[FREE] The MARRIAGE PROMISE Challenge

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I’m looking for MORE in 2016.  I am happily married.  I have an adoring husband, but I want more.  I want my marriage to flourish even greater.  I want God to do more in my marriage and in my home.

Sound familiar?

Maybe you’re saying to yourself that you’re married but not so happily, or you’re newly married and want to build a solid foundation, or you’ve simply come to a place of maturity in yourself and in your marriage where you realize you want and CAN HAVE MORE!

I challenge you!  I challenge you to get what God has for you, because the only one holding you up is YOU!

Join my husband, Jon, and I as we challenge what you thought was possible in your marriage over the course of 12-months, beginning January 1, 2016.  Here’s what the challenge consists of:

  • a monthly challenge (12 challenges) no sneak peek!
  • Monthly Private Periscope Check-in
  • Prayer….Communication…Consistency!

That’s it!

The challenge is completely free and as I said, Jon and I will be going through this right along with you.

BUYER BEWARE…CAUTION…DISCLAIMER

This is not fun and games where you get a nicely wrapped prize at the end.  We’re going to get our hands dirty!  We’re going to dig deep!  You’re going to be forced to address some of those issues you’ve been trying to avoid or pretend don’t exist.  You’re going to feel uncomfortable.  You’re going to be vulnerable.

But…you’re going to grow!

This challenge is not for everyone.  If you feel like your marriage is fine where it’s at, if you feel like you know enough about your spouse and your spouse knows enough about you just how things are, then this is not for you.  Again, this is for the couples who want more!

Ideally this challenge is for couples to go through together, but you can take this individually as well.

Enrollment ends December 31st.  Click the link to join us in this challenge.

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Your Girl,

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p.s. Jon and I have been married for 10 years (in May).  We have 4 children under eight years old and our marrige HAS. BEEN. TRIED!  God has done far more than we ever expected.  For the past six years, we have ministered to young adults through a series of meet-ups on various topics relevent to Christian living.  

[WEBINAR] How to Leverage Facebook to Grow Your Business or Blog

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One of the best things you can do for yourself is to invest in yourself.  If you enjoy sewing, it might be wise to invest in some classes to hone your skill.  If you enjoy web design, it might be wise to take a course to specialize in a particular design style and so forth. If you’re in business, it makes sense to invest in some ways to grow your audience and customer base.

On Sunday 22nd at 6:30 pm PST I am teaching bloggers and business owners how to increase their audience  and grow their businesses using Facebook Groups.  I have been blogging since 2006 and have a ton of experience in doing things the wrong way.  As a result, I have learned how to do things the right way, efficiently and effectively.

During this 1-hour LIVE webinar, I’ll be teaching the steps I use to grow my audience.

I’ll show you how to:

1.  Use the content within FB Groups to increase your site traffic and exposure.

2. Understand your customer and what will make them spend with you.

3. Walk through my step-by-step process for content mining your FB Groups.

4. Put into action the 5 “MUST DO & DON’T’s” for every FB Group you’re a member of.

5. Speak directly to your customer and convert!

I’m really excited about sharing this information because I know these strategies work.  My blog and consequential business opportunities are proof.

So as yourself, where do you see your business in the next year?  January is on our heels and we’re going to be in 2016 before we know it.  Be the entrepreneur you tell people you are and invest in yourself.

I look forward to seeing you!

[CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO REGISTER]

Your Girl,

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TWITTER CHAT: VISUAL BRANDING ON A BUDGET [RECAP]

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CLICK THE BANNER TO READ THE RECAP!

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Entitlement & Worthiness

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ENTITLEMENT AND WORTHINESS

Entitlement is the joy killer.

Take for example Halloween.  Set aside the fact that Halloween is not a holiday that I celebrate as a Christian.  Any other day of the year, hand a kid a chocolate bar and he’ll be thrilled. Do it on Halloween and it’s worth almost nothing.

When you receive something you feel entitled to, something expected, that you believe you’ve earned, it’s not worth much. And when you don’t receive it, you’re furious. After all, it’s yours. Already yours. And you didn’t get it. Whether you’re wearing a cat costume or showing up as a surgeon after years of medical school, entitlement guarantees that you won’t get what you need.

Worthiness, on the other hand, is an essential part of receiving anything.  When you feel unworthy, any kind response, positive feedback or reward feels like a trick, a scam, the luck of the draw. It’s hardly worth anything, because you decided in advance, before you got the feedback, that you weren’t worthy.

