in body image, fashion with compassion, style

The Link Between Self Worth and Sweatshops

15 Feb 2016

By: Abigail Driscoll In 2006, people were buying a third more clothes than they were in 2002, according to a Cambridge University study. That same study discovered that four times as much clothing fill women’s closets now than in 1980. Where there used to be just four main collections of clothing released by brands each year, one for each season, labels now average about 18...

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in identity, love, Seasonal, worth

Dear Daughter

14 Feb 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Dear Daughter, Sit with me while I tell you a story. Can you do that? This story begins long before you were born. Long before your brothers and sisters, friends, and even your parents were born. It begins at the dawn of time, when I created time… Before there was anything, I AM, and it was then that I thought of you....

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in book review, faith

On Waiting & Walking Through Open Doors

12 Feb 2016

By: Rachel Brown When we’re waiting and praying and dreaming for something, it’s hard to know exactly how to move forward. It’s easy to second-guess ourselves as we mentally sort through the process, asking ourselves plenty of questions along the way. Do we need to seek out stillness, reveling in our quiet time with God? Or should we be continually walking through open doors, submersing...

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in fun, Poetry

The Sunshine is a Tangible Thing

09 Feb 2016

By: Harmony Lange The sunshine is a tangible thing, A palpable thing. It fills the air around you, Paints trees, Wraps you up. It stirs the smell of dirt from the ground The most honest smell. Its warmth dries up the pine needles creating a carpet that whispers softly as you walk, gentle susurrations. Any sound that comes to you Must pass first Through the...

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in beauty

WM Spotlight: Verity Varee Kickstarter

09 Feb 2016

We are thrilled to spotlight our friends over at Verity Varee and hope you’ll check out their Kickstarter campaign! Watch the video below to learn more about the heart and mission of Verity Varee. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this worthwhile campaign!   Verity Vareé Kickstarter from Verity Vareé on Vimeo.

in love, scripture, women of the bible, worth

The King’s Table

04 Feb 2016

By: Tekoa Manning Saul’s grandson, the son of Jonathan, named Mephibosheth was crippled as a child. When he was five years old, a report came that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle and when the boy’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, the nurse dropped Mephibosheth, and he became crippled (2 Samuel 4). Oh,...

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in beauty, body image, fun

Creating Health Related Goals

25 Jan 2016

By: Rachel Brown As we settle into life in 2016, we are constantly seeking ways to live out our New Year’s Resolutions and goals. Many of those may revolve around health, about carving out more time for exercise and finding ways to eat a little lighter after enjoying the delicious treats that the holiday season has to offer. But how do we find balance between...

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in faith, prayer, scripture

Bible Verses for When Your Heart Hurts

25 Jan 2016

By: Juliandra Durkin Sometimes it seems like life is an angry ocean, the salty waves crashing down without giving room to breath or space to stand. It can seem especially daunting when life continues in such a way for days, months, and for some years. But be encouraged, friends, as God provided us with His unchanging words to bring life to our hurting hearts! Perhaps...

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in dating and relationships, scripture

Stand Above Judgement

13 Jan 2016

By: Kelsey Alexander We aren’t always as nice as we seem. Sure, we may smile and give a girlfriend a compliment, but every so often there is a rush that runs through us of jealousy or contempt. If any of us can let go of our self-righteous pride, we can relate one way or another to the ever so popular “Mean Girls.” We say things...

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in Emotional Health, grace, perfectionism, worth

Redefining Failure

09 Jan 2016

By: Abigail Driscoll Shame. Guilt. Worthlessness. Inadequacy. These are feelings many of us are all too familiar with, especially when it comes to failure. Maybe you applied for a job you really wanted and after interviewing, the company decided to move on with a different candidate. Maybe you started a new business and it just didn’t take off. Maybe you set a goal and found it...

