Author: connie

When I wanted to quit

Women are intricate.  We can be flowing with full-out femininity, and the next minute bring out our “Xena Warrior Princess”.   The gown goes from puffy and pink to tight leather with weapons.   And that switch can happen in a matter of seconds.  Don’t believe me?  Just make some ignorant comment about our weight…. Yet no matter how sweet and powerful we can be, we are still delicate.  We like to be handled with care.  We like to know someone is sheltering us from the storm (even though we SAY we can manage just fine….)   But life isn’t always chivalrous.   It can be downright cruel.   What’s a poor, fragile woman to do in this unfair world? Learn to fight it out.  Persevere.  Don’t stop.  Don’t quit.  Don’t give up and never give in.   Bring out the warrior in full force. We need to learn to be women who don’t quit….. who don’t go down without a fight.  There have been too many times in my life where I quit before I could fail or be made a fool of.   We could be on the brink of a huge breakthrough, but we’ll never know – unless we don’t quit! I wasn’t planning on writing this, but I feel there’s some reading this blog right now who are thinking of quitting.  Thinking that your idea...

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How do we raise our kids to not live out of entitlement?

One of the hardest things I’m finding as a parent is how to help my son not sink into the deep waves of entitlement.  Even with intention, it’s a hard battle to win.  I will often hear my son yelling at his little brother for holding one of “his” toys.  It’s full freak-out session.  To this I often reply, “Is that how you want our family to work?  If that’s the case, then that’s ‘my’ TV and you can’t use it.”   Usually puts the fire out right there.  But that only deals with the surface.  How do we take this further and cultivate a sense of stewardship into our children? We’re in luck.  I ran into this blurb off of Verge Network.  I think this is brilliant and key to raising kids who don’t become saturated with culture’s message of: “It’s YOURS.  You need more.” Paul Tripp stated: We want to have that conversation early that our home doesn’t belong to us, our possessions don’t belong to us. This is not our little private domain where we shut the door and shut the world out and we do all the selfish things we want to do. Even our most private spaces belong to God. They belong for His use. Your toys don’t belong to you, but they belong to God. They’re there for His use.  How can we...

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The new face of prositution

Driving downtown in my city late at night, you won’t be seeing prostitutes.  It’s rare.  Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Looks like the city has cleaned up!  Oh no, my friend.  It’s just gotten a whole lot worse… because now its hidden. “Where did they go?”, I asked my friend who works with getting women out of prostitution.  “Online”, she answered.  “Craigslist, Kijiji…”  Not to mention the vulnerable girl who finds a guy who takes her in, cares for her, then traps her and sells her.  In. My. City.  Not overseas.  Right here.  You may have heard of this described in a new word called, “trafficking”.   We often associate that word with Europe or Thailand, but looks like it also happens in suburbia. Many of the women who want to flee trafficking in my city have kids, so they stay with the man who sells them.  Looking at some of their faces you would never guess they are living the life of prostitution behind closed doors.  This makes their vulnerability that much greater. There is much attention being given to human trafficking, which is great!  However, I don’t think we’re aware enough of how “local” it really is and what we as local citizens can do about it. Is that what you’re thinking?  “What am I supposed to do about this?”  Glad you asked.  Here’s something you and I...

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Book is officially RELEASED!

And we had a party!  To celebrate the launching of my book, Culture Rebel, we had friends and family gather for an evening of food and book signing.  I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the pictures from the event as well as where you can get your copy of Culture Rebel! You can always order off my website with paypal to get a signed copy sent strait to you!  Click here. Other venues and Chapters book signings are: September 22 (this weekend)   Rescue Edmonton Conference at West Edmonton Christian Assembly.  Click here for info. September 28-29   Upswing Edmonton at Millrise Assembly.  Click here for info. October 4   Calgary Downtown Indigo book signing from 11am-2pm. October 6: Indigo Book Signing at Cross Iron Mills, Balzac 12-5pm October 26-27  Wonder Women Conference  Langley, BC.   Click here for info. October 28  Calgary Chinook Centre Chapters book signing from 12-5pm. November 2  Wonder Women Conference Kamloops, BC.  Click here for info. November 25-27  Lighthouse Community Church, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Undercurrent Youth Centre, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia Tuesday Night Crew, Sydney, Nova Scotia November 30  Corps Bara Gala To view the video trailer click here. And here’s our event:   Love this girl 🙂   The one and only Chris Matteo who made the book trailer   A fabulous writer (he’s actually multi-talented..)   My model-walk coach.  I’ll never be as...

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When your world is full of cliques

I got a message from a friend last week who was having a horrible time with cliques in her son’s school.  With her permission, here’s her experience:   “I’m finding a huge number of cliques have cropped up in our  school. Last night I literally ate alone at our school bbq because these groups were so tightly circled off. I tried to interact with the moms at the school, but it’s tough having to listen to them recount all the fun they had at events I clearly wasn’t invited to.  My son is bearing the brunt of these cliques in school. He’s well-liked by most of his classmates and they all treat him well one-on-one. He’s just not part of any group. Last night he was directly told to “go away” from one of these groups, and was given the cold shoulder by another pair. The two of us left the picnic early. It doesn’t help that we’re relatively new at our church, so we don’t have any close relationships there either.”   Can I be honest for a moment?  This message made my blood boil.  Nothing angers me more than seeing someone being pushed out of the social circle, intentionally or unintentionally.  However, whenever my mind starts to think about what I’d like to do to those ladies, a small voice inside me reminds me how I’ve done...

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