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On the meaning of Her Name

Addicted to busyness, productivity, achievement, approval? Always in a hurry? You are not alone.  The following is both a prayer and  birthday poem for my daughter on the meaning of her name... Haven   A solace of still in the storms of hurry A shelter for the spirit to sigh A prayer of peace in the woes of worry A glimpse of more than meets the eye   A symphony of silence, mist and calm A power that's breaking Busy's vow A Sabbath rest, a healing balm A here-ness that hugs the holy Now   A hideaway held in wide open spaces A hidden, secret self laid bare A slowness of soul while everyone races A breathless song, a wordless...

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The Beauty Interviews

As a creative in the fashion industry, I find myself in many conversations about true beauty. I sat down with Susannah from freedomgraceandfitness.com and answered from the heart.    Susannah: You obviously love designing beautiful things. What role would you say beauty has played in your life? Ansley: In many ways Beauty has been my song – often times sung with dissonance and lies. But other times with ever-increasing harmony and freedom to belt out Beauty in her many unchained melodies. Beauty has woven herself across my wide array of interests and roles. I have not only longed personally to BE beautiful, I’ve longed to CREATE beauty, to share her, to uncover her where she’s been hidden, and multiply her...

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The Colors of Summer

School is out for the summer which means, for my 9-year-old Haven, if she's not in camp or on a play date, she's in the studio with me! This week Haven decided she wanted to try her hand at photography. We came up with a plan inspired by the colors of summer and the colored walls of downtown Orlando. Haven styled the shot, told me how to pose, made me laugh and act silly and even tried her hand at editing! BEST "Take your daughter to work" week EVER! Hope you enjoy... Inspired by sunny summer days...before the thunderstorms roll in that is.  Inspired by the fireworks of July and motivated by "show your sunshine nails, mama!" Inspired by summer...

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Is Your Spirit Free?

People throw around the phrase, “she’s a free spirit” rather loosely. Though “free spirit” is generally a positive phrase, people mean many different things by it. Some mean having an air of independence, others mean having care-free attitude, and still others mean without restraint or accountability. Freedom is something we all long for in our deepest hearts and souls but we all have very different ideas about how to attain it! Discovering the truth about the nature of freedom is a worthy endeavor with the potential to change our lives. As I have experienced it, true freedom has its foundation in the Love of God. This very Love is a Protector like no other, a Defender so that we don’t...

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Free Spirit

I would love to invite any willing seekers to join me on a mission to discover what it truly means to be a “free spirit.” Your input would be quite helpful! I’ve lost count of how many people have recently referred to me as a free spirit and this has brought two questions to mind: 1) What do you think people mean when they say “free spirit”? Is it positive or negative? Or both? 2) What do you think it actually means to have or be a free spirit? (I.e. Is a “free spirit” something we could confidently describe, understand and ultimately experience? Cause whatever it is, it sounds great.) I know this search will be have as many angles...

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