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I spent the afternoon here before my flight back home. There are no filters that can disguise the suffering and complexity of life as Mom becomes increasingly frail. We celebrate what's possible in life on one hand and realize how finite it is on the other. Watching her journey brings clarity to the truth that in the end, it's how well you were able to receive the truth that you are loved by God, and that what's important is to spend your life loving those God places in your path. That's really it, isn't it? #clearerbraverstronger

Goodnight, Edmonton. Coming home to you is always a mixed bag of emotions. I rehearse childhood memories...how so much of my life revolved around music and church life. I always remember that we were given roots so we could have wings. I marvel at how my life's path has been forged through fire and grace since I moved away 32 years ago. Part of me is still here. I love my life out east. But I still think the changing skyline of the city that shaped me is one of the beautiful I have ever seen. It's surreal that this weekend #breakforthcanada2017 connects my past with my future as I will share parts of my personal journey to clearer, braver, stronger. What I had to lay down to pick up something better. What I had to leave in the past that wasn't serving my future. In the end, it's all a long obedience in the same direction, a circuitous route that weaves in and out rather than a straight line but at the right time, I'll arrive. For now, it's just really good being here where so many are gathering to share the wisdom of their journeys from across Canada and beyond. Can't wait to catch up with you here, friends. #breakforth #breakforthcanada #shawconferencecentre #clearerbraverstronger

A great day taping @100huntley with @carolmcleod - sharing part of my life and leadership story. Airs January 26! #itsjanuarybaby #clearerbraverstronger #canadianwomen

Never underestimate the power of one act of kindness, one act of courage, one act of generosity. The opposite is also true. When we act for self, with fear and self-preservation, withholding our best gift - the impact is felt. This is as true in leadership as it is in everyday life. This is as true where you are as anywhere in the world. My personal challenge is to be kinder, braver and more giving today. #epiphany #leadership #leadershipcoach #lifecoach #clearerbraverstronger

An unswerving resolve to replace my #fomo with #jomo tonight....so wanted to be at the Hillsongs movie but am more excited to be prepping to deliver Session 3 of Breathing Room tomorrow morning at TLC @chartwellchurch How do you measure fairness? Join us if you want to know how the measuring turns out for Rachel and Leah. Rediscover what God does and doesn't measure - you may be very surprised...enough to quit worrying about if life is fair and embracing the truth that He cares about your future. See you tomorrow morning, girls? #breathingroom #clearerbraverstronger #womensbiblestudy

So grateful for this amazing friend on the Sabbath of @breakforthcanada . Privileged to be speaking here this morning because they wanted Canadian women to have a presence. Amazing weekend with amazing leadership from @sharolj and Neil and their army of volunteers #breakforthcanada2017 #clearerbraverstronger

A phone meeting while walking is better than not walking at all. I'm so thankful I ran out to get my steps in and take in this gorgeous view. So much happening with life and ministry and @gatherwomen - all good and yet I am still drawn to these moments where the world stands still in front of me. #selah #breathingroom #clearerbraverstronger

Even in moments of doubt. #clearerbraverstronger

Gathering with these remarkable women early Tuesday mornings are a highlight of my week. We are especially excited to be studying #the4dimensionsofextraordinaryleadership by the amazing @jennicatron in the weeks ahead. #heartsoulmindandstrength #canadianwomen #canadianleaders #clearerbraverstronger

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The greatest and truest statement of faith is a life well lived. It is faith fleshed out through risks and sacrifices, not status quo and comfort. It is daring to go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. I live with the risk that my dream of not only @gatherwomen and #breathingroom but my dreams for my family and future generations will not come to fruition in my lifetime. But then my own 'most likely to succeed' votes also had failure written all over them without divine grace to bring me here. So for you dreamers and risk takers and cliff jumpers and wave runners and mountain climbers...stay anchored and every day live well. I wish dreams didn't involve sacrifice. But they do. I wish dreams didn't involve sometimes risking your all. But they do. I know it. And those of you who are casting your nets wide and deep for the Gospel's sake, you know it too. You inspire me to go one more day. Dare to dream, friends. I would love to hear your dreams and what it's costing you. I know you are faith walking a life well-lived. #cliffjumping #daretodream #dreambig #gritandvirtue #gritandgrace #sheisbrave #writersofinstagram #lead #create #inspire #clearerbraverstronger

