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My Pursuit Of Purpose with Dr. S. Alyssa Preston

For many years, my pursuit of purpose was anything but purposeful.

I often found myself in the aftermath of seemingly right decisions that left me struggling within myself wondering, what in the world went wrong?!  

In hindsight, I can see a pattern in the decision making.

I’ve pushed my way through doors that weren’t for me to open.

I’ve stepped through open doors...

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Contending For Your Purpose

Before you can fully live in your purpose, you will have to contend for it. 

 

This means you will have to wrestle, struggle and even fight to realize your God-given purpose.

 

Just ask Jacob.

 

He wrestled with man and God for much of his life.  It started at a young age when he posed as his older brother, Esau, to claim the first-born’s birthright.  Jacob...

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Blog Spotlight with Coach Joaniebop: When Passion & Potential Collide

Doing my own thing, in my own way, was always my mantra.  But two years ago I was stopped in my tracks.

My marriage was a wreck.  I disliked most people.  I couldn’t tell up from down.  BUT I was focused forward, singing “just keep walking…” every step of the way. 

I’m not one to sit around, so while I was looking for the best next step, I...

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For Such A Time As This

Your heart’s racing. 

 

Palms are sweaty.

 

You want to hide in a bathroom stall instead of being here. But you’ve worked so hard to make here—to the executive table, the decision-makers club, to a place with the “big dawgs” and the get ‘er done crowd.

 

Now you’re in, and it’s not what you thought it would be. The big dawgs...

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An Unconventional Story Of Love

In this week of celebrating love with chocolates, flowers and fancy dinners, we wanted to tell you a different story of love. Not one of a guy and girl who met at a coffee shop or in an airport. Not a story of  a whirlwind romance complete with the crazy ex. Not a story of a girl, who is really a run-away princess who meets and falls in love with a no-name local from a different country.

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You Were Made For Change

“Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.” —C. JoyBell C.

We started this year with a Personal Pledge to change one thing in our life and to do it in as many ways as possible. The goal is to build life well in this area all year long.

We love this challenge because we love meaningful change. We enjoy building...

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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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Successful & Stuck


When we tell people about The Smart Carpenter...

We’re typically asked two questions: Are you carpenters? And when we say “no,” the next question is, What exactly do you do? 

Though we tinker with basic home projects (and we do mean basic), our craftsmanship is of a different kind. 

We work with women who are successful and stuck. We help them choose to move and...

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Gumption & Grace


Hello and Welcome to The Smart Carpenter!

We’re Alyssa and Kisha. We are friends who became family, then business partners, but we were “faith buddies” first. We started our friendship by partnering together in prayer over our marriages, families, and future.

As we grew in faith and friendship, we discovered a common theme in our lives: we were “successful and...

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