We can become oblivious to the rainbow colors in life...even when they stream right in and touch us...sometimes we need reminded of the beauty all around us. If you like the rainbow colors in this kitty picture, get a rainbow sundial and you can have colors like this in your life every sunny day. by kristie
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kristie We can become oblivious to the rainbow colors in life...even when they stream right in and touch us...sometimes we need reminded of the beauty all around us. If you like the rainbow colors in this kitty picture, get a rainbow sundial and you can have colors like this in your life every sunny day.
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Photo challenge from Positively Present - I am going to do this in the new year.  Sometimes we need to be reminded how the simple things in life bring us the most joy! by dee.benoit.3
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dee.benoit.3 Photo challenge from Positively Present - I am going to do this in the new year. Sometimes we need to be reminded how the simple things in life bring us the most joy!
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Paths and walkways are an integral part of every garden. They allow you to get from one place to another easily in order to maintain the garden. But paths and walkways don’t need to be only practical, they can easily become decorative and beautiful. This can be done by planting interesting plants and ground covers which will add color and life to them and to your garden as well. All you need are varieties that can stand foot traffic. Now you must think that the list of plants you can use for this purpose is small, but in fact there are so many of them to choose. Of course, just like any plant in your garden, stepables require care. They are pretty low maintenance though. And most of them spread and multiply as well. We believe you are already intrigued and want to know which plants are most suitable for paths and walkways. by kristie
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kristie Paths and walkways are an integral part of every garden. They allow you to get from one place to another easily in order to maintain the garden. But paths and walkways don’t need to be only practical, they can easily become decorative and beautiful. This can be done by planting interesting plants and ground covers which will add color and life to them and to your garden as well. All you need are varieties that can stand foot traffic. Now you must think that the list of plants you can use for this purpose is small, but in fact there are so many of them to choose. Of course, just like any plant in your garden, stepables require care. They are pretty low maintenance though. And most of them spread and multiply as well. We believe you are already intrigued and want to know which plants are most suitable for paths and walkways.
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This year, I decided to make a stack of the books I read. I wanted a tangible and visual encouragement to choose knowledge, words and wisdom over mindless entertainment. I cancelled my Netflix membership and spent many Saturdays getting lost in bookstores and buying books before I even finished the one I was in the middle of, and the stack grew and grew. Halfway through, I had finished 16 books. Now, 2014 is coming to a close, and the grand total of books read this year is 39 (but the Bible is really 66 books if if you really want to get specific...). I loved some, struggled to finish some, highlighted the heck out of some, and shared many with friends and family.  Now, I'm sharing the final list with you with a few of my thoughts in hopes that you too will read more books this year than you did last year. If you have recommendations of must-read books for 2015, please share them in the comments!  I've shared a quote from each book, the photo (because don't we all judge books by the covers just a little bit?), and my thoughts in review of each-- happy reading! One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. // "I have to seek God beauty. Because isn't my internal circuitry wired to seek out something worthy of worship? Every moment I live, I live bowed to something. And if I don't see God, I'll bow down before something else."  This book is a beautiful challenge-- "a dare to live fully right where you are." Grab a notebook and prepare your heart for a whole lot of thankfulness and start writing your own list of one thousand gifts. It will change your outlook on life. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. // "How wild it was to let it be." This is one woman's compelling, honest, beautiful story of her adventure "from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail." I know it's about to be a movie, so read this first before you see it. You won't want to put it down, you'll feel like you were there every step of the way, and you'll fall in love with Cheryl page by page. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. // "The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer." This book is short but profound, a "classic exploration of Christian community" that was written in the early 1900s but is still completely relevant today. As a small group leader, this book was a wealth of wisdom and truth on how to foster an authentic community-- I think I underlined something on almost every page. Gospel by JD Greear. // "Radical generosity and radical commitment to the mission is the response of every person who has experienced the grace of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus, being His disciple, means living as He lived. He leveraged His life for the lost." This book is about "recovering the power that made Christianity revolutionary" and I loved it. Bold, easy to read, helpful, and so solid. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. // "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." This "eater's manifesto" is a fantastic read about how food has shaped our culture and changed so wildly over time, what Pollan calls the American Paradox-- "the more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we become." As a gluten-free vegan with a majorly plant-based diet, I loved this book and his proposals of how we can make great food choices, but I would strongly recommend this to anyone who eats food (aka everyone). A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor. // "Don't ever let me think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story--just like the typewriter was mine." This collection of writings from O'Connor's journals is honest, raw, unedited and wonderful, "the record of a brilliant young woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the heart for love, grace, and art." A short and stunning read. Forgotten God by Francis Chan. // "We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things. It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of." This book is all about "reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit," but not in a weird, hyper-spiritual way. It's like a conversation with a friend who is super passionate and prays with you often and points you back to truth and who God in the Trinity really is. Start Here by David Dwight and Nicole Unice. // "Remember that this life with Jesus is not something you accomplish or master; it's a growing relationship from this day forward." This book was written by two people on staff at my church that I respect, love and admire. It's a book about "beginning a relationship with Jesus," but it didn't matter that my relationship with Jesus started a long time ago-- this book was still an authentic and encouraging reminder of what faith looks like. This book comes straight from the Bible through the words of two people who love the Lord so evidently and are such incredible tools He is using to build the kingdom here on earth. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. // "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." If you want to weep and have your heart feel basically every emotion on the whole spectrum, this is the book for you. I recommend reading it before you see the movie, but definitely do both. Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. // "I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift." This book (currently on loan to a friend, hence the different picture! sorry!) is electric, alive, fresh, and free. It's all about "celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life" and it's such a refreshing read, much like a cold tangerine would be. I fell in love with Shauna after the first few paragraphs, and knew I would be reading anything she ever wrote in that moment. This book was a delight and a joy. Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt. // "One of the hardest parts of packing light, I've learned, is that it's as much about what you take with you as it is what you leave behind. ... Packing light isn't as simple as throwing up our hands and leaving everything up to God. It's as much about holding on as it is about letting go-- and knowing the difference between the two. It matters what you put in your suitcase." This book on "thoughts on living life with less baggage" follows Vesterfelt's journey on a cross-country road trip, but it's so much more than that. It's a refreshing and honest read about life and the journey and how to do it all authentically and simply. Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. // "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow." Shauna's "thoughts on change, grace, and learning the hard way" was poignant, beautiful, and soulful. This book is like a warm hug from a dear friend while you're curled up swapping life stories on a comfy couch over mugs of coffee. It's warm and real and reflective in the best ways. I hang on to her every word and feel like we've been best friends forever every time I read her stories. Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. // "What's becoming clearer and clearer to me is that the most sacred moments, the ones in which I feel  God's presence most profoundly, when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly, take place at the table. The particular alchemy of celebration and food, of connecting people and serving what I've made with my own hands, comes together as more than the sum of their parts." This book is a "collection of essays about family, friendships, and the meals that bring us together" next to exquisite recipes, and I can't say enough good things about it. Obviously I love Shauna Niequist, but it's more than that. This book welcomes you into a kitchen buzzing with activity and full of the most incredible tastes and smells, welcomes you around the table where love overflows and real life happens. