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So far Chris McSwain has created 22 blog entries.
8 08, 2016

The Launch Party: Present Over Perfect

August 8th, 2016|Emotional Health, Faith, Identity, Uncategorized|

It's launch week for BELONG Team speaker and friend, Shauna Niequist and her brand new book, Present Over Perfect. Last week, Shauna celebrated with an online launch party where she shared the story behind the book, the music that helped her write it, and what she hopes her readers take away from it. Hear from Shauna (and a few of her friends) about what it means to be present over perfect:

26 07, 2016

Rock Your Purpose

July 26th, 2016|Identity, Passions, Purpose, Purpose/Calling|

"The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion." Last month, I stood on stage in front of a theater full of accomplished businesspeople, activists, doctors, and influencers and shared that as an educated, professional woman, I enjoy playing with clothes. I may not have used those exact words, but still, the admission of this as a passion was quite a departure from anything I’d ever shared publicly in a professional space. I mean, I’m Chris the writer. [...]

28 06, 2016

Worth the Work

June 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

She is inspiration and motivation. She challenges. She charges. She is the voice that drives change for people, one body at a time. She’s Angela Davis, fitness expert, motivational coach, and, as she tells it, assigned to inspire. Today, she's sharing a few of the tips that help her stay motivated AND what pushes her to motivate others.  I tell my students all the time: a healthy, balanced life is way bigger than how they perform in the gym, or on a bike. Yes, we’re pursuing our fitness goals and that means hard work and commitment and sweat. But learning to change your [...]

17 06, 2016

Father’s Day. It’s Complicated.

June 17th, 2016|Family, Relationships, Seasonal|

We love holidays around here. There’s usually so much light-heartedness and goodness and almost always – a reason for food. But this week with the coming holiday, conversations and feels were different. Our team stood around in a circle trying to figure out how we’d celebrate Father’s Day on the blog and show love to the men who have helped shape our lives. We talked. And talked some more. Chats around the office were good; many of them heartwarming with sweet tales of stand-up dads and heroes and first loves. But others were… complicated. And please know this: we wouldn’t [...]

10 06, 2016

A Rising Star: Sharon Irving

June 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

She is gifted and passionate and stole the hearts of millions around the country during her time on America's Got Talent. Now, she's joining our team to bring her energy, gift, and unique style to BELONG. She is Sharon Irving and as her friends will tell you, she is quite special. Here's what the team had to say: Come and meet her (and experience that star power) for yourself this fall!

8 06, 2016

How to Be a Best Friend

June 8th, 2016|Friendships, Relationships|

In celebration of National Best Friend Day, BELONG staffer Chris McSwain invites Imani to the blog today. They're sharing a bit about their friendship and a few things they've learned about making it the 'best.' Somewhere between the playground and sandbox, this whole friendship thing happens. It’s the 'I see you, you seem normal (or not), let’s do things together' kind of deal. Best friendships as kids are easy because life is simple and feelings are less complex than they sometimes get when we grow up, way before we learn to be guarded. But then adulthood and life happen and it [...]

6 06, 2016

Beyond Titles

June 6th, 2016|Friendships, Identity, Identity, Purpose, Vocation|

How do you relay who you are? Shauna Niequist shares a thought provoking story that will make you think twice about how you identify yourself. A friend is leaving her job this month. She’s been working since high school in various jobs—some she’s loved, some she’s tolerated. But for a variety of reasons, it seems clear that now is the time to order her days differently—focus on some things she’s never been able to, with the fullness of her work and parenting and just regular life schedule. It won’t be forever, probably. She’ll find another job she enjoys, next year [...]

1 06, 2016

Gifts for You, BELONGers: Digital Downloads

June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Because it's a brand new month, and you are our dear friends..we want to give you beautiful things. We want you to enjoy lovely reminders of a new season (hey, summer, hey!) and a fun month and all the possibilities that it brings. We want you to pursue your dreams with confidence and courage, and know without doubt, that you can do the hard and exciting things that are before you. So, here you have it. Add a little pretty to your desktops and phones with these fun downloads. You're welcome! Desktop Downloads (click image to download full size): Facebook [...]

1 06, 2016

Dear Patsy: We Love You

June 1st, 2016|Event, Friendships|

Have you ever known a person that just warms up the room, wherever they go? They’re the kind of friend that can ease into conversation and make you feel right at home. No faking it, no pretenses...just authentic sharing and all around goodness. Those friends are a special kind of gift. If you know one, tell them how much they add to your life. If you don’t know one, well…here’s your chance to become one. That make-it-all-better friend on the BELONG team is none other than Patsy Clairmont. She’s hilariously funny, a brilliant communicator, and best kind of sweet and [...]

