stressful environment I’ve ever experienced. Despite attending a great church and having new friends, it was difficult to be further from family and friends we had grown close to in our first years of marriage. Our quality time together was impacted by the busyness of school, work and stress. Continue Reading…

Bottom line: I had the power all along, I just didn’t believe in myself.

When Alana asked me to write a blog post about where my journey of self-discovery has led me in the last year, I was happy for the green light to reflect. What would I uncover and consider worthy of sharing with others?

Dragonflies symbolize transformation. If one lands on you, plan for change.

Dragonflies symbolize transformation. If one lands on you, plan for change.

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Voice of the Wilderness

Kent Measell —  August 1, 2013 — 4 Comments

I sat in the dust…broken, guilty, despondent, lost; poor choices, broken promises, dead ends, and a general lack of purpose were my reality.  I came to the woods because it was the only place I felt safe.

Kent Measell

Kent Measell

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"introvert bachelorette party" photo credit: east82nd.wordpress.com

“introvert bachelorette party” photo credit: east82nd.wordpress.com

Introverts Rule!  Ha, ok.  I know they don’t rule, but they could.  According to Laurie Helgoe, in her book, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
there are about as many introverts in this country as extroverts.  That surprised me.  To me, it feels like there are more extroverts.

I embrace my introvertedness.  I like quiet.  I like thoughts, thinking.  I like to read.  I like myself enough to like being alone with me.  Just me.  It took me a long time to realize all of this didn’t mean there was something “wrong” with me. Continue Reading…

To my sixteen-year-old self,

Here you are ten years later with the same kind of feelings you have today. Actually, ten years later you are worse off than you are today because somewhere in the past decade you have accepted the lies of others about what happened, how you feel, and who you are. Let me give you a warning as to what the next ten years will hold for you.

I know you think right now is the worst of it. Sitting wherever you are, feeling completely alone because you spoke up. You feel like it was all a mistake. Believe me, it gets much worse. You will lose yourself and your confidence. It will not be a sudden loss. No, it will be a slow demise of everything you thought was truth. What you are standing against today will cost you everything. You will lose everyone, including yourself.

photo credit: data.whicdn.com

photo credit: data.whicdn.com

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Okay, so I know I said you’d have to wait until next week to hear from Joe’s point of view on sex and intimacy in marriage, but I just couldn’t wait! Here, Joy’s husband Joe tells all.

Photo credit: http://www.peterstark.com

Photo credit: http://www.peterstark.com

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It occurred to me, as we sat cross-legged on his bed reading Song of Solomon, that it probably wasn’t the smartest thing we’d done all day.  We were 21, hormonally charged, in literal need of physical restraint, and counting down the days to our wedding day.  Okay fine, wedding night.

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Happy Friday!

Alana —  February 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Warning! If you have a weak stomach, I do not recommend clicking on this link. That, or if you get squeamish about bodily functions…

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