The Pursuit of a Dream

...paving the way...

I’m sitting to write a blog post after months of endless writing but little blogging. I’ve been away actively pursuing my “right now” goals hoping to pave the way for my “heart’s desire” goals.

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I add the quotations because there is a huge difference.

I add the quotations to give my anxious heart understanding.

I add the quotations to ensure my strategic brain that this is part of the plan.

Right now is part of tomorrow.

I know tomorrow is not promised. But I can’t pretend that tomorrow does not require a set-up. I don’t want to hold tomorrow hostage. But I want to believe my commitment to yesterday and today are important.

As I blog I’m working on three books, my mind is swimming with fresh ideas, and my heart calls to the woman who also wants to pursue this life. Be it ministry, writing, entrepreneurship.

Dear sister, I have advice, tissues, hugs, and cautionary tales. I have long nights, empty Hot Tamales boxes, and stained coffee mugs.

Dear sister, I have stories of hope, and love, and stick-to-it-ness.

But most of all, I have me.

…to be continued…

Don’t Give Up!

...courage is a choice...

Persistence, for me, sometimes is like a shoe that is new and fits waaayyyyy too tight.

But you love the shoe. Why else did you buy it? You saw it in the store. You checked out your profile. You did a two-step before tossing them back in the box and promptly making your way to the register.

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Days or weeks later you discovered the perfect opportunity to pull out those shoes. You know, the ones worthy of a two-step in the store.

You put them on, looking super cute. You leave the house and enjoy the feel of knowing…knowing you look good girl!

Later that evening your feet are in total disagreement with your decision AND your cute shoes. LOL!

Don’t tell me I’m the only one. I have a couple of super cute but totally uncomfortable shoes. And YES I still wear them.



And I wear the shoe until eventually my desire and feet are in total agreement. Sometimes it means the shoes cooperate, by relaxing a little, and other times I gladly accept the consequences of sore feet.

What do tight shoes have to do with our purpose and our goals? I mean, that’s what I write about on this blog.

We have to persist in attaining our goals in life. The goals we have for our careers, our businesses, our families, our spouses, our soul.

Persistence is continuing on a course of action in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc. [Defined] Scripture gives us an even better picture:

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

[Read it for yourself.]

You see that tight shoe may look like a new job with unkind co-workers.

…or…a child expressing resistance to a family change

…or…marriage challenges calling you to pray like never before

…or…a dream that seems further away no matter how hard you pursue it


Last week I shared a quote from Steven Chambers, a friend and pastor. He said, “Persistence is what courage is made of.”

Courage is a choice. 

You have to choose to be persistent. You have to choose to put one foot in front of the other, in your too tight shoes, and keep taking steps…and persisting in your actions, your words, and your thoughts until you reach your desired destination.

Knowing that in due season….you will reap a harvest.

Don’t give up!

Question: What in your life is calling you to persist? To be courageous? Will you answer its call? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

17 Before 2017

I recently shared in my newsletter my desired to share more about what I do in hopes of encouraging each of you to pursue your vision…your purpose.

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Today I want to give you a sneak peek. This is my 17 Before 2017 list. I actually started on my tasks last month. The point is to create a list of tasks you’d like to accomplish before the year expires. 

Your Game Changer

...getting from where you are to your destiny...

Goals are your personalized treasure map. You identify your destination and sitting to determine your course of action is the sweet spot.

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This time of year I spend several days reviewing the current year. I look at numbers and projects. I look at successes and areas I need to improve. And it seems like, the older I get the more I value this annual practice.

How are you ensuring a better tomorrow for yourself, family, career, and/or business?

Investing time in creating goals for yourself is invaluable.

What actions does realizing your dreams require?

Knowing the answer is truly the game changer. It will take you from spinning your wheels to gaining traction. And it is vital to setting your course between where you are and your destiny

Your vision is waiting. 😉

Are you a planner? Do you set regular goals for yourself? I’d love to read about it in the comments. 

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

My Ultimate Takeaway

Day 31 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

It is Day 31!!!

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My Ultimate Takeaway…

I am empowered to control my thoughts. Therefore, my feelings cannot keep me captive, which means I always have the ability to make a God-honoring decision.

That is it, for now.

What’s Next

I did not write a full post for a full month. I am still writing other entries to 31 complete entries. For now, if you missed any of the entries view the entire month HERE.


What was your favorite post or takeaway? 

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Don’t Stop

Day 25 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

There is something about big goals. They excite you. You feel pumped. You feel like your time has finally arrived.

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They excite you.

You feel pumped.

You feel like your time has finally arrived.

But in the midst of it all you will struggle.

Christian Thinking: Week 2 Review

Day 14 of 31 Days of Christian Thinking

We are nearing the close of our second week. And almost halfway through this month. I pray this is a blessing to you all.

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Today is our Week 2 review. All of the references are linked. As a reminder, this is now catchup time for those of you you don’t have much time to read during the week.


...the person overlooked...

Have you ever felt like the underdog? The person people are NOT betting. The person overlooked. The person they expect to lose.

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How long have you been a member of my extended crew? 🙂

I call my family, my crew, my fam…my peeps! And I consider YOU part of the crew, that is if you want to be.

Well, if you’ve been a member of my crew for a minute then you have seen me discuss 31 Days of Writing. I sometimes get it turned around and call it 31 Days of Blogging. Essentially, it’s the same.

Every October, “31 Days of Writing” host a “challenge’. Those of us crazy enough to accept carve out the month to write every day. Most chose to blog everyday.

As for me, I am blogging again. And after several failed attempts (FIRST and SECOND), I finally did it (THIRD)!!!

I plan to do it again.

As I prepped, I found a little nugget hidden in a past post. I want to re-share it. At some point we must realize that we are enough. And we were created with everything we need to be successful in this life.