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How to decide whether you should change jobs…

A step-by-step list for how to decide if it’s time to change jobs: Bridget Brandt, CEO Leander Chamber of Commerce 1. Make a list of long-term and short-term goals Your short-term professional goals have to do with your objectives or quotas and your daily routine. To see whether your current job aligns with your long-term…

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Expanding a business to just paying bills.

Pre-pandemic, the dream was to expand our businesses; but, with lost revenue, we realized we needed to put those plans on hold, or in some cases, abandon the business altogether. I let those circumstances force me to become very myopic on surviving month to month. I wouldn’t let myself dream for fear of being disappointed.…

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Illusion of Work + Life Balance

Years ago, I gave up the aspirations of balance and picked up the idea of work/life integration. It is the most freeing, and liberating, move I’ve made. When you take on a posture of work/life integration, it creates an opportunity to lean into how life actually happens versus how society norms manufactures that it should;…

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Embracing New Identities

Embracing New Identites

Finding an Austin native is becoming increasingly rare as Austin expands into one of the nation’s top “move to” cities. Such a transient community creates a unique space for creativity, ingenuity, and business growth. But it also presents incoming Christian leaders with certain challenges as they relocate. With relocation comes a season of reorientation. It…

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A Q+A with Cheryl Luke

Shared Identity a Q+A with Cheryl Luke

A speaker, podcast host and life coach, Cheryl Luke is committed to inspiring the generations to embrace Christ’s unyielding love and live with intention. She lives in the Austin, Texas area where she has attended Shoreline Church for over 30 years and has been on staff for 19 years. Over the years, Cheryl has served…

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Identity is Received Not Achieved

Identity is Received; not Achieved

Our identity in Christ is received; not achieved. Our identity in Christ has everything to do with what God does to us, the relationship He creates with us, and the destiny He appoints for us. God made us who we are so we could make Him known. Our identity is for the sake of making…

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5 Things Shared Identity is Not

5 Things Shared Identity is NOT

Sometimes, the easiest way to explain a term is by examining what it does not mean, what it is not. As we sweep away the cobwebs of misconception, we can gain a clear picture of what words or ideas may mean.  As we explore the concept of shared identity, here are five key things shared…

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Jesus Freaks A Shared Identity

Jesus Freak: A Shared Identity

I was 10 years old when I walked down the church aisle to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. But it wasn’t until the Jesus Movement that I learned to live out that relationship in community.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Jesus Movement, it was the closes thing to a Spiritual Awakening…

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EmbracingSharedIdentity

Embracing Shared Identity with Rene Green

Someone recently asked me to share a personal experience of “Shared Identity,” and what impact it had on my life. At first this was a bit confusing for me, because what many people call “identity” might also be described as “collected experiences.”   How do we define our identity? Is it simply a collection of…

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Four Key Indicators of Shared Identity

Four Key Indicators of Shared Identity 

When we embrace shared identity we may not always be able to predict the outcomes, but here are four key indicators that reveal God is at work through our relationships anchored by our shared identity. Sustained Change Getting ourselves or others motivated past a few weeks is not an easy task. Change that lasts is…

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