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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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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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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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How to Stop Isolating and Start Trusting

It’s Week 3 of our “excavation series” and we’re stepping onto hard ground. 

Grab your coffee, close your door and get focused. This is the hardest (literally and figuratively) week yet because hard ground is hard work.

Hardening happens when really difficult life experiences are left unaddressed. 

It’s a natural response to things like rejection,...

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How to Stop Comparing and Start Thriving

Welcome to Week 2 of our “excavation series!”

We tackled the hard topic of offense last week, and we hope you’re already seeing changes in your life as you ghost your past.

This week, we’re taking on the self-sabotaging subject of comparison.

You know it well because it’s with you all the time.

It’s with you in your morning scroll through IG or Facebook....

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How To Remove Offense From Your Life

Welcome to WEEK ONE of a three-part “excavation series.” 

We’re about to help you dig into your life and unearth conditions holding you back from building the best relationships possible.

The ground-breaking process of building lasting relationships involves others, for sure, but it’s an inside job first. You have to be willing to look inside yourself to cultivate...

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How To Spring Into Better Relationships

 Spring is almost in full swing! Are you as excited as we are?!

The rhythms of spring make it an ideal time for spring cleaning more than just your home and yard. The rain, the budding trees and blooming flowers are about to give us one of nature’s most beautiful seasons.

Our last blog introduced this idea as we talked about working the ground of your relationships. If you missed it,...

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The Dirt on Relationships

Life is all about relationships.

You have relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, small groups… even with your hair stylist and barista at your favorite coffee shop.

All of these relationships make an impact on your life, but some mean more than others.

We believe that building life well hinges on the quality of your most significant relationships. Apart from your...

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