• Leadership & Personal Development

    Why Should You Ask Empowering Questions?

    The Bible teaches us that if we ask we will get what we request. We learn this principle in Matthew 7:7-8. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Our minds are problem solving machines. If posed with a challenge, they will do all they can to explain or resolve the issue. Author Keith Cameron Smith promises that “you will receive answers to any questions you ask, so you’d better ask empowering questions.” Empowering questions are thought provoking,…

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    6 Lessons from Dr. Seuss

    Did you grow up with Dr. Seuss books? A few of my favorites from childhood include “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” and “Green Eggs and Ham”. March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and elementary schools across America celebrate literacy and books the weeks around that day. When my kids were younger we celebrated along at home by reading and learning about Dr. Seuss. It has been awhile since we’ve participated in Read across America Day, but we enjoy his books and the lessons they teach in a fun and simple way. While hanging out with my nieces and nephews last…

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    Fighting Depression & Anxiety

    What I am about to write is one of the most difficult things I have ever expressed publicly, but I feel called to do so. The idea for this blog post started off as a simple list of things that have helped me combat my depression and anxiety, and I think they will help many others. These things should be easy enough to share; however, to start talking about them I feel I must first pass through the ordeal of publicly admitting that I struggle with mental health issues. I’m not entirely certain why this is so hard for me to write. In part it is the stigma and shame…

  • Family & Homeschool

    Questions to ask During Reflection Time

    Well, it’s almost March, and I’m still doing journal prompts pretty regularly.  A recent one prompted me to write about what was going right in my life.  My first response: That one is tough. I feel like most of the things I am doing are only at ¾ strength. Is there anything really going right? I decided to focus on the good, and then pick one thing I can do better. My morning routine is going right. I don’t snooze. I get up, use the bathroom, and get dressed in my work-out clothes. I drink 20-30 ounces of warm lemon water while I do my version of the 5 second…

  • Family & Homeschool

    Our Nonsense Poems

    Once a month we have what we call “Literary Lunch”. It’s a spin-off of the Brave Writer’s Poetry Teatime. Her goal behind teatime is to expose the kids to poems. My goal is to share our own writing and thoughts about things we have read. You can read more about our experience here. Sometimes I like to give specific assignments that I want everyone to share. And sometimes I just ask them to share anything they have written lately. This month there was a specific assignment. I got the idea from the Poetry Teatime Blog. Poetry Prompt: Nonsense Poem What is a Jabberwock and how does it whiffle through the…

  • Leadership & Personal Development

    Busyness vs Productivity

    I was listening to a podcast the other day (when am I not listening to a podcast?!) and heard a wonderful quote by Corrie ten Boom: “If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” Then I was reading in “Are you Fully Charged” by Tom Rath, and he had a whole section on busyness versus productivity. The next day I read about being busy in another book (“The 12 Week Year” by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington). Guess the universe is trying to tell me something. If a mouse runs on a wheel all day, it will have been “busy”, but it will have gone nowhere…

  • Leadership & Personal Development

    Who Do I Want to Be? (an exercise in visualization)

    I was at my sister-in-law’s house over the weekend and happened to spy on her shelf a copy of The Start Your Day Journal created by Rachel Hollis. I was a little excited to see it. My sister-in-law hesitantly admitted that she hadn’t started using it yet. She confessed that she was a little intimidated by the first step–creating a vision of your future self. (If you want to learn more about Rachel Hollis’ Start Today Journals and her process of visualizing check out this VIDEO or this PODCAST.) I agreed with her. The idea can be a little abstract. In fact, after hearing the how-to process on a recent…

  • Leadership & Personal Development

    Self-Care Suggestions

    I first heard the analogy of the vase from Rachel Hollis. She tells it often on her live videos and from stage. It is such powerful imagery. Imagine a tall, glass vase standing under a non-stop flow of water. The vase symbolizes you and the flowing water stands for the things you need (sleep, nutrients, self-care, love, etc.). Around you there are several empty cups (your kids, your spouse, friends, work, etc.) waiting to be filled. As you see the needs of those around you, you tip yourself and pour from your stores into the empty cups. You keep tipping and pouring and before long, you have tipped so far…

  • Leadership & Personal Development

    Overcoming Your Fear of Failure

    If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw my recent post about making mistakes. I confessed that even though I have worked on my mindset a lot in this area, I still have a little fear about making mistakes. People fear making mistakes for several reasons. They might think, “If I’ve failed once then I’ll probably fail again.” They could fear the repercussions and risks. They don’t want to disappoint others or are afraid of rejection. They’ve defined their self-worth by their success. Maybe avoiding failure has become a learned response—they expect someone to come to the rescue because someone always has and therefore have never learned how to…

  • Family & Homeschool

    Getting Started with Homeschooling

    We’ve been homeschooling since our oldest was 4. She’s turning 17 this March. Crazy! We’ve been doing it for a long time, but it seems like just yesterday that we decided homeschooling was the right thing for our family. Luckily we’ve loved <<almost>> every minute of it. Over the years we’ve had a lot of people talk to us about homeschooling. Some are curious and want help getting started. Some are skeptical and think they could never do it. Some praise us and others criticize us. But, I think overall, most people admire us for our decision to homeschool and have seen how it has benefited our children. I’ve put…