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke. // "I saw that the church wasn't a museum for good people; it was a hospital for the broken." You may have seen the viral video a while back by Bethke, and this book is an expansion of that. It's about "why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough." It's full of contrasts between Jesus-life and religious life, and it's an awesome read. Room by Emma Donoghue. // "An astounding, terrifying novel...It's a testament to Donoghue's imagination and empathy that she is able to fashion radiance from such horror." - The New Yorker This book will absolutely take you captive from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down. It's riveting and a thriller through and through in the very best way. A must-read. The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning. // "In season and out of season, in success and failure, in grace and disgrace, the courage to risk everything on the signature of Jesus is the mark of authentic discipleship." This book, a "call to a life marked by holy passion and relentless faith," is bold and beautiful and compelling. This was the first book by Manning that I read, and I loved his style, his wisdom and his heart. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. // "God saw Abraham's sacrifice and said, 'Now I know that you love me, because you did not withhold your only son from me.' But how much more can we look at his sacrifice on the Cross, and say to God, 'Now, we know that you love us. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us.' When the magnitude of what he did dawns on us, it makes it possible finally to rest our hearts in him rather than in anything else." I've been a major Tim Keller fan since falling in love with King's Cross, and this book didn't disappoint. It's about "the empty promises of money, sex, and power, and the only hope that matters." If you've ever put your faith in any of these things (aka everyone), this book shows us how the Bible reveals powerful truths about our society and our hearts.  The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. // "To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disc plies who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are." This book is a classic. I've been wanting to read it for ages and was so excited to find this old copy on my parent's bookshelf at home. I love the word ragamuffin--"each of us comes beat-up, butnr-out, ragged and dirty to sit at our Father's feet. And there he smiles upon us-- the chosen objects of his 'furious love.' YES. So good. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. // "'Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.'" This novel is enchanting, and I now understand the hype around it. It's simple and full of wise and quotable lines. Do yourself a favor and pick up this beautiful read. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. // "I think Christian spirituality is like jazz music. I think loving Jesus is something you feel. I think it is something very difficult to get on paper. But it is no less real, no less meaningful, no less beautiful." Total honesty here: I did not like this book at all. Everyone and their mother seems to be obsessed with it, but I struggled to get through it. I made myself finish it, just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I just straight-up don't like Miller's writing style, and he really rubbed me the wrong way. But hey, everyone else seems to love it, so maybe it's just me. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. This book was written as an attempt to write a history of the world for younger readers, from the Stone age to the atomic bomb. It isn't full of dates or facts, but it reads more like a story. I found it heard to get through the whole thing, but it definitely was interesting to read about the scope of history and humanity in a new style that was definitely much more engaging than a textbook. If you like history, this is definitely a book you'll love. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. // "Ice-pick sharp...spectacularly sneaky...impressively cagey." -New York Times If you didn't hear about this book, read this book, or see this movie this year,  you must live under a rock. It spread like wildfire this year, and rightly so, because this book is haunting, it sucks you in, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat in the best way. There are so many twists and turns--I couldn't put it down. The movie is incredible as well--not for the faint of heart though. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott. // "But in baptism, in lakes and rain and tanks and fonts, you agree to do something that's a little sloppy because at the same time it's also holy, and absurd. It's about surrender, giving in to all those things we can't control. It's a willingness to let go of balance and decorum and get drenched." Anne Lamott is my new favorite. She's frank, honest, refreshing, sentimental, wise and witty. An author with dreadlocks that shares thoughts on faith but isn't afraid of cussing is my kind of author. This book is a great collection of Anne's "thoughts on faith" -- a definite must-read.   The Road by Cormac McCarthy. // "The searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece." This was one of those books that I've always heard about and it's won the Pulitzer Prize and is a national bestseller, so when I found it at my favorite local bookstore for just a few bucks, I knew it was time to give it a read. There aren't chapters or clear dialogue or anything, so I found that I flew through it quickly even though it was slow in parts. It's intriguing and moving and makes you wonder what the world might look like someday. Gold by Chris Cleave. // "Her life was one endless loop that she raced around, with steep banked curves so she could never change or slow down. It just delivered her back to herself, over and over and over." This book is heart-warming and heart-breaking, about Olympic speed cyclists, love, ambition, loyalty, family...you fall in love with the characters, want to cheer them on as you read about their races, and want to cry with them when the pain comes. This book (I have to say it...) is gold. Little Bee by Chris Cleave. // "We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, 'I survived'." The back cover of this book says it all: "We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this: This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again--the story starts there... Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds." So there you have it. If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland. // "If you write, good ideas must  come welling up into you so that you have something to write. If good ideas do not come at once, or for a long time, do not be troubled at all. Wait for them. Put down the little ideas however insignificant they are." I found this little book at my favorite local used bookstore, and seeing that it was "a book about art, independence, and spirit" intrigued me. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, wasn't the worst, I underlined some stuff and disagreed with some stuff. The back says "it is about having values, about belief (in the imagination and its relation to personal integrity), and about the bravery of coming to understand yourself and of putting marks down on paper." Writers, it's worth a read. Everyone else, probably not. From the Library of C.S. Lewis compiled by James Stuart Bell. // "This is the perfect entrance to the world C.S. Lewis inhabited, and it arrives just when that world of books is under the threat of extinction. Thanks to those who have given us such a gold mine." This book is just that-- a gold mine. I've been obsessed with Lewis and his books for years, but this was all "selections from writers who influenced his spiritual journey" and it was fascinating. I think one of the best ways to get to know somebody is to read the books they love, and this was like doing that with Lewis. Not a page went without underlines or sticky notes or big fat stars from me, and I have a whole new wealth of information from writers I never read before or knew about. These selections span many centuries and are deep and brilliant and categorized by theme to break it up-- it's an excellent book and resource that I loved every word of. Quiet by Susan Cain. // "It's as if extroverts are seeing 'what is' while their introvert peers are asking 'what if.'" EVERYONE. READ THIS BOOK. NOW. I've never wanted to give a book to everyone I know so badly (okay, except maybe the Bible). It's gold. As a hardcore introvert, this book resonated with me on every page and made so much of how I feel and see things and respond to things make so much sense. It was hugely helpful, absolutely brilliant, deeply insightful, fascinating, wise, and just so very good. "The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" -- YES. Introverts and extroverts alike-- read this and I promise you will understand people and yourself more clearly and it will change your life. Also-- Susan's TED talk is incredible too, if you're more into that sort of thing than you are into reading a whole book. Whatever you do, just soak up her goodness ASAP. Small Victories by Anne Lamott. // "Who knows, maybe those two robe leaders, Gandhi and Jesus, were right--a loving response changes the people who would beat the shit out of you, including yourself, of course. Their way, of the heart, makes everything bigger. Decency and goodness are subversively folded into the craziness, like caramel ribbons into ice cream." Anne's writing is a breath of fresh air-- I laughed out loud at her self-deprecating humor and appreciated her honesty about the reality of life and faith as she shared her thoughts and experiences on some of the best and worst of it all. She feels like that best friend you can count on to crack you up while also giving you a swift kick in the pants as she points you back in the right direction toward Christ, all in her honest, frank, wise and witty way. A must-read collection of essays and stories, no matter if you have read stuff from her before or if you've never heard from her. