Reflections on The Holy Land

This will be my first “official” series on this blog.  I didn’t plan this in advance, but my husband and I participated in a Holy Land tour last month and I’ll be sharing my reflections of that experience over the course of the next few weeks. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. For those who participate in Lent, you know that the season began on Wednesday, March 1st.

I’m not going to promise any certain frequency because my schedule is EXTREMELY BUSY (That’s an understatement), but I am drafting posts more regularly and journaling more often, so the content is coming! (To God be the Glory).  Please keep me in your prayers and thank you for your patience with me during the more silent periods.

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Book Review: Work PAUSE Thrive

work-pause-thrive-book-review-on-fixitwithfran-comThis book was so great to read.

The sociologist in me geeked out.

The professional that spent years doing strategic research felt like I’d found “my people.”

Am I a biased reviewer?  Maybe.

Is this a long post?  Definitely. (Much longer than most.)

But, it will let you know a good bit more about me and it’s probably opening me up to a whole new series of posts.

So, here we go!

This is my personal review of a book that will be released later this month.

I didn’t plan this in advance, but it’s perfect for today given that the Women’s March took place Washington, DC along with other solidarity marches across the country and around the world.

The text is by Lisen Stromberg and it is titled, Work PAUSE Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career

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Book Review: The Argument-Free Marriage


An argument-free marriage?  Sounds too good to be true right?

Not really!  It CAN be your situation.  I’m a testament to that.

In our marriage, I was more likely to be the one to lead us into an argument.  Not because I like to argue, but because I’ve been so accustomed to not being heard or not given the benefit of the doubt in the past that I always felt the need to argue my case.  Smh — thank God for growth!

I very much liked this text and the approach it used in unpacking its subject matter. My husband and I recently celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and a major goal in this last year was increased communication and intentional conversations during disagreements. I loved that the 28 day devotional was set up to be read by the husband and wife together.

We enjoy a very peaceful household  now because we’ve learned how to communicate our opinions and share when we’ve been hurt or offended and to really LISTEN to HEAR what’s being said (and not to just respond).

Believe it or not, we make the choice to enter into an argument. You CAN make a statement without letting your anger escalate the conversation. You CAN choose to disagree AND you CAN have PEACE at the end of EVERY DAY!

If you struggle to do so now, pick up this text and incorporate some of the techniques it describes.  It may not solve all of your problems, but it’s likely to be a big help if you’ll commit to doing the internal work necessary to aid the overall process.

I would highly recommend this text to newlyweds and any couple looking to strengthen their relationship and communication with one another!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a promotional copy of this text in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”