How Suffering Has Become a Gift

Suffering is a catalyst.

Recently I’ve heard several people make comments like this: “God hates sickness.” “God does not promote suffering.”

Maybe that’s true. A few years ago I would have said, “Amen.” But now…I’m starting to wonder if we miss something huge when we believe that. If we miss the power of Christ in us when we suffer with Him.

I’ve spent my life so afraid of suffering.

Trying to avoid it at all costs. Only to discover…it can also be beautiful. In such an unexpected way.

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Hey friends!

I was thinking the other day — you know, James and I travel a lot for work, and we’re always looking for things to do when we’re in a new city. So, why not blog about the things we find?

Over the past couple years, we’ve fallen in love with a handful of cities — places we want to keep coming back to again and again. Asheville, NC is one of those gems.

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New Year, New Team!

by Tiffany Dawn

Hello, friends!

I have to admit, I’ve been a slacker at blogging these past few years. I always want to write, but find myself running out of time — and it’s not just blogging; it’s also my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. That’s why I have a new team joining me this year.

The close of 2016 was the close of several chapters in my life. I finished my 4-year season of full-time touring. I finished my part-time, temp job from the fall. I started a YouTube channel with weekly Tuesday Girl Talk, which is where I’ve been spending most of my free time.

The beginning of 2017 has also brought some new beginnings!

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A different kind of “more”

I’ve spent so much time asking God for more, instead of thanking Him for what I have.

My prayers often center around this American mentality of “more, more, more.”

  • Please, God, more YouTube followers.
  • Please, God, more speaking engagements.
  • Please, God, more Instagram followers.
  • Then I can glorify You more. (Or, at least, that’s the reason I give. Even if it’s not the truest motivation of my heart.)

There’s nothing wrong with asking for more; in fact, God often challenges us to ask for more — to ask for something so far beyond our own strength that obviously we could never get there on our own. Then we obviously need Him, and only He can fulfill that crazy huge dream. I really believe He delights in that.

But sometimes my heart is full of selfish ambition when I ask for “more.”

  • Sometimes I want more because I want to feel more important.
  • I want to feel seen.
  • I want to feel like what I’m doing matters.
  • And I think that bigger numbers will help me get there.

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One Year Later

I’m sitting here at my favorite place on earth: a local coffee shop.

The glossy, wooden tables and deep red walls set nicely against the Alaskan mountains in the distance. That’s right: I’m at a coffee shop in Anchorage, Alaska! (Can I just take a moment to do a happy dance?!) My husband James had some clients to see up here, and we decided to turn it into our one-year anniversary trip!

You see, this week is a big week. Yesterday was our first wedding anniversary. Thursday is my 30th birthday.

And this past weekend was my “13 Going on 30” birthday party — celebrating both my inner teen and 30-year-old body.

The party was complete with hair & body glitter, a candy bar, Polaroids and a “yearbook” to sign, and was held in a COFFEE SHOP. (I felt SO LOVED — thanks to my hubby and bestie for throwing this amazing party!!)

Below I’ve included a couple photos — I try not to put people up on my social media without their permission, so I’ve included one of me and two of my closest girlfriends (we tried painting our eyes bright teenage colors though you can’t see it well here) as well as one of me and my hubby, James. 🙂

So here we are at age 30. Just twelve short months that seem to contain a lifetime have passed since we said “I do.” And every day, I am so thankful we did.

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This week’s mind-blowing gift

Oh my word. Friends.

This week, a new, gorgeous, amazing promo video was gifted to me & “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” ministry.

This video shares a little bit of my story, and what “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” ministry is all about.

I. Am. In. Love!!

About Town Films expertly created this 4.5-minute video from about 4 hours of film time shot here in my apartment a few weeks ago. Light the City Network extravagantly sponsored this production, so it could be a gift to this ministry. And a wonderful new friend of mine, Madi, came and shared part of her story in the film, blowing me away.

I am almost beyond words, completely blessed and feeling so, so spoiled and like I could dance and revel in God’s goodness, in this gift.

I just have to share the video with you, because, I absolutely LOVE IT. I hope you enjoy it as well. 🙂

Love, Tiffany

My New Book!!!

Friends, I have been literally getting up and DANCING all day today!!! For two reasons:

First, the new “Insatiable Quest for Beauty Book” is now here!!!

EEEE!!! And I LOVE IT. It is seriously SO MUCH BETTER than the old one.

As much as I had loved the original version when I released it four years ago, my writing style has matured a lot over the past few years, and I’ve learned more on my journey. So I rewrote a TON of this book and I LOVE it. Also, my friend Kirsten designed a new cover and it’s amazing!!!

You can purchase it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Insatiable-Quest-Beauty-overcoming-perfection/dp/1475272553/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461616141&sr=8-3&keywords=tiffany+dawn+the+insatiable+quest+for+beauty

You can hear more about the new book here:

 

And the second reason I’ve been dancing all day is because…

TOMORROW (4/26/16) is the FREE, community event at 7pm at SCCC in Schenectady, NY!!!

If you live in the upstate NY area, you should definitely come join us!!

Not only will I be sharing a brand new version of “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” Seminar, and having it video recorded, but you’ll also get to:

  • text in anonymous questions for our guest panel to answer;
  • be inspired by a beautiful dance, music, and videos;
  • and stick around for a book signing, as we officially release this new book!!

Want more info?? Visit the Facebook page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/233006347048660/

It’s going to be AMAZING.

And every time I think about it…I  just want to dance!!

My Hubby’s Birthday – with Seven Free Birthday Foods!

Yesterday was my husband’s 28th birthday,

so he decided to celebrate the fact that this was the last time his age would be a mathematically “perfect number” … by celebrating each of the factors of 28 (the factors are: 14, 7, 4, 2, and 1). (He explains it more in the video below.) He decided this meant doing the following things:

  • Seeing 14 special people
  • Getting 7 free birthday foods
  • Doing 4 random acts of kindness
  • Doing 2 athletic activities
  • Watching 1 birthday movie

We did it ALL!! (And boy am I tired today.)

This celebration involved two things in particular that he LOVES: People and food.

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