Dominican Republic Dreamin’: My First DR Sunset

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Summer 2007…

I remember traveling to the Dominican Republic for the first time and seeing God’s beauty physically surrounding me. I arrived to my Uncle’s house after a long day of traveling; my initial emotions prior to take off in Michigan was excited, expectant, and curious of how my first trip to the DR would unfold. Ultimately after landing, those emotions became weary and ready for a good night’s rest. However, once I walked up the arched stairs to the second floor, across the kitchen and through the living room under archways and into the balcony… was my first sighting of a Dominican sunset. The view of the garden down below layered with palm trees and exotic flowers trickled further down into more greenery shadowed into the night which you could barely see, but all you could hear were the leaves rattling in the wind. Just a few meters more and my eyes reached the beach towards the endless sea where the sun met the ocean line. Taking a picture couldn’t even do justice. I remember those initial feelings of excitement were revived in me and I knew God would be doing great work in the days to come, just as He beautifully created in that sunset moment.

Dominican Republic Dreamin’: What I Packed

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
– Psalm 96: 11,12

Girlz With Goalz: A Girl’s Guide to Accomplishing Goals

girlz-with-goalz-book-coverHappy New Year everyone! Welcome to 2017! How does it feel? Weird? New you, perhaps? Or you’re feeling pretty much the same? Whatever the case may be, it is the start of January and many of us have our lists of things to accomplish, do, change, improve on, or end this year. If you haven’t – don’t lose hope! It’s never too late to think and take action on how you want to improve your life. In need of a fun way to do it? Girlz with Goalz has got you covered.

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Lady in Red

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Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had an amazing weekend, I for one did!

Have you ever been surrounded by a group of people who share positivity, encouragement, some hard truth, but hope to help make you, the people around you, and the entire world a better place? It becomes so contagious that you just want to jump on that same train full speed ahead. And I love working with a company that does just that every single day, and sometimes, we do it in style.

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We had a three-day conference at Indian Wells, CA and on the last night, there was a gala night. Let me tell you- oh, how I MISSED my favorite Michigan thrift stores! The struggle was real when I was trying to find a dress and I eventually bought this one at full retail price. *everyone who really knows me gasps* However it was so fun scoping out Southern California from thrift store to thrift store on a mission. So if anyone has any recommendations on second-hand shops, please let me know!

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I’m praying you all have a great week ahead. May it be just as fierce and vibrant as your own red dress because God has some AWESOME plans for you. Let’s all be a source of light, love, and joy during a season that’s known for many people becoming depressed and anxious. Life is a gift- so don’t waste it! Get it, girl.

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“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”
– John 15:7

Hair With Hope: Brianna Black

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Let’s set the scene for a second, shall we? You have a hair appointment. It’s an ordinary day and you’re feeling, well, ordinary. Life at the moment is just as mundane and bland as your hair. You take a seat in the hairdresser’s chair. 30 minutes later she swings you around, you check out your new ‘do, and then the next moment you’re being encouraged and loved on with words you haven’t heard in far too long. You leave the salon with a smile feeling brand, spankin’ new not only because of your tresses but because you’ve been poured into with joy, positiveness, and hope.

Pretty amazing right? Now imagine you feeling led to make girls feel like this in a whole other country? What a calling! Courage, passion, and faith has led this woman to push through barriers and actively pursue her God-sized dreams. Meet Brianna!

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