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Random Tangents of a Broken Christ Follower

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Sometimes I feel like redemption stories do more harm than good. Sure the Bible is all about redemption. The gospel is a story of how Jesus redeems his people from the pit and gives them new life and a new hope that is sealed. Yet, the Bible is also laden with stories that are difficult to stomach without that comforting theme of redemption woven in.

There are many stories in my own life that aren’t in a phase of redemption. Some chapters are barren and cold, and still in the dead of winter. I’d like to hear all kinds of stories from believers, not just the warm and fuzzies, much like I’d rather hear about the Bible in its entirety, not just a “verse of the day” to get my quick spiritual fix.

Testimonies might be warm and fuzzy, but likely it’s not that that person found Jesus and now their life is perfect. In fact, their life might be more difficult. But that’s WHY I think Jesus is so cool. He makes every moment worth it. The moments when we sing on hilltops and the scary, dark pits we fall into and wonder how we’ll climb out of.

Life is crazy and messy. It’s hard. And sometimes slapping a bible verse on complex questions just won’t do. I don’t really have a point to this random tangent. Just sharing some thoughts on a platform where I probably shouldn’t.

On a lighter note, I think most people will be excited to know that my new favorite acronym of the week is PTL (praise the Lord) which has quickly replaced my former one,”on fleek.” Thanks to my cute friend Kayleen for keeping me in the Christian acronym loop.

PTL,

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How to Master Your Marketing Mojo

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So, here’s the back story:

I met this petite and pretty woman named Lylah when I worked at Stampington & Company and wrote a blog about her life on the farm. I was immediately intrigued with her simple way of living versus the fast paced life of Orange County, where I reside. Lylah’s journey as a farmer inspired me – from the story of her AMAZING award winning caramels to her sweet little goats that actually require a LOT of work.

Since then, we’ve stayed in touch over the years, and I’ve been fortunate enough to start my own journey as a business owner at Content Social Media Queen.

NOW, years later, I can’t be more thrilled to announce that I’ll be visiting Lylah’s farm better known as {The Simple Farm} on May 20th to host my very own marketing workshop!

Master Your Mojo Marketing Workshop 9AM-11AM

You may not know the first thing about online marketing, or you may be a seasoned pro, but I promise that these techniques have been tested and proven to generate amazing results. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged. Take it as an afternoon of fun yet feel accomplished knowing that you’re taking steps towards furthering your business and getting it out to the world!

Also ~ organic, tasty, farm-fresh snacks and refreshing drinks included!

Please bring your laptop and log into your social media accounts prior to class to ensure we make best use of our time together.

Only 11 spots available at $78 ~ purchase tickets here!

Location: THE SIMPLE FARM, 9080 E CACTUS RD, SCOTTSDALE AZ 85260

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Royally Excited for Social Media Queen

Hey ya’ll!

This past year was a living hell. I lived it, and many of you did too by walking alongside of me. THANK YOU. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, and want to get depressed, you can see what I mean right here.

But for now, let’s keep moving because I want to share something good that has given me some hope and newly found purpose.

I have been continually seeking God in prayer about whether or not to pursue a business. I know having your own business doesn’t define you, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time. I continue to pray, but stand firm believing God’s given me an answer, and I’m stepping out in faith that this is the right thing to do.

With that being said, I am so excited to announce that I have finally launched my business site:

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It still needs a lot of work and building, but I’m getting there. If you get a chance, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think. Your opinion means a lot to me.

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With love,

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Match.com is Shocked by this Guy’s Crazy “About Me” Intro

So, I may be a little biased, because I think my brother is the coolest guy in the world. But I think you’ll end up in my same biased boat after you surf through this amazing piece of writing he composed.

My brother’s friend (anonymous) is a great guy. He has wanted to meet a great girl for quite awhile. So, he decided to join Match.com. But the infamous “about me” intro wouldn’t write itself. He took a stab at it, but it wasn’t quite right. It was just like all the other intros out there: trying to use catchy words to describe himself, somehow trying to sum up his awesomeness in just a few sentences.

Enter: brother.

Please read on to find the most interesing, crazy, unconventional Match.com profile intro ever written. (At least I think so.)

What the friend first wrote:

Insert cool profile intro here.

