On surviving the busy seasons in life

The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new. Socrates spoke about it. So did Plato. As did Henry David Thoreau. I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus. But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives […]

How to Find Time to Clean!

How to Find an Hour’s Worth of Cleaning Time in the Random Moments of Your Day I don’t have hours a day to clean . . . although since I have a college-aged son, a husband, a grandma, and three kids six-years-old and under at home, I wish I did! Instead, I’ve developed the habit […]

The Balancing Act of Working Full-time, Writing, and Being a Mom

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Unlike some of my writing cohorts, I work a full-time, 40 hours per week job for a local city government in addition to writing Christian novels. While other writers may be able to write for 14 hours straight on a Tuesday, I […]

Choose to Be Here Now

Spring has finally landed here in North Alabama. And I, for one, am incredibly thankful. We’re looking ahead to summer already. Anyone else? I tend to set lofty goals for what our summer will look like, what it will include, what we’ll do. I like to imagine we’ll eat lots of homemade ice cream and […]

How to Simplify Your Life, Amish-Style

One of the things that most attracts me to the Amish is the seemingly simplicity of their life. They’re not running to and fro, juggling sport practices, errands, scheduling car maintenance, hair appointments, date night, careers outside the home, interviews . . .  are you getting a picture of my week? I’m guessing it looks […]

Ask a Life Coach | September

Last month we introduced a new series called “Ask a Life Coach.” I was thrilled with the questions you submitted! As a certified life coach and contributor at NQA, I will break down a reader’s question once a month. We will get to the heart of what is going on with the goal being creating […]

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