There are so many amazing women who are pouring their lives into serving Jesus and His people. They inspire me and encourage me to keep pressing on in my faith walk. I’m so excited to be able to share some of those women with you here, on the Build a Sister Up Page!  I hope this becomes a place that you return to often to meet new people, to be inspired, to be encouraged, and to encourage others!   Build A Sister Up is a way for us to connect with some amazing women, to get to know them, to learn what they are working on, and to build them up as they serve the Lord.   This month Build A Sister Up is highlighting:  Kristin Schell   About Kristin Schell? Kristin Schell is on a mission to love her neighbors. She put a picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting neighbors, friends, and even strangers, to hang out and do life together at The Turquoise Table. A new concept of hospitality unfolded in her neighborhood, and before long The Turquoise Table led to a movement of Front Yard People—ordinary people who long to create community right where they live. Today, there are Turquoise Tables all across America from California to Maine. In nearly all fifty states and in six countries, Turquoise Tables have become a symbol of hospitality, a safe place to sit down and connect over a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children. What is the #frontyardpeople movement at #theturquiosetable and how do we join in? 1.Get a turquoise table Any picnic table will do. My original table came from the local hardware store, and I painted it Nifty Turquoise. Now, we’ve partnered with Tuesday Morning stores, and you can pick up a table painted and ready to go. In Austin, we’ve partnered with ReWork Project, a local nonprofit serving men and women struggling with homelessness.  Our friends at ReWork build amazing handmade Turquoise Tables.
  1. Put it in your front yard
Find a spot in your front yard. No front yard? No problem. Think about where people naturally gather in your community. Rooftops. Community Centers. Church patios. Libraries. Apartment laundry rooms. Neighborhood gardens. The possibilities are endless.
  1. Share the table
Invite a friend or neighbor over for coffee or tea. Keep it simple. Share the concept of the Turquoise Table and ask her to help you organize your first neighborhood gathering. Everything is easier and more fun with a friend!
  1. Share your story
Tell your community about the Turquoise Table. Don’t be shy. Tell your friends and neighbors how you hope to bring people together around your Turquoise Table. Invite them to join you. Then, encourage others to get their own tables and begin a new cycle of community. Share your stories with the Turquoise Table community. Let us know what’s going on at your table! Your stories will encourage others — we are all in this together.  Register your table.  Follow us on social media, and share with our hashtags:  #theturquoisetable  #frontyardpeople   Coffee or tea? Coffee for sure, but I love hot tea and milk too. I may lose my Southern card, but I do not like iced tea! Sweet or unsweetened. Weird, I know.   Exercise or nap? Neither, which is a problem because I need both.   Cake or pie? Cookies, cake, the pie. But not all at once!   High heels or sneakers? Flip flops or chacos. I'm in Austin or Colorado!   Vacation or staycation? Both! My dream right now is to have a long weekend alone with my hubby in our own house! Having 4 kiddos makes that a dream.   Early riser or sleep in? Early riser   Read the book or watch the movie? Both! I'm also a huge Netflix & Amazon prime fan. BBC shows are my fave.   Dogs or cats? No thank you.   Introvert or extrovert? Extrovert!! But as I get older I need my quiet time more.   Country living or city girl? City! But I recharge in the mountains.   Do you have any hobbies? cooking, needlepoint (but I can't see anymore!), fly fishing.   What are you listening to, reading, or watching that you are loving right now? Watching: Amazon Prime! Reading:  Mother Tonge by Leonard Sweet and Tech-Wise by Andy Crouch Shipt: The grocery delivery service!   What are you passionate about? I am passionate about bringing people together at the Turquoise Table   What/where are you writing? I just finished my first book The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard.   About The Turquoise Table book? Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? Do you desire connection within your community and think, “Absolutely, but I don’t have time for that” or “I can’t create that”? What if there was another way through it all, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available? Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Alongside personal and heartwarming stories, Kristin gives you: Stress-free ideas for kick-starting your own Turquoise Table, simple recipes to take outside and share with others, stories from people using Turquoise Tables in their neighborhoods, encouragement to overcome barriers that keep you from connecting, and new ways to view hospitality. Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries. Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live. It’s about finding the community and friendships that are waiting just outside your front door. Here’s the Amazon link:   Are there any other projects or ministries that you are working on/with? Yes! Our family is part of a mission team with our partner church in Belize. I'm involved with our church foundation board and women's bible study and Tony (my hubby!) and I help with our kiddos Young Life and D-Groups. There are always kids at our house and I love it!   How can we connect with you? (website, social media, events?) Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:   What is an area that you’d like to grow in? Trust. We have 3 teenagers and 1 in elementary.   How can we build you up? Prayer! I've never done this whole book thing!  Also, you can join the Turquoise Table Community on my website or sign up to be a part of my book launch team.   Is there a parting thought you would like to share? I'm grateful to be at this special table. I talk a lot about gather small and love deep. In our social media world it's easy to get caught up in BIG. But I'm tired of going wide, I crave deep. Maybe y'all do too?
