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How To Run Well

Like you, we’ve had to answer a lot of unexpected questions in the past several months—questions like where to buy Clorox Wipes, how to do school from home, mastering the decorated corner for all your zoom calls, deciding to hug or not to hug, and wearing mask-proof makeup.

 

But there’s one question that’s given us more to think about than the rest. It’s a...

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Don't Ignore the Check Engine Light

I wonder if you can relate...

 

Everyone thinks you’re the one people trust to have it all together. That you’ve always been this way. They think nothing ever moves you, and if it does, it only moves you forward faster. 

 

You’ve handled the pandemic with purpose—from the closet purge to taking things up a notch in your work. You’ve embraced this...

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How to Win the War of Words

The frontlines of life and leadership often means you’re on the frontlines of a war of words

 

This isn’t a surprise. Years of experience (and, perhaps siblings) has prepared you for battle. You’ve studied the approach of excellent leaders. You’ve listened to their advice and even had some experience navigating your own encounters with explosive rants and...

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Dare To Be Drama Free

There’s a farmer’s market in town. It takes place every Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Catholic Church. People from all around the area come to sell and to shop. The only drama here happens when the last jar of jam is sold but there are still people in line waiting to buy some. At least until this summer.

 

It was a 90 degree day. Somewhere between the vegetables...

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Better Than They Deserve: A Higher Perspective

These past several months have slowed us down long enough to expose things that we’ve been ignoring for far too long, like dust on baseboards, excess clothes in our closets and canned goods with a best-by date of 2017. 

 

They’ve also exposed some things we weren’t expecting. We’ve seen displays of profound solidarity followed by acts of anarchy. The genuine...

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How to Lead with Honor

Right now, our nation is feeling the tension between a great injustice and a great awakening. 

 

In the midst of anger, frustration and confusion, a deep hunger for unity is rising. People everywhere asking a foundational question for building life and relationships well: how can I be part of the change we need in the world today?

 

It may sound obvious, but change requires...

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You Can Be The Change

Did you know that there’s an actual science that explains how you form patterns and  habits—good or bad—in your life?

 

It’s called neuroplasticity. This is the scientific term for what your brain does to form a habit. It could be a habit of watching Netflix everyday to unwind or the habit of brushing your teeth before you have coffee. It could also be a habit...

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Building Stronger Connections

When we first met, our relationship was not by choice.

 

Alyssa was dating Lamar, and he was best friends with Harrison (Kisha’s husband). We were okay with the arrangement, just as long as we didn’t have to be friends.

 

We were different—from the color of our skin and our taste in music, to family background, education, style, hobbies and professional pursuits....

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How to Build Your Confidence

Confidence. You have it… most days.

 

But you’ve also had those moments... those meetings… those experiences where you put on a smile, pulled your shoulders back and faked it!

 

You walked in like a boss. Big smile. Sharp style. High heels. Strong ideas. 

 

But inside, you were unglued, uncertain and just praying for the fastest way out—before...

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Four Questions for Your Future

We know the past few months have been difficult. But can we let you in on a secret? God works all things together for GOOD—even this moment—so that His divine purpose is accomplished in you and in the world (Romans 8:28).

 

No matter where you are today or what you’ve experienced in this season, God has better things in store for you. In fact, we believe the best is yet...

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