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What beauty is waiting for you to discover it today?

Empty Shelf Challenge Books 7 & 8

It’s so fun to keep track of the books I’ve been reading this year. I’ve joined with a huge group of people who are also participating in the Empty Shelf Challenge. You can learn more about it here, and see the Pinterest board full of great books here.

Here is a quick recap of books seven and eight.


Book #7Faith Powered Profession by Elizabeth Knox

Until recently, I’ve spent my entire career in corporate America. I’ve read quite a few books written for working women. I’ve also read many books from a Christian woman perspective. I rarely agreed or recommended any of them, because I never felt like they hit both of these areas together well.

Faith Powered Profession is different. Elizabeth explores the question of whether a professional Christian woman can combine a vibrant faith with a productive career. It is full of stories and examples of how this is possible. The corporate world can be brutal sometimes, and often does not align with our faith. Elizabeth explores practical ways that we can have a great career and also live out our faith in the workplace. She explores why our work matters, and offers suggestions and guidelines for confronting the needs of this world with the skills God has given you.


Book #8 – Every Shattered Thing by Elora Ramirez

This was a very difficult book to read. The writing was great, but the topic is heartbreaking. Elora addresses the topic of human trafficking through a story that tugs at your heart. Multiple times, I would be reading this book and my husband would ask what was wrong due to the disturbed look on my face.

I’ve known about human trafficking for a while now. I also support organizations that are working to stop it. But this story hit me on a completely different level. The thought of kids going through this is almost too much to bear. However, that’s why I believe in books like this. They help us see modern issues in a new and more understandable way. The reality is that stories like this are happening in our towns and neighborhoods. As difficult as it is to believe, it is the truth.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book. It definitely stretched me out of my comfort zone, and reminded me that there are people all around us who are living in situations we can’t even imagine. It’s up to us to start paying more attention.


What books are you reading right now?



Michelle Howe on Helping People Finish {Podcast Episode #41}



I really enjoyed having Michelle Howe on the podcast. Michelle is a Leadership Coach, and Mompreneur. She is an authentic woman of God that gives encouragement, enlightenment and empowerment to those around her. She is a partner in I Woke Up Yesterday, and shares hope through daily wake up calls.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Sharing vulnerable wake up calls
  • We’re not promised to see the fruit of our labor
  • Sometimes people in the church are the last ones to support you when you are dreaming
  • People will question your motives. Be prepared
  • Confidently expecting and waiting versus sitting still
  • We are leading others to greatness or to their great destruction
  • Being still is hearing His voice and not just sitting still
  • Create a “why” behind your finish line
  • Produce new things that remind you that “you can”
  • God wants to take our ruins and build something new
  • A new challenge + new evidence = renewed confidence

You can follow Michelle on Twitter, or check out her book here. You can find out more about Weekend of Wins here.

I was really inspired by Michelle’s concept of renewing our confidence.

What is one thing you can do to challenge yourself to something that will help renew your confidence?



Tammy Werthem on the Power of Your Story {Podcast Episode #40}


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I loved having Tammy Werthem on the podcast today. Her story of hope and renewal is so powerful. On this episode, we talk about:

  • Overcoming addictions
  • Learning to become a yielded person
  • Finding marriage mentors
  • Learning to share your story
  • We don’t get to choose who hears our story
  • Learning to be healthy and make better choices
  • Do you want to be well?
  • Never stop asking for help
  • Taking the time to dive into who you are, and deal with the messy heart work
  • Do the next right thing
  • You can’t keep what you have unless you are willing to give it away
  • The power of journaling your process
  • Surround yourself with people who want to build you up and celebrate your greatness

You can follow Tammy on Twitter or Facebook. You can also check out I Woke Up Yesterday.


What did you take away from Tammy’s story?


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Jenny Price on Shifting {Podcast Episode #39}



Jenny Price joins me on the podcast today. She has an amazing story of helping people shift their thinking.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • The difference between changing and shifting
  • Freedom is what the three of them share
  • How their business started
  • Investing in a more intentional way
  • Some people don’t want accountability
  • Becoming a John Maxwell certified coach
  • When I choose to understand your heart, I won’t make up things about you
  • Taking action instead of waiting
  • God will not part the waters for us until we put our toes in the water
  • Planning can become a safe place for us, when we really need to be taking action
  • Overcoming obstacles of judgment and misinformation
  • Every relationship doesn’t get to be comfortable at all times
  • Choosing where your influence is most effective
  • The obstacles will be there
  • How much time are you spending figuring it out versus taking the next step
  • Helping shape healthy marriages
  • Everyone can be used

You can find Jenny on Facebook or Twitter. You can learn more about her book, 7 Shifts, or their blog here.

What impacted you about this episode? I’d love to hear.


As always, if you can take 2 minutes and leave an honest review on iTunes, I would be very grateful. Thank you!






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