17 10, 2016


October 17th, 2016|Family|

Does the daily-ness of life ever get you down? In this post from our friends at MOPS, Mandy encourages us to see the hope in the mundane and challenges us to “reclaim the everyday.”

26 09, 2016


September 26th, 2016|Faith, Family, Well-Being|

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.

15 09, 2016

Showers for Singles

September 15th, 2016|Hospitality, Relationships|

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.

12 09, 2016

Making It Happen: WriteGirl

September 12th, 2016|Causes, Mentoring|

“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.”

29 08, 2016

We are the Starry Eyed

August 29th, 2016|Family, Mentoring|

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.

19 07, 2016

Open Your Heart

July 19th, 2016|Event, Relationships|

“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. “

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 [...]

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 [...]