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In our last exercise for preparing for the New Year, we will focus on moving from creating ideas (old man/old lady) to narrowing ideas (more/less) and now on to the decision point for what we want to focus on in the New Year. If you prefer video, check out the YouTube version! By raising our […]

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(Today we are building on the prompt from yesterday that you can read here) One of the key components of lasting change is making a solid commitment that you can actually keep. I would rather be fully committed to one change than halfheartedly committed to too many things at once. The beauty of you, though, […]

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Yesterday we began a mental summit–a journey to look back on where you’ve been so that you can set your intentions for where you want to be. If you missed the intro, you can read prompt 1 here. If you prefer video, you can learn this exercise by checking out the YouTube version here. Today’s […]

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Don’t miss the video version of this post, that includes the 3 reasons why you’ve failed to change in the past!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcMJ4H4UYpY One thing I love about the end of December is the chance to lift up out of daily life, look back and look forward in order to enter intentionally into a new year. […]

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I chose this picture because I’m holding my breath. I’m holding my breath between two chapters of this life, although “chapter” is probably not the right word to describe what’s felt like a lifetime, a foundation, a family. After 21 years of life at Hope Church, after 9 years on staff, after almost 4 years […]

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In this episode we discuss: Camp Registration… WHY, The Sabbath, The negative voices in our head and how we can move toward love, and Nicole answers some questions about dealing with hard relationships.   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following places: […]

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to share in a portion of our Easter celebration at the Altria theater. Part Ted talk, part visual storytelling–we combined graphics, music and text to present evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It was a labor of love and great teamwork–here’s a picture from rehearsal. I’ll post video from the service when it’s available. […]

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If you want to be serious about your life, you have to work on it. Really. Who among us doesn’t have a preferred future for our life? Things we want to experience? The person we want to be? The legacy we want to leave? Part of the joy of being created in the image of […]

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Hey friends! I don’t know about you, but the beginning of the school year is full of possibilities but always spins me upside down–and we are in the midst of that this week! These are the kind of weeks where I have to put all my emotions in timeout and just do life–it’s not the week to […]

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I’m a sucker for the Olympics. I love it ALL. I love the pageantry and the uniforms and the human interest stories. I love watching random events and I convinced a friend of mine that we absolutely could qualify for the modern Pentathlon if we trained hard enough. Note: the modern pentathlon involves fencing someone, and […]