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Month: November 2015

They told her she should die…..

For those of you who follow me you know I have a passion for empowering students to use their gifts and talents to impact others and to share truth, grace and love with all. I’m not going to lie….I struggle with the mama bear inside of me who wants to go tearing through school systems, breaking down parent’s doors and showing them who’s the boss….but that isn’t going to solve anything and as much as I like to be, I’m not the boss of this situation. LOVE is.

Here is one girl’s story.

She steps up to the microphone, full of light and confidence. She opens her mouth and sings with a voice that would harmonize with angels.


She sits at the piano and plays with wisdom and ease as if she was born to tickle the ivories.


She graces the stage with passion and love for the art of dance making all of her hard work look effortless.


She is an artist. She is gifted but most importantly she has a heart to serve others like no one I have seen before. Her empathy could be paralleled with that of Mother Teresa’s and she is only 12.

She is also being bullied daily. Girls laugh and tease and whisper loud enough for her to hear saying, “You know who should die?…….Alex should die!” That she SHOULD DIE. Why?  Why should this even be a thought in a 12 year old girls mind. It continues.  She has plans made only to be cancelled on…on purpose, so she will sit at home alone and if that isn’t bad enough they call to make sure she is sitting home alone and torment.

Not any more. Not on my watch. Not my students. CHANGE STARTS HERE! Yes, here.

My message to this sweet young girl who I love and is loved by many.

YOU have been given a voice to share with others.

YOU have been given wisdom to discern that you are not what they say.

YOU have been given grace to extend when others hurt you, even though you don’t understand why.

YOU have been given empathy to encourage and empower those who are also bullied.

YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. YOU are loved. YOU are enough.

So how do we end bullying? We love the bully. We pray for the bully. We get to know why the bully acts the way he/she does. Then we have grace for the bully. We have empathy for the bully. We serve the bully.

#changestartshere #endhatred #itsup2uteenagers


Change Challenge: The one that got away…

Do you remember the one that got away? Stop and write down whatever came to mind when you read those words…”The one that got away…” Really. Do it. Don’t just think it, ink it as my mentor always says.

Autumn concept, anonymous woman enjoying takeaway coffee cup on sunny cols fall day

Did you write down a name of a person, a house you always wanted, a job opportunity you were afraid to take, a dream of opening your own business, a ticket to travel the world, following your calling or passions? What is that one thing you feel like slipped away from you?

Now reflect on this. Why? Why did it slip away?

Was it a decision you made? Was it because of fear? Was it a lack of faith? Was it someone else’s opinion influencing you? Was it because you weren’t being true to yourself?  Why did this person, opportunity or dream slip away?

Now we can’t change the past but we can take hold of the present by learning and growing from our past and the good news is its not too late! We CAN change our direction!


  1. Identify the one thing that got away…now there may be more than one but let’s start with one.
  2. Identify the why.
  3. What 3 actions can you take to bring that person, opportunity, dream back into your life?

Ok here is the challenge. Which of those 3 things can you do in the next 24 hours? Make the call, book the flight, hire a coach…I don’t know what it is for you, but I am here to encourage you and help you advance into action!


Comment below with your next action step! If there is one thing I have learned is accountability is power!


The best way to empower others is to empower yourself,




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