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The Importance of Working on Yourself {Podcast Episode #38}



I’m continuing my series about dreaming, and sharing more of my story. On this episode, we talk about:

  • Working on yourself
  • It looks different for everyone
  • Learning who you are is so important
  • The value of the Strengths Finder
  • My Strengths Finder results were: Developer, Belief, Ideation, Individualization, Empathy, Connectedness
  • Take the test and find out what your strengths are
  • DISC Profile
  • Sitting down with a trusted friend can be so helpful
  • Donald Miller’s Storyline
  • How pivotal moments impact us
  • You can’t separate your spiritual health from your emotional health
  • Forgiveness is so important
  • Mike Foster’s Freeway study
  • How we limit our own beliefs
  • Document the process you are going through
  • Highlight your habits (I apologize to whoever posted this originally. I can’t find your post, but had your link.)
  • ENJOY the process
  • Choose your own path
  • Trust the process
  • Take the next best step

Thank you for joining me today. I’d be so honored if you’d take a few minutes to leave a review on iTunes.

I’d love to hear how you are working on improving yourself. Share in the comments below!



Empty Shelf Challenge Book #6

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This is my sixth book for 2014, as a part of the Empty Shelf Challenge. You can read my first two posts here and here.

My sixth book was Run Home and Take a Bow by Ethan Bryan.

I met Ethan through an online group that we have been a part of for several months. He is full of passion and absolutely loves the game of baseball. I have to admit that I like baseball. I played softball for many years, and I do enjoy a major league game every once in a while. But, I’m not a huge fan. So, I wasn’t sure how I would like this book.

There were a lot of specifics on baseball, which I expected. And initially, I was letting that get in the way of the message of the book. But, I’m glad I kept reading. Because this book isn’t about baseball. It’s about learning how to apply principles and practices from the game of baseball to their life. It’s about a man and what he’s learned from this game that he loves so much.

We all learn through different ideas, and this book is a great example of how you can use something you love to write about learning to live a different story. I definitely suggest you check out this book. Ethan is a great writer, and I really enjoyed it.

You can check out the Empty Shelf Pinterest board to see all of the great books that people are reading.

What are you currently reading?


Learning to Experiment {Podcast Episode #37}




I’m continuing the series with me! I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned through dreaming and making a difference right where you are.

On this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • Being frustrated with not knowing what your dream is
  • Learning from others, but not comparing yourself to them
  • Experimenting is fun. Really!
  • Push yourself outside of your comfort zone
  • Find support through community
  • Start talking about your dream
  • Stop getting drunk on inspiration
  • Nobody else can give me MY answers
  • Don’t get stuck soaking up community. Take action!
  • Be YOU

I’d love to hear from you. How are you learning to experiment with your dream?



As always, I would appreciate your honest review on iTunes. You guys rock!

Empty Shelf Challenge Books 1-5


I joined Jon Acuff and friends with his Empty Shelf Challenge in 2014. It has been so fun! I’m a big reader, but it’s fun to see what other people are reading, too. I also loved giving away a bunch of books to people when I cleaned off my shelf. You can check out his Pinterest board here to see all of the great books people are reading.

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Here’s a quick recap of my first five books:

1. Cold Tangerines – Shauna Niequist

I am a big fan of Shauna’s writing. She is very honest and real. The biggest takeaway from this book was the fact that we all do have something unique to bring to the world. Through her journey, she explains how she came to realize this through her every day living.

2. Becoming Myself – Stasi Eldredge

This was a great book about learning to become the person God created you to be. It dove into many areas where we may need to work on healing, as well as how to allow God to unlock the desires of our hearts. I loved this quote:

“The point is not so much about being able to name the desire as it is to allow God to access the places in our hearts where dreams and desires are planted. God speaks to us there. About himself. About ourselves.”


3. Between the Lines – Jodi Piccoult and Samantha Van Leer

I’ll be honest. This is a book I never would have chosen. It was given to me as a Christmas gift. However, I instantly loved the process behind the book. Jodi wrote it with her daughter, Samantha, who has always had a really great imagination and a love of books. It is young adult fiction, with an incredibly creative storyline. I was really glad I took the time to read this, as it sparked creativity in me through the uniqueness of the book.

4. 30 Days to Give – Jerrod Murr

This is a book about being generous, which is a topic I always love. However, there’s so much more to this book. All of the proceeds are being donated to the #liveyourlist project we talked about on the podcast episode with Ryan Eller.

How awesome is that?

They are helping others live out their bucket list wishes. I would love it if you’d help them on their journey by purchasing a copy of this book. You can do that here.

5. Good Idea Now What? – Charles Lee

I’ve had this book for a while, but finally finished reading it. It is really great. It’s about taking an idea from the “stuck in idea” phase and actually executing on it. I know many of us get stuck in this phase, so I loved the practical advice from Charles on this topic.

These are my first five books that are now on my no longer Empty Shelf. I’m still trying to figure out how to get pictures of the digital copies and represent them all together, so for now I’ll keep putting multiple pictures together.

What are you reading right now? I’d love to hear.






How to Make a Difference Right Where You Are {Podcast Episode #36}


I am excited to switch up the podcast somewhat in 2014.  I will still have amazing interviews with people who are living differently, but for the next few episodes, I will be sharing more of me.

I will be talking about how to make a difference right where you are. I will also be sharing how to navigate learning to dream again with practical steps and advice.


On this episode, I talk about:

  • Learning to dream again
  • Dreaming is a process – it takes time
  • People all around you are hurting
  • Learning to live more intentionally
  • We all want to make a difference
  • Give yourself time, grace, and the ability to experiment
  • Don’t compare yourself to others
  • We all have our unique gift to bring to the world
  • Discover what your gifts and strengths are
  • Look for unique gifts in others
  • Stop trying to plan everything out
  • Strategic readiness and the power of making intentional choices
  • Don’t be discouraged if you can’t make a move right away
  • Your dream will change and that’s okay
  • Everything is a combination of tiny little steps

I’m serious when I say that I want to help you. How can I help you navigate through your journey of dreaming?

What did you think of this episode? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What has been your biggest lesson while learning to dream again?


As always, I am so thankful for your honest reviews on iTunes.



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