Why I Don’t Have a Word of the Year for 2019

Gina Butz growth, personal, word of the year 1 Comment

2013 was the first year I chose one word for my resolutions. It seemed simpler-one focus rather than a dozen soon to be abandoned goals. It went pretty well. I chose one word subsequent years as well. Over time, though, I realized something. During those years, God brought other lessons into my life, unrelated to those words. And it’s hardly …

Why I Love Being Middle Aged

Gina Butz faith, growth, identity 3 Comments

This summer I celebrated my 44th birthday. I’m officially just, “40 something.” I thought this was when I was supposed to have a midlife crisis, or pine for my youth, but as I reflect on it, I actually¬†love being “middle aged.” Here’s why: I am more comfortable in my own skin. I’d love to say “completely comfortable” but I’m not …

Why I Love the Enneagram (And You Should Too)

Gina Butz growth, personal 7 Comments

About 8 years ago, when I was coaching a leadership program for our ministry, the other coaches began pulling out these “Enneagram” books. Having a love/hate relationship with personality tests, I was intrigued. I skimmed one of the books, saw myself in half of the 9 numbers, and came to the quick conclusion that the Enneagram is a crock. But …

Free 2017 planner!

Gina Butz expectations, growth, word of the year 8 Comments

I love planning, calendars, setting goals, and checking boxes. End of the year reflection and future planning is my jam. I have tried so many kinds of planners, but none of them quite fit my style. Then digital products came along and the battle between cute, paper planners and practical, accessible apps on my phone began. Enter Gina’s personal planner …