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 4 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 …

Seeing the Growth

Gina Butz growth, word of the year 1 Comment

Have you been wondering how my mint plant is doing? I’m sure you have. I’m sure that question occupies much your time. Well, it does come to my mind often. If you’re new here, you might be thinking, “Are these the rantings of a crazy woman?” No, they are the follow up to this post about keeping our souls well, …

Keeping Our Souls Well

Gina Butz growth 1 Comment

“It’s alive!” This thought, like the ravings of a mad scientist, leapt to mind when I saw this yesterday: It doesn’t look like much, but trust me – I had inadvertently done my best to kill this mint plant all through the summer and fall. Completely unintentional, I assure you, it’s just that I am not a good keeper of …