Can I get personal for a minute?

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When I'm going through something and trying to figure stuff out I tend to get pretty quiet. In our early days of marriage, this caused not a little frustration, as the external processor in David took it to mean that I must not care about this or that plight of our life. Meanwhile, my eyes found a new career in rolling as he spouted out completely absurd and ... Read More

How to Name Your Business + Find the Perfect Domain

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I created this post sponsored by Name.Kitchen to share best practices and exciting new solutions for naming your business! Being your own boss with increased flexibility in your schedule is more and more desirable to many, which means the playing field just keeps getting more crowded. According to Forbes, up to half a million businesses are started in the U.S. each ... Read More

Easy Solutions to Conquer Paper Clutter Management

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Based on reader responses, and our own personal experience, paper clutter seems to be the hardest thing to conquer and stay on top of. You get enough random papers piling up yourself, but when you have kids, the paper clutter seems to increase exponentially! Artwork and crafts, school and church papers, birthday and holiday cards and stuff their friends give them... You ... Read More

Why Starting with Your Weltanschauung Boosts Your Clarity

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I don’t profess to be a matchmaker, but there are a number of words in the English language that I strongly believe need to just tie the knot already. “World view” is worldview to me. You know what’s weird? No matter how you try to look it up in the dictionary – world view, world-view, worldview – it takes you to one definition, that really isn’t a definition at ... Read More

The Secret Shortcut to the Life You Want

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You've suspected it all along, and you weren't completely wrong. There is a shortcut to the life you want - a secret that is hidden behind consumerism, buried under comparison, and covered up by an outdated view of success. I only wish we had understood this a decade sooner, but it took us that long to get to the point where we were so weary of busy and tired of average that ... Read More

Stop Wasting Energy Cultivating Weeds in Your Life

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If your life was a garden, what type of garden would it be? A while ago we looked around and realized we weren't growing much of what we wanted in our life. There were small pops of color here and there, but the flowers were mostly buried and choked out by ugly, overbearing weeds. The frustrating thing about weeds is that they seem to grow so much easier than the types of ... Read More

Simplifying Parenting: Tips, Tools, & Resources to Teach Self-Control

Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teaching Self-Control | Family Character Focus, Make Room for Greatness

There are many things we wish we did better as a family, and this year we decided to simplify our process by doing one Family Character Focus™ each month, instead of trying to haphazardly work on 20 things at a time. Our theory is that we’ll feel less crazy that way and make better progress. The goal of this focus is to arm you with resources to help you become a more ... Read More

How to Conquer Digital Chaos with Private Cloud Storage

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From cameras to smart phones to e-readers, tablets, and computers, our lives are becoming ever more digital. In just digital photos alone, Americans take an estimated 105 billion a year. (source) If you have a hard time staying on top of it all in an orderly, efficient, and productive manner - you're not alone. But we finally found a way to conquer digital chaos with ... Read More

12 Great Series to Read from Amazon FreeTime Unlimited!

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It's no secret that reading is incredibly important, from improving writing, spelling, and vocabulary, to aiding and increasing imagination and creativity, but 21% of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level. Reading opens up all kinds of doors that many of us take for granted. I don't think it's coincidence that 63% of prison inmates can't read. I was blessed with a ... Read More

Simplifying Parenting: Becoming a Respectful Family

Before you speak, think - is it TRUE? is it HELPFUL? is it INSPIRING? is it NECESSARY? is it KIND?

There are many things we wish we did better as a family, and this year we decided to simplify our process by doing one Family Character Focus™ each month, instead of trying to haphazardly work on 20 things at a time. Our theory is that we’ll feel less crazy that way and make better progress. The goal of this focus is to arm you with resources to help you become a more ... Read More