The women who have changed my life

The women who have changed my life — and how you can change someone else’s life too.

by Julia Robison

I’m gonna set the stage for you: Imagine 8th grade Julia.

(Oh gosh, had to go deep in the Facebook archives for this photo… you are welcome.)

So this 8th grader is at a church retreat and she “falls in love” with one of the church staff. (No, this is not real love, but to an 8th grader this is a HUGE DEAL.) She finds out that this leader has a very serious girlfriend…and SHE IS CRUSHED.

Another leader on the trip — a sophmore in high school — comes and listens to her, sits with her as she cries, and then makes her laugh when she thinks she will never laugh again.

That started much more than a friendship; it also sparked a love for getting to know women who are a few steps ahead of me in life.

Role Models and Mentors are some of the greatest gifts that God has placed on the earth — although, granted a very different type of gift than donuts or coffee.

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Social Media Tips

by Tiffany Dawn

This week I had SUCH a fun opportunity — and one I hope to have many more times!! I got to share about my journey in growing “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty,” and specifically how social media has helped me grow & market my brand. You can watch it here. If you’re starting a ministry or if you’re an entrepreneur at heart, I hope this can help you as well!! 🙂 ❤

#RealTalk – I Also Hate Scales

by Amanda Mercer

Before I write this post, I would like to clarify a few things:

1. This post is meant to be an encouragement and inspiration, it is NOT to toot my own horn.

2. I’m not bashing weekly weigh-ins or denying that a scale can be a good tool.

3. I’m not looking for a million compliments or haters.

Ok… now that you have some guidelines…

Sometimes I think that people believe that trainers are above the daily fitness and self-image struggles that seem to plague the rest of the world.

My trainer never wants/eats/craves junk food. FALSE. 

My trainer never gets tired. ABSOLUTELY FALSE. 

My trainer must love his or her body all the time. A COMPLETE LIE.

Show me a trainer who has never once struggled with body image and I will gladly invest in some training sessions with them. I could use that kind of mental resiliency.

But the truth is we struggle. We doubt. We criticize ourselves. We roll our eyes. We sigh. We avoid mirrors. We obsess about the scale.

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Do you like you?

by Tiffany Dawn

Do you like you?

My husband asked me that question the other day, and I had to stop and think. Well…do I?

This is a journey I’ve been on for much of my life. I finally did like myself when I was single, but getting married added a whole new element and I’ve had to relearn old lessons. (Learn more about that here.)

This 3-minute video lets you into my own personal journey to figure out how to like the person God made me to be — so I can love other people better and better.

Please do leave your thoughts in the comment box so we can learn from each other. Hope you enjoy!

<3, Tiffany Dawn

 

How Mentors Have Changed My Life

This month we are celebrating the women, mentors, & role models who have changed our lives. Today we hear from Peyton…

by Peyton Goss

We are surrounded by people. Constantly.

It’s great to have friends, and having family is fantastic. (In fact, family get togethers are one of my favorite things!!) You can count on friends and family to be there to listen when you need to talk, cry, or just hangout. But another important person to have in your life is a mentor.

A mentor is someone who invests into your life. They’re someone you can talk with about life struggles. They can be an accountability partner. Christian mentors also can help guide you in your spiritual life.

When I think of the women who are my mentors, there are quite a few who come to mind. Today, I’d love for you to “meet” three of them!!

First, meet Cheryl Causey! She’s my aunt, but she is also one of the biggest mentors in my life!!! If I need to just hangout or if I have to go shopping for a dress, she is ALWAYS my first phone call. She’s one of the most selfless people I know.

She’s such a big mentor to me because she tells me things the way they are. No matter what I call her about, I can count on her for a straightforward and honest opinion. She’s an incredible woman of God and her testimony is amazing. I’m thankful to have her as not only an aunt, but as a mentor as well!!

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Lauren Thompson is one of the youth leaders at my church. She loves to bake, play softball, and travel (particularly to China). She’s a mentor I really look up to.

She coached a Bible program at my church and I’ve gotten to know her so well. She puts God first and has such a heart for middle school and high school girls. She’s trustworthy and reliable. One of my favorite things about her is her willingness to pray for you. If I ever call her for advice, she always ends by praying for me!

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Señora Lopez is the Spanish teacher at my school. I’ve known her since I was in fourth grade! She’s funny, cares about her students, and loves to invest in the lives of others!!

