An Open Letter to the Online Community: Let Kindness Reign

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Blogging is about community. It connects us across the miles. It allows us to share our knowledge, our inspiration, our struggles and yes, our very lives. It is a fabric woven of a diversity of people, and it can be a very beautiful thing. It can also hurt. I’ve been a blogger for over 6 years. At first, it was pure enjoyment, sharing from my life and connecting with readers. Then, gradually, the comments and emails came… the ones that quietly shamed me the ones […]

Spring Giveaway Week: 4-Week Course on Blogging for Income (a freebie for ALL my readers!)

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When I first began blogging over 5 1/2 years ago, I didn’t have the faintest clue what I was doing. What started as a hobby soon grew into a small income-earning venture, and then eventually into a part-time business that I run from home, which contributes greatly to our family’s income. While blogging certainly isn’t for everyone, I do know that many of you are seeking to earn some sort of income while continuing to be a “keeper of the home”. Blogging for income takes […]

The Most Popular Posts of 2011

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I hope that you’ve all had a restful and memorable time with your family during the Christmas season! Our holidays were relatively uneventful, but still wonderful. My husband and I took a couple days away the week before Christmas to do some dreaming and goal-setting for the coming year. Then we spent a quiet week preparing for our holidays, which included an evening with my family, Christmas Eve worshipping with our church family, Christmas day with our children focused on thankfulness and generosity (not to […]

My Journey to Burnout and Back: A One Year Update

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It was nearly one year ago that I first began to share about my experience with burnout. Last January, I shared very candidly about the circumstances and lifestyle choices I had made that had pushed me to a place of spiritual, mental and physical breakdown. It was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of my life, and yet I have learned so much and come so far since that time, that a friend encouraged me to share what my journey out of burnout has looked like. […]

September at Our Home

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I can hardly believe that fall is upon us already, but the beautiful crimson leaves outside my window attest to the fact that it’s true. I am always sad to see the summer go, especially since we had such a short season of truly warm summer weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and yet I do relish autumn as a time to take stock of things, slow down, establish new routines and capture summer’s last fleeting moments before we say good-bye for another year. This summer was […]

On Things That Bring Me to a Complete Loss For Words

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Words. I’m usually full of them. As I write this post, however, I am entirely lacking in the right ones that will tell you what I want to say. In fact, my usually steady heart now beats frantically with panic at the sheer weight of responsibility hangs heavy over me as I contemplate what is to come… In 3 months time, I will be headed on a plane to the Philippines with a team of bloggers with Compassion International. So many words cloud my thinking and yet […]

My Experience at Blissdom ’10

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I went into my time at Blissdom ’10 not knowing quite what to expect and more than a little nervous. I was one of the only bloggers going from my niche and I wasn’t sure who I would connect with, what I would learn and whether the whole thing would be worth it or not. Particularly since I had only recently been contemplating how long I would even continue to blog for. And the verdict? I am so glad I went! The incredible women I […]

A Call for Contributing Writers and a (Brief) Reader Survey

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**Quick note to all who have emailed/will email me regarding becoming a contributing writer- due to the incredible response I’ve received so far, it might take me until more like early next week, rather than only a day or two as I had originally thought to respond!** Since returning from Blissdom, my head continues to absolutely swirl with thoughts and ideas. A couple of really good things that came out of the conference for me were a truly renewed desire to be a better blogger […]