It’s possible to feel worthy without feeling entitled.  Humility and worthiness have nothing at all to do with defending our territory. We don’t have to feel like a fraud to also be gracious, open or humble.

Both entitlement and unworthiness are the work of the enemy. They make us bitter, encourage us to be ungenerous, keep us stuck.

The entitled yet frightened voice says, “What’s the point of contributing if those people aren’t going to appreciate it sufficiently?” And the defensive unworthy voice says, “What’s the point of shipping the work if I don’t think I’m worthy of being paid attention to…”

God owes each of us nothing. Hard work and the dangerous commitment to doing something that matters doesn’t get us a guaranteed wheelbarrow of prizes… but what it does do is help us understand our worth in God’s eyes. That worth, over time, should become an obligation, the chance to do our best work and to contribute to communities we care about just as God does for us on a daily basis.

When the work is worth it, make more of it, because you can, and because God blessed you to share it.

“I’m not worthy,” isn’t a useful way to respond to success. And neither is, “that’s it?”

It might be better if we were just a bit better at saying, “thank you.” – Seth Godin

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MARRIAGE CONVERSATIONS | 14 DAY RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGE – DAY 2

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14 DAY RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGE DAY 2

CHALLENGE: HIDE A NOTE – WRITE 5 NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOUR SPOUSE AND HIDE THEM FOR HIM|HER TO FIND.

Some things never get old; like receiving compliments or words of encouragement.  Who doesn’t like to be told they look nice?  Who doesn’t like to be told things will be alright?  I find that sometimes in marriage we fall into comfort levels where we become lax and we’re not as generous with our compliments and encouragement as we once were.  We have periods where it’s easier to extend kindness to strangers than it is our own spouse.  In times like this, if we don’t recognize the signs, we can easily fall into what I call the “roommate trap” (which I talk about in this video, this one and finally this one) where you’re essentially renting a room in a house with someone you married.  This prompt is designed not only to make your spouse feel good, but to also remind you of all the wonderful things you already knew about your spouse, but needed to remember and acknowledge.

PRAYER

Dear God, help me to remember all the reasons that I married my spouse.  Help me to make time to recognize him for all the goodness they add to my life.  God, help me not to allow the chores of the day to cloud my priorities and purpose which is to be a helpmate to my husband, to love him, honor him, obey him and respect him.  Amen.

OBSERVATIONS

I was really happy with how this challenge turned out, never mind the fact that he only found 1 note.  LOL  It meant so much to me to see is heartfelt reaction to finding the note he found.  The note said, “I pray that Julia and Jayde marry men like you!”  Apparently, it was the word of encouragement he needed at that moment.  Mission accomplished in my book ya’ll.

How to join?  That’s up to you!  It’s completely your choice how you participate in this challenge.  Truly, what matters to me is that you are putting these prompts into action prayerfully and intentionally.  I want you to see the fruits of your labor when it’s all said and done.  Here’s how you can follow along: (1) Check back here to find the daily prompt along with my encouragement, prayer and observations from the previous day.  (2) Check out my Instagram where you’ll also see the daily prompts and can engage other participants.  (3) Watch the live Periscope episodes over the course of these 14 days where you’ll find me talking about my observations in addition to tackling a Marriage Conversations Topic.  Finally, (4) you’ll find a video dedicated to this challenge, with all the details and each day spelled out for you.  This is in case you’re catching this on the 15th day and you really want to participate.  The beauty is there’s no such thing as a late start.  Anytime is a great time to start doing these things in your relationships. #MARRIAGECONVERSATIONS

Your Girl,

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MARRIAGE CONVERSATIONS | 14 Day Relationship Challenge – DAY 1

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14 DAY RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGE DAY 1

CHALLENGE: Take an “usie” of you and your spouse.

This will be harder for some than other.  When taking a picture, you are capturing a moment in time.  For most of us, seeing old pictures brings back memories, feelings and emotions; both good and bad.  What will today’s pictures bring to your remembrance days, weeks and months from now?  A fulfilling, strong, healthy marriage?  A marriage ravaged by lies, abuse or unforgiveness?  A relationship at a crossroads; one conversation away from becoming something great or becoming another failed relationship?  How will you remember today?  I chose this prompt because taking there’s something special about inviting someone to take a picture with you.  There’s a certain closeness that comes along with it, especially a selfie|usie.  You’re saying, I want you to be close to me and I want to remember this moment.

