Darkness {five minute friday}

It’s a season of feelings I don’t really want to record. Sadness. Grief. Confusion. Annoyance. Regret. Anger. Overwhelm. Mixed in with all the usual good contained in our everyday life, grieving my younger sister has been such a confusing process. I’ve found that losing someone leaves a haze over my clarity, a damper on my … Continue reading Darkness {five minute friday}

Everything Feels a Little Ridiculous {The Kind Side}

Don't quit because you feel ridiculous. Everything you do will feel a little ridiculous at some point; it doesn't mean you should quit or even second-guess. Carry on. Stretch your comfort zone. Try a little more than you think you can manage. Step out of ruts and boredom into the realm of the ridiculous. Chances … Continue reading Everything Feels a Little Ridiculous {The Kind Side}

Don’t sit it out {The Kind Side}

There's not a "right way." I know it's not earth-shattering, but sometimes you just need to say it. Sometimes wanting to know you're doing it right is stopping you from trying in the first place. Say the words and free yourself up from researching, wondering, and stalling because you're not convinced you've got things right … Continue reading Don’t sit it out {The Kind Side}

On the journey to create.. 3 things {The Kind Side}

We won’t figure it out right away. Each attempt will probably show us something really useful. Our creative efforts might help other people in ways we’ll never know. This cute picture book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, is about a little girl trying to create something she has pictured in her head. She … Continue reading On the journey to create.. 3 things {The Kind Side}

You don’t have to {The Kind Side}

You don't have to have any of it under control. This is obvious. But it also isn't. I often feel like I have to have things under control. Maybe not all the things, but at least my things. At least some things. I know I can't control a lot of things, but I also know … Continue reading You don’t have to {The Kind Side}

Listen {Five Minute Friday}

Listen. Listening involves being quiet. But beyond that it involves stilling our own inner dialogue where we prepare what we want to say next or decide what we think about what we're hearing. Listening is sitting in the space of someone else's words. Not just hearing. Not just taking in the auditory signals. It's observing … Continue reading Listen {Five Minute Friday}

If Only You Knew by Jamie Ivey {Book Review}

"Shame over past sins that have already been forgiven is not from God. No matter how much you go to church, or read your Bible, or give away lots of money, you're not improving Christ's forgiveness of you." Jamie Ivey, If Only You Know, p212 If Only You Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming … Continue reading If Only You Knew by Jamie Ivey {Book Review}

A word or seven {The Kind Side} (Also: don’t miss this free webinar tonight)

That thing you're thinking about sharing? It's good enough. Just put it out there,. Someone specific needs it. The problem you've been mulling over? Take the time to write through it and see where you get. It really helps. I've been there, too. That niggling idea in your head that you're not a writer (creative) … Continue reading A word or seven {The Kind Side} (Also: don’t miss this free webinar tonight)