Category: Inspiration


Maximizing Gratitude on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a heartwarming holiday because it reminds us of the gift of gratitude. Gratitude is a choice that positions our day and daily decisions. It invites us to rearrange our attitudes and shift history in the making. Our collective days are absolutely altered by gratitude. Gratitude reminds us that we have control of our [...]

Brandon Christopher Warren

Are you Building a House of Expectations?

One of my favorite things about life is that it’s never quite what we expect it to be. I’m way too prone to plan-making and goal-setting. Not bad things in and of themselves, but certainly bad when they build a house of expectations that I will never have the chance to live in. On the [...]


Today, Let’s Beat the Blahs

Its easy to create when reveling in the wild moments of life intoxicated with euphoria, but I am learning the challenge of tapping into the artistic vein while trudging through the lulls of lackluster. The reality is, we navigate the high of inspiration in places of pain, adventure, and elation, but how do we awaken [...]


Do You Wear Chains as Jewelry?

  “What happens when you lose yourself?” Such a question pops up in Oprah magazine headlines, Jerry Springer scripts, therapy sessions, and Bible study lessons. I’m wary to bring up such a cliched question, because it would do no good to you, as the reader, if I gave you a pit-for-pat answer. You read this [...]


A Letter to Brennan Manning

Dear Brennan, May I call you, Brennan? I know that it’s familiar to call you by your first name, but I feel like I know you. In fact, I do know you. I met you one early morning on my college campus when my friend and I offered to carry your luggage to the car [...]


Resolving to Battle New Years Failures

It's a new year, and I can’t remember the last time I made a New Year’s resolution. I’m positive I’ve never lasted the full 365 days. They always begin with best of intentions – I’m going to go to the gym more (or at all); I’m going to drink less soda (or perhaps less wine); I’m [...]

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What Are Your Resolutions in 2013?

Are you one of those resolution-makers? Maybe you are one of those people who, like me, puts her friends on the spot 2 minutes before the New Year asking them to state their resolution? I am often met by aggravated sighs and clear resistance to the idea of resolutions. I am not sure why. Is [...]

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After the Ball Drops

It’s so appropriate that a big ball drops to signify the end of a year. It is a visual reminder of how eleven and a half months earlier I dropped the ball on promises I made to myself to eat healthier, get a six pack, read my whole Bible in 365 days, run a marathon, [...]