Tell us a little bit about yourself and what God has called you to do? God has called me to help others win and there are fewer things that bring me deeper joy. I am striving to love deeply, live wholeheartedly, and pursue adventure. I love the beach, cooking, and exploring new places with the best of friends. The title I am most proud of is Auntie to the world’s cutest three-year-old little man.
Where do you live and have you lived anywhere else? These days, I call coastal Southern California home and couldn’t be happier about it. But, I’m a Northern girl (Minnesota born and raised) with a Southern soul. I lived in Nashville for six and a half years before moving to California six months ago.
How do you carve out time with God everyday? My best conversations with God happen when I’m walking along the beach on a daily basis. On days a walk just isn’t possible, I like to spend the last bit of my day reading, praying, or journaling with God.
What is your favorite Bible Verse? Share with us why you love it so much. I have had different favorites during different seasons of life. These days, one of my favorites is 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” I need to be reminded that my responsibility is to do the piece of the process I have been entrusted with well and leave the rest to God. And I love the reminder that He is faithful to finish the work He begins in and through us.
What is your best organizational/planning tip? For years I was a digital-only planning girl. And about two years ago I went cold-turkey to a paper to-do list, calendar, etc. These days, I also keep a digital copy of my calendar, but going back to paper forced me to really slow down and be more intentional about what I was adding to my plate. Every Sunday I take about 15 minutes with my calendar and notebook to make a to-do list and set some goals for the week. Doing this on Sunday allows me to hit the ground running on Monday with an idea of what I’m running towards.
What is your favorite go-to easy meal? Does Chipotle count? J At home, I love some ground turkey or ground chicken cooked up with whatever vegetables I have in the fridge and a smattering of spices.
Tell us your favorite God story (in your own life)? It sounds cheesy, but my whole life story. It’s a story I could never have written on my own & I can’t believe I get the gift of living it.
What are your 3 favorite books, other than the Bible of course? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Scary Close by Donald Miller and Chasing Francis by Ian Cron
We are dying to know . . . how has God used your “painful realties” to help you through this new season in your life? Pain has taught me more than I may ever understand. But, two things I’ve taken with me, particularly when I encounter new seasons with new challenges, are resilience and humility. God used my painful realities to instill a deep resilience in me – to plant in me a peace that He will always sustain me. And to keep things in balance, He used my painful realities to keep me humble in the face of new challenges. That pain taught me that it’s actually best to not try to do it all on my own.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 CORINTHIANS 3:6-9