She is soo much more than a teacher. She’s mentored me in so many areas from my life. From guy advice to leadership tips, from encouragement in my walk with God to just being there to listen, she’s played a big role in my life! She is soo attentive to others, and her heart for God doesn’t go unnoticed.

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Those are just three different women that I’ve met in three different areas of my life! And I am soo thankful for each of them and the roles they play in my life.

So I want to challenge each of you: Find a godly mentor who can invest in your life!!!

Whether it’s a family member, leader at church, or whoever else God may place in your life, don’t pass up the opportunity to be mentored by somebody… because it truly can change your life! 

screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-12-07-36-pmPeyton Goss is a junior in high school who stays busy doing anything from reading and playing sports to snorkeling in the Florida Keys and traveling. She is very involved in church and school. She leads devotions with middle school girls and absolutely loves it! Any free time she has is spent drinking coffee, hanging with friends, or eating sushi.

 

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Choosing to Put My Marriage First

by Kimmie Plummer

More times than not, if you run into me while I’m out and about, my son is attached to my hip. At almost 15 months, he’s my constant companion. I cherish every second I get with him, especially because I’m not a stay-at-home mom. Our time together is so precious, so valuable.

One of my toughest days as a mom was the day I returned to work. I still live with residual guilt from this decision.

Because my time with my son is limited, I find myself engrossed with all things Everett. We play trucks, we read books, we dance and sing…I cram everything I can fit within the two and a half hours before bedtime. Sometimes it feels like I am trying to prove to myself that I am a devoted mom, because I chose to go back to work instead of staying home with my little boy.

So, where does this leave my husband? How do I find time to show Ryan the same level of love and devotion?

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A White Girl’s Questions About Black Lives Matter

by Tiffany Dawn

Hey friends! Welcome back for some more girl talk!

This week we’re talking about social justice, and this video is in honor of Black History Month (February).

I interviewed a couple amazing friends of mine (Imani of the Monzi Memoirz blog & Ky), asking questions about the Black Lives Matter movement – and about life in general. They explained these difficult subjects so beautifully!

In this video, I also shared a little bit of my own journey as a white girl wondering what she can do to make a difference.

It’s the longest video I’ve ever made, but it’s sooo good!! Please do stick with me to the end. I hope this video project is as helpful to you as it has been to me!

Love, Tiffany

Sex Trafficking: How WE can help end it

by Tiffany Dawn

Proverbs 31:8 has been on my heart recently:

“Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.”

Sometimes I get so caught up in doing “Christian things,” that I forget about the things that truly matter. I forget that God calls us to speak up for those who have no voice, and for those who are being mistreated.

This week, I want to talk about two ways we can do this:

Today: A video on sex trafficking with 7 practical things we can do about it.
Tomorrow: A video called “A White Girl’s Questions about Black Lives Matter” with 2 challenges.
Thursday: The #EndItMovement Will you join me? 

Today: Sex Trafficking

Slavery. We’ve heard about it, but it’s easy to think, “That doesn’t happen anymore,” or, “That doesn’t happen here.”

Only, it does.

  • More than 20 million people around the world are caught up in modern day slavery: human trafficking.
  • Approximately 2 million of those are children being sold for sex.
  • It’s estimated that 300,000 underage American are lured into the commercial sex trade each year.

Proverbs 31:8 says to speak up for the voiceless, and to speak out against injustice. But what can one person do to make a difference?

I’ve often felt totally helpless and powerless. That’s why I started learning more about sex trafficking, and looking for practical things that I could do to make a difference in my everyday life — right in my hometown.

Today I want to share a few stories with you — stories I’ve heard from women who have been rescued from sex trafficking right here in the U.S. — along with 7 things you can do (yes, you!) from the comfort of your home.

Check out the video above, and then join me on social media THIS THURSDAY (2/23/17) to raise awareness with the #enditmovement. Simply mark your hand with a red “X” & post a photo on social media to #enditmovement. This serves as a conversation-starter for your followers and friends.

Together, let’s speak up for the voiceless and help change our world.

More Resources:

Polaris Project: https://polarisproject.org/

Love 146: https://love146.org

A21 Campaign: http://www.a21.org

International Justice Mission: https://www.ijm.org

TraffickCam App: https://traffickcam.com

Bags of Hope & Jasmine Grace: https://jasminegrace.org/bags-of-hope/ — contact them if you’d like to host a Bags of Hope party!

Learn more about porn & sex trafficking: http://www.rescuefreedom.org/get-invo…

Learn how sex sometimes buys survival for runaways: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/us/…