Inspire 2015

It’s been so long that I almost forgot how to log on to the blog.

Life has been THAT insane.

2015 started off with a quiet bang. I was getting settled into my new town, a new career as a real estate agent, and trying on my One Word for size.

My One Word for 2015

My One Word for 2015

WOW. I had no idea where Inspire would take me. I spent my 2015 New Year’s Day cutting and glueing my dreams on a piece of poster board. I prayed, I set goals, and I dared to dream a little bigger than I ever have in my whole life.

I imagined a life where my family would be out of debt and we would be settled into a home. I also spent the day holed up setting some pretty crazy professional goals.

Twelve months later….

Check, check, and check.

I still can’t believe it. 2015 has certainly been inspiring.

Some would say it was freak luck, the stars were just aligned, or just that my bad patch had run it’s course.

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One Word 2015

I’m tired of heavy, nose to the grindstone one words. The last three years all of my words, while they were exactly what I needed at the time, honestly they were exhausting.

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Steward in 2011 took great deal of focus and leadership.

Determined in 2012 gave me strength and vision and took me to places personally and physically I thought I would never reach.

Reborn in 2014 grew me spiritually and helped me realize who I truly am meant to be.

This year, I wanted a word that was a little loftier. A word that resonated with my soul. A word that held responsibility and accountability, but also allowed for fun and playfulness.

So here it is. She sits in all her beauty and creative energy.

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Career Change 2.0

What are you doing here?

It’s a question that was first presented to me through an old Jewish parable. Essentially the gist is everyone should wake up everyday, look in the mirror, and ask yourself this simple question:

What are you doing here?

What are you doing here?

It’s a question I’ve tried to ask myself almost everyday for years. Sometimes there’ve been seasons in my life when I’ve forgotten to wake up and ask it. When this happens, I tend to get lost.

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My One Word for 2014

Last year I died. Every day for 365 days. I woke up and experienced death.

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I died to myself. I died to my past. I died to my will. I died to all that I thought that I knew.

Dying was hard, but necessary.

For Christians dying is central to our faith. Dying is life. I forgot that somewhere along the way. Somewhere along the road to hunky-dory everything should be perfect land, I forgot that dying is a good thing.

Good but painful.

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Five Good and Perfect Gifts

This year has been hard. And good. And perfect.

My view in the Jeep

This Christmas season when I have actually had time to reflect, I keep coming back to one of my favorite verses.

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. ~ James 1:17 NLT

I’ve had some good and perfect gifts come down from heaven this year.

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Christmas Will Always Come

Insanity. The last month has been crazy for me and my family. Let me recap.

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Apply for job in Estes Park.

Interview for job a week later.

Accept job offer in Estes Park a week after that.

Thanksgiving.

Prep house to be put on the market. THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING.

Transition current job.

Try to find a place to live in Estes while my family stays here and I start new job January 13th.

To say that my head is spinning is an understatement. Every morning I find myself waking up to two intense feelings. They are:

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Once Around the Sun

Colorado SkyWe have a book in our family room purchased in 2007 on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park.

Once Around the Sun.

It is one of those books where I almost love the title as much as the actual pictures in the book. The whole concept the author/photographer was going for is to show the ebb and flow of nature throughout one whole year in America’s first national park.

This year my life has had a once around the sun feel to it.

 

This time last year the holidays started off rough. I was moving my grandma into assisted living. I was also beginning a season about this time last year that rocked my world and forced me to work through some tough family junk and grief that I had left unresolved in my heart for years. Eventually with a lot of grace, I began to open up myself to healing and new possibilities. [Read more…]

Bittersweet

This post is bittersweet. I’m excited, grateful, and sad all at the same time.

Family Life Services

This letter was given to all of the WOC partners and resident families I serve at Family Life Services this week. Family and friends who have walked with me this year know that it has been a difficult but transformational one. This next step is essential in my personal growth and calls me to be obedient to a faithful God who has never ever failed me. Ever.

Thank you for your continued prayers as I transition. I love the ministry of FLS and truly believe in what goes on there to transform families. I will forever be an advocate of this nonprofit. It is hard to leave something you love so much but next spring I will be transitioning out of my ED role there after five years of service. This letter lays out the details.

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For the Love of Fodder

My whole life I have had this strange habit.

I was often embarrassed by it.

I thought it was weird.

I have even thought at times I was a bit crazy for doing it.

It started off one summer when my friend Jayme and I got this wild hair to write a novel. Basically it became a knock off of North and South by John Jakes and these cheesy Swept Away teen novels we were obsessed with reading. We were two bored pre-teen girls with no formal creative outlet. We also more than likely didn’t understand the definition of plagiarism.

Junior high creatives. Oh my.

Long after our idea died in the spiral notebook under my bed, I continued the practice of developing potential character profiles. This came from interesting teachers, experiences, and one insane imagination colored vividly by junior high life.

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Gaining Ground Is Inspiring And I’m Giving Away Two Copies

Inspiration for work can hit you in the most unlikely places.

Times of rest, reading, long walks taken away from my actual place of employment have helped me over the years to problem solve. It is uncanny how I almost always have to get away from work to get my head around tough issues and get clarity. Recently, I found inspiration for my work through a surprising source.

I found inspiration for what we do for families at Family Life Services through book about farming. Yes, farming.

Gaining Ground

You see I have this 4-H friend from back in the day that just happens to be a agricultural super hero. I’m not exaggerating. Forrest Pritchard, of Smith Meadows in Virginia is one amazing guy. Over the last 17 years while most of my friends were getting business degrees and moving to suburbia land, he was busy saving his family’s farm and becoming a national advocate for sustainable farming.

A year ago, when our family quit Mickey D’s and actually started eating real food, I was introduced to a foreign world. The farmer’s market. I even wrote a post on being a Farmer’s Market Virgin. My husband and I reconnected through Facebook with Forrest and his witty blog. Forrest was able to chime in and give us some sound advice for shopping local. A year later, he has written a book.

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