Why Does Authenticity Matter?

Why Does Authenticity Matter?

Oh Authenticity. One of those buzz words. The thing that tons of people talk about publicly, but few people achieve. It’s such a grossly overused word that it has almost lost its meaning. But alas, since I cannot come up with a better word, here goes. 

 

What is authenticity?

 

I think perhaps my favorite definition of authenticity is one that relates to gemstones. Basically, you can tell an authentic stone from a fake (usually) because the authentic stone will ultimately have a flaw of some kind. They are both stones. You can touch them, lick them, stick them in your pocket. But the authentic one will have some kind of flaw, or “character” as my Mama calls it.

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Does a Passionate Faith Matter

Does a Passionate Faith Matter

You show up. You do the work. Heck, you even see some decent results. You are, most definitely, an obedient Christian. But deep down, if you’re honest, you don’t really enjoy it. There is no fire. Sure, there are some nice people and Jesus was obviously kind and generous and you are thankful for His sacrifice. But you know that your eyes never light up when you talk about Him like they do when you talk about your new Harley. 

 

But you are committed. Isn’t it results that matter anyway? Does passion actually matter? Plenty of people get by, make a living, and have good lives without necessarily being passionate, right? It’s not the dreams that matter, it’s what we actually DO that counts, right?

 

Then you see some people who seem to just come alive when they talk about Jesus. They are on FIRE! And you feel like you know them well enough to suspect that it is MORE than just a manufactured façade for social media. There is just something about their faith. They seem so DEEPLY passionate about the Lord. 

 

Is it just something a few people are lucky enough to have? Does this passion actually make a difference? Is there some way you can get this passionate without moving to Africa?

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How to Get Over a Stomach Bug Quick

How to Get Over a Stomach Bug Quick

So not too long ago the stomach bug hit our house HARD. Both the little and Nate were puking their guts out (though thankfully not on the same days). Really and truly, this rarely happens. I can count on one hand the times that Nate has been sick since we have been married. We work very hard to take fortify our immune systems and it shows. But this dang bug slipped by. 

I was SO incredibly thankful that we were well stocked on all of our favorite (and proven) natural wellness tools. 

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My Honest Review of Annmarie Skin Care Masks

My Honest Review of  Annmarie Skin Care Masks

It’s no secret that “masking” is all the rage in the beauty industry. There are a BILLION options out there. While some boast amazing results and show some pretty stunning before and after photos, many of these “super masks” have some pretty questionable ingredients.


I am a firm believer that what you do daily is much more important to the long-term health of your skin than what you do occasionally. However, I do also believe that the “extra” things you add into your skin care regimen can also be highly beneficial IF you choose the right products.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Woman

What Does It Mean to Be a Woman

Can I get real honest for a bit? There have been times when I really hated the fact that I am female. 

Times when I’ve felt like my bold personality was perceived as annoying or bossy because I am female, yet would have been totally acceptable—and even valued—if I were male.

There have also been times when I have felt shunned by most of my female peers because I don’t like all the activities typically associated with females, like cooking, dressing up, tea parties, or shopping. Given the choice between a mountain adventure or a trip to the nail salon, I’d choose the mountains every time. 

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