Live Into Your Purpose

books, writing, stephen james

Have you ever wondered why some professions are considered better than others? Naturally, a CEO has lots of responsibilities but so does the intern. If the CEO stops doing her job, the intern’s going to have difficulty completing his job, and if the intern stops doing his job, he causes difficulties for those above him. Everyone has a role to play. We need each other. 1. Imagined Reality vs. True Reality I grew up in the church, where my idols...
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My Grandmother’s Art Class

If any of you grew up with me, you’ll remember how difficult I was…stubborn, fierce, turbulent, rude, and pig-headed. Probably explains why I have so few friends from childhood (those of you who stuck around, thank you). Recently, I’ve been researching painting for a novel series that I’m working on, and while paging through one of the research materials, I remembered the story below from one of my art classes. “Barbara, mix a little water into the paint.” My grandmother...
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Vienna: Pay with a Poem

Vienna: Pay with a Poem

Living in Vienna is a dream come true, and there is always something going on, like Julius Meinl’s Pay with a Poem campaign for World Poetry Day. Here’s the video ad that stopped me from skipping to the youtube video I wanted to see. As a lover of words, I’m so behind this idea, and I only wish I loved coffee and tea more. This isn’t just happening in Vienna, though. It’s happening wherever Julius Meinl is served. I’m hoping...
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Support: Write a Letter

I know what it is to be far from home. I also know what it is to receive a letter in the mail, and I appreciate the time spent to write a letter and then send that letter. No matter whom it’s from, I’m excited. It has my name on it, and it was written for me. Instant happiness. There are so many ways in the world to encourage, but did you know that you can volunteer to adopt a...
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10 Tricks to Leading Cross-Cultural Childcare

Two months ago, I filled out a volunteer form, and the in the experience section, I bragged that I was the “baby whisperer aka basically good with kids.” Friends, if you ever brag, make sure it’s not an empty brag. The leadership of this event (for which I planned to volunteer) asked me if I would consider leading the children’s program. If you don’t think that’s a daunting task, let me tell you a bit more. 7 different countries. Ages...
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How Do You Lend A Hand?

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have in this present moment and maybe in the more selfish parts of our hearts, planning thankfulness for future things that we want. I like this holiday because even though it’s commercialized and lots of people are just writing out their Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping lists, there is a moment meant for being thankful between the turkey and pumpkin pie maybe. And so, I want to pose this question...
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How To (not really) Stay Sane at a Mandatory Training

Perhaps this isn’t you, perhaps it’s only me. But there are times when I’m required to attend trainings that may be very essential, helpful, and informational for my work; however, I’m not interested (I should point out that I’m usually knowledgeable in the area so don’t need the specific training). But I have to be there. I know you know how I feel. What to Do When You Feel Sleepy – Go make yourself a cup of coffee or tea....
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Up-close and Personal: A Look at Compassion International

Compassion is an organization I’ve been aware of for the majority of my life, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that this organization has set itself apart from others (I wrote a bit about it here). My dear friend, Sabrina, whom I met while in university, has taken two trips with Compassion over the past two years. As a missionary kid, she has seen a lot of well-meaning people hurt ministry so when she first arrived back from her...
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When You Feel Thin With Nothing Else To Give

Have you ever felt thin? I’m not talking about physically thin or a tummy-devoid-of-food thin. I’m speaking of being stretched so tightly from one thing to the other that you are certain that you will tear soon. That there is no more wiggle room, just tight thinness. I am a hollow person walking. Skin on bones hiding the empty. And then, there is the world with its aches and pains, crying out for humanity to rise up to care for...
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OM EAST: Working and Living the Volunteer Life

For the most part, I like to keep my job and my writing separate. This is why I haven’t mentioned on here what I’ve been up to in Austria. But, I want you to know. Because it’s cool. I work with OM EAST as the project manager of their media department. Keep reading for the true coolness! First the Past About three years ago, I stood in a friend’s kitchen dreaming about the future. We were both single and just...
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