Barbie's back with a new look and style. But will it make a difference? Barbara L. Roose looks at what this could mean for the iconic doll and little girls' ideas of beauty.
When this popular decorating blogger talks about change, you may think she’s referring to décor . . . but these principles apply to so many areas of life beyond furniture arrangements and wall art. Change creates a new beginning. Yesterday may have been about tears, dissatisfaction, and letting go, but today is different. Change of any kind gives birth to a new beginning. Embrace the possibility with gusto. Change shifts things. This adventure sets you on a new path and gives you a fresh vantage point. Today you are blessed with the chance to look at your life and home [...]
Nichole Nordeman’s story of her adventures with the utility company is a reminder to all of us that there’s more to being a neighbor than living next door.
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 [...]
A staffer (who shall remain nameless) is spilling the beans about what's in store for leaders at BELONG Backstage. Will you be there?
Have you checked Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. today? What if all that public sharing is actually causing us to lose touch with who we really are?
We’re launching the 2016 BELONG Tour in Columbus on August 19-20. You’ll be with us, right? As long as you’re downtown you won’t want to miss some of the fun things Columbus has to offer. We found 5, but if you know the area and have ideas to share, don’t keep them to yourself! Post them in the comments. 1. EXPLORE THE ARENA DISTRICT The BELONG event is right in the heart of it. Known as “downtown Columbus' most popular neighborhood” the District includes Nationwide Arena (site of the BELONG Tour), Huntington Park (where the AAA baseball Columbus Clippers play), the LC [...]
Have you ever wished the road to finding your life’s purpose was better marked? (We’d like to see big, flashing arrows that say “this way!”) In today’s post, author and speaker Micca Campbell offers 3 tips to put you on track to a fulfilling life when you’re not sure which way to go.
In high school, one of my first jobs was as a telemarketer for a gutter cleaning service. I lasted for all of three hours because the pressure of persuasion was just too much for me. So, in obvious spoiler news: I’m not a convincing salesperson. Just isn’t my jam. That said, I talk non-stop about things when I care deeply and believe in them. And since I volunteered to share this post, I thought you should know that about me. Here’s the thing about BELONG. It’s brand new for us all. I have the privilege of being on an incredible [...]
Life is often good. But sometimes it gets hard and weird, and if you live long enough, a few other things. We've learned that we're not made to walk through those seasons alone, and in today's post, Shauna Niequist from the BELONG stage team shares the importance of friendship and how it both protects us and helps us endure. I felt it shelter to speak to you. –Emily Dickinson Those words hang on our wall in our hallway, painted in white on a grass green canvas. My friend Holly painted it for me—I’m a word person, of course, and so there are [...]
What do you love about the Easter season? The BELONG Staffers share some of their faves. Easter Fashion (Chris) - Growing up, Easter Sunday was always high church. Full of pomp, circumstance, frilly socks and palatial hats, the day called for wearing your best. An early lover of fashion and all things girly, I was in my glory. If selfies and hashtags were a thing in the 90s, I would have been #EasterOutfitofficial. Resurrection Rolls (Leslie) - I make these with my boys every year; it’s a lovely (and delicious) tradition. Here’s the recipe: http://eatatallies.com/2011/04/resurrection-rolls/ Bunnies (Susan) - One Easter I got a toy rabbit [...]
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt awkward. (Can you see us waving back at you? We get it.) In today’s post, Leslie Nunn Reed on the BELONG Tour staff shares a timely story that reminds us of a friend who said, “Inappropriate laughter is my favorite emotion.” I remember the first time: I slipped my feet into the basin of warm water. In the dimmed glow…and the quiet…the immediate, uncomfortable rush of awkwardness and vulnerability flooded me. I worried if my feet smelled…if I had remembered to shave my legs…if this exercise in humility would end soon. It really was [...]
If you’re up for a little quality time in a theater or in front of your home screen this week, check out these picks for Easter entertainment. The first two are in theaters, the rest are rent-able, and all bring a special kind of inspiration. Risen It’s been called “one of the best portrayals of Christ's death and resurrection to date” (Crosswalk.com). Risen tells the remarkable story through the eyes of an outsider—a Roman soldier who is ordered by Pontius Pilate to find Jesus’ body after it ‘mysteriously’ goes missing from the tomb. Rated PG-13 for action violence and some [...]