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 [...]
“I face decisions and planning that flat out SCARE me on a weekly basis. If I said no to opportunities or didn’t dream big because I was scared, I would not be where I am today.”
What happens when you take a detour and can’t ever get back on that original path again? Katherine can tell you. "The greatest detour anyone can take in life...is a near-death experience."
These small wins can help build confidence without being too overwhelming, and just one or two small projects a week can add up to a big change over time.
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 [...]
Faith and hope; they go together but they’re not the same thing. In today’s post, Patsy helps us understand the difference.
We’ve tried (and loved) them all. What do you say, neighbors? Any more ideas for fun things to do while you’re in town for the BELONG Tour?
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!
On Dee’s first date with Johnnie, a fourth-generation funeral director, she knew she was in for a unique relationship when he had to leave “for just a minute”—and he came back to the car with a corpse.
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 [...]
We’ve curated a list of sights and excursions to enjoy while you’re in beautiful Loveland for the BELONG Tour. Please share if you have any ideas to add!
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 [...]
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 [...]
On this island, Leslie, her husband, their 6 children, and a crew are the only inhabitants. Except for, you know, bears and such. “Here,” she explains, “we work in a family fishing operation…”
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 [...]
Among talks about things like a stethoscope that listens to brains (you can tell by the rhythm if a brain is healthy or having a seizure), how tone-deaf people experience music, and more, a few things stood out…
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 [...]
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 [...]
Yo, Adrian! When you’re in Philly for BELONG, check out the sites. These 5 ideas will get you started…