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Marilynn K. Howe
Dallas, Texas
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Interests: art, learning, worship, friendship, rhetoric, girlfriends, reading, writing, religion, god, ladies
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The lil miss Samantha was introduced to our friends and family today. She's six weeks old and such a good baby. We even got in multiple photo shoots. While expecting our firstborn we enjoyed a traditional shower. But the second time around, the pregnancy was just harder. So we opted for a meet & greet shower. And I'm glad we did for these ten reasons. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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One month ago our family welcomed Samantha Kahealani into the world. As according to Hawaiian tradition, her name was searched out and prayed over. Samantha won't understand the meaning of her name for many years to come. But her name has already become a blessing to me. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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My friend, with both talent and skill as a baker didn't feel the need to be "that mom" who made "that cake." Not that there's anything wrong with the moms who can. Rather, it's about embracing your limits. So I'm thinking that I'm not "that mom" and that's okay. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Sponsoring Declare 2014 was more than an opportunity for Seed Company. It was about connecting. And not just for the purpose of the networking (the type of connecting our generation is so wired for). Our hope was to simply connect with believers who are passionate about three things: His Word, His People and His Ways. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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The truth is, I only had the chance to hear from a few speakers at Declare. If I had the time to hear them all, each one would have made my favorites list. But I have to say, one Voice rose above the rest. Through each speaker, I couldn't help but hear the Living God. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Creating art in the workplace is not the easiest thing to do. Or sensible. It's messy and inconvenient (especially for neighboring coworkers). But that's art. It's frustrating and smelly and gooey. Creating art can be a pain. And that's just half the struggle. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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I see brands everywhere but all I could think was—I just want to be a writer. In retrospect, it makes all kinds of sense that well branded entities please me. Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Four years ago I met a friend of a friend. She quickly became my friend too. Over the years (and many cups of coffee) our lives have become sweeter simply because of friendship. She surprised me at work today, hand-delivering a postcard and my favorite coffee. We are both blessed with many girlfriends. I know this isn't the case for many women. Relationships are famously messy. But just like a great marriage reflects the heart of God, so do great friendships. That's why we must risk it all and open our lives to friends. Our husbands tease us about the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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I’ve been working on a top secret project at Seed Company. My part in it all was small. But just being a part of God's story is so big! After a year of prayerful discovery, we have landed on the “what, why and how” – and it’s all about life! Bible Translation (what) Life Transformation (why) Circle of Partnerships (how) And holding it all together is Jesus, the Seed – the Word of Life. I’m so happy that we’ve entered the final stage of our brand and logo reveal. This has been my first time to work on a creative... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Carrying a child is a blessing that quickly passes by. For all you working moms. The pregnant ones. Wear that belly proud and smile when your lil one makes a fool of you. It's good practice for the toddler years. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Have you read "A More Beautiful Question" by Warren Berger? In this season, reading is more of a juggling act. But when I've made time, this book has proved helpful. I ask a lot of questions these days. I'm a late bloomer and a new mommy. Who in their right mind tries to enter the working world just as they begin raising babies? It's insane. Seriously. Asking questions saves my life. But that wasn't always the case. Asking questions is risky. It takes courage. And I didn't have much courage in my twenties. People that ask questions can be misunderstood... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Just Marilynn
Now this room has been formally renamed the “War Room.” It’s our newest collaborative space. How it came to be is a long story but it all started with Jesse’s generosity (our VP pictured on the right). He gave up his office and moved into a cubicle so that his team would have more space to share our work. It was a simple gesture but sometimes simple ideas can stimulate bigger ideas. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Mother's Day seemed the perfect day to reveal our secret. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Lil Man at the Office I'm a working mom. Well, all moms work, right? I just happen to spend a portion of my working hours at a non-profit called Seed Company. Every so often, I have lunch with other working moms and we talk about things I've not had courage to write about. Until today. Courage came during a recent meeting about "work-life balance." It was a rather fiesty meeting. At the table were a diverse set of women representing various stages of life, work experience, and personalities. I realized that my passion about these matters trumps the fears that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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I'm a working woman with a husband to love, a young keiki to raise, and aging parents to care for. And the truth of it is simple—sometimes it really pisses me off. It sounds ugly because it is ugly. I'm wrapped in flesh that is weak and worrisome and weighted down with weariness … but … I'm also filled with the Spirit; the Holy Spirit that comforts and convicts and convinces me that new mercies come with the morning. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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It's time to enjoy a different kind of grind— the ono kine grindz (good food). My friend, Cristina and her husband have recently taken on two new restaurant adventures: becoming partners at Villa's Grill and opening Northside Coffee Shop. I highly recommend visiting both! Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Just moments ago, an honorable man stood just outside my door; bowing low to me before taking his leave. I wanted to rush out the door but his honor caused me to be still. My girlfriend was waiting for me but Someone was waiting for me, too; ready for me to begin seeing the world from His perspective. All the while the honorable man worked on our television, he smiled bright, worked smart, and spoke sincerely. So much so, I had to wonder what his life was once like in his native land. But he was here fixing our television... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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Last March, we were still taking a lot of medications after multiple bouts of illness descended on our family. Just as we began to get better, we received more bad news. I was at work when the hubs called to say, "I've been laid off." I had been assigned as a captain of the "why team" at The Seed Company and was about to lead a presentation (my first ever). Our team had tackled hard questions and had sifted through ideas. We were ready and excited to share our findings. Thankfully, we had just begun taking prayer requests and so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Just Marilynn
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I'm convinced that we are surrounded by more hurting and needy and frightened and weak people than we realize. It's somewhat natural and expected to wear our masks and mute our cries. Once upon a time I lived like that—and for a very long time. It's better to be transparent. It's also better to receive help. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2013 at Just Marilynn
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This markedly challenging year has left me wanting to reach for next year. I may "want what I want" but it wouldn't really do much good. I can't make the days slow down or speed up. I can pause and offer thanks for all of the moments that have marked me. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Just Marilynn
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Creative do-it-yourself projects seem fun to do when you spend the majority of your day in an odd-shaped cubby-sized fish-bowl of an office. Projects like—painting the front door. But who has the time to dream about colors and sand the rough spots and tape the edges and protect the floor and clean up the mess? Sometimes it's easier to simply imagine what could be different. Besides, what if it turned out horrible? So, maybe someday. The thing about someday is—it can actually happen. I've learned this a few times over. And so, today was the someday spent painting the front... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Just Marilynn
Hi Nancy, yes! I will totally be back. You know, I really appreciated the vulnerability that each speaker offered to all of us. Maybe for the first time, I understood that we are all developing through our insecurities, fears, hopes and dreams. It's an honor to be among such people and it's one of the best ways to learn! I hope to meet you there someday!
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Here we are, the gnome family. I'm hoping we weren't too obnoxious for having a way-over-the-top-costume. I blame my mother and she will blame me for wanting things done "professionally." Hey, when you have such a creative mom—why not! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2013 at Just Marilynn
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It was all I could do to simply show up—and that was enough. That's what it was about for me. Not networking. Not activating my voice. Not building a tribe. I submitted to receiving when I would've rather been retreating. And, receive I did. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2013 at Just Marilynn
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We could have stayed safe at our desks and within our job descriptions, but we didn't. This holy and honorable work of translating the Bible into the everyday language of common men and women is a work that must be done together. It might not have been a news-breaking, earth-shattering activity. But, it was fruitful. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Just Marilynn