On my best days, our life is heavy duty, but during my low days, I Google search: “fake my own death and disappear,” which Brandon might dub melodramatic, but he is just a dude with a stable mind and can’t be trusted.
My first idea was to collect some valentine-y art supplies—paper, stickers, ribbon, doilies—and distribute them to my son’s third-grade classmates . . . . Then, like the Grinch, my project idea grew three sizes that day.
“Honey?” I called to Dave, “I think we have a problem.”…Our cell phones were on the couch in the living room. None of our family or friends knew where we were. We could hardly believe it was happening.
A timely thought for the last day of Thanksgiving month, from BELONG Purpose Partner Life Reimagined. Life Reimagined has online tools, events, and one-on-one advice through life coaching that helps you set priorities, commit to your
My gift-receiving memories are pretty sparse. Which got me thinking…what type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?
Wonder is wide-eyed. It is primal and unexpected. Wonder washes away any trace of stagnancy or hesitancy, any desire to numb the day away. It is a nod to the fact that life is wilder, weirder and more profound than we are comfortable with, and that is thrilling.
We’re probably all seen enough movies to parley in “pirate” at least for one day of the year. But imagine what it’s like to turn up at an event packed with people who look like you, but are using words and phrases everyone seems to understand—except you.
When she really needed the gift shower was after her college graduation as she moved into an apartment. Instead, she, like me, got pans from her mother’s cabinets (her mom’s wedding gifts, in fact), hand-me-down cooking utensils and old, chipped serving platters.
“My three siblings dropped out of high school in the 9th grade—the fact that I’m an uprising junior at a prestigious liberal arts college is truly a dream come true, not just for me but for my whole family.” Alejandra Castillo says. “WriteGirl gave me the confidence to go after what my heart desires.”
“I think I learned more about myself in an hour than in the last ten years. I never really thought about how powerful it could be to have a conversation with a professional who could see you as you are without that being a reflection on them.”
If you long to feel alive, to regain a sense of wonder, to hope a little freer and to be a powerful force of kindness in the world, then MOPS International would love for you to join them in becoming Starry Eyed.
Happy travels! From our Purpose Partner, Life Reimagined. Life Reimagined has the online tools, events, and one-on-one advice through life coaching that helps you set priorities, commit to your goals and take action on improving
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
It’s no secret that several of our speakers (and some of our staff, for that matter) love to cook. And just about all of us love to eat. A while back, BELONG speaker Shauna Niequist posted a recipe . . .
“I felt the distinct impression that there were two stories to tell. Both would be truthful and accurate, but one was more transparent . . . and would require greater vulnerability on my part, and greater acceptance by those listening. “
July 1st marked the 24th anniversary of the release of the movie A League of their Own—can you believe that opened all the way back in 1992? The BELONG Tour’s resident softball aficionado looks back on
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alexandra went on a nine-month experiment to try and rekindle her love of her ordinary "actual" life. As this excerpt from her brand-new book shows, these things are sometimes easier planned than done.
In her modest Dallas backyard, Sarah offers a space of grace for friends, neighbors, and strangers to feel included . . . a place to belong. Not long ago, the BELONG Team went to visit. Patsy tells us about it.
Is your closet filled with clothing that always fits you perfectly and that you always love to wear? Oh, so your closet is just like ours, then. The good news is you now have an excuse to throw a clothing swap party!
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
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
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
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.
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