PRAYER

Dear God, your word says you know the plans you have for me; plans of good and not evil.  I pray God that you will continue to strengthen our marriage day by day so that years from now we’ll be able to look back on these days with fondness.  I thank you for this opportunity to encourage other married couples to show love to their spouse in their daily actions. Amen

OBSERVATION

Today is Day 1 of the 14 Day Relationship Challenge where we are taking a close look at our marriage relationships and challenging ourselves to do little things that will have lasting impact.  I successfully completed day 1 by taking a picture and posting it to social media.  Day 1 done.  But  not really, because part of the  challenge of day 1 won’t be realized until days from now.  As I took this picture I prayed that every day forward would be better than the day before and in that very prayer is where the challenger resides.  It’s exhausting to make each day great and approach each day with the mindset of making it better than the day before.  I’m up for the challenge, because my husband and my marriage are worth it.

Looking forward to day 2.

How to join?  That’s up to you!  It’s completely your choice how you participate in this challenge.  Truly, what matters to me is that you are putting these prompts into action prayerfully and intentionally.  I want you to see the fruits of your labor when it’s all said and done.  Here’s how you can follow along: (1) Check back here to find the daily prompt along with my encouragement, prayer and observations from the previous day.  (2) Check out my Instagram where you’ll also see the daily prompts and can engage other participants.  (3) Watch the live Periscope episodes over the course of these 14 days where you’ll find me talking about my observations in addition to tackling a Marriage Conversations Topic.  Finally, (4) you’ll find a video dedicated to this challenge, with all the details and each day spelled out for you.  This is in case you’re catching this on the 15th day and you really want to participate.  The beauty is there’s no such thing as a late start.  Anytime is a great time to start doing these things in your relationships. #MARRIAGECONVERSATIONS

Your Girl,

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14 Day Relationship Challenge | Marriage Conversations

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14-Day Relationship Challenge | A challenge brought to you by Leslie Young of Marriage Conversations

You may recall this post where I introduced you to my daily Periscope series called Marriage Conversations. Although each broadcast has a different topic, the running theme is surrounds three core actions – Prayer, Communication and Consistency!

Beginning Monday October 5th, I’m challenging those who are facing challenges in their marriage or are just looking to strengthen their marriage to join me in a 14-day relationship challenge focused on helping us remember the little things that make a big difference.

The challenge will consist of performing action items over the course of 2 weeks.  In order to maintain the integrity of this challenge, participants are encouraged not to disclose this challenge with their partners until after the challenge.  Every day we will have a check-in on Periscope during the normal Marriage Conversations time.

My goal is that you will begin to see a difference in how you feel about your spouse and how your spouse responds to you.  I look forward to hearing about how this challenge has changed your relationships and how it is impacting mine.

Up to the challenge?  Use hashtag #MarriageConversations to join in.  And don’t forget to join the conversation live on Periscope.

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Your Girl,
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At The Helm Conference | October 10, 2015

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At The Helm Conference: The Business Owner’s Toolbox

At the Helm began as a conference in Los Angeles in 2011 by Alaia Williams and her team. After the success of their events in 2011 and 2012, they took ATH on the road in 2013. That year, they had regional events in four cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Asheville, NC) and held their 3rd annual conference in Hollywood, CA. That year, the At the Helm Podcast was also launched.

In 2014, they held their 4th annual conference in Santa Monica, CA. At the conference, they announced the launch of At the Helm Society. It’s a way to connect with the ATH community throughout the year, while also continuing to deliver practical and actionable business information At the Helm is known for.

My topic

I’ll be talking about the power of building a community, mastermind or tribe.  After all, who better to talk about this right? LOL  I’ll be sharing my story and why creating a core group of people interested and engaged in your niche area is key to blog growth, exposure and monetization opportunities.  I’ll also be sharing how easy it is to set these groups up.

I hope to see you there!

REGISTER HERE

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BLOG SECRETS: BEST BLOG RESOURCES

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BLOGGING SECRETS:  BEST BLOG RESOURCES

As you know, I’ve been in the blogging game for a while now…10 years to be exact.  I’ve spent hours and hours looking for resources to boost the quality of my blog posts.  I’ve spent hours and hours comparing said resources to other resources until I had unknowingly built a tool box of mostly free resources.

After being asked over an over, what I use to perform certain blog tasks, I thought it only made sense to share my resources.

Here you have it.  A complete resource guide for blogging. You’ll find resources in all of these areas:

–  Building Your Blog

–  Writing A Post

–  Branding & Logo

–  Email Management

–  Social Media Management

–  Stock Photography

–  Blogging Business

–  and more…

The best thing about this, is you’ll spend a fraction of the time I spent searching these tools out.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY TODAY!

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