A fresh start- Wholesome love, wholesome you, wholesome foods.


The end of last year was marked by a sweet, sweet moment: The love of my life asked me to marry him.  And I said yes.  I still tear up thinking about it.  He's my best friend.  And we've been through everything together. While agreeing to commit the rest of my life in marriage to …

Transition: Allow acclimation.


      Living a purposeful life is very much like a mountain climbing expedition.  You can't just show up to Mt. Kilimanjaro one afternoon and go for it.  It takes careful planning, equipping, guidance, preparation and readiness or you'll just die part way up. The interesting thing about mountain climbing, and even scuba diving, …

Mind renewal: Living above the law, because love never fails. Love is love.


When certain political issues rise, judgment and confusion roar.  Particularly in my little slice of the world, because I'm blessed to love and be loved by a lot of powerfully vocal and passionate folks.  So when presidential campaigns loom, or media focuses on abortion, capital punishment, poverty, civil rights, same-sex marriage, or religious freedoms...  Like …

Problem perspective: Relax and let challenges show off how awesome you are.


Problem perspective:  Relax and let challenges show off how awesome you are.  A couple weeks ago, my awesome boyfriend shared his most recent, rather horrifying audition experience.  Mind you, I say he's awesome not only because we're all best friends forever and such mush... He's truly one of those people who just shines, especially when …

Why entertainers (including Beyoncé) should expose themselves more.


I watched the Beyoncé Superbowl performance and was struck by a few things: She's amazing. I know a LOT (okay almost all) of her songs.  Word for word.  In harmony. Apparently Beyoncé, along with Scandal, the presidential campaign, hate crimes and Chick Fil-A, is among the domestic news topics that expose the broad and opposing …

Temptation ain’t coercion. If you’re tempted it’s because there was a desire inside you for it in the first place.


Recently I shared about the enemy within, and how dangerous it is to live in denial. It's a weak, disadvantaged position to deny and confuse what temptation really is, and approach it as though we're helplessly forced into something we want no part of... Instead of masterfully commanding our lives like the rulers of the …

Who’s your Daddy: Identity, value and self-worth.


I shared some relationship tips recently, including how to identify and deal with your worst enemy. Today is about self-worth, particularly for men, as the world seems hell-bent on convincing y'all your self-worth is defined by net worth.  Ladies meanwhile, are being convinced we're defined by our bed-worth or sexuality, but that's another discussion for another …

Don’t curse your blessings: Mastering your mind and body for freedom’s sake


I've been battling a persistently annoying less-than-perfect-health situation for a couple months now.  It began as symptom-free general yuckiness and descended into a week of full-blown sick, then cleared 70% of the way up.  Now, it refuses to go away fully because sickness (unlike its carrier) thrives in sleeplessness and uncharacteristically inclement weather. I'm not …

Empowering choice with affirmation: Accept only who and what affirms your best you.


Most of us spend too much of our lives surrounded by stuff we don't feel we can really choose for ourselves.  Partly because we feel forced to choose from a limited selection among family, school, friends, work, or church. When we finally reach a place where we recognize our decisions are truly our own, options …