Seeking Transformation

January 19, 2016

So often, we find ourselves looking for information, answers and basic yes/no confirmation. There is nothing wrong with wanting simplicity or closure but, sometimes, there is more to be learned in the seeking than the solution. As 2016 unfolds, I find myself celebrating a blessed birthday for the first time as a shepherd to my little […]

Transforming Trial into Triumph

March 25, 2013

You will face trials in your life. Notice I didn’t say “may” or “could,” but “will.” You will be tested, emotionally and spiritually. You will question the world, your choices and yourself. Whether you are ready to believe it or not, these things are all gifts. Like the brightest metals and gems, you will discover […]

Ready for Renewal

Ready for Renewal?

August 7, 2018

If you hear the word “renew,” what comes to mind? Perhaps your Amazon membership, your magazine subscription or your passport. You’re not wrong but, like so many words with rich origins, renew has many meanings. In fact, for giggles, peruse Webster (or, if you’re under 30, Google) and scan the multiple definitions. At a soul […]

Why Share Your Struggles

Why Share Your Struggles?

February 8, 2018

Imagine facing a mountain. You arch your neck to look up and can’t make out the top. All you see is steep, rocky terrain and slippery slopes draped in thick clouds. You stand before it numb, overwhelmed and uncertain how to move forward.  Then, you feel a hand take yours. Suddenly, you make out a […]

Heal Louder

Heal LOUDER

September 20, 2017

Your Transformation From Hurt to Hope Do you find yourself repeating painful habits related to grief or past hurts? Are you unsure how to reemerge from the cloud of numbness or apathy you feel around you? Are you afraid of judgment or worried about disappointing others? You are brilliant, exquisite and about to embrace more […]

When God Calls, It’s Not a Misdial

August 26, 2015

So, I took an e-hiatus for the birth of my baby girl, Calia, who entered the world in early June. She is an immense blessing and a humbling gift. My recent transformation into momhood came with delivery trauma, breastfeeding woes, postpartum anxiety and a surge of can-never-do-enough motherly guilt. Every new mom seems socially compelled to blanketly say, […]

The Year to Engage

February 28, 2014

Each year, my bestie Sherri (a.k.a. S.M. Hutchins) spends an intense amount of pondering and brainstorming in December to figure out her word for the year to come. Read what she chose this year—it’s bold and may inspire you. In true sisterhood, I also get roped into (kidding) a lot of pondering and brainstorming. In fact, […]

10 Posts for 10 Years: #4

January 25, 2014

What is a legacy? Some might say money, property or customs handed down. I prefer to think of legacy as the indelible mark an influential person makes on their family, their friends, their community and their world. So, here is my father’s legacy, may it be fuel for hope for generations to come: Giving with […]

10 Posts for 10 Years: #2

January 23, 2014

If the eyes are windows to the soul, then my father’s eyes told epic tales. I “focus” on the eyes now because of the pivotal importance eyes play in empathy, in hope, in knowing a person and in loving unconditionally. The eyes show purity of emotion, they reveal attention, they help us to connect and […]

Metamorphosis

January 20, 2014

Yesterday was my birthday. Birthdays are their own contradictions—reminders of time and encouragement to be playfully timeless. They can be reflective, peaceful, chaotic, hopeful or all of the above. For me, this weekend was a period of metamorphosis. Now, let’s pause for clarity. Metamorphosis in its literal form can mean a transition from immature to […]

Just Keep Chuckling

December 17, 2013

Hope is laughter. I say it often, even to my reflection in the mirror when I’m scowling over a chaotic day or realizing that the white hair sticking straight up off my head is not just bleached by the sun . . . or that it has friends hiding elsewhere in my locks. Yep, hardy […]

How Many Clouds Are in Your Sky?

November 20, 2013

I was joking with my dear friend yesterday about there being a single scary cloud in the sky and, since that meant it might rain, I decided not to go running. This was funny to her for three reasons: 1) I am not scared of much, least of all fluffy puffy clouds; 2 ) I […]

Complaining About Blessings

August 25, 2013

I realized the last few years of my life have been focused on transformation. And let’s face it, transformation is simply a fancy word for change—rough struggles, sharp bumps and sudden pitfalls as well as shining epiphanies, glorious catharsis and peaceful surrender. Life is transformation, friends. Some periods are merely more apparent and more pivotal […]

Ugly Beautiful

August 19, 2013

Somewhere along the way, my kind of beautiful became ugly. It was lesser, rounder, taller, spottier . . . I believed it. I nodded in the mirror at each chip in my reflection. Is one tooth smaller? Where could I have lost that piece? Surely I would remember losing a piece of myself. Is that […]

Hope in Times of Loss

February 24, 2013

The past month has seen the waves of grief crashing ashore for several friends. It is in these times I feel both powerless to hold back the tide of their pain and, yet, called forward to wade into the surf with a steady, compassionate hand. Grief is an island no one wants to visit, but […]

Have You H.O.P.E.D. Today?

February 10, 2013

We all have barriers to hope. We may linger with them temporarily or cling to them because it’s all we know. There is no need to beat yourself up over them. Merely acknowledge that they exist, journal about what triggers them and recognize when you are dwelling in the company of doubt or worry. You […]

Smile High

January 27, 2013

With the recent addition of my youngest nephew, I have seen a resurrection of focus in my family. Everyone is transfixed on under 10 pounds of delightful, wriggling baby. Every sound, every pose and definitely every smile. Seeing the innocent curve of his lips, I realized in a skipped heartbeat how much lift a smile […]