You've made the turn from having the summer in front of you to the summer fading behind you. Don't look back and dream with regret about what could have been, or what opportunities were missed. Leverage what you learned and set your face like flint to the future. Because there is a promise waiting there for you. Do you see it? We are picking up making the turn into a new season with Principle #4: Look forward. Principle #1: Rise Early. Principle #2: Get Moving (y'all - its challenging for me too but I am writing this just before I head into my early morning gym ritual)💪 Principle #3: Leave Space. I took some time for family and reflection - breathing deeper now🌿And today is not about looking behind you - you can't focus in two directions at once. Today is all about what waits for you not in spite of all you've been through but because of all you've been through. You are resilient. You are resourceful. You can be whole. You are capable. Collateral beauty is there if you will open your eyes and pay attention to rainbows and birds singing and the whispers of maple leaves. I'd love to hear what you are looking forward to! #lifecoach #lookforward #gritandgracelife #gritandvirtue #reframe #perspective #clearerbraverstronger

3 Days until the summer turns and begins to look away from an endless summer and toward an imminent fall. Principle #1 for navigating the transition with solid rituals is to Rise Early. Principle #2 is to Get Moving. And today, Principle #3 is to defy the checklist and Leave Space. There are moments in the day when you have to surrender your agenda to what is right in front of you and has your name on it. It could be 5 minutes on a bench with a view, it could be closing your eyes for a catnap, it could be stopping at the neighbours' and buying lemonade from the 5 year old son who has been waiting for you all day. These are all unintentional, intentional, richest moments of the day. Look for them, wait for them. And let them mess up your plans just a bit. Don't be so rigid. See what changes for you when you leave space for the unexpected and leave space to breathe. #coachinglife #canadianleaders #clearerbraverstronger #leavespace

4 Days until we are halfway through summer, and if you're like me, you are already thinking about easing slowly into a fall routine that will free you, not suffocate you. 1st Principle to get you ready: Rise early. 2nd Principle: Get moving. The every day kind of get moving. A little, a lot, it's up to you but grabbing a few more steps and a few more stairs is not only good for the heart, it's good for your brain. Find a friend on Fitbit to challenge and compete with. This is an opportunity you have to win and its a good thing! My daughter outdid me yesterday in steps but today is a new day and my Nikes are on! How do you move? How do you feel? Share your moves and inspire us! #writersofinstagram #lifecoach #lifetimefitness #lifeofadventure #getmoving #grit #clearerbraverstronger

Counting down 5 days until we are halfway through summer with 5 Principles that will bring you focused and fresh into a new fall season. These daily rituals are no-fail in the disciplined life yet they don't bind, they free you up to greater rhythm, rich moments, and productivity. Principle #1 - Rise Early. Investing in reflection, creative writing, study, and strategy in the first early morning hours of the day multiply your presence, focus and productivity exponentially the rest of the day. Something magical happens when you rise before the rest of the world, light the candle, sip the coffee and let your mind and soul be recalibrated and come home to yourself. What time do you get up in the morning? Maybe it means earlier lights out the night before but the increase in capacity capacity and awareness is a fair tradeoff. I'd love to hear from you! What's your experience with meeting yourself in the morning? I have always been a late night second wind producer but this change in rhythm is surpassing all expectations. #writersofinstagram #lifestyle #lifecoach #canadianleaders #gritandvirtue #she rises #inspire #clearerbraverstronger #influence #strategy

Epiphanies are usually birthed from asking the right question vs having the right answer. What is your question today? My biggest one, asked daily, is "Would you create a Genesis moment from the chaos of my life?" The right questions propel us forward. What do you need more of, less of? What is the biggest or even smallest change you could make in your thoughts, words, behaviors or daily rituals that would make the biggest impact? On yourself? On others? Always needing the right answer keeps us stuck, even paralyzed. We need more Genesis, new beginning moments, and new Genesis-breathing questions. What's yours? {Today's epiphany inspired by Eugene Peterson and The Message.}#clearerbraverstronger #lifecoach #leadershipcoach #clarity #canadianleaders #writersofinstagram

