Mirror, Mirror Build My Self-Esteem

The world has gone self-esteem, positive affirmation crazy. The self-help industry is big business. There are some gurus and some poo-poos out there.   If you search Amazon.com books for “self-esteem” you find 155,148 books on the subject.  Barnes & Noble shows 1780 books with “Self-Esteem” in the title. Everybody is talking about building a positive self-image […]

How To Do All Things, But Not Everything

Philippians 4:13 is a commonly quoted verse from the Bible. It is not usually misquoted, but often taken out of context.  We’ve seen this verse on t-shirts, coffee cups,  license plates, etc.  “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (NLT).  In this verse, Paul gives us the courage we need to take on […]

The Four Secrets of Pain

    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18 People try their best to avoid pain in life because pain is not pleasant. It is also not avoidable. If you have lived for any amount of time beyond the first few years of your life, you […]

Book Review: Stand Your Ground (Victoria Christopher Murray)

    A black teenage boy is dead. A white man shot him. Was he standing his ground or was it murder? It’s been a couple of days since I finished “Stand Your Ground” by Victoria Christopher Murray and the story of these two women, Janice and Meredith, is still a visceral element of my existence. […]

Is That True?

Our reality is shaped by our perspective. Our perspective is formed by who we are and what  we have experienced. One of the most powerful questions used in personal coaching is simply this: “Is that true?” Most of what we believe is not “true” but merely a version of reality that we’ve accepted based on […]

Book Review: The Four Loves (CS Lewis)

  The Four Loves by CS Lewis is an exploration of the nature of love. The author, one of my favorites, CS Lewis, breaks down love into four categories: affection, friendship, eros, and charity.  He examines the joys, pains and complexities of each. Lewis begins the book by using an overarching designation among loves as “need love” […]

The Death of Kamryn Adams

I first wrote this piece in January 2015 with much controversy and backlash from readers. Those who did not understand mourned my physical death in shock. Some shed tears and cursed me once they found out I was still breathing.  One day you’ll read this post and I won’t be breathing. But today, Christ lives […]

The Best Things in Life are NOT Free

They say the best things in life are free.  That is not quite true. The best things in life (family, friends, love, peace, joy) do not require us to spend money. However,  there is a cost to every decision we make or do not make during our journey.  The best things in life are not […]

7 Steps to Shine TYC

There is a difference between being “cracked” and broken. A cracked vase can still hold a candle and shine light. A vase that is broken needs to be either fixed or thrown away. The more broken pieces the less useful the vase becomes.  We are empty vases that are filled with the spirit of God. The […]

Movie Review: Risen with Joseph Fiennes

  Perhaps one of my favorite things about being a Christian Lifestyle writer is going to the movies. Granted, I go see all types of movies and they do not need to be about the Bible. My role as a lifestyle writer is to relate the moves in the theaters to the way we live […]

Kamryn Adams, Life Coach and Lifestyle Writer

What is SHINE TYC?

How do we shine through our cracks and what is a SHINE TYC lifestyle? Kamryn explains the concept of living a life that allows God’s light to shine, even through our own human brokenness.  

Book Review: Wishes Fulfilled (Wayne Dyer)

“Wishes Fulfilled” introduces readers to the art of manifestation– making things happen in your life. The book helps us to identify the self-destructive thinking and behavior that limits our ability to achieve our dreams. Before we ever begin our journey to having our wishes fulfilled, Dr. Dyer introduces us to our higher self and highest self. […]

Kamryn Adams, Life Coach and Lifestyle Writer

Shining Through Your Cracks

We all come into the world in a one beautiful, innocent, cuddly piece. And then life starts to chip away at us, experience by experience, relationship by relationship, self- loathing thought by thought. These things start to shape who we are and we get further and further from who God created us to be.

Making Decisions On Purpose

  There is nothing worse than being in a situation because the decision you made was not your own.  It is terrible to suffer the consequences of a decision that you were bullied into or forced into by social pressure. So you need to be wise and move through life at your own pace and […]

Three Tips for Sharing Your Story

“MINE! MINE! MINE!” As children, one of the first things we learn to do for others is share.  Everyone has seen two angry toddlers playing tug-a-war with a favorite toy and screaming the word “MINE!” at the tops of their lungs. It is at that precise moment a mature adult comes in and orders the […]

4 Things I did to Kick My Shopping Addiction

UPDATE: I’m still on the wagon. Delivered from the need for excess.    Well, 2015 is over and so is my writing sabbatical. Last year my focus was on building ZOI Wholeness, a not-for-profit personal development firm, and to discipline myself to focus more on the needs of others.  My goal for last year was […]

He Said, She Said

In the past 30 days, I’ve been to Brazil, Spain, and Switzerland. That’s Portuguese, Spanish, and German language in my ears. Trying to navigate my way through the day with limited understanding of these languages is sometimes exhausting and quite frustrating.  When you are trying to discuss something with someone whose native language is different […]

4 Reasons Not to Cut Off Your Relationships

Learning to accept (not just tolerate) other people is a huge part of our journey to love. We have a tendency to feel like everyone (or most people) should think like us, behave like us, BE like we are. If you are a fast-paced, goal-oriented driver it takes an effort to build relationships with slower-paced, […]

Judge Other People If You Want

  Bernie Madoff swindled people in a Ponzi scheme. YOU WOULD NEVER DO THAT! But you are still intentionally dodging the person whom you owe $100.  A young man slapped his mother in the face. YOU WOULD NEVER DO THAT! But you will slap your daughter’s mother in the face. Your girlfriend got back with […]

Surround Yourself With the Right People

Who is on your team? If you are saying to yourself “What team?” then I can suppose that you have not formed a team of people around you to help you build a successful life.  You cannot go it alone.  A standard philosophy in personal development is that you must have like-minded people around you that challenge […]