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WORDS TO BUILD ON


 

Notice The Nudge

Moments make a life.

They happen to you, all day, every day. In fact, you have too many to count! 

But some moments matter more than others. 

These are moments that spark something in you. Moments that draw your attention to things you really love. Moments that cause you to look up with a new sense of expectation.

These moments may feel like a nudge, but they’re really so much...

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The Mindset Makeover

We LOVE change. Unusual… we know. 

 

There’s something about the transition into a new year, a new season or a new phase of life that’s especially exciting. 

 

The idea of a fresh start breathes life into routines. What’s rote becomes revived. Momentum picks up quickly. The impossible seems possible.

 

It’s tempting to think the power of a...

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Imperfect Resolve

How excited are you to begin a new year?

 

Do you get that same feeling we do — that everything is possible as we turn the page to another January 1st?

 

Whether it’s a new goal or a renewed goal, our resolutions are made with a conviction that each one can and will be done this year, just as we envision.

 

But there’s always a catch.

 

Starting is the easy...

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Be Present

We’re friends now, right?  So I can tell you that there’s  a story in the Bible that kinda bothers me.

 

It’s the one about Mary and Martha found in Luke, chapter 10. 

 

The short version is this: Jesus is hanging out with His crew at Mary and Martha’s house. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, soaking up His words. Martha moves into action to get...

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Uncommon Gifts

Most of us remember our best and worst gifts — the ones we’ve given and the ones we’ve  received.

 

They may be from decades ago, but the holidays are the perfect time to retell the stories. So we do. Over and over again! 

 

If you listen carefully, you’ll discover that the worst gifts get worse every year. The stories grow by exaggeration. Even...

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Replenished

Hot powerflow yoga makes me (Alyssa) a hot mess. 

It’s between 92-95 degrees in the room when class begins. We smell good and look good. Then we start to move. And we keep moving for most of the next 60 minutes.

If you’ve never been in this kind of workout before, the steam, heat, and constant movement leaves you d r i p p i n g with sweat. It runs off your nose, down your...

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Be Selective

The secret’s out: being good at what you do is a big part of why you’re so successful.

The easy (and often flattering) part of humming in your sweet spot comes with the external recognition of your gifts, abilities, and capacities. What you do is a gateway to opportunity... and then more opportunity. 

It’s also one of the fastest (and most subtle) ways to living in the...

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Engaging Expectations

If we could peak into your planner this holiday season, what would we see? 

We love this time of year, so apart from work, our planners tell a story a lot like this:

Celebrations — the more the merrier! 

Lights and more lights — deck ALL the halls! 

Church and time with close family and friends — a must

Special foods. Definitely! Why don’t we cook...

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Words Create Worlds

We love words! Yes, words. 

We love to hear them from our motivational speakers and pastors. We love to read them in books. And we LOVE to speak them, especially around the table, in conversation with good friends and family.

Words are everywhere! 

They’re on signs that tell you what to do when you’re driving. They’re spoken with a British accent, telling you what...

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Tweezers, Ticks, and Trust

Recently, Alyssa noticed several tiny ticks around the eyes and lips of her outdoor cat, Rhemy. Tweezers in hand, she pulled him into her lap and went to work. Rhemy sat — still and calm — his face toward hers as she tweezed the ticks off, one by one, until they were all removed.

Tweezing ticks off any cat, especially around their eyes, isn’t an easy task. When you find out...

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