Sunday, October 19, 2014

OVERCOMER: Giveaway

I'm so excited to share a SUPER FUN giveaway with you today. 

As I mentioned in my intro to the OVERCOMER series, I was completely inspired to title this after Mandisa's top hit (yes, the one that sit at No. 1 for 12 weeks).  When asking people to post and be involved in the series, I reached out to her PR folks to see if she might be interested in participating.  She was not able to at this point, but they kindly offered to be involved in another way... 

They mailed me a copy of her latest album - Get Up | The Remixes to giveaway to you.

Yes, seriously.  Her 2013 album title track Overcomer is on this album along with Stronger and Good Morning.  A 3 time Dove Award Winning Female Vocalist of the year and 2014 K-Love Female Artist of the year, Mandisa is committed to the things she sings about.  Its not just her faith that drives her, its a sheer female ambition to take the journeys and struggles in her life and bless us with them (yes, even her American Idol gig). 

Get Up | The Remixes just released Sept 16 and is a full remix album of her best hits.  Like the kind that makes you wanna shake your booty.  My Zumba gals and runner friends, this is your new mix!!!

So, how do you enter the giveaway?  Leave the one thing you've "overcome" in the comments below and leave a comment on at least 2 of the Overcomers who have shared their story with us so far this month. 

I'll draw next Saturday (Oct 25) and post next Sunday who the winner is. 


Thanks again to The Media Collective for standing behind Overcomers!!!



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

OVERCOMER: Lisa Cooper

This past year, my heart has been so empty.  Wanting to pour into other women and use the experiences of life and the journey God has walked me through.  This summer I visited a community group.  My weekday schedule had shifted and I had time to join a group that met during the week.  I knew about this group in Fayetteville who had some really awesome women in it so I thought I would try it out.  The group did not disappoint and I started making friends with some great ladies.

Its amazing what being vulnerable will bring into your life.  Over the last 3 months, I've come to know Lisa. We have connected in a way my heart needed.  She has so bravely walked the journey with cancer as a caregiver - pouring all of herself into loving and caring for her mom and grandfather.  You know I think caregivers are the heroes in life and the ones that put their life on hold for another get a bigger golden star!

We were both feeling a similar calling on our life and how we wanted to use this fall.  I'm so grateful for her.  And, excited to introduce you to my friend Lisa.

I may or may not be enjoying pushing her out of her comfort zone!


  • What have you OVERCOME? Insecurities
  • What was your turning point? My mother's death in 2012.  She was my best friend, supporter, encourager, sidekick, therapist, coffee buddy, teacher of many valuable lessons and mother.  She had battled cancer since 1996.  She wanted everyone to remember her with a smile.  That speaks volumes for the way mom lived her life.  Truly grateful to God for allowing me to be able to call her my mom!  Her death has shown me what is most important in life.  Who you chose to call "family" and how loved by God I really am.
  • 5 word life mantra - "Moment by Moment"
  • Quote you live by - "Build your life on a firm foundation (Jesus Christ)"    Words my Mom told me long ago.  These words have been very important to me.  A reminder of The One you build your life on so that your world doesn't fall apart.

Friday, October 17, 2014

OVERCOMER: Heidi Clark

Heidi was always the girl behind the Great Day Farms brand to me.  I know that's not her full job and more importantly, not all of who she is.  I met Heidi at the AWBU conference last fall and have enjoyed seeing the vulnerability of her heart over the last year through her blog and other social media platforms.  This year at the conference we discovered our mutual stint in good 'ole Arkadelphia and apparently her pops is one of my co-workers.  There are just those moments in life where the world continues to get smaller and smaller as its segments all collide.

Here's Heidi.  A gal who gets it.  She gives herself to the greatness and creativity of her work, to the cutest little guys you will ever see and to making an impression much bigger than herself!


  • What have you OVERCOME? Myself
  • What was your turning point? I was miserable in my late 20's- thing after thing had gone wrong in my life outside of my control- from a husband's job loss and having to go on WIC, the discovery we had a special needs child, post-partem depression and having to move from my dream home because of finances... Life had become very difficult. I made good decisions but unfortunately we aren't in control of everything and everyone around us and that was a harsh wake up to reality. I decided that I had to change how I was thinking or I'd never be happy. Life is a choice, I chose to be happy in spite of my circumstances and to live life intentionally, pushing myself past my comfort zone. It's been a terrifying few years, especially being led to go back to work to help with finances, but I've never felt God's presence more intensely. The turning point was really realizing that I'm not in control and to be thankful and grateful for every little good thing in my life.
  • 5 word life mantra - Be intentional with your life.
  • Quote you live by - God doesn't call those who are equipped, He equips those who are called. 


Connect with Heidi:
Blog - www.TheBusyNothings.com

Email - TheBusyNothings@gmail.com 

Twitter - @TheBusyNothings

Instagram - @TheBusyNothings

Thursday, October 16, 2014

OVERCOMER: Debbie Arnold


Where do I begin with one.  Debbie is a friend that came in to my life when I moved to NWA and connected with the Arkansas Women Bloggers.  She works tirelessly to help maintain the community that we have all come to appreciate.  Beyond that, she just loves.  She started her blog as a gift to her kids to leave all her recipes.  But, her love of cornmeal, heirloom tomatoes and hole-in-the-wall restaurants is something the rest of us get to relish! (see what I did there?!?!)

Love her and I love that she pours into the rest of us from the life she has lived so well.