Never underestimate the power of one act of kindness, one act of courage, one act of generosity. The opposite is also true. When we act for self, with fear and self-preservation, withholding our best gift - the impact is felt. This is as true in leadership as it is in everyday life. This is as true where you are as anywhere in the world. My personal challenge is to be kinder, braver and more giving today. #epiphany #leadership #leadershipcoach #lifecoach #clearerbraverstronger

The setting for my call with my spiritual director...the sunset, a warm fire and my favourite journal. God invites us to beautiful conversations and sets the table perfectly. One take-away? Giftedness is about what you do. Fruitfulness is about who you are. Becoming fruitful only comes from a deep place of quietness without expectation. I wonder if we know that quiet that is so still it's like the world has gone somewhere else and you are being wrapped in a big soft comforter. That kind of quiet where your mind stops racing and you can actually hear the beating of your heart and it begins to speak to you. My heart says: 'You haven't lost yourself...you are just looking in the wrong place. Look inside, and not at the gifts that define your success or failure.' It's so easy to get so busy that we don't have to deal with our hearts because we are so used to leading from our brains. Stop. Sit. Listen. Breathe. What is your heart telling you? #breathe #flourish #thrive #clearerbraverstronger #fruitful #spiritualdirection

#tbt to training days well spent this week with these incredible women...Ireland, Ukraine, Montreal, Muskoka...all the places that will be impacted by their courage and leadership. And I leave even more committed to equip the women of this nation to lead well @gatherwomen Modern day Deborah's in our midst, world. #confidence #competence #connection #character #womenleaders #nextlevel #clearerbraverstronger

In the midst of all...grateful for the opportunity of coming away to The Leadership Studio in the slipstream of one of the things Ioved most - leadership development. @gatherwomen and women out there - how many of you have leadership training and coaching as a real and felt need? #womenleaders #canadianwomen #clearerbraverstronger #character #confidence #competence #connection #christianwomen

So love the heart and soul behind this...sometimes it's the woman part we struggle with theologically and need conversations that challenge us and help us bust the myths around women in leadership; sometimes it's the invest part we don't get. Invest means just that .... investing time and resources into the potential every woman has and championing and opening doors and offering a seat at the table. This looks a lot different than most of what I've experienced. That's why some of us are called to coach and teach and remind women of their inherent value and identity in Christ and also of the natural psychological strengths each one brings to the table. Nurturing, collaborating, creative thinking, strategic thinking, solution focused, community building, information sharing, smart and compassionate, intelligent and innovative leadership is how we do it. We can be assertive without being aggressive, calm without being passive, negotiate without compromising. We push back against systems that are debilitating, diminishing of anyone and create pods where transformation can occur through trust. We embrace communication that can thrive with both grace and truth at its core and we all can breathe and just...be...us. Can we agree to work toward this here in Canada? #clearerbraverstronger #womenleaders #womenwholead #womencoaches #gritandvirtue #brave #christianblogger #confidence #identity #imagebearers @gatherwomen #thecompanyofwomen #Repost @josaxton

If you're looking anywhere other than to the Son for fresh inspiration, vision, healing from fresh or long held wounds, rest, peace, a place to get your broken heart stitched back together, grace upon grace, forgiveness, mercy and oxygen for each and every breath, you will be looking without hope. There is always and only One Deliverer, One Saviour, One Name that is raised above all others. "He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see..He existed before anything else and He holds all creation together....He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything." (Col.1:15-17). We look elsewhere, in platforms, in purpose, in power, in prosperity, for what we can only receive from Him who is and always will be the best Father, Friend, Lover of our souls and constant companion to the very end. He never breaks a promise. He is the giver of the best gifts, and what we do not have, even though we may desperately want it, we are not meant to receive. Look up today. Today you have been brought into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Dare greatly to challenge every other voice that tells you otherwise. It's a new day in the Son. Look up! #canadianspring #staythepath #breathingroom #clearerbraverstronger #writersofinstsgram #inspiration #gritandvirtue #strengthanddignity #strongwomen #lookup #preachergirl #brave #bibleteacher #sabbath

