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#018 – Single and Satisfied

It’s the last Monday in July and we are closing out our theme of “Celebration”.

I introduced you to my friend Michelle last week when she came over to help me make Garden Vegetable Soup

Join me this week for a fun (and sometimes silly) conversation with my long-time friend where we discuss her life as a single and satisfied woman who is choosing everyday to enjoy her journey.

When I think about a person who lives life fully, I think about Michelle.

She has chosen to make her life an adventure and I always am inspired to live outside the box after talking to her.

I think you will be too.

Single and Satisfied

I have friends who are married who wish they were single.

I have friends who are single who wish they were married.

It seems as though so many people are on one side of […]

By |July 28th, 2014|Fun, Podcast|1 Comment

Garden Vegetable Soup

I’ve been friends with Michelle for 25 years. She has been with me through thick and thin. She’s seen me at my best and my worst and she’s still around.

She’s lived in another state for awhile and has made her way back to Texas for a short stay in between jobs. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to hang out in the flesh.

I think we get that our friendship is worth coming up with any good reason to be around each other.

She has gone running with me.

I’ve taken her to the new little “taco shack” I discovered.

We’ve upped our text messages to each other.

And we’ve recently decided to hold each other accountable with our eating.

So, we went grocery shopping to load up her fridge and mine with lots of food for our day of marathon cooking.

One of the dishes we made was Garden Vegetable Soup by Alton […]

#017 – Make Meals and Movement Memorable

What are you doing to lose weight?

I got that question about seven times yesterday at church.

My answer is always the same.

Eat less and move more.

That’s all it is people.

But I have been guilty in the past of eating less, moving more, reaching my goal, and then gaining the weight back.

I’ve been in a fight with the #fatdemon for most of my life.

Surely I’m not by myself.

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Losing weight has been a theme in my life…. seriously.

And if I’m honest, most of that process has had absolutely nothing to do with me being celebratory about the process.

Suffering would be a better word choice actually.

Misery may work too.

But what I’m realizing is that we start and continuing  doing things that have a positive association for us.

We do things that have something in it for us.

I’m learning that when I […]

Faith & Fun Friday – Simple

Almost a year ago, I had a small group of women meeting in my home.

We were doing a six week Bible study and each week the ladies drove on that windy road to get to my place with Bibles and food in hand.

We had a good time studying God’s Word together and eating getting to know one another better.

There were about 8 to 10 of us meeting on any given study night and we sat around on one of my couches or chairs, got comfortable and chatted.

During our time, one of the girls noticed that I was always adjusting and moving our sectional.  It is a second hand sofa that was an answer to prayer.  I literally asked God to give me a couch like this and not soon after, I saw this couch on the front of neighbor’s lawn for $100.  I was grateful for this couch so […]

By |July 18th, 2014|Faith|30 Comments

Follow the Yellow Lines

broken yellow linesI live on a rural road.  The kind of road where there are absolutely no street lights.  The road is black.  Headlights are great but bright lights are even better.

One night as I drove home, well after the sun had gone down, I realized that even with my brights on, I could only see about five to seven of those yellow lines.

You know.

The lines that keep you on your side of the street and that give you guidance as you drive.

As I approached a curve, I realized that those five to seven yellow lines gave just enough warning for me to know that I needed to bend my wheel slightly to the right to stay on the asphalt.   That small shift in the yellow lines was clearly marked.  But I only saw it because my eyes were on the […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Faith|10 Comments

#016 – How to Leave a Mark

I’m still celebrating my birthday.

Why not?

The month of July is my p-l-a-y-g-r–o-u-n-d!

Any excuse is a good excuse to celebrate right?

I figure that same idea applies to celebrating others too.

A birthday is good reason to celebrate but there are other reasons too.

Beyonce’ helps me to remember this very point…

We all want to know at the core of our being that we matter.

We want to know that others see us and value our presence on this earth.

So exactly how do you leave a mark on the life on another?


Today’s podcast is about celebrating others – what it means, when to do it, and some practical ideas for how to get it in.

I’m not a naturally celebratory person so I needed today’s podcast more than anybody!

Celebrations make life memorable. What we remember is what builds the value we feel that our lives have accumulated over time.

Want […]

Faith & Fun Friday – Release

Welcome back to Faith and Fun Friday!

This week has been… ummm… interesting to say the least.

My birthday was Monday. I was sick as a dog.

I was scheduled to speak the next day so I thought it best to stay home, rest up, and take it easy.

It was one of those “quick bugs” and I was feeling better Tuesday. All went well for the talk, but I’ve found that the same “rest-up-and-take-it-easy” frame of mind has not left me at all.

I’ve been taking it easy all week.

Right this second, I’m looking at two baskets of clothes sitting on my couch.  They are both full of clean clothes.  My boys have become quite adept at grabbing what they need out of them because their mother won’t put them away.

We have also eaten out three times this week.


My husband hasn’t known whether to scold me for us spending more than we planned or […]

By |July 11th, 2014|Faith|51 Comments

#015 – Happy Birthday to Me!

Today’s my birthday.

And I’m sick.


No matter.

I’ve still recorded the podcast to share my birthday thoughts with you.

And sick or well, it’s my birthday and I’m going to celebrate doggone it!

But let’s just say that this time, I probably won’t be riding across the Golden Gate Bridge…



In today’s podcast, amidst sniffles and all, I share my reflections of what celebrating birthdays is all about.

Celebrations are what make life memorable. What we remember is what builds the value we feel that our lives have accumulated over time.

Want to have a life that you are happy with it?  Celebrate.

Celebrations are the pegs on which we hang our memories of value.



Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or Stitcher.



Highlight from Today’s […]

Faith & Fun Friday – Freedom

Fridays are all about Faith and Fun!

There is always fun to be had around here but first let’s talk about Faith.

We are happy to welcome back Kingdom Woman Prayer on Fridays!

I was so encouraged and motivated by your response our first time around with Kingdom Woman Prayer that I am crazy excited to start it up again!


Prayer works people.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16 ESV

The last time we did this, so many women were authentically transparent and just as many women were faithful to pray and encourage another […]

By |July 4th, 2014|Faith|118 Comments



What are you waiting on?

Who are you waiting on?

When will you realize that the time is now?

The time is now to live.

I didn’t create you simply to exist.

To breathe, eat, sleep, and dream.

I created you to do.

… to do the tasks that are designed to fit your hands.

I created you to experience.

… to experience Me to the fullest.

I created you to be.

… to be an expression of Me when I am revealed uniquely through the wonderful blend of your personality, history, and opportunities.


Every day that you open your eyes, you are opening a present… a gift from Me.

There has never been another day like it and there never will be again.

And while there is nothing new under the sun.

It is all new to you.

It is new to you as you live in the age, culture, and era in which I allowed you to be […]

By |July 2nd, 2014|Faith|12 Comments