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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.

 

healthy

Print by Libby Norcross (Libbydoodle)

HEALTHY

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}

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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!

 

Randy Langley on Launching Out {Podcast Episode #72}

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Randy Langley joins me on the podcast today. Randy is an amazing encourager and supporter, and has a huge heart. While trying to find his own dream, he realized how much he enjoyed helping other people launch.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How the process of learning to dream again changed him
  • He didn’t realize it had to be a journey
  • It was a process of getting unstuck instead of a Eureka moment
  • Learning to move away from comfort and the status quo
  • Learning to experiment with what utilizes your skills and passions
  • Becoming driven to want more out of life
  • “Test bravery by trying something new. Be brave enough to be bad at something new.” Jon Acuff
  • How Launch Out came to life
  • How the Tulsa 5 Club helped bring the event to life
  • Launch Out provided a deadline for people to meet
  • How Launch Out led to a new dream for Randy
  • His new website will help others launch their dreams
  • The awesome Tulsa 5 Club, and their book, Stronger than Coffee
  • Getting where God wants you to go isn’t as important as who God wants you to become
  • Surround yourself  with people who are getting things done and living  differently
  • Look for needs in your community
  • Offer help where you can
  • The next Launch Out conference will be in Nashville on June 26th and 27th
  • Helping people go confidently in the direction of their dreams

You can sign up for email subscriptions, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Be sure to Tweet at Randy and let him know what you liked about this episode.

 

As always, I appreciate your honest reviews on iTunes or Stitcher. Thanks for being awesome!

 

 

 

 

Empty Shelf Challenge Books #32-44

I made a decision to track my reading in 2014, with the help of Jon Acuff’s Empty Shelf Challenge. It was fun to keep track of what I read this year, and to see what others were reading as well. Be sure to check out the Pinterest board to see all the great books!

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Most of these books were on Kindle, so you won’t see them in the picture.

 

#32  Go Solo: How to Quit the Job You Hate and Start a Small Business You Love- Kelsey Humphreys

You may have heard Kelsey on podcast episode #63. If you didn’t, you can listen here. This book is a great read for those who are wanting to become entrepreneurs. Kelsey has been there and walks you through practical steps to making it happen.

#33  Speak – Nish Weiseth

This book is all about the power of our stories.  It’s about using our stories for good and helping to change the world. It is a really quick but powerful read.

#34  A Note to Myself – Chris Holmes

I loved this book. My friend Chris has been posting these images and quotes for a while and compiled them into a great, inspirational book. If you’re looking for something to encourage someone, this is the book to buy!

#35 Carry on Warrior – Glennon Melton

This was by far one of my favorite books of this year. I think it was the timing of hearing her speak at Storyline and the place I was in emotionally, but I really connected to her writing in this book. She talks about living our messy lives and breaks through the clutter to what’s really important. Definitely check this one out!

#36 The Gospel According to Breaking Bad – Blake Atwood

I’ve had this book in my Kindle since it was released at the beginning of the year. However, I never read it because I hadn’t watched the show. Rick and I watched all of the episodes this fall, and then I dove into this book. I really liked how he used the themes of the show as a way of relating to our human nature as well as how we react to the characters. If you were a fan of the show, definitely check this out.

#37 Arden – Grace Prince

This is such a special book. It’s written by a friend in my writer’s group, Grace, and is her first novel. She is a great writer and even though I rarely read young adult fiction, this was a really good story. It’s free on Swoonreads, so definitely check it out and be sure to leave her a review.

#38 Somewhere Between Earth and Sky – Elora Ramirez

This is the follow up book to Every Shattered Thing. While I admit that the subject matter (human trafficking) is still hard to read, it is a great story of how life can change with the help of supportive community and determination to beat the odds. Elora is a great storyteller. Read Every Shattered Thing first, and then read this one.

#39 Redefine Rich – Matt Ham

I have had the privilege of watching this book come to life. Matt is passionate about helping people redefine the word rich and what it means to truly have a rich life. I am so proud of Matt for following his dreams and sharing his message with the world. I’d love it if you’d pick up a copy. You can also hear Matt on  Episode #51 of Right Where You Are.

#40 Moment Maker- Carlos Whittaker

This book is all about making moments throughout our day. Enjoying our kids and our life, and choosing to appreciate it and recognize specific moments. Carlos tells stories about how his family choosing to make memories and make moments meaningful.

#41 The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

This is an incredibly inspiring book. It’s all about choosing to continue to do the things that others aren’t willing to do. Success is not about having the right thing at the right time. It’s about small actions continued over time that lead to success. If you are ready to step up your game, this book is a must read.

#42 Lean on Me: Finding Intentional, Vulnerable and Consistent Community – Anne Miller

This memoir is about how the author learned to be more vulnerable in relationships in order to have community. She shares about her struggles and how community played an important part in helping her.

#43 Preparing for Christmas: Daily Reflections for Advent – Richard Rohr

I have read this daily devotional for the past two years, and it is so good! I realize Christmas is over, but if you are looking to slow down and truly reflect on the season leading up to Christmas, I would recommend this.

#44 Archibald’s Next Big Thing – Tony Hale

This is one of my favorite children’s books! I bought it at Story Chicago after hearing Tony Hale speak. Not only does it have incredible illustrations and very funny details, it also has a powerful message. If we focus on the next big thing, we often miss out on what is right in front of us. I read this to my son’s third grade class and it was a huge hit!

 

I will continue sharing good books throughout 2015. I’d love to hear what you are reading. Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

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