Your combination of life-giving rhythms is yours alone. It is unique to you. I know, I know. Last week I said to copy others. Here's the thing...when you really don't know what to do or where to start, imitation is a good way to get moving. But you can't live there.
When you first start looking at life-giving rhythms, your own may not come to the surface right away, especially if you're starting from a place of burnout or ongoing stress. When I've been in that place of desperation, I have even forgotten what I like to do, what feeds my soul, what gives me life.Read More
This is about whether you're just okay or whether you're at your best. Best may look different for you than it does for me. There is a chasm between okay and best. It takes effort and sacrifice to get across.Read More
Action is necessary if I am going to move forward. Attitude (motivation) is what matters in how I move forward.Read More
When cultivating rhythms of gratefulness (acts or rituals that create space for grateful attitudes) we have to talk about the concept of enough.
Enough is a word I have to mindful of throughout my day. In my thoughts, my dreams, my conversations and my meetings, "enough" is a highly used word in my vocabulary. More times than I'd like to admit, I use this common word to convey scarcity instead of contentment.Read More
This month, I'm challenging you and me to cultivate #GratefulRhythms. Instead of "finding" something you're thankful for each day, intentionally incorporate people, places, things and events that grow gratefulness in you.Read More
"Pick battles that are big enough to matter but small enough to win."
I heard this quote at Plywood Presents last week from Kat Cole, who went from being a waitress at a Hooters restaurant to becoming President of Cinnabon and other affiliated companies. When she told her story, my ears perked up.Read More
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
I've been in a period of letting go of the things not meant for me, both in work and in my personal life (and the gray area in between). For those of you who started WholeAugust with me, I hope you're finding yourself in the same kind of predicament. We're two weeks in. The hardest parts of change (sugar detox, lack of energy, first decisions) are probably over, but the awesome results (joy, calm, ease of rhythms) have not shown up just yet.Read More
Last night, I said farewell to all my favorite food-friends. This morning, I'm drinking black coffee and eating eggs, bacon, fruit and avocado. Not too shabby. Since August starts today, I'm "easing into" my Whole30 and WholeAugust over the weekend.
Hopefully you've had time to think about what your goals will be for our WholeAugust. If not, go ahead and do that this morning. It's not too late!Read More
I read a book recently, called It Starts with Food. The premise is that for 30 days, you eat only the foods that make you healthier. Simple, right? What if we applied this concept to the rest of our day? Imagine, at every decision, thinking “what will make me the healthiest, most whole version of myself?”Read More
So much of my life requires that I have a voice. I love to sing for creativity or for worship. I love to have coffee with friends and talk about our lives and our dreams. I talk to people on the phone for both work and coaching, so even my livelihood depends on my voice. This summer, I lost it to a throat infection, twice in one month.Read More
When I was in elementary school, I already knew what kinds of things I wanted to do with my life. Other kids wanted to be firefighters or rock stars. I wanted to be a human rights lawyer or a GreenPeace activist. On my most big-picture days, I would frustrate my goal-oriented brother by telling him "I don't know what I want to be. I just want to love people."Read More
Kindness is a word that I think has lost its way. Here in the south, manners and charm seem to go a lot further than true kindness. People are nice. People are polite. But I still struggle sometimes, with phrases like "bless your little heart", to find true kindness.Read More
We're talking about creative life-giving rhythms this month, and I can already hear the question a lot of you are asking. (I have supersonic hearing, by the way.) What if I'm not an artist?Read More
A few years ago, I decided I wasn’t a creative person. I fully believed my ability to be strategic in branding and come up with bomb ass business solutions was a form of creativity, but what I’m talking about here is art. You know … the kind that moves souls. Like music or film or dancing or building something with your bare hands.Read More
"Creativity is the natural result of spirituality." It was January 2006. I was just starting as an intern at Mosaic church in Los Angeles when I first heard these words, which make up one of Mosaic's core values. These words stirred up something deep within me, yet I've only really come to understand them in the last few years.Read More
My counselor and I made up a mantra a couple of years ago, one which I don't think I'll ever be done learning: appreciate the process. I had it on a piece of paper I carried around in my purse for a long time.Read More
Different seasons of life bring different challenges. Sometimes issues arise out of a long line of decisions that are made over a lifetime. Sometimes catastrophes come out of nowhere and blindside you. In the middle of a schedule that works, in the middle of practicing rhythms and working on exciting side projects, in the middle of whatever you're doing, life happens.Read More
Welcome to Friday Loves! These are the things I loved way too much to just "like" this week. Sorry it's so late, but hey, you have my permission to enjoy it well into Saturday if you like!
I love finding timely, beautiful, helpful content and making sure it gets seen by the people who need it. Thanks for letting me share my loves with you!Read More