Cheers // A Friday Photo Prompt

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It’s Friday and that means it is time to celebrate.

Every Friday around here we find a reason to celebrate. No there may not be a holiday or other occasion that would call for special celebration, but we believe there is still something to celebrate. So we post our pictures and use #somethingtocelebrate as a reminder that every day there is something to celebrate. If you got a promotion at work, celebrate! If your child can tie their shoes on their own… first shed a tear at the fact that they are growing up… then celebrate! If life is dreary, find some sunshine and celebrate!

Let’s never take for granted a single day, a single moment. Let’s celebrate the simplicity and magnificence of life. This weekend find that something. Gather a friend or friends, lift a mug, and give a toast in celebration. Big or small, acknowledge that something because it is special.

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CHEERS!

Be sure to use #somethingtocelebrate and tag @kyriecoffee on Instagram and Twitter. Let’s celebrate the little somethings together this weekend.


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A Friday Photo Prompt Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

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Starting with One

Changing the world starts with changing yourself.

And let’s face it.  Changing yourself is one of the most difficult steps to take.

I have this book.  It’s really more like a journal, but it’s the home to my goals for the next year.  A lot of the goals are things like pay off debt, loose 20 pounds…you know…they’re probably a lot like the goals in your book.  But then there are other goals in there that have to do with changing my character and my attitudes.  Those goals are a lot more difficult to accomplish than paying off debt and loosing 20 pounds.

When we look at our life, if we’re honest with ourselves, we can see the character flaws that need to be changed.  They’re those blinding defects in our lives that haunt us.  But changing those glaring flaws is a real challenge.  So how do we change them?  If we are to be real world changers we have to change!  We can’t stay the same!  Sure, we can throw money at problems.  We can donate our time to a cause that is important to us, but in reality, real lasting change will only begin when we change ourself.

I don’t have all the answers because I’m no where near where I want to me, but I’m going to share with you three steps we can take to get on the road, and stay on the road, to change.

First, we can’t do it ourselves.  It’s impossible.

I’m a Christ-follower.  Jesus is the light of my life and without Him and His strength I couldn’t begin to stay on the path I need to.  I physically have to make myself spend time in prayer and Bible study.  I have to make myself become more like the principles outlined in His Word.  And I have to abide in my relationship with Him.  He is my source.

Maybe you’re not a Christ follower, but you still want to see change and impact change.  I believe that God will help you find the right path for your life.  Ask for help and see what He can do in you and through you.

Second, we have to be inspired and stay inspired.

As of late my life has been a little crazy, but who’s life isn’t?  Busy-ness may be the greatest adversity you’ll face on the road to life change.  We’re too busy to work on ourselves.  But that has to change.

A couple of months ago I decided I was going to really commit myself to voice training.  I’m a pretty good vocalist.  I was a voice major in college.  I’ve always known that singing is a talent of mine.  What most people don’t realize is that even excellent performers and musicians have to practice.  So anyways, I had committed to practicing and to developing that gift even more extensively.

I downloaded my books and music, I downloaded podcasts, and I started rehearsing.  But then…life happened.  My life was interrupted and I found myself traveling most weekends.  My week nights were full with life’s weekend activities that got moved.  It has just been crazy.

But here’s the thing…my crazy life is no excuse for not staying inspired.  I know what I’m supposed to do.  I just haven’t done it in a couple of weeks. Right now I feel a little shame because of my lack of commitment.  Which brings me to my third point.

Finally, In order to see true life change, we have to be committed at all cost.

I love passionate people.  I love passionate people who can talk for hours about what drives them in life, but what I love more than passionate people is a passionate person that will not give up regardless of the obstacles they face.  That’s the kind of person I want to be.  I want to be a person who is passionate about see the world around me changed for the better.  I want to be so committed to my mission that I will fight relentlessly to make the world a better place. But, if I’m going to be that kind of a person it all starts with change.

Changing the world around me starts with changing me.


DanetteMeet the Writer: 

Danette Dillon is the founder of All My Love for All My DayShe says this about herself: 
Let’s see.  Jesus is my everything.  I love my family, my friends, and my dog, Jackson. I believe in living an integrated life.  No part of our humanity should be separated by a room, office, or closet.  I believe that we might as well be honest with each other and tell the truth in love.  I live to pursue the presence of God and to see Him rock other people’s worlds.  I vehemently believe that God is love and that He loves you.  I desire to bring God’s justice and truth to this world.  I love having fun…tons of fun.  I’m a coffee drinker and my heart belongs in Paris.
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Conversating // A Friday Photo Prompt

Coffee has this reputation of bringing people together. When people meet for coffee they meet for a drink, for sharing, for relating, for communicating, for conversation. I love spending time in coffee shops. Everyone is there with a different agenda, a different conversation topic (and very interesting ones I might add! hehe). Some are swaying along with the coffee house music while others are preoccupied with their own music selection. Some are meeting for business, some for education, and some for catching up. It is a very diverse group.

