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Ronne Rock on Owning Your Purpose {Podcast Episode #75}


I absolutely loved having my friend Ronne Rock on the show today. She is full of wisdom and has such a huge heart. She is a curator of story, hopelessly addicted to hope, and a lover of kitchen therapy. I can’t wait to share Ronne’s words with you today.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Her conviction of the heart that led her to leave the corporate world
  • “I’m not just a marketer. I’m actually a writer. I love narrating life.”
  • How she found her own heart’s purpose
  • “Your purpose doesn’t have to start in your 20’s or 30’s.”
  • Her love of telling stories about broken places
  • The questions she started asking herself
  • What is it that you can’t not do?
  • When you dream at night, what is it that you dream of?
  • Who is it that you love to talk to more than anyone?
  • “I am created to narrate the life of other people.”
  • “My purpose in life is to tell a story of restoration and redemption.”
  • How owning that purpose changed her perspective
  • You can always rediscover yourself, regardless of your age
  • “It’s never too late to start. God has no timeline.” – Guatemalan missionary
  • God’s in the business of creating new
  • “When the dream starts to be planted, take a step.”
  • Learning to build and craft your life
  • “This is who I am inside, regardless of my circumstances.”
  • “This is the contribution that I get to make, regardless of where I’m at.”
  • How her heart started to long for doing right for those who were invisible
  • “We are a people who need hope”
  • “Hope is contagious”
  • Learning to narrate the story of hope
  • Honor and respect the place you are going
  • Seeing hope bubble up from the ground in a new place
  • “Get low to see eye to eye with the country”
  • How can our hands and feet serve you?
  • “Right now, I’m being a response to a prayer.”
  • You’ll learn more if you take time to listen
  • The first thing to being present is to shut up!
  • Remove the opportunity for us to ignore important things

Ronne had so much wisdom to share, so I decided to split her interview into two parts. This is the first time I’ve done this. We’ll be back in a few days with the remainder of the interview.

Be sure to check out Ronne’s awesome work on her website, or connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

What did you like about this episode? Share in the comments below.


I’m so thankful for your honest reviews on iTunes and Stitcher. It only takes a few minutes, but it means the world to me. Thank you!


The Power of a Life Well Lived

Twenty nine years is a really long time. I remember when I couldn’t even imagine what that many years meant.

On this day, all those years ago, we said goodbye to my dad. It was such a bittersweet day. We were so thankful his suffering was over, but we didn’t want to say goodbye. Who ever wants to say goodbye to those who are crossing over to the other side?


I also have mixed feelings about this day. The day is forever marked in my mind because it changed our family dynamic and we lost the person who so easily made our family complete.  I certainly don’t want to celebrate it, but I also don’t want to continually mourn it either. Instead, I choose to remember his life and the impact he had on me and so many others.

Over the last few years, I’ve learned about the power of the impact of a life well lived. I only knew my dad for 14 short years. And I never knew him as an adult. But the lessons he taught me are still so powerful and I try to incorporate them into my own life. Here are a few that continue to resonate with me:

Be present – My dad was so good at this. He was a successful, hard working entrepreneur. But when he was home, he was present. We did things together. We spent time in nature. He listened. He truly saw you.

Be adventurous – My dad loved adventure. He loved to take risks and do things he had never done before. He loved to hunt and fish and do any kind of activity you could do outdoors. I have such great memories of learning to ice skate and jump off of cliffs and water ski and hike and fish all night. He always embraced his passions and was the first one to say yes to a new adventure.

Be faithful – He was faithful to God, his family and his friends. He was loyal and steadfast. You could always count on him to do what he said and to believe that faith could get you through anything. What an incredible example he was in this area.

Be happy – I have very few memories of my dad not being happy. I’m sure there were plenty of times that he was frustrated and we didn’t see it. But he had a very happy disposition and chose to smile as much as he could. He loved to brighten someone else’s day with a smile and a laugh.


Be authentic – My dad was real. He didn’t put on pretenses and he was direct.  But he always did it in a loving and respectful way. The Noah you saw at work was the Noah you saw at home and church and anywhere else.

Be a lover of nature – My dad loved nature. He especially loved sunrises and sunsets. See, now you know where I get my love of horizons! :) He taught us to appreciate the outdoors and the beauty of this earth. I know I certainly didn’t truly understand this until I was older. We are so blessed by an amazing earth bursting with beauty in so many different ways. We just need to learn to pay better attention.

Be willing to go where you haven’t gone before – Although he didn’t get to do it as much as he wanted, my dad had a love of travel. He taught me to understand that you see things differently when you leave your own surroundings.  It can be in your own town and going to places that others aren’t willing to go. Or it can be going to completely different countries. He wanted to see the world, and I definitely got this desire from watching his love of new places.