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. // "Sometime before I die I think I'll find a microphone and climb to the top of a radio tower. I'll take a deep breath and close my eyes because it will start to rain right when I reach the top. Hello, I'll say to outer space, this is my card." This book is "an affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world's attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation." Marina died in a car crash five days after she graduated, and this is what she wrote before that. It's beautiful. I loved every word-- both her fiction and her essays equally. She was 22 when she died, and being 22 now myself, I was struck by (and slightly envied) her poignancy, raw talent and elegance-- I so highly recommend this book. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. // "Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path." This. Book. It's one I want to shove into the hands of every single human I meet. Everyone needs to read this. I discovered Brown through her TED talk a while back and fell in love with her research, completely. This book was wonderful. Based on so much sound and thorough research, it dives into "how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead," so it's relevant to every single living person. Read this book. Now. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. // "But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way." This book, described in the inner flap as "the most lighthearted of all [Austen's] novels" was elegantly written (as to be expected) but humorous at points, poignant at points, and strangely modern and relevant at points. I loved it, I don't think it gets enough credit-- it really is a great work of Austen's. Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. // "The human soul seeks to integrate our will and our mind and our body into an integral person. Beyond that, the soul seeks to connect us with other people, with creation, and with God himself--who made us to be rooted in him the way a tree is rooted by a life-giving stream." My church did a sermon series on the soul last month and recommended reading this book as an accompaniment to it, and I'm so glad I did. The soul is the most important part of us and caring for it is so crucial, and this book was chock full of great words of wisdom on how to do so well. Loved this one. Ties That Bind by Dave Isay. // "Listening to the experiences of regular people living life to the fullest and exemplifying humanity at its finest has, time and again, stirred my soul and strengthened my faith in this nation and its people." I became a fan of NPR this summer and always loved the times I would catch StoryCrops-- snippets of conversations of people who shared their stories and conversations and hearts with the world. This book captures those conversations between relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors and more in heart-wrenching, beautiful, moving ways. This book was one I read in one sitting and loved so much. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. // "We are seeking Jesus--we want to smell him on the skin of others, and we want to hear tell of his activity. We are seeking fellow travelers for this journey. We are hungry for true community, a place to tell our stories and listen, to love well, to learn how to have eyes to see and ears to hear. We want to be part of something amazing and real and lasting, something bigger than ourselves. We want to be with other women who know and love and follow our Jesus. Somehow we know that we will love him better if we hear from others how much they love him, too." This book's title might turn you off, or might make your heart swell with excitement. Either way, this book is a fantastic, honest, engaging read. "Feminist" has always been a word with strong reactions and associations, but this book is really "an invitation to revisit the Bible's view of women" through "exploring God's radical notion that women are people, too." It's so great. Bessey makes beautiful things out of her words. Hearing God by Dallas Willard. // "We were important enough for God to give his Son's life for us and to choose to inhabit us as a living temple. Obviously, then, we are important enough for him to guide us and speak to us whenever that is appropriate." This book is about "developing a conversational relationship with God" and to be honest, I've started and lost interest in it several times throughout the last year, but finally sat down and before forcing myself to commit to finishing it. Flipping through it, I underlined a ton and wrote lots of notes, so it's obvious that it resonated with me, but maybe the density and depth of the material just made it harder to digest in large quantities.It was my first book by Willard and I loved his intellect and wisdom, but wouldn't recommend this book for a light or quick read, although I do think it's a good book for those who have ever wondered about statements like "God spoke to me" or "God revelaed this to me" or things like that. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. // "He comes as a Baby because He's done with the barriers. He comes vulnerable because He knows the only way to intimacy with you is through vulnerability with you. You can't get to intimacy except through the door of vulnerability. So God throws open the door of this world--and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you." This book. Stunning. Holy. Soul-filling. I cannot say enough good, worthy words. Every day of this Advent season, this book and Ann's glorious way with words quieted my soul, drew me to bended knee in awe of my Savior and this season, and was such a breath of quiet, fresh air I desperately needed. I will absolutely be returning to this work of art every Advent to come. (ps-- there is a version for children and families that I'm sure is out of this world!)   The Bible.  // For the first time in my life (as sad as that is to actually admit out loud), I have officially read the entire Bible. And it changed my year and my faith and my heart. Reading through it this way, with a portion from the Old Testament, a portion from the New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb every day,was interesting and showed me Scripture in a whole new way, with parallels I never realized before and connections I made for the first time. Now, at 22, I have finally read every word of Scripture and can't wait to continue diving deeper and deeper into this love story I'll never get enough of. While I would definitely say there are better and deeper ways to study the Word, this is a great way to get into it and stay accountable to getting through even slower or less exciting books and chapters, so I definitely recommend doing it at least once in your life. Whew. What a year of reading it has been. Share your favorite reads or best recommendations in the comments and I'll add them to my list for 2015! My goal is 50+ books next year, so stay tuned for future RADreads posts! by Daisy Price
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Daisy Price This year, I decided to make a stack of the books I read. I wanted a tangible and visual encouragement to choose knowledge, words and wisdom over mindless entertainment. I cancelled my Netflix membership and spent many Saturdays getting lost in bookstores and buying books before I even finished the one I was in the middle of, and the stack grew and grew. Halfway through, I had finished 16 books. Now, 2014 is coming to a close, and the grand total of books read this year is 39 (but the Bible is really 66 books if if you really want to get specific...). I loved some, struggled to finish some, highlighted the heck out of some, and shared many with friends and family.  Now, I'm sharing the final list with you with a few of my thoughts in hopes that you too will read more books this year than you did last year. If you have recommendations of must-read books for 2015, please share them in the comments!  I've shared a quote from each book, the photo (because don't we all judge books by the covers just a little bit?), and my thoughts in review of each-- happy reading! One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. // "I have to seek God beauty. Because isn't my internal circuitry wired to seek out something worthy of worship? Every moment I live, I live bowed to something. And if I don't see God, I'll bow down before something else."  This book is a beautiful challenge-- "a dare to live fully right where you are." Grab a notebook and prepare your heart for a whole lot of thankfulness and start writing your own list of one thousand gifts. It will change your outlook on life. Wild by Cheryl Strayed. // "How wild it was to let it be." This is one woman's compelling, honest, beautiful story of her adventure "from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail." I know it's about to be a movie, so read this first before you see it. You won't want to put it down, you'll feel like you were there every step of the way, and you'll fall in love with Cheryl page by page. Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. // "The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer." This book is short but profound, a "classic exploration of Christian community" that was written in the early 1900s but is still completely relevant today. As a small group leader, this book was a wealth of wisdom and truth on how to foster an authentic community-- I think I underlined something on almost every page. Gospel by JD Greear. // "Radical generosity and radical commitment to the mission is the response of every person who has experienced the grace of Jesus Christ. Following Jesus, being His disciple, means living as He lived. He leveraged His life for the lost." This book is about "recovering the power that made Christianity revolutionary" and I loved it. Bold, easy to read, helpful, and so solid. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. // "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." This "eater's manifesto" is a fantastic read about how food has shaped our culture and changed so wildly over time, what Pollan calls the American Paradox-- "the more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we become." As a gluten-free vegan with a majorly plant-based diet, I loved this book and his proposals of how we can make great food choices, but I would strongly recommend this to anyone who eats food (aka everyone). A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor. // "Don't ever let me think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for Your story--just like the typewriter was mine." This collection of writings from O'Connor's journals is honest, raw, unedited and wonderful, "the record of a brilliant young woman's coming-of-age, a cry from the heart for love, grace, and art." A short and stunning read. Forgotten God by Francis Chan. // "We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things. It is when we live like this that the Spirit of God moves and acts in and through us in ways that on our own we are not capable of." This book is all about "reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit," but not in a weird, hyper-spiritual way. It's like a conversation with a friend who is super passionate and prays with you often and points you back to truth and who God in the Trinity really is. Start Here by David Dwight and Nicole Unice. // "Remember that this life with Jesus is not something you accomplish or master; it's a growing relationship from this day forward." This book was written by two people on staff at my church that I respect, love and admire. It's a book about "beginning a relationship with Jesus," but it didn't matter that my relationship with Jesus started a long time ago-- this book was still an authentic and encouraging reminder of what faith looks like. This book comes straight from the Bible through the words of two people who love the Lord so evidently and are such incredible tools He is using to build the kingdom here on earth. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. // "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." If you want to weep and have your heart feel basically every emotion on the whole spectrum, this is the book for you. I recommend reading it before you see the movie, but definitely do both. Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist. // "I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift." This book (currently on loan to a friend, hence the different picture! sorry!) is electric, alive, fresh, and free. It's all about "celebrating the extraordinary nature of everyday life" and it's such a refreshing read, much like a cold tangerine would be. I fell in love with Shauna after the first few paragraphs, and knew I would be reading anything she ever wrote in that moment. This book was a delight and a joy. Packing Light by Allison Vesterfelt. // "One of the hardest parts of packing light, I've learned, is that it's as much about what you take with you as it is what you leave behind. ... Packing light isn't as simple as throwing up our hands and leaving everything up to God. It's as much about holding on as it is about letting go-- and knowing the difference between the two. It matters what you put in your suitcase." This book on "thoughts on living life with less baggage" follows Vesterfelt's journey on a cross-country road trip, but it's so much more than that. It's a refreshing and honest read about life and the journey and how to do it all authentically and simply. Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. // "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow." Shauna's "thoughts on change, grace, and learning the hard way" was poignant, beautiful, and soulful. This book is like a warm hug from a dear friend while you're curled up swapping life stories on a comfy couch over mugs of coffee. It's warm and real and reflective in the best ways. I hang on to her every word and feel like we've been best friends forever every time I read her stories. Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. // "What's becoming clearer and clearer to me is that the most sacred moments, the ones in which I feel  God's presence most profoundly, when I feel the goodness of the world most arrestingly, take place at the table. The particular alchemy of celebration and food, of connecting people and serving what I've made with my own hands, comes together as more than the sum of their parts." This book is a "collection of essays about family, friendships, and the meals that bring us together" next to exquisite recipes, and I can't say enough good things about it. Obviously I love Shauna Niequist, but it's more than that. This book welcomes you into a kitchen buzzing with activity and full of the most incredible tastes and smells, welcomes you around the table where love overflows and real life happens. Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke. // "I saw that the church wasn't a museum for good people; it was a hospital for the broken." You may have seen the viral video a while back by Bethke, and this book is an expansion of that. It's about "why He is so much better than trying harder, doing more, and being good enough." It's full of contrasts between Jesus-life and religious life, and it's an awesome read. Room by Emma Donoghue. // "An astounding, terrifying novel...It's a testament to Donoghue's imagination and empathy that she is able to fashion radiance from such horror." - The New Yorker This book will absolutely take you captive from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down. It's riveting and a thriller through and through in the very best way. A must-read. The Signature of Jesus by Brennan Manning. // "In season and out of season, in success and failure, in grace and disgrace, the courage to risk everything on the signature of Jesus is the mark of authentic discipleship." This book, a "call to a life marked by holy passion and relentless faith," is bold and beautiful and compelling. This was the first book by Manning that I read, and I loved his style, his wisdom and his heart. Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. // "God saw Abraham's sacrifice and said, 'Now I know that you love me, because you did not withhold your only son from me.' But how much more can we look at his sacrifice on the Cross, and say to God, 'Now, we know that you love us. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us.' When the magnitude of what he did dawns on us, it makes it possible finally to rest our hearts in him rather than in anything else." I've been a major Tim Keller fan since falling in love with King's Cross, and this book didn't disappoint. It's about "the empty promises of money, sex, and power, and the only hope that matters." If you've ever put your faith in any of these things (aka everyone), this book shows us how the Bible reveals powerful truths about our society and our hearts.  The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. // "To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disc plies who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are." This book is a classic. I've been wanting to read it for ages and was so excited to find this old copy on my parent's bookshelf at home. I love the word ragamuffin--"each of us comes beat-up, butnr-out, ragged and dirty to sit at our Father's feet. And there he smiles upon us-- the chosen objects of his 'furious love.' YES. So good. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. // "'Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.'" This novel is enchanting, and I now understand the hype around it. It's simple and full of wise and quotable lines. Do yourself a favor and pick up this beautiful read. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. // "I think Christian spirituality is like jazz music. I think loving Jesus is something you feel. I think it is something very difficult to get on paper. But it is no less real, no less meaningful, no less beautiful." Total honesty here: I did not like this book at all. Everyone and their mother seems to be obsessed with it, but I struggled to get through it. I made myself finish it, just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I just straight-up don't like Miller's writing style, and he really rubbed me the wrong way. But hey, everyone else seems to love it, so maybe it's just me. A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. This book was written as an attempt to write a history of the world for younger readers, from the Stone age to the atomic bomb. It isn't full of dates or facts, but it reads more like a story. I found it heard to get through the whole thing, but it definitely was interesting to read about the scope of history and humanity in a new style that was definitely much more engaging than a textbook. If you like history, this is definitely a book you'll love. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. // "Ice-pick sharp...spectacularly sneaky...impressively cagey." -New York Times If you didn't hear about this book, read this book, or see this movie this year,  you must live under a rock. It spread like wildfire this year, and rightly so, because this book is haunting, it sucks you in, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat in the best way. There are so many twists and turns--I couldn't put it down. The movie is incredible as well--not for the faint of heart though. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott. // "But in baptism, in lakes and rain and tanks and fonts, you agree to do something that's a little sloppy because at the same time it's also holy, and absurd. It's about surrender, giving in to all those things we can't control. It's a willingness to let go of balance and decorum and get drenched." Anne Lamott is my new favorite. She's frank, honest, refreshing, sentimental, wise and witty. An author with dreadlocks that shares thoughts on faith but isn't afraid of cussing is my kind of author. This book is a great collection of Anne's "thoughts on faith" -- a definite must-read.   The Road by Cormac McCarthy. // "The searing, post apocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece." This was one of those books that I've always heard about and it's won the Pulitzer Prize and is a national bestseller, so when I found it at my favorite local bookstore for just a few bucks, I knew it was time to give it a read. There aren't chapters or clear dialogue or anything, so I found that I flew through it quickly even though it was slow in parts. It's intriguing and moving and makes you wonder what the world might look like someday. Gold by Chris Cleave. // "Her life was one endless loop that she raced around, with steep banked curves so she could never change or slow down. It just delivered her back to herself, over and over and over." This book is heart-warming and heart-breaking, about Olympic speed cyclists, love, ambition, loyalty, family...you fall in love with the characters, want to cheer them on as you read about their races, and want to cry with them when the pain comes. This book (I have to say it...) is gold. Little Bee by Chris Cleave. // "We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, 'I survived'." The back cover of this book says it all: "We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this: This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face. Two years later, they meet again--the story starts there... Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens. The magic is in how the story unfolds." So there you have it. If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland. // "If you write, good ideas must  come welling up into you so that you have something to write. If good ideas do not come at once, or for a long time, do not be troubled at all. Wait for them. Put down the little ideas however insignificant they are." I found this little book at my favorite local used bookstore, and seeing that it was "a book about art, independence, and spirit" intrigued me. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, wasn't the worst, I underlined some stuff and disagreed with some stuff. The back says "it is about having values, about belief (in the imagination and its relation to personal integrity), and about the bravery of coming to understand yourself and of putting marks down on paper." Writers, it's worth a read. Everyone else, probably not. From the Library of C.S. Lewis compiled by James Stuart Bell. // "This is the perfect entrance to the world C.S. Lewis inhabited, and it arrives just when that world of books is under the threat of extinction. Thanks to those who have given us such a gold mine." This book is just that-- a gold mine. I've been obsessed with Lewis and his books for years, but this was all "selections from writers who influenced his spiritual journey" and it was fascinating. I think one of the best ways to get to know somebody is to read the books they love, and this was like doing that with Lewis. Not a page went without underlines or sticky notes or big fat stars from me, and I have a whole new wealth of information from writers I never read before or knew about. These selections span many centuries and are deep and brilliant and categorized by theme to break it up-- it's an excellent book and resource that I loved every word of. Quiet by Susan Cain. // "It's as if extroverts are seeing 'what is' while their introvert peers are asking 'what if.'" EVERYONE. READ THIS BOOK. NOW. I've never wanted to give a book to everyone I know so badly (okay, except maybe the Bible). It's gold. As a hardcore introvert, this book resonated with me on every page and made so much of how I feel and see things and respond to things make so much sense. It was hugely helpful, absolutely brilliant, deeply insightful, fascinating, wise, and just so very good. "The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" -- YES. Introverts and extroverts alike-- read this and I promise you will understand people and yourself more clearly and it will change your life. Also-- Susan's TED talk is incredible too, if you're more into that sort of thing than you are into reading a whole book. Whatever you do, just soak up her goodness ASAP. Small Victories by Anne Lamott. // "Who knows, maybe those two robe leaders, Gandhi and Jesus, were right--a loving response changes the people who would beat the shit out of you, including yourself, of course. Their way, of the heart, makes everything bigger. Decency and goodness are subversively folded into the craziness, like caramel ribbons into ice cream." Anne's writing is a breath of fresh air-- I laughed out loud at her self-deprecating humor and appreciated her honesty about the reality of life and faith as she shared her thoughts and experiences on some of the best and worst of it all. She feels like that best friend you can count on to crack you up while also giving you a swift kick in the pants as she points you back in the right direction toward Christ, all in her honest, frank, wise and witty way. A must-read collection of essays and stories, no matter if you have read stuff from her before or if you've never heard from her. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan. // "Sometime before I die I think I'll find a microphone and climb to the top of a radio tower. I'll take a deep breath and close my eyes because it will start to rain right when I reach the top. Hello, I'll say to outer space, this is my card." This book is "an affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world's attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation." Marina died in a car crash five days after she graduated, and this is what she wrote before that. It's beautiful. I loved every word-- both her fiction and her essays equally. She was 22 when she died, and being 22 now myself, I was struck by (and slightly envied) her poignancy, raw talent and elegance-- I so highly recommend this book. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. // "Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path." This. Book. It's one I want to shove into the hands of every single human I meet. Everyone needs to read this. I discovered Brown through her TED talk a while back and fell in love with her research, completely. This book was wonderful. Based on so much sound and thorough research, it dives into "how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead," so it's relevant to every single living person. Read this book. Now. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. // "But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way." This book, described in the inner flap as "the most lighthearted of all [Austen's] novels" was elegantly written (as to be expected) but humorous at points, poignant at points, and strangely modern and relevant at points. I loved it, I don't think it gets enough credit-- it really is a great work of Austen's. Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. // "The human soul seeks to integrate our will and our mind and our body into an integral person. Beyond that, the soul seeks to connect us with other people, with creation, and with God himself--who made us to be rooted in him the way a tree is rooted by a life-giving stream." My church did a sermon series on the soul last month and recommended reading this book as an accompaniment to it, and I'm so glad I did. The soul is the most important part of us and caring for it is so crucial, and this book was chock full of great words of wisdom on how to do so well. Loved this one. Ties That Bind by Dave Isay. // "Listening to the experiences of regular people living life to the fullest and exemplifying humanity at its finest has, time and again, stirred my soul and strengthened my faith in this nation and its people." I became a fan of NPR this summer and always loved the times I would catch StoryCrops-- snippets of conversations of people who shared their stories and conversations and hearts with the world. This book captures those conversations between relatives, friends, coworkers, neighbors and more in heart-wrenching, beautiful, moving ways. This book was one I read in one sitting and loved so much. Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey. // "We are seeking Jesus--we want to smell him on the skin of others, and we want to hear tell of his activity. We are seeking fellow travelers for this journey. We are hungry for true community, a place to tell our stories and listen, to love well, to learn how to have eyes to see and ears to hear. We want to be part of something amazing and real and lasting, something bigger than ourselves. We want to be with other women who know and love and follow our Jesus. Somehow we know that we will love him better if we hear from others how much they love him, too." This book's title might turn you off, or might make your heart swell with excitement. Either way, this book is a fantastic, honest, engaging read. "Feminist" has always been a word with strong reactions and associations, but this book is really "an invitation to revisit the Bible's view of women" through "exploring God's radical notion that women are people, too." It's so great. Bessey makes beautiful things out of her words. Hearing God by Dallas Willard. // "We were important enough for God to give his Son's life for us and to choose to inhabit us as a living temple. Obviously, then, we are important enough for him to guide us and speak to us whenever that is appropriate." This book is about "developing a conversational relationship with God" and to be honest, I've started and lost interest in it several times throughout the last year, but finally sat down and before forcing myself to commit to finishing it. Flipping through it, I underlined a ton and wrote lots of notes, so it's obvious that it resonated with me, but maybe the density and depth of the material just made it harder to digest in large quantities.It was my first book by Willard and I loved his intellect and wisdom, but wouldn't recommend this book for a light or quick read, although I do think it's a good book for those who have ever wondered about statements like "God spoke to me" or "God revelaed this to me" or things like that. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. // "He comes as a Baby because He's done with the barriers. He comes vulnerable because He knows the only way to intimacy with you is through vulnerability with you. You can't get to intimacy except through the door of vulnerability. So God throws open the door of this world--and enters as a baby. As the most vulnerable imaginable. Because He wants unimaginable intimacy with you." This book. Stunning. Holy. Soul-filling. I cannot say enough good, worthy words. Every day of this Advent season, this book and Ann's glorious way with words quieted my soul, drew me to bended knee in awe of my Savior and this season, and was such a breath of quiet, fresh air I desperately needed. I will absolutely be returning to this work of art every Advent to come. (ps-- there is a version for children and families that I'm sure is out of this world!)   The Bible.  // For the first time in my life (as sad as that is to actually admit out loud), I have officially read the entire Bible. And it changed my year and my faith and my heart. Reading through it this way, with a portion from the Old Testament, a portion from the New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb every day,was interesting and showed me Scripture in a whole new way, with parallels I never realized before and connections I made for the first time. Now, at 22, I have finally read every word of Scripture and can't wait to continue diving deeper and deeper into this love story I'll never get enough of. While I would definitely say there are better and deeper ways to study the Word, this is a great way to get into it and stay accountable to getting through even slower or less exciting books and chapters, so I definitely recommend doing it at least once in your life. Whew. What a year of reading it has been. Share your favorite reads or best recommendations in the comments and I'll add them to my list for 2015! My goal is 50+ books next year, so stay tuned for future RADreads posts!