If you're asking, did I sort of kind of wish I really could have been in LA or Chicago or NYC at amazing women's gatherings, the answer is Yes. Truth. I really thought I would be somewhere other than here. Today. But the journey to today since the first of the year has been challenging and with unexpected turns in the path. So I'm finishing cleaning my office, off to the gym, popping in see daughter #1 and her precious cargo, scheduling the work week ahead for @gatherwomen ,for upcoming speaking gigs, finishing the book proposal f i n a l l y... and enjoying a great evening with the people I love staying put in the country I love. The truth also is that there is a slow and steady build happening with @gatherwomen . We are pursuing a new sense of who we are, who we are called to be and serve and how. My boundary lines for this time have fallen in pleasant places and I have a delightful inheritance. I am really needing to lean in to the whispers, and love that new women are coming to the Gather collective. These women .... their voices - Gather has always been about God connecting women who never would have found each other. So, no #fomo for me today, just #jomo. What's everyone else up to on this 1st day of a new month? #clearerbraverstronger #breathingroom #staythepath #joyofmissingout #canadiansisterhood #canadianspring #wishyoualllivednextdoor

A phone meeting while walking is better than not walking at all. I'm so thankful I ran out to get my steps in and take in this gorgeous view. So much happening with life and ministry and @gatherwomen - all good and yet I am still drawn to these moments where the world stands still in front of me. #selah #breathingroom #clearerbraverstronger

I took this picture on my walk and thought of a quote I heard while listening to a @beyouandthrive podcast. "Honour the space between the no longer and the not yet." That space is now...for me. And I must honour it. Even though it is transitional and not easy to settle into. No longer parented, no longer up and coming, no longer needing to have power to influence ... but the not yet is hard to pause and sit in the now and wait for. The ice is clinging to the trees like winter is still in vogue and unwilling to melt into inevitable spring. It's coming. But because I can't see it and know beyond a doubt that I will not be rocked for another season, I am tempted, like the ice, to hang on desperately to the frigid reality of the no longer. The pause is necessary because the energy and leadership passion I will need in the days ahead will take on a life of its own. So I breathe in grace and not only settle in, but embrace the now so I don't miss a second of real life. #perspective #inthenow #nolongerandnotyet #cliffjumping #clearerbraverstronger #canadiangirl #canadianblogger #canadianspring #itscoming #breathe

Which hat are you wearing? It's important to know. I wore a few today. Mother, coach, wife, business consultant, accountant, visionary, cook, student of the word, and event planner. I kept checking in that I was still fully present in the midst of all the hat-changing. Sometimes we lose ourselves as quickly as our roles change. But you take yourself wherever you go. Every day I seem to rise and retire with the Gather hat on, but I am also conscious that being a daughter with a mom who is winding down is also my mantle. This is the beauty and complexity of a woman's life. So go ahead and wear all the hats - but as much as it depends on you, don't let someone else place it on your head unless you say yes to the size and fit. Some days, it's true you don't get to choose. I'm pretty tired today. But I didn't lose myself. I spent myself without burning out. It's a new way and a good way. Asking, 'what's my assignment?' in the morning leaves me open to messing the hair for some hat swapping throughout the day. So - what hat are you wearing? Is it a good fit? @gatherwomen #itsfebruary #coach #clearerbraverstronger #whathatareyouwearing #choose #dontloseyourself

Is it weird that, tired as I am, I find prepping for an intense week of developing leaders relaxing? #joblove #clearerbraverstronger #sweetspot #leadership #canadianleaders #joblove #leadcreateinspire #crestleadership #finishstrong #finishwell

I spent the afternoon here before my flight back home. There are no filters that can disguise the suffering and complexity of life as Mom becomes increasingly frail. We celebrate what's possible in life on one hand and realize how finite it is on the other. Watching her journey brings clarity to the truth that in the end, it's how well you were able to receive the truth that you are loved by God, and that what's important is to spend your life loving those God places in your path. That's really it, isn't it? #clearerbraverstronger

Such a great morning presenting Clearer Braver and Stronger to these ones who thought it was important enough to fill the room for a 9:00 session. Praying for the seeds to be cultivated. #clearerbraverstronger #breakforthcanada2017 @breakforthcanada #bluewhiteclarity #pushthroughfear #focusonyourstrengths #focusyourinfluence #finishwell #blueocean #butfirstcoffee

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