Every once in awhile, I hear someone speak and think, “YES. MORE OF THAT.” That’s how I feel every time I listen to Elizabeth Hagen. (She inspired me to write this popular post.) I’m a big fan of Elizabeth’s mother, my loveliest 90-year-old friend from church, and I’m always thrilled when Elizabeth comes to visit. […]Read More 31 days of living free: focus on your strengths
I know so many fierce women who are holding it down at the office, at home, and in their communities. Can I just say, GET IT, GIRL. You ladies know who you are. You’re the unsung heroes who make everything work. You’re the first one awake and the last one to sleep. You’re creative and […]Read More 31 days of living free: free to have fun
I spent two years hustling as a newspaper journalist, writing and editing a daily business networking page in our metro paper’s business section. I lugged my laptop and notebooks across downtown to morning coffees and lunch-and-learns and late night galas, zipping from suburb to suburb to cover the 5 p.m. after-hours networking events. I sipped soda out […]Read More 31 days of living free: five tips for authentic networking (and a minted giveaway)
Be you, bravely. I pulled packing tape over the last of the boxes and hugged the last of our lingering friends. I shuffled my feet in the dusty doorframe of our first home, listening to the hardwood floors creak for the last time, mentally filing away three years worth of memories as I shut the […]Read More 31 days of living free: be you bravely
“MINE. NOW!” he demanded, a chubby finger emphatically pointing toward a cupboard. “MINE. NOOOOOW!” He bellowed. I scooped him up, but when I tried to cuddle him, he threw his head back. He wanted something I wasn’t giving him. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent any amount of seconds with a toddler before, but man. […]Read More 31 days of living free: a demanding heart
What does it mean to be a woman who is happening? I want to live on purpose. I want to roll up my sleeves and build when God says go, and I want to dwell in his presence when he says be still. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. And I […]Read More 31 days of living free
If I really believe God is who he says he is, then what does that mean? How does that affect the way I schedule my day, the way I interact with others, the way I raise my children, the way I prioritize, the way I dream, the way I live? Almost a year ago, I […]Read More if god is real, then what?
Fear paralyzes us from doing big things. It stops us from living the beautiful life waiting for us because we’re stuck in our own minds, worrying about the what-if’s. If there’s a rallying cry for women, it’s this: We need to be fearless. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is super popular in our small town, and […]Read More 3 steps to being fearless + extraordinary