Hard Love

...hold on tight a little longer

Needtobreathe dropped their new HARD LOVE video today. I was so excited because it features Andra Day. Love her! That girl sure can sing! I’m also a huge Needtobreathe fan, so this was a double win.

My favorite part is when Andra sings – “There’s a reason that the road is long, it takes some time to make your courage strong.” Such wisdom in that line.

I feel like my courage has been challenged many times, especially with this writing thing. I get all cranked up and excited, then self-doubt creeps in – leaving me to feel stuck. I become paralyzed in “fear of failure mode” – making no progress. Then I hear a song like HARD LOVE and somehow become encouraged to keep trying.

What about you? Are you ready to put up a fight and keep moving forward too?  Life is hard but LOVE is stronger. Let’s do this! Let’s hold on tight a little longer.

HARD LOVE chorus lyrics –

“Hold on tight a little longer
What don’t kill ya, makes ya stronger
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
You can’t change without a fallout
It’s gon’ hurt, but don’t you slow down
Get back up, ’cause it’s a hard love
‘Cause it’s a hard love”


End It!

...human trafficking

Yesterday was “Shine a Light on Slavery” day, but we can continue to spread awareness about human trafficking throughout the year. Human trafficking is sadly more and more prevalent around the world, and the United States is certainly not immune. According to statistics I’ve recently read, trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world, and 1 in 5 of the enslaved are children. The human slavery epidemic includes forced labor, domestic servitude and commercial sex trafficking. There are no demographic restrictions and the slaves are often starved, beaten and forced to work as prostitutes. People are being used as modern-day slaves and it needs to stop. It must end!

The #enditmovement is a coalition that’s joining forces with many partners who work to create awareness, teach prevention, help rescue and offer restoration to its victims. For more information on how you can help – visit www.enditmovement.com or www.a21.org. Make a donation, put your boots on the ground, volunteer or spread awareness. Just do something to help end it!


Obsession Confesson

...The Avett Brothers

Hey friends. I figured “one of these days” I’d get around to blogging consistently. So, “one of these days” has finally arrived, and that day is TODAY. These posts will simply be my random thoughts, and the current plan is to post every Friday. So, let’s get this train rolling in hopes that it doesn’t fall off the tracks.

One thing you’ll learn about me as we go along on this blogging journey is that I love music. I don’t play any instruments, except for playing the piano a little, but I can play my radio like nobody’s business. And… while I can barely carry a tune, I turn into a rock star in my car…. singing loud and proud.

Since we’re talking music, I have an obsession confession. I am slightly obsessed with The Avett Brothers – an American folk band from North Carolina. I don’t stalk them or anything weird like that…. unless you count stalking them on YouTube. I’m frequently checking to see if they’ve posted any new videos so I can get my jam on. Turns out one of their latest videos is Ain’t No Man which happens to be a Grammy nominated song from their Grammy nominated album – True Sadness. Great album! Be sure to give it a listen.

Well… there you have it. My first “official” blog post.  

Make today count, and love to all!