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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Shopping Your Joy Away

Call me shallow, but one of my most vivid prayers as a little girl was for L.A. Gear shoes and pierced ears. Yes, in case you’re wondering, I got my way. To this day I still struggle with buying into our culture of over-consumerism. Even if I don’t act upon my purchasing compulsions, you better

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When a Friendship Ends

We all know that romantic relationships can come to end, but what about friendships? As we grow older and more distant from friends we used to hold dear, is it possible to end friendships in a healthy way? Life transitions such as moves, school, career changes, new relationships, and shifts in personal values and world-views

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The Problem With Happy

We are always getting ready to live but never living.–Ralph Waldo Emerson When’s the last time you thought, “Once I get that job I’ll be happy” or “Once I meet that guy I’ll be happy” or “ Once I fill-in-the-blank I’ll be happy?” In his book “Happier,” Tal Ben-Shahar calls this the arrival fallacy – the belief that when you arrive

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5 Signs You Need A Digital Detox

While technology and social media have their advantages, a growing amount of research is proving that the overuse of both might be making us sick. Millennials (individuals with birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) are the most digitally connected generation. When it comes to social media they are biggest consumers,

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