Love unconditionally – I think this is the most  important lesson I’ve continued to learn from him even years after he is gone. He modeled this better than anyone I have ever known. He loved everyone. Period. He never met a stranger. My dad was always the one who would stop and help someone or simply go out of his way to do something nice for someone simply because he could. He did not judge and always reinforced that regardless of what we did, he would always love us. I still have so much to learn from this example.

My dad was awesome. Yes, of course, I’m biased. He was not perfect. Nobody is. But the way he lived his life has greatly impacted me for all of my life, as well as anyone who knew him.

When I was younger, I definitely felt cheated that I had such little time with him. But now that I am older, I realize how blessed I was to have any time at all with him on this earth. He made my life better. And his legacy lives on through me and our family and my own kids.  I’m so thankful for his beautiful example of living a life well.

I’d love to hear about your dad. What lessons did you learn from him?  What makes him awesome? Share in the comments.



One Word for 2015

Is there power in one word?

Does focusing on one word really help?

Do you pick one word for the year?

I haven’t always been the best at the this.

I don’t really believe in resolutions anymore, but I do like the idea of setting an intention for the year. If you’re not familiar with the concept, there are lots of posts talking about it. You can read about it on my friend Corie’s blog or listen to a great conversation about picking a word on Matt Ham’s podcast, Redefine Rich.

I wanted to be really intentional about my word this year, as I have been going through a big process of change and deprogramming and stripping off layers in so many areas of my life. I thought and prayed about this one for a while. My word actually came to me right away, but I wasn’t sure that should be it. So I sat on it for a while and just kept thinking about it and praying about it.

What’s my one word? See below.



Print by Libby Norcross (Libbydoodle)


I’m sure you immediately think of exercise and losing weight. I do too when I hear the word. And for me, it is a big part of why I chose the word this year. I actually started 2014 by making huge changes in what I eat and how often I exercise. I started eating clean and eliminating most processed foods, wheat and sugar, and made some significant changes in what I put in my body.

I had great results and lost weight and maintained it throughout the year. I wanted to make this a lifestyle change, so I also gave myself some space to experiment and learn to make this a part of my daily life. I am even more committed to becoming healthier physically, so this will be a big focus again this year.

But, there are so many other areas that the word will impact this year.

Healthy decisions

Healthy marriage

Healthy parenting

Healthy emotions

Healthy relationships

Healthy boundaries

Healthy adventures

Healthy activist

My list could go on and on, but you get the point. 2015 is going to be about becoming healthier in so many areas of my life.  I am so thankful to my friend Libby who created the beautiful image of my word that I look at every day. You should check out her work in her Etsy store. It’s awesome!

I’d love to hear what your one word is. Comment below or Tweet at me!



Jon Stolpe on Learning to Stretch {Podcast Episode #74}


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Jon Stolpe joins me on the podcast today. He is an author and loves to challenge people to stretch. He writes about leadership, life, parenting, marriage and faith.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Why stretching is so important to him
  • His passion for leadership
  • Recognizing what is right in front of us
  • “If you’re not stretching and growing, you’re not living”
  • Sometimes change is what we need to stretch us
  • Sharing what we’re experiencing can impact people in ways we don’t expect
  • Running provides analogies for life
  • Hebrews 12:1-3
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  • His book, On Track: Life Lessons from Track and Field
  • The effort and logistics of launching a book
  • His passion for missions and Guatemala
  • We are called to help the needy and the poor
  • HOPE – Helping Other People Everywhere
  • Practice the discipline of small steps
  • A small action forward can be a catalyst to change
  • Find someone to hold you accountable
  • His new book on having a missions mindset
  • Survey link to help him with his new book

You can find Jon on his website, Twitter, and Facebook.

We’d love to hear from you. Let us know what you liked about this episode.

Also, be sure to leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It’s greatly appreciated!



David Bouchard on Capturing Beauty {Podcast Episode #73}


David Bouchard joins me on the podcast today. He is an writer, photographer, and loves adventure.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • His love of writing
  • Pursuing God is his passion
  • “If you think you’ve got God figured out, you have too small of a God.”
  • His love of storytelling and how his passions are woven together
  • You connect with people through stories
  • “I’m denying a part of myself when I try to fit into a specific box”
  • The importance of figuring out how you’re wired
  • David’s love of travel and mission work
  • It’s incredible what happens when you get out of your comfort zone in obedience to God
  • His love of nature photography
  • Capturing beauty in this world
  • “It’s authentic and it’s life and it’s beautiful”
  • The power of community through the Tulsa 5 Club
  • Stronger than Coffee
  • Community is messy
  • How serving impacted his spiritual journey
  • Find a place to get out of your comfort zone and serve someone else
  • His upcoming changes of going to seminary and becoming licensed

You can find him on Twitter, Facebook, and his website.

I’d love to hear your feedback, and also have you tweet at David. Let him know what you liked about the show!


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