  • What have you OVERCOME? Heart pain (I needed two words!)
  • What was your turning point? Overcoming is a daily desire.
  • 5 word life mantra - Let go. Let God.  Don't take it back.  (I've never, ever in my life just used 5 words!)
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After Debbie sent me her response, we carried on a series of email conversations.  I told her I still hadn't written my piece for the series yet because I was struggling with deciding on the thing I've actually overcome. (vs. the thing I'm overcoming) And, she responded in her own words.  "Heart pains are something we overcome everyday."  They are the vulnerable spots where Satan gets a stronghold and always seems to have the perfect timing for causing that hurt to become overwhelming.  Our faith in God is what closes the gap.  The details don't matter, the daily commitment to move forward is what's important.   

So, here's to the daily conquer!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OVERCOMER: Channing Barker

I'm so thankful to Channing for contributing.  She is a fighter in her own life, but more importantly, she is a fighter for so many in Northwest Arkansas.  I've never seen her without a smile on her face or a open hand.  Love this lady and all that she stands for!

She's pretty amazing so, I give you Northwest Arkansas' sweetheart, Channing! 








  • What have you OVERCOME?   This is a hard one because I don't think I've overcome anything, necessarily. I feel like I fought a battle and just continue to live like anyone else would. I would say I've overcome "odds", whether that be Multiple Sclerosis odds, growing in a single-parent home odds, and dealing with the most recent medical odd of blood clots in the brain. I think these are all odds that only lead to blessings in my life. I wouldn't be the person I am today if I didn't get to battle these odds.
  • What was your turning point?  I will never forget my math teacher, Ms. Pickup, telling me that it was 'okay' to cry! What a relief!  After being diagnosed with MS at 16, as a junior in high school, all I wanted to do was be normal. Instead, I was in and out of the hospital. I'll never ever forget that day when, after going through a hospital stay and returning to school, Ms. Pickup walked me out to my car; I was only allowed to go to school for half days due to doctor orders and so I was leaving for the day. Ms. Pickup told me I was allowed to have a break down time of 10 minutes. During that 10 minutes, she said, I could cry, be angry, whatever it was.  I learned something so very valuable that day - that grieving was a process I needed and that we all need. I'm a genuinely positive person, and I tried to keep that smile on constantly. However, I needed to cry. I needed that time. Then, I pulled myself up and went forward, only with the grace of God and by His mercy did I go back out and face this disease!
  • 5 word life mantra -This is the quote that was on my high school graduation invitation and one I try to live by!  "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."  -Henry David Thoreau
  • Quote you live by - Jeremiah 29: 11-13 has been on  my heart a lot lately.
    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

    "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." ~ Leo Buscaglia


Connect with Channing:

Twitter: @channingbarker
 Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/edithchanning/

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OVERCOMER: April Wingfield

I loved April's response when I asked her to do this.  "You know all my secrets."  She is right. What she left out, was that she knows all mine, too.  And, in light of that, we are still friends, but its not the only reason.  April was one of my roommates in college and I love that even a month ago, 5 of us from college got together.  We laughed.  We cried.  The years, the marriages, the motherhoods, the life, the loss, the diagnosis, the new jobs, the moves, the change in course.  We've experienced them all.  This friend is teaching me much about investing in simple moments with her sweet girls.  She is a giver, an investor, a fantastic mom and an even better friend.

I give you my friend, April!


  • What have you OVERCOME? Insecurity
  • What was your turning point? I don't know if I could say I've had a "turning point".  It continues to be such a journey of grace.  Every time I feel that I've conquered it in one area of my life, it pops up again in another area.  I moved past the insecurities of fitting in and I was proud until I realized I was letting insecurity creep into my mothering.  God uses it all to draw me closer to him and increase my awareness of just how desperately I need him.  In that sense, my "turning point" is continual - I'm always overcoming it through Christ as He continues to redeem me.
  • 5 word life mantra - What does God need from me today? (yes, its more than 5 words!)
  • Quote you live by - This changes all the time.  Seriously, every few weeks.  Right now, though: 2 Corinthians 9:8, "And God is able to make all grace about toward you, that you, always having a sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."
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Monday, October 13, 2014

OVERCOMER: Greg Pierce

Greg Pierce - he's a rocker, a technical guru and a Survivor (and Website Moderator at What'sNext a website that provides answers for cancer survivors).  Greg is a multi-time cancer survivor.  He literally punched cancer I the throat. (that may be a joke only he can appreciate) I met Greg through the American Cancer Society's Heroes of Hope program.  He is amazing.  He fights every day.  He uses his voice every way he can and he is fearless when it comes to telling the story of his personal journey with cancer and getting others involved in the fight.  Love this warrior!



  • What have you OVERCOME? Adversity
  • What was your turning point? My turning point was when I finally got to meet my oncologist at Vanderbilt after having to wait 2 months to get in to see him. This was my third diagnosis, and I had already been told 18 years earlier that if it came back a third time, it would be "difficult to control". I spent those two months on the internet (I know, bad idea) and I had looked up all the numbers, statistics and reports for surviving head and neck cancer. It didn't look good, I wrote myself off. That is until I met the oncologist and the team at Vanderbilt, their words were "this is nothing, we got this". "We do this everyday", immediately I went from defeated to fighting mode. This was my turning point. 
  • 5 word life mantra - Cancer Will Not Get Me
  • Quote you live by - Stay positive, because what the mind of man can concieve and believe, it can achieve.  ~several people, Zig Ziglar, Henry Ford~


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