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Why I’m Crazy Excited About The 2014 Orange Pre-Conference

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orange-preconferenceYou know about the annual Orange Conference in Atlanta, right?

Well, for as many years as I can remember, Orange has done a handful of Pre-Conference Workshops in the hours before the opening of the actual conference.

Every year, I heard incredible things about The Orange Pre-Conference (“It’s so personal! You meet so many people! It’s really practical! You get to connect with all the speakers!”)

But… I never actually got around to attending.

This year, however, that’s changing.

I am so excited about this year’s Pre-Conference that I can’t even stand it.

Here’s why.

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Happy Orange Blogger Week!

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orange-bloggers-weekIt’s Orange Blogger Week!

What the heck does that mean, you ask?

Well, it means that all week long, ministry leaders around the world will be sharing their thoughts, experiences, and successes with “thinking Orange.” Collectively, we’ll talk about what Orange is, why we believe in it, and how it’s transformed our ministries.

And, most importantly, we’re going to be talking about The Orange Conference! Because it is coming up quick and, seriously, it’s going to be the best year ever. Check it out.

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3 Apps for Making This Your Best and Most Productive Year Ever

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productivityappsNow that we’re into the first full work week of 2014, I thought it would be fun to talk about our favorite tools for getting stuff done in the new year. I’ve got a few that I absolutely love, but I’d love to hear some of your favorites, too.

So how about this. I’ll share my three favorites. Then it’s your turn. Sound good? Together, we will make the ultimate list of awesome apps.

I really only use three productivity apps in all. I’ve got one for to-do lists, one for notes, and for building good habits.

And here they are…

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A Look Back at 2013 and a Look Forward to 2014

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2013-2014It’s the first full week of 2014! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about this coming year. I think it’s going to be a good one.

But, really, 2013 was pretty great too.

I launched this blog in 2013, for one thing. And it’s been a really fun little adventure so far. In the last year, we’ve talked about all sorts of stuff. Social mediahaving funpartnering with parentswomen in ministry… recycling your five million youth group t-shirts… and lots more.

I’ve had a blast so far.

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The Year I Threw Away My New Year’s Resolutions

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newyearsHi friends! Happy 2014!

Today is New Year’s Day. Which means yesterday was New Year’s Eve. And yesterday, like most of you, I spent some time thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions.

Yesterday morning, I grabbed my laptop, opened my to-do list, and started listing the things I wanted to accomplish in the new year.

I had goals for our ministry.
For my job.
For this blog.
For my health.
For my house.
For my bookshelf.

Turns out there are a ton of things I wanted to accomplish in 2014.

But as I looked over my list of resolutions, I realized I wasn’t very excited about them. It was a good list, full of really cool things I really did want to accomplish. But something about it felt empty.

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