What my brother wrote:

When I was a small boy I became lost in the pines.  I went hunting for snails, skipping along a disheveled rock path away from the safety and warmth of my campsite.  In my youthful haste, I stumbled over a rotted log shaped like Italy (or maybe Argentina, I do not have great memory for log shapes any more these days).  This country-shaped log exaggerated my youthful forward momentum and dashed me headlong against the stones.  I could not bring my hands up quick enough.  The blood was instantaneous.  Where was it coming from?  It did not matter, all was grey, then black…

I awoke in an eyrie.  Mother, as I came to know her, was looking at me mawkishly.  I am certain, as I reflect back on things, that she thought I would die before I learned to fly.  But she did not give up on me.  Mother was an eagle.  Not in the figurative sense.  She picked me off the rocks like so much dead carrion, but when she saw I still had life in me she took me as her own.  Her strange featherless boy.  The years passed.  I will spare you the details.  My brothers and sisters grew large and took to the heavens.  I remained in the nest.  I was sure I would die on that cliff face, 1400 meters above wherever.  Mother became ill.  She could no longer forage for grubs and field mice.  I became emaciated and withered alongside Mother.  I awoke one morning with the wind blowing a gale unlike any before (the wind on that cliff always blew, was my constant friend, telling me stories and laughing as it tore through the cliff scrub and rock crags).  The wind spoke to me again that day.  It said “you must take flight, your Mother is dying, and you must take flight.”  I looked to Mother and saw she was crying.  I stood up and placed my foot over the edge of the nest onto the lip of the cliff, I took a deep breath, then another, tilted my head heavenward to feel the brilliant sun on my face, spread my arms, and leapt…     

And then I flew to Reno, and I’d really like to meet a nice girl so I hope you are her.  Let’s fly together, huh?  Sounds like fun.

What do you think? Would you date a guy with this story as his profile intro? 🙂

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Delicious Potato Side Dish Recipe

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I know that in southern California (where I reside) it doesn’t feel like Fall yet. This heat wave has got to STOP! But the hot weather won’t stop me from cooking this delicious potato side dish. Even though it would be most enjoyed on a chilly evening next to my fireplace, I improvised and ate it for lunch with some seasoned chicken. And it was still quite fantastic.

Check out the ingredients you will need:

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  • Tiki Masala sauce (my fave is from Trader Joe’s)
  • Fingerling potatoes (also from Trader Joe’s)
  • Olive oil (or as Rachel Ray would say, EVOO)
  • Cumin
  • Tumeric
  • Chili Powder
  • Italian Spices
  • Yellow Onion
  • Minced Garlic (they sell in a little jar at Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

Throw it all into a sauce pan and cook it, duh!

Ok, I wish it was that easy…but honestly it’s pretty close to being that easy.

For the full recipe, click here: delish potato dish.

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Delish Potato Dish Recipe

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So, I always joke that I hate baking because I’m ADD and don’t have a long enough attention span to measure things. All joking aside, I don’t enjoy baking half as much as I do cooking, because cooking allows more creative control over my dishes. I love experimenting with spices and flavors that may not traditionally be paired together. Which brings me to the potato dish I’m sharing today!

Follow along with me to learn how to whip up this delish potato dish using mainly Trader Joe’s ingredients (and some magic.)

  1. First, gather your fingerling potatoes and cut them about 1/4″ thick. You don’t want them too thick because it takes longer to cook, but you don’t want them too thin, as they may dry out.
  2. Next, add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and onions into your pot and saute for a couple minutes. Then add minced garlic. After that, my secret trick is to add chicken stock instead of more oil. I do this mainly to cut the calories and fat. After that has been simmering for a bit and soaking up some flavor, add your potatoes and cover. Continue cooking and feel free to lift the lid to check on it and stir every couple minutes.
  3. Once potatoes are almost done cooking, add Tiki Masala sauce to taste and all those yummy spices. I don’t measure them, I just toss them in and go with my heart. Your kitchen should be filled with an absolute divine aroma by now!

If you continue to cook and notice that the potatoes start sticking to the pot, transfer all items to a skillet and add a little more chicken stock. They will cook more evenly this way.

Your potatoes should develop a bit of a crispy edge but still be moist and soft when you bite into them. I suggest getting a fork and trying a potato to see if it’s the right texture for you. (Some people like them soggy, some people like them a little more crisp.) Once it’s just right, remove from the heat and enjoy!

This potato dish would be perfect paired with some tasty chicken or next to a yummy breakfast omelette.

Enjoy and please let me know if you make this dish and how it turns out! 🙂