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)

Success {Five Minute Friday}

Is there any such thing as success? Is it about how big we get, how rich we get, or if we do what we set out to do? Will we ever arrive? I don't think so. Maybe if we're talking about money we might classify someone as a success or being successful. But not so … Continue reading Success {Five Minute Friday}

Put yourself on the path {The Kind Side}

Instead of wondering "are you going to...?" maybe take the fact that you're asking the question as an indication of your interest. Start figuring out the how to begin. Get some answers. Get some teaching (don't get stuck here). Create something interesting (most important step). Look it over. Create again. Stop wondering if you will. … Continue reading Put yourself on the path {The Kind Side}

Steady as She Goes {The Kind Side}

It's ok to experiment and not be sure you are meant to do this one thing over that other thing. Do the work placed in front of you on this very day. Choose what you already chose before. Choose the unchangeable commitments. The people, the responsibilities, the aliveness of your life. After that it's an … Continue reading Steady as She Goes {The Kind Side}