Defining Steps for Life

Dr. Julie Shannon equips individuals and communities to engage in practical compassion for the realities of life. She utilizes speaking and writing to inspire others with real talk on real life issues, sharing solutions and stories to encourage hope, community, and a renewed perspective.

Encouraging Women

Equipping Communities

Engaging Life

What I’m Reading This Summer

When summer comes around, I think back on childhood activities (swimming, bike riding, climbing trees, horses, camp, and playing with friends). These memories always include the music and books that accompanied my child, youth, and teen summers. Reading proved such a large part of these memories: library events, bookmobiles that went around the neighborhood, the […]

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Getting Ready for Mother’s Day

This episode is for everyone! As we prepare for special celebrations this Mother’s Day, remember to reach out to women and families walking through infertility or child loss to support them on what can be a painful day. When the Stork Passes By is a resource to equip communities and individuals to help build a […]

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Thankfulday #198

Thankful for the treasure of lifelong friends.

On Growing Roots

As I placed new herbs in a pot, I realized the irony of my recent attitude and the name of the soil I used to nurture the small plants. I’m a people person and place a high value on good friends, connections, community, and fellowship (don’t get me wrong, I also need times of solitude […]

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Father’s Day Encouragement

Father’s Day offers a special day to recognize and honor our earthly fathers. I know so many wonderful dads who love and care for their families. Mine passed away years ago and I set aside time each Father’s Day to reflect on the values and faith he passed on to our family, the special times […]

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