What no shopping for 3 months taught me

For July, August and September, I committed to the Contentment Challenge. Check out Nancy Ray’s resource here all about it! It’s basically no shopping for clothes, decor or all the extras we come home with after a trip to Target. The goal is not just to curb our spending but to change our heart first and foremost. I learned a ton from the experience and wanted to share those lessons with y’all.Β  Why share now two months later?? Because I’m

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7 prompts to start journaling

One of my favorite products in the shop is our “A Guide to” Journal. The funny things is, I don’t think I’ve ever really share WHY I love it so much. The short version? They’ve changed my life in a different way than the prayer journals do. I kept hearing people talk about journaling, not prayer journaling or Bible journaling, but just journaling. Each person emphasized how life-changing the process was. It helped them to slow down and actually think

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7 way to prioritize your health

This year, one of my 10 goals for 2017 was to make health a priority. I wanted to get healthy, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized what it actually meant to make health an actual priority. Getting healthy has been a goal for, oh every year since I started making goals, but I never prioritized it. Meaning, I never chose it when it was hard. I never chose it when I was busy. A switch

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I don’t do it all (& why you shouldn’t either)

If you’ve read The Finishing School, you have already heard me quote Professor Bruce Hindmarsh when he said: “Busyness is moral laziness [because it is often a statement of our excuse to be inattentive to people]…But God has given us just enough time to do what we need to do moment by moment to respond to him. And his grace is there; it is eternally present. Every moment is a sacrament where time touches eternity and there is exactly enough

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Rediscovering myself

This morning in the gym, while I jammed some Needtobreathe, I caught a glimpse of my spontaneous side braid in the mirror and a baseball game scrolling on the TV guide channel. In an instant, I started remembering 22-year-old Valerie. I turn 32 on Sunday and have been reflecting a bit on this year, but as I started to think back on who I was 10 years ago, I got flooded as I rediscovered so many things about myself that

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