4 Keys to Thriving as a Single in a World Full of Couples

“You singles out there, go to the lobby and just find someone to marry.”  Someone whom I knew and respected actually said that at a meeting I attended a few years ago. I wish I were kidding. It wasn’t a meeting about marriage or singleness. It wasn’t part of some crazy dare, either. Instead, we were at a regular work event, and the comment had nothing to do with the leadership issues being discussed. As if

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From Scratch | An Exercise in Creativity

Good granola is like a party in a bowl. Bad granola? It’s closer to cardboard. In Thailand, I learned to make my own granola—the type that qualifies for the “party in a bowl” description. Not that granola is a Thai thing. I just happened to have some missionary friends who were great at making the very best granola—far better than any store-bought version I’ve ever had—so I learned from them. Since then, I had learned

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Pros, Cons, and Solutions for Working Remotely

When I walked into my office—a streetside coffee shop called Brewed Awakenings—I thought something was on fire. Smoke billowed from a little toaster oven in the corner. But none of the staff looked concerned, and guests sipped their morning brew in peace. Turns out, the owner was set on roasting his own beans, so he did what you do in a developing country: He improvised. He turned a little chicken rotisserie oven into a coffee

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Abandon Ship!

Today was our last day of diving off Bunaken. The weather was questionable when we left, but the skipper assured us it’s changing for the better, that the weather forecast for the day was only light rain. Connie—my friend visiting from the US—decided not to go diving today due to a headache, and Marion—my colleague—thought she’d just snorkel around this area today, once the weather cleared up. Not wanting to miss out on a final

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Serious Play Case Study

Lize Albertyn-du Toit: Farmer and Small Business Owner When you walk into Lize’s farmhouse, you immediately feel at home. Perhaps it’s the welcoming sound of footsteps on the wooden floors. Maybe it’s the rays of sunlight breaking through the little shutters in the solid wooden doors. It could be the laughter of friends busy in the kitchen, a room filled with things that say, “Life’s been lived here.” Old-school kitchenware, not for the show, but

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Seeing with the Heart

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince Rarely do I compare. I’ve seen too much in life to covet what others have/do/are. Instead, when I do compare, it is with pure gratitude in my heart for the blessing of a nice home, knowing that some of my

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Psalm 84

I’ve been meditating on some Psalms recently, and remembered re-writing Ps. 84 into my own words when I lived in Kenya. God, what joy to live in your presence, in fact, to even have You live within me. How I long to have more of You, LORD, to live in a way that my life is consumed with pleasing You and You alone.

1 Corinthians 13

This is true of me: I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I try and live by a motto of resolving what I want to accomplish on a particular day, a specific week, or during a particular season. It is, however, that time of year when we reflect on the blessings of the past year, and we look with anticipation at the year ahead. And so, as you look ahead at this New Year,

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