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

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:

28 03, 2016

Shelter

March 28th, 2016|Friendships, Relationships|

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 [...]