Co-Creating a More Intentional Life

Lately I’ve been meditating on the idea of co-creating a life you love with God. I’ve never liked the phrase “she created a life she loved.” Something about it doesn’t sit with well with me because God is the Creator and we are not. Only God can create our life. But we can create our

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In Pursuit of Digital Minimalism for a Better Life

I have a new ambition in life. It’s not to run a marathon or bake sourdough bread from scratch. It’s simply to master my technology so it doesn’t master me. I want to become a what author Cal Newport calls a “digital minimalist” so I can live undistracted and create good and meaningful work. Several

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Rise to the Life That Is Yours to Live

Oftentimes our lives turn out differently than we once imagined they would. I am so grateful for the story I get to live, but it does look different than I thought would as a girl and young woman. I’m learning it’s okay to grieve the dreams we once had and to let the tears fall. I

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How I Fight for Joy

The more difficult seasons I have endured, the deeper my joy. For all the days I’ve spent in darkness, I never take a single day in the light for granted. I’m learning that joy is something I choose everyday by looking to God and fighting for my own mental, spiritual and physical health. It’s a

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Thoughts on Being Free and the Sea

This January morning we woke up before dawn and hit our favorite point break for some waves. Like many girls and women, for most of my life I’ve lived with an unrealistic standard of how my body should look. God is setting me free as I pursue wholeness over perfection. I’m pursuing strength over the

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A Season to Create

I’ve learned that dreams take time. After ten years, one dream I’ve had is unfolding before me. It feels so surreal but meant to be at the same time. I can’t wait to share more about with you in future months. In the meantime I will be quiet in online spaces so I can show

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Please Stay

What if I told you not to leave?What if I told you that you would get through this?That you are stronger than you think you are.What if I told you this world is not better off without you in it?But that it is more beautiful because you are here.What if I told you there are

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How to Have an Instagram Account and Maintain Your Sanity

Instagram can easily be a sinister app that can consume our every spare moment if we let it. It is designed to be highly addictive and to keep you consuming its content for as long as possible which ultimately results in more advertising dollars for Facebook (which has owned Instagram since 2012). While there is

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Allie holding her puppy

Meet My New Bestie & Surf Buddy Gidget

How cute is our new furry best friend Gidget! We are in love! I have wanted my own Golden as an adult ever since we lost Sunny, my childhood dog. Right before we moved into our new place with a yard we found out my Uncle’s dog was having puppies so I put my name

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Embracing a Life of Digital Minimalism

I recently “read” the audio version of Cal Newport’s book “Digital Minimalism” which is about living a focused and intentional life in an increasingly noisy world. As a millennial I grew up with a lot of technology. My dad worked for IBM, we owned the first home computer and my mom was an early adapter

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Unstoppable Premiere with Bethany Hamilton

As a benefit for Wonderfully Made, we hosted the Santa Barbara premiere of Bethany Hamilton’s new documentary, “Unstoppable.” This event has been several years in the making so I was a dream come to true to see it become a reality. Thank you Santa Barbara and friends for packing the theatre full and it has

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Is Consuming Less the Answer to Creating More?

Like many of you, I have an Amazon Prime account. My heart seems to skip a beat when my doorbell rings, dropping off another brown box. I find satisfaction in my constant consumerism and perhaps you do, too, but I also experience frustration. As my condo and especially my closet get more cluttered, the more

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