25 05, 2016

Friends Before Dawn

May 25th, 2016|Friendships, Neighbors, Physical|

Sometimes we have to push ourselves to do hard things. Sometimes those hard things bring us the best things. Jen Hatmaker shares her own experience with early mornings and it's unexpected surprises. She tricked me by way of my big heart. That is the first thing you need to know. Oh sure, I guess some of the other girls were there for “fitness” or “health” or “strength training” or whatever the heck gets them out of bed in the morning. This was in their lane, in line with their goals and values. It was an easy yes, I can only [...]

20 05, 2016

Still Waters and Unusual Energy: What the Team Says About Angela Davis

May 20th, 2016|Event, Friendships, Relationships, Uncategorized|

Friendships are SO. MUCH. FUN.--especially when each of our friends brings her own talents, tastes, background, and perspective to share with us; woven together they create a brilliant tapestry. Our BELONG stage team loves celebrating the gifts in each other and recognizing  just how amazing it is to draw from one another’s passions. Take Angela Davis: her energy, and commitment in leading us to appreciate and challenge our mind, body, and spirit inspires her friends in an incredible way. Listen to what they had to say about who she is and what she does: What friends in your life challenge you [...]

13 05, 2016

What Your Friends Say About You When You’re Not Around…Jen Hatmaker Edition

May 13th, 2016|Event, Friendships|

Friendship. Who doesn’t love it? Sure, it requires work, and often takes time to build, and no-- it isn’t always a perfect tale. But the result of the work and the digging in is so fulfilling. When we witness friendship between others, it often inspires us to connect more deeply and ‘go there’ with our own people. That’s one of the really special things about the BELONG Stage Team. They’re real-life friends who know each other beyond BELONG. That makes such a difference. Many of them have known each other for years, shared both stages and dinner tables, and have [...]

11 05, 2016

Go Ahead, Say It.

May 11th, 2016|Family, Friendships, Hospitality, Mentoring, Neighbors, Relationships, Romance|

You’ve probably noticed this already, but relationships are a thing for us. We love them, believe in investing in and nurturing them, and know that few things enrich our lives like experiencing full, deeply  soulful connections. Today, we’re encouraging you to take a few moments to reflect a bit. Think about a relationship in your life that matters to you. Who is that person? Why does their presence in your life matter? What qualities about this person shine? How is your life better because they’re in it? Now, take a few moments and share their beauty with them. It doesn’t [...]

9 05, 2016

Friendship, Boundaries, and the Power of ‘The Other’

May 9th, 2016|Friendships, Relationships, Uncategorized|

When we do the hard, intimate work of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life. - Shauna Niequist In a very candid conversation with author and counselor Dr. Henry Cloud, Shauna Niequist shared insight and personal examples on what it means to create and enjoy deeply meaningful friendships that shape our lives for the better. Take a look:

18 04, 2016

On Forgiveness and Freedom

April 18th, 2016|Common Ground, Faith, Identity, Well-Being|

Life experiences can deeply impact our perceive things: our relationships, our future, and even our identity. In today's post, Jen Hatmaker shares her heart on how we can live free once we've both accepted and extended forgiveness. Over dinner recently, my girlfriends and I got on the topic of screwing up our kids. As their primary influence, it’s basically inevitable. We went around the table predicting what our kids would one day say to their therapists: “My mom was wound tighter than a spool of yarn.” “My mom loved cleaning more than her children.” “My mom screamed like a monkey on meth.” “My [...]

15 04, 2016

Why You Have One More Day…

April 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

What started as a conversation about the annual tax deadline became a thoughtful and honest conversation between members of the BELONG Tour team. Amy, Chris and Leslie share some of their stories on what it means to be free.    

8 04, 2016

What’s Your Secret Skill?

April 8th, 2016|Fun|

It doesn’t take much to see that our BELONG stage team is a talented bunch. Among them, they’ve authored more than twenty books (several of which are New York Times bestsellers, might we add), hosted their own shows, spoken and performed on stages around the world, won Dove awards and Grammy nominations, and have over 1 million social media followers. Perhaps we’re a bit biased…but they’re kind of a big deal. On top of their obvious talent, our speakers have some other pretty nifty gifts too. We asked some of them about their secret skill and thought you might like [...]