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.

let’s build a house in guatemala (your invitation to join me)

Three years ago when I was in Guatemala I heard God whisper, “Bring other’s back.” I really didn’t understand what that meant, nor did I know the journey that would come together for the years to come. Guatemala left me overwhelmed with the vastness of poverty I saw. I wondered, as we walked among the community and visited with the families there, how one person or even a group of 20 could make a difference. But around Day 3 when we partnered with the Guatemala Potter’s House I saw a way I could make a difference — at least to one. There in the lunch room I met Jakelyn. (read how God brought us together here) Our eyes locked and her smile grabbed my heart. I […]

be brave — you are the message.

Everyone is talking about being brave. Have you heard the buzz? I want to be brave too. I want to live bold and adventurously and make a difference. But what about the small brave we need to embrace daily? That small scary step of being who we were created to be and not trying to replicate others. A few years ago, I read the book You Are the Message by Roger Ailes. You’ll love the subtitle – getting what you want by being who you are! You really must read the book – it is that good. It was a timely message for me as I was struggling to figure out this crazy life — purpose, calling, and direction. The message blew me away as […]

craving results is tiring.

I’m realizing I’m such a results driven person. I need numbers, stats, and visual proof that things are happening. I long to know that the labor of what is being sowed is fruitful. Oh how I wish I could let this go because I know it makes me crazy. Not like pycho-crazy — but like that scary crazy in your head that gets dizzying day after day. Do find yourself craving results too? You plant, scatter seed, write, work, minister, work for a boss or raise a family all the while craving to see the fruit of your labor. You stretch and crave to see results. Then you soon find yourself frustrated and tired. It’s hard to work so diligently on something and then surrender […]

know your purpose by finding your sweet spot and a reader survey.

As I finish up leading SAVOUR, a Bible study I penned, I’m more aware than ever that each of us question if we have a purpose. Is that you? Are you longing to see and know your purpose? If so, let me assure you — you have a purpose. We all do! Sometimes it just takes a little digging in and discovering yourself to see it all unfold. Let me ask you this: What are you gifted to do? What are your talents? What do others say you do well? What would you love to do, if time or money wasn’t a constraint? What legacy would you love to leave? What do you dream of doing? There is something so precious about all those answers. […]

{podcast 022} 2 keys to quit comparing and live your own story.

Why is it I always find myself second guessing my story? Can you relate to that? I know it’s wasted time and brain power, but there I find myself — comparing my days to others again and again. The fact is so many of us have wished we were somebody else a time or two in our life. We want their jobs, family, position, wealth, friends and even ministry. The problem arises when wishing and comparison becomes a daily way of thinking. Today the challenge is on for you and I live the stories that God created us to live. We can’t live our best friends, bosses, or children’s stories so why do we try. It’s as if we wake up and feed our minds upon a […]

could you be living a portfolio life? get the book FREE

Jeff Goins has done it again! He hits another one out of the ball park with his newest book soon to be released The Art of Work – a proven path to discovering what you were meant to do. I’m not sure how he continually writes and publishes books that make it into my hands in the most timely of manner. I have followed Jeff for a few years and have helped him launch three books — Wrecked, The In-Between, and now The Art of Work. He is the real deal full of wisdom beyond his years, which I witnessed first hand as he led out in my first trip to Guatemala. The Art of Work Before I dug in to read Jeff’s new book, […]

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 […]