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Beauty Redefined: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Own Beauty

Nicole Smithee and bridal party

  I was 6 years old when a boy first made me cry.  He called me Plucky Duck on the playground in front of other kids, laughing over his own clever joke about my “big” lips.  I ignored him and kept playing with my friends as if nothing had happened, but later that evening I stared at my reflection in the bathroom mirror, biting my lips to make them appear smaller while holding back tears. I didn’t wear lipstick till…

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Leadership Chat: Climate Control Part 3

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  Ignorance may be bliss, but it doesn’t make for great leadership.  This leadership chat explores a hidden way we all too often self-sabotage in our leadership.  Plus, I reveal an often overlooked but highly effective way to elevate morale and unity on the team, ministry or organization you are leading.  Whether the team you are leading is vibrant, exciting and thriving… or let’s be real, the team is more drama and less productivity than you’d like, this leadership chat will…

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Living Sacred In a Scandalous World

Nicole Smithee

  I was in the back of a beat-up Honda Accord with stained carpet upholstery and a nagging smell of smoke when I first read the New York Times article that revealed sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein dating back to 1990.  We were stuck in traffic and my Uber driver had just turned up the volume to some sort of generic smooth jazz radio station.  Trying to distract myself from both the traffic and the elevator music, I quickly…

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Leadership Chat: Climate Control Part 2

Nicole Smithee video

  Have you ever led a project that became unnecessarily complicated because no one on your team seemed to be on the same page? Ever found yourself leading an organization frustrated that others didn’t carry the same level of passion and dedication to the work as you did? Have you ever been disappointed at the end of a meeting, surprised that during the meeting people weren’t as eager to collaborate on a new idea as you would have hoped?  Girl, you…

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I Used to Hate Fasting, and How That All Changed

Nicole Smithee

I have a confession to make.  For a very long time, I hated fasting and avoided it like the plague.  I became a Christian when I was 12 years old, and I was eager to learn and grow in my faith at the time.  But fasting never made much sense to me.  It felt like a hunger strike at best and an unhealthy diet plan at worst.  I did a few short fasts throughout my teen years, but the whole…

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