Positively Alene

inspiring you to live your life your way . . . serving others

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Do you wonder what life is all about? You’ve been searching and yet feel unfulfilled. If so, Giving Up Normal is a manifesto that change the way you think as it challenges you to step out of your comfort to help others. The ONLY way to know your purpose is to serve others. The action steps included in this FREE ebook make it easy for you to live with purpose today. To get your copy (and regular updates), click subscribe.

keep dancing despite the struggle.

Have you ever felt like you were in waiting mode? Waiting on this. Waiting on that. The perfect day or project’s end. We have a lot of BIG things we are waiting on here in my house — first gbaby, daughter’s wedding and move to Florida Keys, along with a women’s event and new Bible study I’m writing. Waiting is hard work! Am I the only impatient one here? Urgh! I like things done now. I love seeing results — not waiting! And the wait that is hardest for me is waiting on a dream to be fulfilled. A few years ago, I began reaching out to, teaching and working with women on the inner city. It was a dream that came with much question and […]

the first 2 lessons you’ll learn when serving the homeless.

Five years ago when I felt the nudge to visit and help those in the inner city of my town, I had no idea what I was in for. In the beginning, I questioned and doubted if this “calling” was for real. I was a suburban girl and oblivious to the ways of the inner city. Nevertheless, the nudging persisted. Getting brave and stepping over to the other side of town was not the hard part. I thought being brave was showing up. I was cheery and full of anticipation of the reason I was there. I looked around and nothing was familiar. Nothing! I wasn’t use to seeing men laying in old abandoned buildings trying to get a night’s sleep. Nor watching men stagger trying to […]

life is a mosaic and not a puzzle piece.

It was an early late-summer morning and there was so much to do. I almost skipped the whole shower scene and just dabbed on a load of deodorant, but I didn’t. Don’t be grossed out, you know you do that on certain days too! :) The water was steaming and helped release the stress that had been building. I was thanking God for so many wonderful things and asking for clarity in certain areas. And somewhere between washing my hair and conditioning God spoke loud and clear. After decorating two beach properties we had recently acquired (more on that in another post on another day), I agreed to help a friend redecorate a beach property he had recently purchased. It was a blast and I […]

5 things i’m doing to live positively as myself.

Why is it so much easier for us to take a look at our lives and realize we need to simplify at the beginning of a new year? It’s as if January 1st signifies this need to purge. We cut back our food intake and focus our schedules. And that’s me, like a lot of you — longing for the simple, a less messy space, and margins in my life. Why is this so difficult? It’s so hard to simplify when the world screams more. I’m not talking more shoes, clothes, and homes. That “more” I conquered years ago. Hallelujah! I took the Summer of 7 challenge and simplified — y’all I lived eating only 7 foods and wearing only 7 pieces of clothing. And although […]

when everyone else has a dream and your purpose seems a blur.

It’s that time of year where you look around and everyone seems to have new goals and purpose. Aren’t you so happy for them? However, for many of us, it is not that clear. We wonder where we are going and what we are doing with our lives. It seems we have spent the past flailing around flapping our wings and getting nowhere. We want to make a difference. Truly we do, but it seems the fog of life has blurred our vision. There have been many changes in my own life this past year as we have ventured into the world of real estate, owning vacation rentals on the beach not far from here. (I’m excited to share more about the life’s lessons I’ve […]

9 things I learned in 2014.

It’s always remarkable looking back on the past. Hindsight does give a perspective. The days that once seemed long and even unproductive now are sweet memories with evidence of fruit in the time you sowed. I hope you have taken time to reflect. Here’s 3 simple way to help you, if you haven’t. There are such precious lessons tucked away between the days of past. Don’t let them slip by unaware. Here are 9 things I learned in 2014. 1. When God whispers crazy things ever so silently, He’s about to do something wild. God whispered go to the streets and invite the girls there to a women’s event we were hosting. It seemed totally cray, but I risked and did. Girls were invited and they […]

how to review your past year in 3 easy steps.

It’s that time of year — Christmas is over and the birth of a new year is just days a way. Something seems to happen within my soul in these few days. First, my eagerness for planning begins to take form. Then second, I seem to mourn over the year past wondering if any good came of it. Can you relate? What feelings do you feel these days leading up to the new year? Please tell me your soul stirs too with the agony of lost moments of the year prior and the excitement of days to come. Know where to start. The past few years I’ve spent time reviewing the previous year as the new year comes closer. I finally realized I needed to […]