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Theincensewoman Us at work...LOL If we don't get it we become like the witch. Witches are nice and give them coffee and they are even nicer. They do not have green faces. They are just people. Theincensewoman
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Let's face it....sometimes our kids can drive us crazy! If you've ever wondered if it is even possible to raise children that you actually enjoy being around, you cannot miss these 5 amazing nuggets of wisdom from Edie of Life in Grace! This article seriously forever changed the way I parent my kids. A must read! by regina
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regina Let's face it....sometimes our kids can drive us crazy! If you've ever wondered if it is even possible to raise children that you actually enjoy being around, you cannot miss these 5 amazing nuggets of wisdom from Edie of Life in Grace! This article seriously forever changed the way I parent my kids. A must read!
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"Thank you for the food before us, the family beside us, the love between us." (A quote in the dining room. So much to be grateful for each day and now we can be reminded every day.) by paige
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paige "Thank you for the food before us, the family beside us, the love between us." (A quote in the dining room. So much to be grateful for each day and now we can be reminded every day.)
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IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Red Yellow 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-RED-YELLOWYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull. by deeshop
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deeshop IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Red Yellow 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-RED-YELLOWYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull.
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IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Red White 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-RED-WHITEYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull. by deeshop
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deeshop IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Red White 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-RED-WHITEYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull.
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Someone, somewhere is feeling like this right now. If it’s you, pray this prayer and accept Jesus into your heart you will be saved and your life will be changed forever! God is good all the time and he is always there for you!!!! Jesus Loves you!!!!! He created us and loves us! He loves us even when we don't love ourselves you are valuable to him!!! #Salvation by Kathy Nethken Daniels
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Kathy Nethken Daniels Someone, somewhere is feeling like this right now. If it’s you, pray this prayer and accept Jesus into your heart you will be saved and your life will be changed forever! God is good all the time and he is always there for you!!!! Jesus Loves you!!!!! He created us and loves us! He loves us even when we don't love ourselves you are valuable to him!!! #Salvation
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IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Green White 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-GREEN-WHITEYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull. by deeshop
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deeshop IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Green White 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-GREEN-WHITEYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull.
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While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to  blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up  with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post  ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and  keep them coming back for more.     1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone       loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of       things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did       this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a       little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect       with you.    2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative       process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out       how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog       series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for       readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and       customers.     3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like       finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find       interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts       that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to       connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers       refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!)        Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups.    4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success       story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here.       Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you       started. And on that note...    5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which       resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep       all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers!    6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of       reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date       with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that       you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity.    7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's       content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your       blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting       a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog.     8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in       your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd       and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that       you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not       promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a       way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some       great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing       for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business    9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is       20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes.       Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first       started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy,       photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post.    10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful       people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into       too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose       does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my       favorite posts.   11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry.        We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other       people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to       highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You       could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and       do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for       guest posting on theirs.    12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers       love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your       blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or       not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one       of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback       about it!   13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in       #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what       you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the       blog! Here's my example.   14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love       to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this       will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback.   15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event.        Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few       months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments!       Your readers will love reading about your experience and the       workshop/conference may even share your post, too.   16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry.        Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do.       Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I       was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but       I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback!   17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always       good to have a reason for people to get excited about your       blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring       them on the blog!   18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are       straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into       a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The       meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.)   19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or       business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for       us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by       their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them,       and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business       partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date.   20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's       always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For       example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of       the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know"       items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit.   21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer,       write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about       your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs       you use for project management and accounting. People are always on       the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with       them.    22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've       spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share       them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end       of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with       my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to       waste.    23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto       something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old       blog post and make use out of that content again.   24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that       you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make       some revisions and post it again!   25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your       blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and       everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your       favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your       blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on        Instagram and Pinterest.   26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question       that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into       a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content       actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple       readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who       would love to know more about it, too.   27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy       being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this"       story? Share it on your blog!   28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are       you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips       for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you       an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and       designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful       for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in       your field who are just getting started.   29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why       we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to       share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly       Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!)    30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners.        There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a       writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a       fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog       friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The       possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something       distinctly you!   31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with       step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my       favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a       client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about       it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go.   32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it       to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your       business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to"       post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem.   33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more       interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't       able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your       field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with       the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and        the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next       idea...   34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the       results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like       to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and        Young House Love always do this well.    35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post       on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what       you do? What motivates you?   36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people       use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject       differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding        after I officially launched my design services this past summer       to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on       your field? Share it on your blog!   37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a       million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with       something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and       Awesome and Clara Conversations.   38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition       or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would       probably love to see it on your blog. An example?  This post by       Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes.    39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from       sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that       it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my       experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll       have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great       insight and information.    40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on       Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves       learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make       before.    41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there       things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't       accurate? Address them in a blog post!   42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let       your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this       with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them       to vote on which design concepts they liked best.   43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on       blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post       distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month       in Today's Top 3.    44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in       your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some       examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for       creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on       organizing their email inbox.   45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received.        This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience.    46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your       blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for       your audience.   47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use       it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it       fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if       potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free       advertising for your portfolio.    48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your       experience with another professional or a clients' experience with       you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement.   49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden       talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to       highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and       although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my       personality outside of blogging and designing.   50. Create a long list of something specific to your       trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point.   That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any  suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have  mentioned? by Joao.Almeida.d.Eca
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Joao.Almeida.d.Eca While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and keep them coming back for more. 1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect with you. 2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and customers.  3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!) Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups. 4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here. Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you started. And on that note... 5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers! 6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity. 7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog.  8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business 9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is 20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes. Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy, photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post.  10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my favorite posts. 11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry.  We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for guest posting on theirs.  12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback about it! 13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the blog! Here's my example. 14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback. 15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event.  Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments! Your readers will love reading about your experience and the workshop/conference may even share your post, too. 16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry.  Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do. Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback! 17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always good to have a reason for people to get excited about your blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring them on the blog! 18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.) 19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them, and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date. 20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know" items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit. 21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer, write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs you use for project management and accounting. People are always on the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with them.  22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to waste.  23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old blog post and make use out of that content again. 24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make some revisions and post it again! 25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on Instagram and Pinterest. 26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who would love to know more about it, too. 27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this" story? Share it on your blog! 28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in your field who are just getting started. 29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!)  30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners.  There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something distinctly you! 31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go. 32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to" post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem. 33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next idea... 34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and Young House Love always do this well.  35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what you do? What motivates you? 36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding after I officially launched my design services this past summer to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on your field? Share it on your blog! 37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and Awesome and Clara Conversations. 38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would probably love to see it on your blog. An example?  This post by Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes.  39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great insight and information.  40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make before.  41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't accurate? Address them in a blog post! 42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them to vote on which design concepts they liked best. 43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month in Today's Top 3.  44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on organizing their email inbox. 45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received. This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience.  46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free advertising for your portfolio.  48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your experience with another professional or a clients' experience with you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. 49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my personality outside of blogging and designing. 50. Create a long list of something specific to your trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point. That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have mentioned?
