Hi, there! I’m Dana.
I began life as a fast-talking little girl always in motion. As a teenager and college student, I lived in cluttered, full-to-the-brim bedrooms by my own preference. Incapable of making sense of the mess and sensing my belongings were only multiplying, I embraced the incredible opportunity of selling nearly all of it in 2007 when our family moved overseas to pursue our passion.
Selling all those things was a life-changing experience for me.
Am I any less hyperactive? Not necessarily. I remain a woman who has to fight to focus. Concentration to drive long distances is a strength I’ve never had. My mind slows down to a crawl in too-noisy environments. But I’ve learned I am capable of being disciplined, being decisive, and leading others with excellence. I know now how to maintain a calm home and schedule so I can focus on what matters most to me: spending time with my family and helping others.
I’ve been blogging since 2006 and intentionally applying simple living hacks to create a no-regrets, minimalist approach to life. During the past decade I’ve been everything from a stay at home mom to a speaker at Willow Creek Association leadership events in Ireland, England, and South Africa. Our family has lived in a variety of states and countries, paid off debt, and fulfilled the dream of adopting a child.
We’ve been privileged to leverage my blog to crowd source funds to launch a number of online churches outside the United States. My strengths of leadership and problem-solving have led me to serve as the President of BlueDoor.tv, which I co-founded with my husband in Europe in 2007, and then as the Associate Church Online Pastor for LifeChurch from 2012-2016.
Today, I am dreaming up new and better ways to help people experience joy through simplicity in ministry at an awesome local church as well as through this blog. I also have the indescribable privilege of being wife Chris since 2000 and mom to Blake (2003) and Mackenzie (2005).
Saving time so I can intentionally invest it in what matters most makes me giddy, and few things matter as much to me as developing and encouraging leaders by example.
I’m cheering for you!