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Cora Lively turns two
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How. How is she turning two today. 

She's smart, independent, spirited, loving and observant. She loves Moana and Minnie Mouse, church and her daddy. She rubs her eyes and grows sleepy the moment I start to sing her a nighttime lullaby and begs me to see pictures and watch videos of her friends and family on social media. 

Cora Lively means "heart full of life." My prayer for her has been that her love for life would be contagious. By the way she waves, smiles, high-fives, blows kisses and dances for every person she comes across on planet earth, this gift is already being lived out. 

She has a future filled with faithfulness, joy and influence. But for now, I'll just cuddle my confident, self-assured, infectious two-year-old and celebrate the light she's brought to my world for two whole years. 

When life is what you signed up for
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In my teen years, I read the biographies of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot and Lottie Moon, and ask God to help me be as bold and sacrificial with my life as they were. I thought it would lead to exotic missions somewhere foreign like India or Kazakstan. At the very least, I thought I would do something dramatic for a few years, then maybe settle down to a more "normal" American lifestyle. 

As fate would have it, I went to college straight out of high school, grabbed my first real world job close to home and then met and married Philip. Those early dreams of being bold and sacrificial faded as I skipped dramatic and went straight for mundane - or did they? 

Today, I'm experiencing the busiest and fullest phase of life yet. With Philip working for Elevation Church, myself working full-time, raising our daughter and still managing to keep up passions like running, couple's counseling (now that Philip is ordained, we are doing more and more pre-marital and it's the BEST), worship leading and, obviously, side hustling this brand writer thing, life has never been more demanding. But to us, it doesn't feel demanding. It feels full, overflowing and filling.

In the past year, we counseled three couples preparing for marriage. Last weekend, I held Cora as we watched Philip baptize two children. A couple weekends ago, after singing during worship, I got to watch from the stage as a man overwhelmed by emotion raised his hand indicating he had accepted Jesus as his savior. And, the company I work for is all about community transformation and spreading the gospel, which means I am able to lean on a ministry mindset for what I do there too. 

I used to think being used by God was supposed to look like cleaning orphans' faces or Bible translation in a distant land, but now I see that God is using me just as powerfully to demonstrate what John Piper meant by not wasting your life in a place where ambition, wealth, comfort and leisure steal so much potential. If the way I live challenges someone to pursue Christ more, especially to the point of some sacrifice, that's what motivates me through an extra long day. 

Whenever I start to think it's all too much or unfair or too limiting to our leisure time, I think back to those early prayers for God to help me leave this earth wrung out from every eternity-focused act I was able to do. And then it dawns on me; this is that life. The extra commitments, the full weekends, the ministry to individuals in addition to the crowds - that's what sacrifice looks like. I can't resent what I prayed for. I signed up for this.

Walking the talk
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When I set out to create Lindsey Wagnon | Brand Writer, I had stockpiled a LOT of information from more than a decade of professional writing and marketing work. I've blogged (I was among the first "professional" bloggers), been an ad agency copywriter, covered news for an NPR-affiliated radio station (bleh), wore the reporter hat for a small community publication, submitted countless lifestyle magazine articles and currently work full-time for the marketing department of a mortgage company. Yes, mortgage company

My thickening career portfolio (one of the perks of being in my mid-thirties *gasp*) may have given me the confidence to launch a personal brand, but wow, I was not prepared for the challenge of applying all my cumulative knowledge to my own company. When it's so personal, yet needs to be your best professional representation, it's another level of pressure. 

Raise your hand if you're an entrepreneur, girl boss, mompreneur who can relate. 

So, honestly, the past couple of months have been a test in walking the talk. I may know a lot, and even practice a lot of what I know on a daily basis, but doing it for myself is the hardest assignment I've ever faced. I thought I was aware of my weaknesses and limitations before, but I'm HYPER aware of them now *cough* design *cough*.

Fellow entrepreneurs, I salute you. You may, like me, feel the weight of everything that isn't up to your standard, needs more time or money that you just don't have, has glitches you don't know how to fix and isn't exactly at the ROI you expected by now, but listen, you're moving forward a little at a time and that's what matters. And let's be honest, we wouldn't be leading our own companies if we didn't kind of love being in charge of every part of it - even if it's shockingly demanding. 

With that said, I have a toddler, some chores and a marathon training run to attend to. Overachiever much? Nah, not me. Oh, and here's a Cora picture in case you need a laugh. 

Mac & cheese (emphasis on the cheese)

Mac & cheese (emphasis on the cheese)