Calling a Retreat

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 If I could rip January from the calendar, I would. It was awful. Work was hard. Things were happening at church. And a health problem threatened my inner peace. I wanted to run and hide. I couldn’t. All I could do was to bull through it and take life day by ...continue reading

Coping with Life's Twists and Turns

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Our hot water heater died last night (Friday) at 11 PM. It wasn’t a dramatic death of water spewing all over the garage in huge torrents. I’d had a very long and busy week. When I finally stumbled through the door at eight o’clock last night, my ever-loving husband suggested that ...continue reading

Hope Chest or Memory Box?

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 I’m a Southerner by heart. Born and raised in North Carolina, I’m definitely cognizant of many Southern traditions. Like fried chicken and sweet tea, two of my favorite foods. Debutante balls. And hope chests. I know it has international origins, but it was one thing that was seemingly always a big ...continue reading


Ode to the Introvert

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 In November, I was in a training class that hones skills related to leadership in the workplace. This included a heavy dose of the psychological traits that can make working with multiple personalities both challenging and rewarding. One of the first things we did was to take the MBTI® to determine ...continue reading

3 Reasons Why Looking Back Is Good

by Jennifer Haynie @JenniferHaynie1 Early November 2004. The Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, Arizona. Steve and I raced against time. No, we weren’t trying to save the world from nuclear apocalypse or save a kidnap victim from certain death. We raced against darkness as we hiked up the Bright Angel Trail from Phantom Ranch. It’s ...continue reading