Kristin Hiemstra

TAP Your Passover: The Key to It All

This is the week that Passover begins for those in our Jewish and Christian communities. The story of Passover is a powerful event that defines the narrative of these two religions. The idea of passing over something always reminds me of playing dodgeball during recess in middle school. Two athletic students would self-select to create teams out of the remaining classmates. The goal was to build the best team and win the game. Of course, they always selected the athletic kids and passed over the not-so-athletic kids to create the best outcome. In life, we get to choose our best experiences...

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TAP Your Potential: World’s Easiest Way for Find Your Passion

Did you know that the word passion means “to suffer”? When we hear the term, “follow your passion” rarely do we think – “Gee, I’d really like to go and suffer for a while.” Sometimes it is through our suffering that we find our passion and courage to fully live. In fact, the easiest way in the world to find your passion is to find your suffering just as Nancy Brinker. No doubt you are familiar with the pink ribbon that represents awareness for breast cancer. In my home town we even had a pink ribbon fire truck for...

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TAP Your Potential: Faith and The Charlie Daniel’s Band

Born and raised on the small island of New Zealand, Marjorie and her sister Lala were Kiwis. Like most Kiwis they were enculturated with the belief that in order to fully live, a person must travel. While most of their contemporaries headed to Australia, this pair of sisters decided to go big. They scrimped and saved until they had enough money to get tickets to the United States. Once they arrived they had no money and no formal plan of how their trip would play out. As with all of us, their most valuable possession was their faith in...

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TAP Your Potential: Luck Favors the Bold

George Clooney descends from a long line of Irishmen and, no doubt celebrated St. Patty’s Day this past week. Some might consider George quite a lucky guy; after all, he is rich, famous, handsome, debonair, married to a smart, beautiful woman, and soon to be a father of twins. He is well respected by his peers having won two Oscars and he has been nominated for many more. However, George’s life has not always been a story of luck, although it has been a story of taking an emboldened approach to life.In life, George has had a fair amount...

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TAP Your Potential: How to Rule Your Most Powerful Habit

“The hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.” said someone. If you want to change your life.. change your habits. But you already know that. Since you already know that, the bigger question is … why aren’t you doing it? Habits come in many forms including what we eat, what we say, what we do, how we organize our lives, set priorities, etc… However, the most powerful habit we engage in is our thinking. Our thinking shapes our world and our thinking is based on …. Drum roll… what...

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TAP Your Potential: Drop the Mic Techniques for Getting Svelte

When we make New Year’s resolutions to be svelte, they are typically falling apart about this time of the year. For those practicing Christianity, sometimes the Lenten season can add a boost if they choose to give up something like sugar for the forty days between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. However, most of us ignore our New Year’s resolutions and leave them behind to die quiet deaths in the corner so we can go do what we want. Making changes in our habits is hard! The story behind the Lenten season is that of Jesus walking through the desert...

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TAP Your Potential: Connect With Your True Path

Because you are here to expand and come into your fullness, you were created with an internal guidance system to help you discover and manifest whatever wonderful things you have within you. However, from a young age, if you were like many of us, you were taught to ignore or stifle this guidance. Perhaps when you were two, you became delighted with how your Spaghetti-O’s landed on the floor when you dropped them. By the umpteenth time, your parents were not amused; in fact, some parents may have been hostile and annoyed to the point of speaking sharply to...

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TAP YOUR POTENTIAL: Preside and Stop Making Excuses Today

This week we celebrate Presidents’ Day. Initially known as George Washington’s Birthday, this day originated as an opportunity to celebrate the birth of the first leader of the United States. It became Presidents’ Day in 1971 when those who governed were trying to give the nation’s workers a three day weekend. ______________________________ ______________________________ One of my favorite quotes comes from Washington: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ______________________________ _____________________________ Success in any endeavor requires we preside over our time, emotions, actions, and relationships honestly. To preside over something means to take the reigns, seize the power, and focus that power on a specific...

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TAP Your Potential: Get the Look of Love

On February 14th at exactly 2:34 p.m., Jim Sailors fell in love with Katy Morris. Jim was looking for the most recent Green Lantern comic book when Katy walked into the five-and-dime wearing a light blue sweater with a matching bow in her flowing, auburn hair. Jim could barely breathe when she looked at him with her beautiful brown eyes and smiled a perfect smile. “Do you know where I can find the Band-Aids?” she asked in a lilting voice. Jim personally ushered her down the store aisle and eventually down the church aisle. After 52 years of marriage,...

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TAP Your Potential: 3 Tips for Persisting Through Dark Times

You never know your true strength until it is tested. One of the most famous tests of human endurance is the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a British explorer whose boat and men got stuck in the ice in Antarctica. When the ice began to thaw, it crushed the boat, leaving Shackleton with no choice but seek help from a far-off whaling community. In an amazing journey of human endurance, he and his crew overcame dark months, ice capped swells, little food, hiking across frozen tundra, and a myriad of other problems to save themselves. After nearly two years...

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