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Biker Boot Straps Weatherproof Boot Strap Replacement Clip- Motorhead Each - BBS-MCHThe Motor Head boot straps stand for the gear head in all of us,so keep wrenching. Our premium weather proof boot straps with surelock technology coupled to a rubber strap will hold your pants down in any situationBiker Boot Straps has just released its second generation boot straps and I have to say that we have outdone ourselves this time. With our commitment to the best quality products we just introduced the first weather proof boot straps ever made.The second generation boot straps are made with nylon clips with surelock technology and durable rubber straps to keep your pants in place like no other product before it. Because of the materials that we are using they perform in the rain as well as a muddy field.Biker Boot Straps went with a self adjusting rubber strap so it did not get in the way of the operation of the motorcycle. Another reason for not having an adjustment is that our straps will not become unadjusted and drag while you walk. Our Straps are available in two sizes to fit both men and women. Our 4 strap is perfect for women where as the 6 strap is made for the average mans shoe sizes. The 4 strap stretches to roughly 7 and the 6 strap stretches to about 11. Our new clip design is made with high quality nylon with a heat treated metal insert for a surelock experience. These clips hold stronger and last longer than the typical suspender clip that has been used as the industry standard. We even double machine pressed the decorative emblems onto the clips for durability which will keep the emblems from spinning on the clip with age. The new clip even has the ability to interchange new emblem designs without having to buy the whole strap which will keep cost down if you break one or just want to have a couple different styles. These are professional grade boot strap straps so dont mess around with cheaper,poorly designed straps that wont stay in place and buy the strap that will stand the test of time Biker Boot Straps has engineered the best boot straps money can buy and we will continue to do so until every biker is strapped up. So get strapped and grab some throttle by deeshop
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deeshop Biker Boot Straps Weatherproof Boot Strap Replacement Clip- Motorhead Each - BBS-MCHThe Motor Head boot straps stand for the gear head in all of us,so keep wrenching. Our premium weather proof boot straps with surelock technology coupled to a rubber strap will hold your pants down in any situationBiker Boot Straps has just released its second generation boot straps and I have to say that we have outdone ourselves this time. With our commitment to the best quality products we just introduced the first weather proof boot straps ever made.The second generation boot straps are made with nylon clips with surelock technology and durable rubber straps to keep your pants in place like no other product before it. Because of the materials that we are using they perform in the rain as well as a muddy field.Biker Boot Straps went with a self adjusting rubber strap so it did not get in the way of the operation of the motorcycle. Another reason for not having an adjustment is that our straps will not become unadjusted and drag while you walk. Our Straps are available in two sizes to fit both men and women. Our 4 strap is perfect for women where as the 6 strap is made for the average mans shoe sizes. The 4 strap stretches to roughly 7 and the 6 strap stretches to about 11. Our new clip design is made with high quality nylon with a heat treated metal insert for a surelock experience. These clips hold stronger and last longer than the typical suspender clip that has been used as the industry standard. We even double machine pressed the decorative emblems onto the clips for durability which will keep the emblems from spinning on the clip with age. The new clip even has the ability to interchange new emblem designs without having to buy the whole strap which will keep cost down if you break one or just want to have a couple different styles. These are professional grade boot strap straps so dont mess around with cheaper,poorly designed straps that wont stay in place and buy the strap that will stand the test of time Biker Boot Straps has engineered the best boot straps money can buy and we will continue to do so until every biker is strapped up. So get strapped and grab some throttle
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Our God is awesome in His mercy and wisdom. He knows everything and He loves us the way we are. He knows that we are not perfect, that sometimes we choose to walk away from Him, but even then He loved us so much that He gave His life so we can live in Him. His love never fails, and will never fail us if we choose our Savior Jesus Christ! by janie
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janie Our God is awesome in His mercy and wisdom. He knows everything and He loves us the way we are. He knows that we are not perfect, that sometimes we choose to walk away from Him, but even then He loved us so much that He gave His life so we can live in Him. His love never fails, and will never fail us if we choose our Savior Jesus Christ!
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girls- this is the same website i'm ordering my gown on. I LOVE this dress and you can get it in every color under the sun, plus at no additional cost they custom make it if you provide measurements. You can even request they make it strapless- or with gold beads instead of the colorful ones. Look around on this site for more dresses you like and then pin them. by Adriana Batrix
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Adriana Batrix girls- this is the same website i'm ordering my gown on. I LOVE this dress and you can get it in every color under the sun, plus at no additional cost they custom make it if you provide measurements. You can even request they make it strapless- or with gold beads instead of the colorful ones. Look around on this site for more dresses you like and then pin them.
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This prayer can inspire you to look to God for answers. He gives us the understanding during times when we suffer, even due to the ones we love. Seek God's wisdom in every circumstance, and he will...: by francis
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francis This prayer can inspire you to look to God for answers. He gives us the understanding during times when we suffer, even due to the ones we love. Seek God's wisdom in every circumstance, and he will...:
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The perfect symbol for eternal love.  I believe every ring should be personalised to symbolise the love that the couple shares and brought them together...because humans are imperfect and we sometimes need to be reminded of all the blessings in our lives that we should be joyful and grateful for. And there is no other reminder you need more beautiful or perfect than this. by Raelynn8
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Raelynn8 The perfect symbol for eternal love. I believe every ring should be personalised to symbolise the love that the couple shares and brought them together...because humans are imperfect and we sometimes need to be reminded of all the blessings in our lives that we should be joyful and grateful for. And there is no other reminder you need more beautiful or perfect than this.
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Because Dad is the wisest guy around, right? We like the sweetness and simplicity of this handprint owl card from Rips in My Jeans. The youngsters will like that they can get messy with paint. #DIY #FathersDay by lucile
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lucile Because Dad is the wisest guy around, right? We like the sweetness and simplicity of this handprint owl card from Rips in My Jeans. The youngsters will like that they can get messy with paint. #DIY #FathersDay
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It's really hard not talking to the person you used to talk to every day. ~ But it's okay. You will get through this. Remember, if they don't need or miss you, when they lead you to believe you were important to them, then clearly they were not worth having around. You don't need people like that in your life when you have so much to offer. by Robin McGill
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Robin McGill It's really hard not talking to the person you used to talk to every day. ~ But it's okay. You will get through this. Remember, if they don't need or miss you, when they lead you to believe you were important to them, then clearly they were not worth having around. You don't need people like that in your life when you have so much to offer.
