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Blog Spotlight with Beverly Rogers: Nurturing Your Needs

Every year, we set goals, like getting healthier, eating better and exercising more.  We know it's good for us, but when we set these goals, we don’t always see them through.

This is because we often isolate our goals when we should be integrating them.

This is because God designed us as an integrated whole – body, soul, and spirit – with an interconnectedness that is...

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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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The Wounds Of A Friend

Good friends tell you the truth. 

 

They don’t hold back when it comes to celebrating you. When you’ve done something remarkable, they applaud, loudly! When you look good, they tell you. When you’re being too hard on yourself, they help you realign your perspective. When you don’t see what makes you great, they tell you over and over again until you believe it...

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Relationships Matter. Choose Wisely.

 

We say this a lot: you choose.  

The heart behind this mantra is a simple truth: we believe that your choices have more to do with how you build your life than you may realize. 

 

Read that one more time.

 

The choices you make are one of the most important tools in how you build life well. This is because your choices impact everything about your life. Whether...

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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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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 Grow Good Relationships

All month long, we’ve been talking about your relationships. 

 

It’s been an inside job. You’ve been digging, wrestling with deep roots and removing what doesn’t belong in your life. This is foundational for any leader, regardless of your sphere of influence. If you're going to be the best for others, you have to do the work inside yourself first

 

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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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