You Matter. Period.

Alana —  October 20, 2013 — 2 Comments

Okay, here’s the deal. I believe YOU matter. I do not care what you feel right now. Please hear my heart in this. You matter. Your story matters, your presence matters. Regardless of what you may think, what society has taught you, or even what your family has told you. You matter. Contrary to common belief, your value does not come from your job, your income status or how many friends you have on Facebook. Your value does not come from how many awards you’ve won, how many church members you pastor or how much money you have in your 401k. It certainly does not come from whether you are divorced, single or married, whether you have children or zero children. None of that matters. Not in the sense that I am speaking, anyway.

If you believe that your value comes from these things, it does not surprise me. These messages are crammed down your throat 24/7. You are told that if you do not make a certain amount of income or if you are not a high-end executive, then you are not successful. You are told that if you do not have a rockin’ sexy bod like Matthew McConaughey or gorgeous face like Megan Fox, then you have little value. You have been bombarded with the message: “You have to be more like _________________ and THEN you will be important. THEN you will have something to offer.”

I am completely adamant in my disgust about these lies because these same messages have held me captive from reaching out and engaging in life… and it’s highly likely they are doing the same to you! Believing these lies has kept me from being me. As I mentioned in a previous post I have allowed others opinions to sway what I believe is right for me. The fear of failing my own standards and the standards others have set left me paralyzed. The opinions of others caused me to bow and sway like a tree on a windy day.

However, the truth is we are each here for a specific purpose. Think about this: Everyday that you hold back, you are depriving people who need you.

In the past six months I have experienced incredible breakthrough in realizing my own value. Without getting too churchy, the Lord has shown me that I have value simply because I am me and I am His creation. Ironically, I have been told this my whole life… it just never sunk in.

Bottom line:
You matter.
People need you.
Your presence makes a difference.

Your own healing is the greatest message of hope for others. – Julia Cameron

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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The Castle

Alana —  October 2, 2013 — 4 Comments

Imagine being a magnificent castle with long hallways and thousands of rooms. Every room in the castle is perfect and possesses a special gift. Each room represents a different aspect of yourself and is an integral part of the entire perfect castle.

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Holy Food!

Alana —  September 26, 2013 — 5 Comments

I hate taking time to prepare food but realized something special about it this week. Watch the video to find out more.

3 weeks.
No desserts.
No alcohol.
No pasta.
No fast food.
No bread. (unless 35 calories)

You can do it. 🙂

I Should…

Alana —  September 13, 2013 — 6 Comments

I should…

… take better care of my body
… work more hours
… have a better attitude at work
… iron Josh’s shirts
… be a better wife
… exercise more

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What’s Your Number?

Alana —  September 13, 2013 — 2 Comments


This is embarrassing. I had a post in the works and it was auto-published this morning! If you are an e-mail subscriber, I apologize for the false alert. New content coming soon. 🙂



What if you could determine your future? What if the relationship you feel stuck in right now could become healthy and vivacious again? What if you could suddenly get a new job and increase your income by $15,000 or $20,000 per year? I believe it can happen. Want to know how? It is simple. Change your thoughts.

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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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I know I’ve been quiet for a few weeks [ahem, months]. I have a lot of reasons, but I’m not sure if any of them amount to anything life-changing. I definitely feel stuck right now. I have everything and nothing to share.

photo credit: Georges Fontaine

photo credit: Georges Fontaine

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"introvert bachelorette party" photo credit:

“introvert bachelorette party” photo credit:

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…

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