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Lily Kreitinger on Living an Intentional Life {Podcast Episode #54}

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Lily Kreitinger joins me on the podcast today. She was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, and moved to the United States in 2004. She has worked in training and education organizations for over 20 years. Currently she works as instructional designer for Capella University in Minneapolis and also owns Kreitinger Design Studio, dedicated to help bloggers and small business owners become self-published authors through digital products.
Lily is a Competent Communicator and Competent Leader level in Toastmasters. She’s also a very happy wife and mother, world traveler and explorer. She loves having a hybrid life of city and country living in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, MN.

On this episode, we discuss:

  • Working full time while working on a dream
  • Finding online community
  • Her dream of changing people’s lives
  • We have the tools to get our message out to the world
  • Having a culture of generosity instead of scarcity
  • Time management tips
  • Learning to build efficiencies into your day
  • What does success look like for you?
  • Your kids won’t remember how clean your oven was
  • Build a life for your kids that is intentional
  • Don’t wait to start
  • Pick yourself and go for it!
  • You can scare yourself out of anything
  • God has put that desire in your heart for a reason
  • Chris LoCurto’s LifePlan and how it changed her life
  • Thinking you had a pretty good life
  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • Brenee Brown on shame
  • The importance of bringing your spouse with you to LifePlan
  • Finding balance in your life
  • What is keeping you from achieving your goals?
  • Knowing a lot about God and knowing God personally are two different things
  • What do you want your life to look like?

 

 

You can read Lily’s article on Chris’ blog here. You can learn more about her on her website, or follow her on Twitter.

 

Would you take 2 minutes and leave an honest review on iTunes? I’d be so grateful!

 

Beauty in the weeds

This thought struck me as I was standing in the middle of a field of weeds, watching my sons fish. The flowers jumped out at me, and reminded me of something so simple but so powerful.

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Wild at Heart – A Women’s Perspective {Podcast Episode #54}

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On this episode, we talk about John Eldredge’s book, Wild at Heart. It is a little unusual, as this book is written for men. But I had a lot to say about this one!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode.

Have you read Wild at Heart? What stuck out to you?

Chad Allen on Doing Your Art {Podcast Episode #53}

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Chad Allen joins me on the podcast today. Chad is a writer, editor, speaker and creativity coach. He is also the Editorial Director for Baker Books. Chad’s mission is to help creative people find their voice and do their art. Chad has incredible insight and knowledge to share with us on the show today.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Chasing a dream while being intentional with your day job
  • We all have our own unique art to bring to the world
  • Todd Henry’s book, The Accidental Creative
  • Creativity doesn’t just happen
  • Questions can be doors to whole worlds that you didn’t know existed
  • You have to imitate before you can innovate
  • Tell stories whenever you can
  • What can we do in our margins?
  • A time problem is really a priority or value problem
  • Chad’s power statement – Deeply called to help creative people do their best work
  • Developing a clear sense of why
  • Rest is an important part of the creative process
  • Books don’t write themselves overnight
  • Make your creative journey sustainable
  • Develop a creative circle

You can learn more about Chad on his website. You can also follow him on Twitter. Be sure to also check out www.doyourart.net.

How are you doing your art?

 

As always, I am so thankful for your honest reviews on iTunes. If you have not already done so, would you take two minutes to leave your feedback? Thank you!

 

Empty Shelf Challenge Books #11-16

Jon Acuff challenged us to read more this year with his Empty Shelf Challenge. I’m joining him and so many others in filling our empty book shelves. It’s been a while since I’ve updated my list, but I’ve been busy reading! Here is a quick recap of my last few books.

 

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#11 Wild at Heart by John Eldredge

I really wanted to do an entire post on this book, but I’ve decided to dedicate a podcast episode to it instead. Yes, this book is written for men. And I read it. And I couldn’t believe how much I related to this book.

I have a husband and two boys, so my intent was to learn more about what makes them men. I learned so many things I didn’t know, and that I can now use to help me better understand how the men in my life are wired for adventure. But I also learned quite a bit about myself from this book. It is amazing what you can learn when you are willing to step outside out of what is considered normal, and truly want to learn from a book. I highly recommend this one!

 

 

#12 First Impressions by Mark Waltz

This is a book I read for work. It’s about creating great first impressions for your guests. It is a quick read, and intended for churches, but there were lots of great pieces of advice that you can apply to any situation where you are welcoming people.

 

 

#13 Plain Faith by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash and Tricia Goyer

I’ve interacted with Tricia online, and she was kind enough to send me a copy of this book. While I typically do not read Amish books, something about this one made me want to read it. It is a true story about an Amish couple who faces a horrible tragedy, but ends up finding Jesus and leaving the Amish faith. I loved the story of grace, and also appreciated so much of the detail behind their religion. My dad was raised Mennonite, and many of the topics they discuss are ones that described my dad’s childhood. This is a good read and was a nice break for me in terms of genre.

Tricia’s team actually sent me two copies of this book, and I’d love to pass them on to someone else. If you’d like a copy, simply leave a comment, and I’ll randomly pick two winners.

 

#14 Simple Small Groups by Bill Search

This is another book for work. It was a great look at the background behind small groups within a church. It described what works and what doesn’t, and offered great advice about sticking to the basics. This was another quick read full of helpful information.

 

#15 Dream Year by Ben Arment

I’ve known Ben for a number of years, and am always impressed with his strategy and vision around making your dream a reality. I was honored to get an advance copy of his book, which will be released in August of this year. (Sorry- you can’t read this one yet!) Ben’s book covers how he has helped Dream Year participants make their dreams a reality over the last four years. As always, Ben is full of wisdom and practical, helpful advice to encourage you to stop waiting for your dream to happen and instead take steps towards it.

Ben is hosting sixteen different Dream Year Pitch Nights across the country. Your ticket will get you admission as well as a copy of the book. I highly recommend you check it out and reserve a ticket. I’ll be at the Rolling Meadows, IL pitch night, and would love to see you there! You can learn more at www.dreamyear.net.

 

#16 Moment Maker by Carlos Whittaker

I’ve followed Carlos for a while, and had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago. It has been fun to watch his family as they have embraced every day moments and make something memorable. This is an encouraging and uplifting read that will push you to look for the beauty in the everyday moments. Carlos encourages you to stop waiting for the big moment, and embrace the ones right in front of you. It’s a great book!

 

You can read more about Books #1-10 here, here, here and here.

What are you reading? I’d love to hear!

 

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