On the 1st of each month, we feature a story of someone putting their "Faith & Sweat" into action. Meet Sarah Hey. Imagine driving between red rock formations, through valleys and towns, and over mountain passes. Slowly, you ascend the steep, curving roadway, then pump the brakes as you descend the other side of each purple mountain majesty. You inhale sunshine, clouds, and sky, … [Read more...] about Faith and Sweat: Adventures and Affordable Housing
You are awesome. Though you probably don't believe it. It's easy to forget our awesomeness when we stare at magazines, secretly wishing we looked like someone else. We want to be more of this, or less of that. Comparing ourselves to others, never truly knowing what's going on in their lives, we convince ourselves that they have it all together. And that we don't. But our mindset is only the … [Read more...] about You are Awesome: A Manifesto
Like many little kids, I played sports through local youth recreation leagues. Some of my favorite memories came on a softball field. Because the coach never sent me to right field (thanks, Dad!) and I made some key plays, I thought I must be a pretty good fielder. I was a decent batter. But when it came to my base running, my speed never was in doubt. I was slow. My sophomore year of … [Read more...] about Field of Dreams: Examining What Keeps Us Down
Despite being trained as a journalist and having worked for newspapers, I rarely turn on the television news or thoroughly read a newspaper anymore. What gets reported largely is what happened in the past, and I cannot change what happened. I can only react to it and let it affect me. Because much of it is negative or sad, and even confrontational, it affects me negatively. It … [Read more...] about Who Do You Give Access to Your Mind?
If I’m going to be running, something will be chasing me! That used to be my saying. And then popcorn season came. I had been going to the gym for a few months, and on the days I didn’t go to the gym I walked in our neighborhood for mental clarity and some extra cardio. I didn’t always love it, but I kept doing it. One afternoon, my boys decided to go out and sell Boy Scout popcorn in our … [Read more...] about Chased By Lightning
We’re off and running in a new year, and you’ve set some goals and dreams. Is it time for some accountability partners? Perhaps you've vowed to get and stay organized. Or maybe you've decided you're ready to cut out sugar. Maybe you want to exercise consistently. Are you already wondering if you can keep it up? Or have you already stumbled? The times I’ve been most successful reaching … [Read more...] about Worried About Reaching Your Goal? Don’t Go It Alone