What Matters To Me
God. Family. Friends. Purpose. In that order.
I grew up with a profound love for God. I’ve had the privilege to serve Him for over 35 years. My relationship with God has taken me to places I never imagined I'd go; I've spent time on mission trips on mountainsides in Guatemala and Mexico, as well as a sidewalk Sunday School in the roughest part of Baltimore, Maryland, and I've received a Christian education at Oral Roberts University. Don’t get me wrong, though, some of those years were not my finest. However, throughout some of the toughest times in my life - from sexual abuse from my father as a child to a young marriage of six months, wrong decisions, and a divorce filled with shame - God has always had a plan.
The value I place on family and friendship is central to my life. As a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a sister, I understand the important and complex work of building, maintaining, and navigating a family through transitions, challenges, and joy.
I have been a long-time advocate of inspiring women to be confident in who they are and to live intentionally every day.
I live in the Nashville area with my husband of 19 years. I have four children, all finishing up high school or heading to college, and a circle of friends who make me a better person, Christian, wife, and parent as we travel together through our transitions in life.
My Goal For This Space
For me, there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who truly is confident, who is determined to live a life of purpose, and who embraces her unique gifts.
For some of us (well, really, a lot of us) this is easy to say and hard to do - especially when we wonder what our gifts are. For most of us who are 40 and older, we look behind us and, then, suddenly our hearts crave more meaning, joy, and balance.
During our first half of our life we plan our education, we get married, we have children. Then we reach our second half and ask, “Now what?"
My goal for this space is to help inspire us in midlife - in our second half - to live with purpose. It's to find out who we are and what God created us for, intentionally. I'd like this space to help us begin to remove the layers of what society has always said we have to be, and to instead start a journey of peeling ourselves to the core and finding God’s design and purpose in us.
I believe this blog will be a place where we discover our renewed passions, our strengths, and our gifts, so that we can have fulfilled and significant Second Halves.