Carey Scott is an author, speaker, and life coach, honest about her walk with the Lord… stumbles, fumbles and all. She is the author of Untangled, a book where she bravely shares her story of abuse, the insecurities birthed from it, and offers practical advice on how to live in freedom. Her next book Uncommon, a battle cry for women to live differently than the world commands, is set to release in July. Carey lives in Northern Colorado with her family. [caption id="attachment_2058" align="alignright" width="244"] Carey Scott[/caption] Carey is a sweet friend of mine and I am pleased to introduce you to her!  I had the opportunity to do the first ever Build A Sister Up interview with Carey and I think you are going to love getting to know her. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a mom to two teenagers and am married to an awesome guy. We have a lot of fun as a family, and truly enjoy being together. We were told we couldn’t have kids, but I guess God had different plans for us. Sam and Sara are 14 months apart and a joy to parent (most of the time). I’ve been in ministry for about 12 years, and I reluctantly said yes to God when He made clear His plans for me. At that time, I wasn’t walking close with Him. I was just beginning to really deal with some intense childhood pain and found myself angry at God for letting all the hurt happen. So when He called me up, I said no. But God continued to pursue me and my healing, and here I am 12 years later sold out for Jesus. I’m an international speaker and author. I’ve indie published 3 books and traditionally published 2. I speak because it is where I feel the closest to God and I write to keep the crazies from taking over my mind. Ministry is hard but there is nothing I’d rather be doing. I’m Texas born and raised, but have lived in the Denver area for over 20 years. And while we live in the mountains, our happy place is the ocean. I am a functioning introvert who loves the quiet of the house when everyone is gone, but also appreciates the sound of family and friends there, too. I love coffee and mascara equally. Raining days are my favorite, maybe because Colorado gets so few of them. Coffee or tea? Coffee anytime and iced tea at restaurants. Exercise or nap? I’m not a huge fan of either, but do them both when necessary. Cake or pie? I’d rather have chips and guacamole. High heels or sneakers? I don’t even own a pair of high heels. Sometimes when I’m out shopping with my 14 year old daughter, she makes me try on high heels and walk in them. And then she laughs at me. Vacation or staycation? I love both! I need a mixture of ocean and home to be happy. Early riser or sleep in? I awake early-ish, but love those mornings I can just lay in bed without having to jump into action. Read the book or watch the movie? These days… movie. Reading puts me right to sleep. Dogs or cats? Love all animals… but especially love cats. We have two and they are my favorite kids because they don’t talk back to me. Introvert or extrovert? Introvert! Country living or city girl? I want to live away from people, yet close enough to a Target and Starbucks. Do you have any hobbies? That depends on what you consider a hobby. If parenting, being a wife, writing and speaking are hobbies… than yes. If they don’t fall into that category, then they are the reason I don’t have a hobby. What are you listening to, reading, or watching that you are loving right now? The television show This Is Us. Seriously. Nothing else matters. What are you passionate about? (1) Women knowing their self-worth. (2) Thwarting the plans of the Enemy to destroy our confidence. (3) Raising kids who are kind yet fierce. (4) Making home a haven to my family. What/where are you writing? I write at Life Letter Café and Propel Women and on my blog. I write the most about women’s issues like insecurity, self-worth, confidence, and reminding them they matter. Are there any other projects or ministries that you are working on/with?
  • ​The Journey Together Summit is a webinar in May that is a collection of video interviews with over 30 authors focusing on different topics, especially fear. Kelly Balarie is the mastermind behind it.
  • Uncommon book is launching July 1st which means pre-launch is about to kick into gear!
  • Propel Book Club with Uncommon the month of September
How can we connect with you? (website, social media, events?) Website:     Facebook:  Twitter:       Instagram:  What is an area that you’d like to grow in? Building community. Being such an introvert and a task-driven one at that, I often forget to connect with others. I want to be more intentional to reach out and develop friendships online and in person because I know God created us for community. How can we build you up? That is a really good question. I love opportunities to collaborate and build one another up. I want to support you just as much as I need you to support me. When others share my work, encourage my heart with kindness, speak truth into my weary spirit, pat me on the back, and really see me… that builds me up. Is there a parting thought you would like to share? I love the mentality that believes we are all on the same team. I get so tired of feeling in competition with other women because it discourages my heart and feeds right into the Enemy’s plan. My favorite people are the ones who see us as “in this together” and create a space where we can celebrate each other’s successes and circle the wagons when someone needs support. Where can we get a copy of your books (because I loved Untangled and can't wait for Uncommon)? Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in Your Life and Uncommon: Pursuing a Life of Passion and Purpose are both available on Amazon