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in WM spotlight

{WM Spotlight} Yellow Conference and Joanna Waterfall

08 Jan 2016

We are excited to spotlight Yellow Conference founded by Joanna Waterfall. Joanna was inspired with the idea by looking up to women making a difference in the world, desiring to use her gifts to change lives, and wanting to connect entrepreneurial women with a purpose to learn from each other. Yellow Conference 2016 will be the third annual conference held late this summer. Learn more about...

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Coffee Shop Convo for Days that Hurt
in faith, prayer, scripture

Coffee Shop Convo for Days that Hurt

07 Jan 2016

By: Kathryn Messer Grab a cup of something warm and join me at the table for a comforting reminder of God’s security in times of chaos and heartache. Despite the chaos or hellish situation you may be experiencing, allow me to encourage you over a little cup of tea or coffee. I have my steaming cup! You’ve got yours? Great. Here we go! Despite the...

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in faith

Pursuing Intentionality

05 Jan 2016

By: Rachel Brown One of my mentors gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me over the years. Andy Benton is the President of my Alma mater, Pepperdine University, and after I graduated I was seeking advice from him while I was searching for a job. When I asked him how to really stand out in the interview process, he told me...

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Looking Up
in Poetry

Looking Up

04 Jan 2016

By: Harmony Lange Going home Going home Going home I’m going HOME Where the drizzling rain is accompanied By the grey and the chill As it ought And the trees stand tall With rough, damp bark And falling needles And the earth is dark and rich And the land dips and rolls And folds back on itself And the skies are filled With towering castles...

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in blogging, prayer

Looking Ahead

28 Dec 2015

By: Rachel Brown Christmas has come and gone (how?!) and New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s a good idea to take some time to reflect on where you have been (literally and figuratively) and where you want to go in the next year. But how do we do that, exactly? Here are some ideas. Write...

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in joy

{Merry Christmas}

24 Dec 2015

By: Juliandra Durkin             Juliandra Durkin is the manager for Wonderfully Made’s blog Know Your Value. She also writes at Written Jewels, a personal blog with stories and reflections on life. Besides writing, she spends her free time exercising or out in nature. Give her a beach or a mountain; sunrise or sunset, she loves it all, especially walking her...

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in Christmas, faith, Seasonal, women of the bible

What About Mary?

19 Dec 2015

By: Juliandra Durkin Every little girl who goes to church at Christmastime wishes she could be Mary. Age 9, 10, 11… Girls want to be Mary in the Christmas plays they watch and stories they hear. Mary, an innocent girl, chosen and well favored by God, to carry the baby Jesus, the Savior and Messiah. An angel visited her and she said, “Yes.” She went...

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in Uncategorized

Fall On Your Knees

15 Dec 2015

By: Kathryn Messer As this season of Advent has begun, may our hearts turn towards the bustling town of Bethlehem and the sound of cattle and other barnyard animals as a young, engaged woman prepared to give birth, in a humble stable, to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; Jesus the Christ child. Many of us have heard this story year after year,...

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in blogging, Christmas, love, Seasonal

12 Days of Christmas

13 Dec 2015

By: Juliandra Durkin It’s Advent Season! Do any of you know what advent means? The definition of advent is “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” Advent is a time to celebrate, reflect, and anticipate the birth of Jesus. There was no grand arrival for the Baby born in a barn, as his parents weren’t able to find a room to stay in...

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in Uncategorized

I Forgot Who was Lying in the Manger

08 Dec 2015

By: Alyssa Spang It was my own thoughtlessness that caused me to end up in the ditch. The air was humid and I had been biking on mushy gravel for at least thirty miles. So I let my mind drift away, and I didn’t notice the hazardous ditch on the trail. My legs landed awkwardly in the ditch and my bike landed painfully on my...

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in Uncategorized

A Christmas Poem

07 Dec 2015

By: Juliandra Durkin It flew in so fast, it’s that time of the year… Tinsel, music, decorations, and good cheer. The tree is up, the lights are tangled. Stop little brother! Now I’m getting strangled. Mom! He pushed me and is pulling my hair. Hunny, be a lady, you’re acting like a bear. But I… But he… I don’t even LIKE Christmas tress! The stockings...

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