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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weight accumulates on more than just our bodies.

“Did I look like this before?” Hoping for a better angle, I titled my head sideways as I stopped in front of the long mirror near our bedroom closet. I stared at my legs and wondered, “Did these exercise pants make my legs look like tree trunks last year or have I packed on some winter weight?” I dismissed the question quickly, pretty sure I knew...

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Are you called to walk the path less traveled?

The problem. I sat cross legged in the floor of our rental house in Nashville and tried not to cry. Maybe the wine was making me weepy. Or maybe it was the fact that I felt like quitting again. A dull ache had been gnawing at the corners of my confidence longer than I cared to get clear about. I’d failed to hit...

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

I refuse to be Hate’s host.

Blogcast: Listen to the audio version of the blog here.   I was on the phone with the nurse for the second time in an hour. I was panicked. Maybe she knew it… or maybe she was panicked too. “Take him to the ER,” she said with conviction. My son had a temperature of 104. His stomach had violently sent the Tylenol right back...

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The surest way to get where you want to go.

Listen to the “blogcast” here. A lot of pain and frustration rises from two specific places. 1) Knowing what we want to do, yet believing we are not capable of doing it. 2) Not knowing what we want to do and believing we are not capable of figuring it out. We often focus on “knowing” or “not knowing” and miss the bigger problem of believing “we are...

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The best kept secret to “having it all.”

Listen to the audio version of this post here. I’ve turned some sort of imaginary corner. Imaginary because I can’t see it and have no marked day that it happened. But something has happened nonetheless. I hadn’t planned on writing about it because it’s difficult to describe. But that’s a writer’s job. To put into, as few and concise words as...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can’t believe everything you hear.

You know that thing you’ve always heard is true about you? Maybe it’s not.   My son started 6th grade at a very unique school in the fall. They follow the college model. Students attend class two days a week to get instruction, receive assignments, and take tests. They work at home the other three days to follow up their learning. It gives a...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to Life as usual. Or is it?

Christmas break is officially over and it’s life as usual. Or is it? We had a happy holiday. Family. Food. A trip away. No set schedule. All is mostly well. Except that… I didn’t know how much I was dreading “life as usual” until last night. I woke up to a wet kiss on the cheek at 12:30 a.m. My son stood over and...

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Screw goal setting. I’m doing this instead.

I didn’t know why I was so upset, then it hit me… My son and I were headed to a friend’s home for a visit. She had received some alarming results on a cat scan a few days before Thanksgiving. We were praying and standing firm that additional reports would be positive. But this was a time of waiting. Of not...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

When you want to quit, it’s a sign something needs to change.

It was just last Saturday, warmish and sunny outside but cold and gray on my insides. I put my headset on and joined the call. My friends couldn’t see me, but I sat, shoulders slumped, at a rustic kitchen table in a cabin near the woods. Neither the idyllic setting nor my group of wonderful writer friends could distract me from the demon I’d been fighting....

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Friday, November 11, 2016

3 steps to heal from post election hurts

I’ve been watching the wave of emotion sweep through my email, television screen, Facebook feed, and more. I get it. I get that some people are devastated. I get that other people finally feel heard. I get that this election cycle has been icky and sticky, like finding old lint between sweaty toes. (Ew.) Yes, we need to come together...

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