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Life is like swimming.  Sometimes you hit the wall,  sometimes you make the right turn. So true! Good lesson for even non-swimmers! by lucile
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lucile Life is like swimming. Sometimes you hit the wall, sometimes you make the right turn. So true! Good lesson for even non-swimmers!
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"Sometimes people try to expose what's wrong with you, because they can't handle what's right about you." I can think of two people off the bat right now who act like this to everyone around them because they have nothing better to do. by Dittekarina
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Dittekarina "Sometimes people try to expose what's wrong with you, because they can't handle what's right about you." I can think of two people off the bat right now who act like this to everyone around them because they have nothing better to do.
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Biker Boot Straps Weatherproof Boot Straps Skull- 4 Inches Long Womens - BBS-FS4The Flaming Skull boot straps bring out the ghost rider in all of us,they will transform you. Our premium weather proof boot straps with surelock technology coupled to a rubber strap will hold your pants down in any situationBiker Boot Straps has just released its second generation boot straps and I have to say that we have outdone ourselves this time. With our commitment to the best quality products we just introduced the first weather proof boot straps ever made.The second generation boot straps are made with nylon clips with surelock technology and durable rubber straps to keep your pants in place like no other product before it. Because of the materials that we are using they perform in the rain as well as a muddy field.Biker Boot Straps went with a self adjusting rubber strap so it did not get in the way of the operation of the motorcycle. Another reason for not having an adjustment is that our straps will not become unadjusted and drag while you walk. Our Straps are available in two sizes to fit both men and women. Our 4 strap is perfect for women where as the 6 strap is made for the average mans shoe sizes. The 4 strap stretches to roughly 7 and the 6 strap stretches to about 11. Our new clip design is made with high quality nylon with a heat treated metal insert for a surelock experience. These clips hold stronger and last longer than the typical suspender clip that has been used as the industry standard. We even double machine pressed the decorative emblems onto the clips for durability which will keep the emblems from spinning on the clip with age. The new clip even has the ability to interchange new emblem designs without having to buy the whole strap which will keep cost down if you break one or just want to have a couple different styles. These are professional grade boot strap straps so dont mess around with cheaper,poorly designed straps that wont stay in place and buy the strap that will stand the test of time Biker Boot Straps has engineered the best boot straps money can buy and we will continue to do so until every biker is strapped up. So get strapped and grab some throttle by deeshop
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deeshop Biker Boot Straps Weatherproof Boot Straps Skull- 4 Inches Long Womens - BBS-FS4The Flaming Skull boot straps bring out the ghost rider in all of us,they will transform you. Our premium weather proof boot straps with surelock technology coupled to a rubber strap will hold your pants down in any situationBiker Boot Straps has just released its second generation boot straps and I have to say that we have outdone ourselves this time. With our commitment to the best quality products we just introduced the first weather proof boot straps ever made.The second generation boot straps are made with nylon clips with surelock technology and durable rubber straps to keep your pants in place like no other product before it. Because of the materials that we are using they perform in the rain as well as a muddy field.Biker Boot Straps went with a self adjusting rubber strap so it did not get in the way of the operation of the motorcycle. Another reason for not having an adjustment is that our straps will not become unadjusted and drag while you walk. Our Straps are available in two sizes to fit both men and women. Our 4 strap is perfect for women where as the 6 strap is made for the average mans shoe sizes. The 4 strap stretches to roughly 7 and the 6 strap stretches to about 11. Our new clip design is made with high quality nylon with a heat treated metal insert for a surelock experience. These clips hold stronger and last longer than the typical suspender clip that has been used as the industry standard. We even double machine pressed the decorative emblems onto the clips for durability which will keep the emblems from spinning on the clip with age. The new clip even has the ability to interchange new emblem designs without having to buy the whole strap which will keep cost down if you break one or just want to have a couple different styles. These are professional grade boot strap straps so dont mess around with cheaper,poorly designed straps that wont stay in place and buy the strap that will stand the test of time Biker Boot Straps has engineered the best boot straps money can buy and we will continue to do so until every biker is strapped up. So get strapped and grab some throttle
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The Strapless Bra Every Woman Needs || Finding a strapless bra with perfect fit cannot be a hurried purchase, and in this case it pays to think ahead. Even if you don’t think you need one, you should have one. Trust us, there will come that day when you will find you need it! by ruby
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ruby The Strapless Bra Every Woman Needs || Finding a strapless bra with perfect fit cannot be a hurried purchase, and in this case it pays to think ahead. Even if you don’t think you need one, you should have one. Trust us, there will come that day when you will find you need it!
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IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Black Yellow 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-BLACK-YELLOWYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull. by deeshop
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deeshop IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Black Yellow 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-BLACK-YELLOWYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull.
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IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Black Red 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-BLACK-REDYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull. by deeshop
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deeshop IRON BRAID Get Back Whip Black Red 36 Inches Sold Each - 1009-36-BLACK-REDYou need to create every advantage you can nowadays to avoid being run over,years ago motorcycles were the only vehicles with the headlight on all the time and people noticed us,now almost every vehicle made comes with daytime running lights. When you have a long whip from IronBraid hanging from your lever blowing in the breeze you attract attention and catch the eye of other drivers. The Get Back Whips will fan out while riding and will not slap the rider or passenger. All Get Back Whips are HandBraided over a rope core and attached directly to a Quick Release aka,Panic Snap it can be attached to either the brake or clutch lever. With a quick downward pull,the whip can be released quickly in case of an emergency. The panic snap is commonly used in the horse field to release an out of control horse. All whips are made from the same full grain upholstery leather used in all IronBraid products. Today the whips are used for aesthetic reasons only but like most things they have a history of their own. Back in the day,these leather whips were usually made with the 1 bike club colors,besides showing off their club colors the whips could be quickly released and used in case of emergency to swing at anything that was causing a threat to the biker,hence the name Get Back Whip.Note: Will not fit around some levers that have leather covers installed If purchasing our braided levers and you want a whip to hang off the end,let us know and we can braid the levers short of the ball end so the quick release will fit around the leather and the lever. If you do not need the quick release part of the snap we have other snaps that we can use to make a whip for you,they come off but not with the quick pull.
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You don’t even need to eat the salt to reap the benefits; simply having it around you can be helpful in treating things like allergies, insomnia and migraines. by winnie
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winnie You don’t even need to eat the salt to reap the benefits; simply having it around you can be helpful in treating things like allergies, insomnia and migraines.
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Take note of who remains in your life when times get tough, especially the people who sacrifice the resources they have in their life to help you improve yours when you need it most. Seriously, when you come out the other side of a difficult period in your life, look around you. The people still standing beside you are your true friends. by AislingH
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AislingH Take note of who remains in your life when times get tough, especially the people who sacrifice the resources they have in their life to help you improve yours when you need it most. Seriously, when you come out the other side of a difficult period in your life, look around you. The people still standing beside you are your true friends.
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