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Links I Love {April 2017 Edition}

Links I Love {April 2017 Edition}

It’s not easy being a blogger. In a fast-paced, media-saturated world, there are so many content avenues vying for readers’ attention that those of us who regularly pour our hearts out on the internet are left wondering whether anyone is reading our worlds, and, if they are reading, whether what we have to say even matters.

As a blogger myself, I realize I’m biased. But I think that a blogger’s words do matter. Whenever we bravely put words to page screen and share our stories with the world, people take notice. It makes a difference.

This months links are all posts that mattered—to me, and possibly to you, too.

5 Questions That Will Make You Emotionally Strong // Eric Barker

“Your brain produces thoughts. That’s its job. But that’s not directly under your control. So just because something is in your head, doesn’t mean it’s ‘you’, and should therefore be taken seriously.”


What it Feels Like When Your Kids Are Growing Up // Emily Freeman

“One moment the sun is not visible and the next, you need to pull out your sunglasses. Yes, it’s gradual. But there is still a moment. It is distinct. You can see it with your eyes and feel it in your bones. Something has shifted. We’ve crossed from darkness into light. Unlike the sunrise, I can’t check my phone for the moment when my little kids became big kids but it’s rearranging me.”


The Enneagram and the Difference Between Needing and Being // Leigh Kramer

“When we are truly ourselves, we are at rest with ourselves. We accept ourselves and that often means (other healthy) people accept us, too.”


How To Make Friends As An Adult // Annie Wright

“There’s actually a lot of very wonderful things about now consciously attempting to make more friends as an adult. For starters, you likely know yourself better and can now seek out more like-minded, similarly oriented folks in a way that you just don’t get to do when you’re all lumped together thanks to zipcodes in high school.”


Hospitality:: When You’re an Introvert // Adam McHugh

“I believe that listening is the truest form of hospitality. This is good news for those of us who don’t relish opportunities to invite groups of people into our homes.”


When You Fear the Blank Slate // Anne Bogel

“In theory, I adore a fresh start, a clean slate, when I have abundant options ahead of me and no mistakes behind me, yet. . . . In practice, the blank slate paralyzes me. The potential may be exciting, but the decisions freak me out.”


Tackling Transitions // Vinita Hampton Wright

“We never know how fragile our identity is until transition shakes our foundations. But when our main identity is as a ‘child of God,’ there’s room for lots of variety! And we know our purpose: To love others with God’s love.”


How to Listen to Podcasts: A 101 Primer // Tsh Oxenreider

“1 out of every 5 Americans listens to a particular podcast at least every month. People who consider themselves podcast devotees average about five episodes per week. So, it’s gotten much more popular. But—this means 4 out of 5 Americans still don’t listen to podcasts.”


If you’ve read something that spoke to you this month, or wrote something you’d like to share with us, please leave a link in the Comments!

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Sanity-Saving Phone Apps

Sanity-Saving Phone Apps

Oh, smart phones . . . where do we begin? You have us wrapped around your nonexistent digital fingers, destroying our posture, our social skills, our sleeping habits, and possibly our brain power as our eyeballs stay glued to your beguiling screens for unmentionable portions of our days. And yet, we couldn’t live without the… Continue Reading

Links I Love {January 2017 Edition}

Links I Love {January 2017 Edition}

The end of December/beginning of January just might be my favorite time of year on the internet. I love all of the Best Of lists that show up at the end of the year, as well as the positive, improvement-minded material that dominates the month of January. This month’s link roundup includes quite a few… Continue Reading

Links I Love {December Edition}

Links I Love {December Edition}

December is a busy month, and it can be tempting to put off all reading and other distractions until the chaos of the season has died down. However, I sometimes find that when I am the most busy is also when I most need to be setting aside time to rest and rejuvenate, and for… Continue Reading

In the Spotlight: Podcasts for Parents

In the Spotlight: Podcasts for Parents

Wherever you are on the parenting journey—from expectant parent to empty nester—I’m sure you will agree that while much of parenting comes naturally, there is a lot that doesn’t: birthing, caring for, and raising a child is one of life’s greatest joys and also one of its biggest challenges. Though I’m less than two years… Continue Reading