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Megan Starbuck on Tiny Houses and Big Dreams {Podcast Episode #60}


Megan Starbuck joins me on the podcast today. She is an idealist and an optimist who has paid off over $25K in debt, and is passionate about creating a life that matters.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Living a life of intention
  • Having a sense of adventure
  • Her desire to try to live differently
  • How her love of traveling led her to become a world traveler
  • “Once you do things you love, people will see that”
  • A tiny house represents independence and the flexibility to travel
  • How she paid off over $25K in debt
  • Know what is important to you
  • Don’t give up everything
  • Her love and support of missionaries
  • Life circumstances might slow you down, but don’t let it stop you
  • You don’t have to make changes in your life, but you GET to

You can follow Megan on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Let her know what you liked about the show!






Corie Clark on Simplifying {Podcast Episode #59}

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Corie Clark joins me on the podcast today. She loves to help people live their lives wide awake and on purpose.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Creating margin in our lives
  • Waking up and no longer sleepwalking through life
  • How she changed course and wrote a different book than the one she had been writing for years
  • Being intentional with your time
  • Write when you don’t want to write
  • Getting things done in the midst of a busy schedule
  • 6 week declutter challenge


You can learn more about Corie on her website, and on Twitter. While you’re there, pick up a copy of her book, The Simplicity Project.


As always, I greatly appreciate your honest reviews on iTunes. It helps people find the show, and means so much to me as well. If you have not done so, would you take a few minutes to leave a review here? Thank you so much!


Dream Year Giveaway!


Last week, I had the privilege of attending Ben Arment’s Dream Year Pitch night. I love having the opportunity to meet others who are living differently and pursuing their dreams. Here are a few examples of the awesome dreams we heard about.

My friend Isabel pitched her dream of her online coaching program. You can hear a recording of her pitch here. I really liked her thought provoking question of “Is your DOING in alignment with your BEING?”

I also loved meeting Holly Combs from Department of Public Words. Her dream is to inspire and encourage youth. I loved her message and how she is making a difference in her community. One of my favorite quotes of hers is, “Be a VOICE, not an echo.” Follow her on Twitter to see some of the really cool art they are installing with their messages.

I was really inspired by the dream of Cravely. They are supporting local businesses by helping to manage and promote their menus online in easy to search formats. They also help you find the food that you crave. What a cool idea!

I loved the heart and passion behind Wildy Co. They are focused on ethically made kids clothes and passionate about making a difference with their business. Mike and Hayley Morgan were incredibly engaging, and I look forward to watching where their story and dream goes in the months and years ahead. They are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to fund their kickoff.

These are just a few of the dreams that we heard at Pitch Night Indy. I loved having the chance to meet them and also to support Ben, who has been a huge influence on me learning to dream again and living life differently. One thing he said that really stuck out to me regarding our dreams was this: “Frustration is the human engine light on the dashboard of life.”

Don’t ignore the frustration you are feeling. It could be pointing you towards something you are called to do.

I have an extra copy of the book. I had Ben sign it, and I am so excited to share it with one of you!

Simply leave a comment on why you want to read the book, and I’ll randomly pick a winner on Saturday morning.



The Importance of Rest {Podcast Episode #58}



Today, we are talking about rest. We talk about making intentional decisions to incorporate rest into our lives.

I’d love to hear from you. How do you incorporate rest into your life? Share in the comments below.


Empty Shelf Challenge Books #22-26


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This year, I joined Jon Acuff and hundreds of others in filling an empty shelf on our bookshelves. You can read more about it here. My shelf keeps changing because I give away books, and also read some on Kindle, and keep some in my office. Here are the latest books.


Book #22 – The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard

I’ve had this book for years and had started and stopped it multiple times. I finally went back and read it all the way through and it is SO GOOD! If you have a message to share, you will want to read this book. He provides incredible examples and offers advice for creating a business around what you feel called to do.


Book #23 – The Enneagram A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr

I have been absolutely fascinated by learning more about the Enneagram. I’m a big Richard Rohr fan, so I was anxious to hear his perspective on it. This book is great because it gives you the history and understanding of how this has been around for a very long time, and he explains it in a way that I really love. Most personality or trait tests only focus on the positive attributes. However, the Enneagram shows you both the healthy and the unhealthy aspects of how we are designed. This allows you to understand why you may react to certain things in certain ways. And it allows you to learn how to start dealing with things and change your trajectory. It’s really difficult to explain a book like this, but it has helped me to see people in a completely new light, as well as uncover some of my own tendencies that aren’t always healthy.


Book #24 – The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg

This is another great book that helps us understand how we are wired. It walks through how to start taking steps towards living into who you were designed to be as well as understand your learning and spiritual styles that help you feel closer to God. It is a straightforward, yet challenging book.


Book #25 – The Simplicity Project by Corie Clark

This is a great, quick read. It is full of practical and helpful information for simplifying your life. And, it is written by my friend Corie! She shares how she made changes in her life to simplify and declutter, and helps walk you through how to take steps that will impact your home. I am so proud of Corie for publishing her first book and doing an awesome job. Check this one out! You can also get it on her website at www.corieclark.com. That’s how I ordered it, and I loved the packaging and extra steps she took to make it special.


Book #26 – Brand YOU New by Mike Loomis

This is another book written by one of my friends. Mike is a manager, literary agent, author, and strategic partner to businesses. I got a preview of his new book, and it is great! It is a simple, short book that is filled with great advice on managing your brand. It’s basic enough that people who don’t think they have a brand can understand, yet powerful enough for those who know they need to manage our brands. This book has not been released yet, but you can reach out to Mike via his website above and order the book directly from him.


I love keeping track of the books I am reading this year and sharing them with you. I’d love to hear what you are reading. Share in the comments!



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