Positively Alene

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

what you can learn from one little boy if you are experiencing burn-out.

The crazy thing about burn-out is that you don’t notice it until it hits you full-force. I didn’t see the slow creep of weariness that had been apparently sneaking upon my soul for months. Then all of the sudden the biggness of everything was bearing down on me as never before. It was just another day, and then all the sudden the burden felt too heavy to carry. I had spent years building a ministry, a platform (as that’s the new fancy word these days.) My days were a blur of focusing on numbers, stats, organization, and everything else it took to grow a ministry and make a difference. And when the burn-out burden hit I began to question whether any of this energy spent on […]

daily to-do’s, shattered tiles, and missed opportunities.

It was a busy day. You know one of those days where you wake up and your to-do list greets you with endless lines of items that have to be checked off before you can call it a day. Before I could even get going it seemed that line-item list had already stolen my patience. After a few cups of coffee, I threw myself into high “get’er done” mode. It was out to the island to check on vacation rentals being occupied that weekend, errands for Hubby as he was out of town, bank, post office, and a quick stop by Walmart all before heading to the opposite side of town to organize a group to go out and serve others on the streets. Setting […]

when you don’t want to sit in the struggle you are going through

The sun was shining bright and I could hear the birds chirping rather happily as I stretched and rolled out of bed. My mood sure didn’t match that of the new Spring season bursting forth. While the world around me seemed to be screaming new season, new birth, new day, new everything, my soul felt something so different. It had been a season of sorrow, wrestling, sadness and despair. A time where I’d rather not be struggling, but instead experiencing the joys for what lies ahead. When we would prefer to celebrate. I didn’t want to wade through the days ahead. I didn’t want to experience the struggle to become something new. If I were a caterpillar I didn’t want to wiggle and squirm in this […]

4 steps to take when you feel stuck and need to get moving.

Do you want to be a world changer, but feel stuck? Would you like to lose weight, but seem overwhelmed by the idea? Maybe you’re thinking about starting a business, but you’re at a stand still? You know you’re called to make a difference. You’re ready to conquer that assignment, but your legs seem so heavy and afraid of change. Your mind feels paralyzed and your moments feel frozen in time. There are many reasons we can feel stuck: — fear — lack of direction — loss of enthusiasm — change of season What might have you feeling frozen in time? Acknowledging that you are feeling paralyzed in life is the biggest step to moving on. Once you acknowledge that you’re ready to press on, […]

the day i questioned grace and its boundaries.


I saw him. A slender, young man with his head hung low. He shuffled at a slow speed across the downtown parking lot. Everything about his demeanor told me he felt beaten and battered by the world around him. I approached him to pray. I wasn’t sure why the anguish, but I wanted to encourage him. To give him a reason to look up, I walked towards him. He slowly lifted his head and I said “Hello!” We conversed over this and that for a bit, then I asked if I could pray for him. It was then that his whole demeanor changed. He bowed his head and forcibly said, “I’m unworthy of your prayer.” I thought that was nonsense so I pressed further as […]

for months when the easiest of things seem the hardest.

Hopefully you are feeling some sort of freshness from the new year now that January is about over! I know it took me awhile to settle in and maybe you’re the same. When I had a chance to put goals and dreams in ordered sense for the year, my initial thought was this is going to be easy! At a glance some of the habits I wanted to conquer seemed so natural to take on. Keep the morning ritual — quite time, reading, and journaling Write daily Surrender social media Slow down to be all present in the moment Say no more often Get to the gym And diet — eat clean Easy breezy! I just knew that out of all my habit goals these […]

to all those who feel they are lagging behind in the new year.

Well the new year is in full swing! It’s rocking along and we’re already a few weeks in. But New Year’s day didn’t bring refreshment and renewal for me. How about you? With the whirlwinds of December full of travel, parties, and family gatherings it was hard to stop and catch a breath. My mind raced all month trying to stay caught up on what needed to be done and that left no time to be quiet and hear what my focus should be for the new year. New Year’s day was more of a let down. I needed rest. I needed organization. I needed time to absorb the past year’s lessons and highlights. And while I hadn’t yet accomplished any of that, my heart […]