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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!


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!






Becoming Healthier Update {Podcast Episode #71}

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Today’s episode is an update on my journey of becoming healthier. I update you on my goals and what I’ve been doing to continue to jump start the year well. I also want to give a big shout out to Pavlos Pavlidis from 5 Minutes with Dad for the awesome intro. Be sure to check out their great podcast!

We also talk with Clay Shaver from Remodeling Clay and ask his advice about continuing on our health journey. You should check out his podcast as well as his website. You can also follow him on Twitter.

I’d love to hear from you. How are you working on becoming healthier? Leave a comment below, or Tweet me!





Miriam Lilly on Living an Adventure {Podcast Episode #70}


Miriam Lilly joins me on the podcast today. She is full of life, and has an incredible story. She took brave steps to change her life and is now living an adventure before her 30th birthday.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • Debt paralyzed her
  • How she paid of $24K of debt in 10 months
  • The key to eliminating debt = Make more money, stop spending money and getting creative
  • Obedience was a key factor
  • Her adventure before her 30th birthday
  • “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”
  • She’s morphing into somebody that she wanted to be on the trip
  • Can a roadtrip stop traffic?
  • How she is raising awareness about human trafficking
  • The importance of alone time on her trip
  • The people have been her biggest surprises
  • Come with her on the trip!
  • Your answer to the question “why not” should become your goal
  • The unbelief of others fueled her passion
  • You can survive anything that is temporary

You can follow her journey on her website, Instagram, and Twitter. Tweet to her and let her know that you enjoyed her interview! Also, consider donating to help raise awareness and meet her goal of #50by30.

What stood out to you from this interview?


Mike Loomis on the Power of Outside Perspective {Podcast Episode #69}


Mike Loomis joins me on the podcast today. Mike is a strategic partner to businesses, bestselling authors, global nonprofits, and publishers. He is passionate about helping people launch and grow their dreams.

On this episode, we talk about:

  • How he learned the importance of collaboration and outside perspective
  • It’s easy to get pulled away from the areas that we get energy from
  • It’s a battle to stay in your calling, know your calling, and trusting your calling
  • His passion for helping businesses with insight into product development and marketing
  • The importance of helping people develop their own strategy and interpreting their accidents
  • Your brand is a public expression of your calling
  • Why it’s important to be intentional about your brand
  • The importance of understanding the WHY behind your writing
  • Why outside perspective is so important
  • Finding your unique voice

You can connect with Mike on his website, Twitter and Facebook. You can also pick up a copy of his awesome book here, or sign up for his email list to receive a copy of the Dream Launch Planner.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Share in the comments below!

So thankful


Art by Rachel Mayo


Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am thankful for so many things today.

My health and ability to continue to work on living a healthier lifestyle.

My awesome two boys who continue to teach me how to love and live into who we are created to be.

My handsome, hard-working, dependable husband and his willingness to continue to work on our marriage.

Amazing friends, family and community who surround me with love and challenge me to be fully me.

The list could go on and on…….

Today, I also want to tell you that I am thankful for you.

You read my blog.

You listen to my podcast.

You interact with me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest.

You encourage me and inspire me.

Today, I am working on focusing on the people around the table, as my friend Sarah has challenged me to do. I would love it if you would join us. Don’t get caught up in the drama or the tension, but focus on being present with people.

Thank you for being YOU. Here’s to a Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and love.




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