But the power coffee has for bringing people together transcends a place of business. It is translated in homes. People sit around the table with cup in hand and heart opened. They lounge in over-sized chairs made for comfort and the conversations flow. In the privacy of their own home people have phone conversations, Skype conversations, personal conversations with mug in hand. I suppose it is just the magic coffee holds.

This weekend celebrate the heart to hearts. Celebrate the catching ups. Celebrate the relating, the sharing, and the listening. Cultivate relationships this weekend through communication. Pick up the phone, head to a coffee shop, invite someone over, whatever fits your style, but celebrate the joy of sharing life with people. It is a wonderful thing to live in community.

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Let’s see your pictures!

Use #somethingtocelebrate on your weekend #coffeeing and #conversationing. Be sure to tag @kyriecoffee on Instagram and Twitter. Let’s celebrate the weekend together! 


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A Friday Photo Prompt Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

Casting Stones & Inspiring Good

Hello there. I hope your Monday is off to a glowing start!

If not, watch this video. It is sure to give you a good laugh.

One of the awesome things about working with Kyrie Coffee… besides the coffee part… is that I get to be a part of a cause. I get to use something that I love and let it benefit others, and hopefully, inspire people to do the same. There are so many things we could do with our lives that could get us “ahead.” There is a lot that we could do that would benefit ourselves. But I have found that kind of work is just that… work. And rarely does it reap the outcome that we would really like. Sure, we all want to accomplish our dreams and achieve our goals, but when that is what we live for we wind up feeling empty. Mother Teresa said, “A life not lived for others is not a life.” Working for a cause may not receive a lot of recognition, but every day you will experience the goodness of living fully and fully living.

I alone cannot change the world. You alone cannot change the world. To quote Mother Teresa once again, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” I truly believe it is the small things that we each do that can start a revolution. You and I alone cannot change the world, but together… who knows what could happen!

Live inspired today. Be a world-changer today. And I will try to do the same. 


My FaceAn Inspiring Good Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee


Summer Love // A Friday Photo Prompt

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Like we mentioned on Monday, this week we had the great privilege to be a part of the LOVE OKC student conference in Oklahoma City. We had a blast and it was so awesome to show our support for these students who gave up 4 days of their summer, laid down some cash, and worked hard to paint houses for OKC locals. A painted house may seem like a non-essential, but for these people a painted house means they can take pride in their house, they can feel the goodness of love from strangers, and their house becomes more of a home. What a gift these world-changers gave!


So, the weekend is finally here! This week seemed to FLY by for us. How about you? I remember summer seemed to be endless when I was young, but now it is just gone in a flash. It makes you want to slow things down… hold onto the warm summer nights, the bonfires, the weekend getaways, the sun tans, the smooth iced coffees. I think summer is the season of making memories. When I think of summer I think of late nights of spontaneous adventure with friends. I think of hide and go seek in the dark and camping in the backyard. So many summer memories.

I encourage you to celebrate your summer memories. You probably have outgrown some of the memories and traditions, but make some new memories, and celebrate them. Do something fun. Find some adventure. Make memories this summer that will last you for the summers to come.

WHAT ARE YOU CELEBRATING THIS WEEKEND? 

Post your weekend pictures using #somethingtocelebrate and be sure to tag @kyriecoffee on Instagram and Twitter.


Here’s a look at our week at the LOVE OKC student conference:

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A Friday Photo Prompt Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

Now Brewing in OKC

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You may or may not have known, Kyrie Coffee is a mobile coffee shop, meaning we go where the people are. This makes for maybe a little more work, but it is so worth it to be able to hit the road and be a part of some really awesome things outside of Tulsa. This week we get this opportunity. We are hitting the road and setting up shop in the great city of Oklahoma City for the Love-OKC Student Conference happening Sunday through Wednesday.

WE ARE SO THRILLED TO BE A SMALL PART OF WHAT THIS ORGANIZATION AND STUDENT CONFERENCE IS ALL ABOUT.

It is so exciting to get to join with another organization that shares your heartbeat, and that is exactly how we feel about getting to be at the conference this week. LOVE OKC‘s goal of the student conference is to provide an environment where a young generation can be ignited by love for God and love for serving others. The goal of Kyrie Coffee is to inspire good, motivate change, and challenge the norm; to extend love and mercy in order to make an impact both locally and globally. See the correlation? WE SURE DO!

Be checking back in to hear more about our week with this amazing conference, and check Instagram for a look into our week as well. Just to give you a better idea of what goes on at the LOVE OKC student conference, here is a recap video from last year’s conference:

LoveOKC Student Conference 2014 Recap from LOVE OKC on Vimeo.

Taking Baby Steps & Motivating Change

Making changes in our life can be difficult. Thoughts and questions fill our minds.

Thoughts like:

“I probably won’t follow through.”

“Here goes nothing.”

“This is just a phase, things will go back to the same old thing, just like they always do.”

Questions like:

“How do I even start?”

“I already failed, maybe I should just give up now?”

“Why can’t I stick with anything?”

The real battle for change is won or lost in the mind. You see, to truly make changes in our life we have to first change the way we think. We have to change the way we look at things. For example, to make a lifestyle change towards health and fitness, you must first change the way you think about health. It’s not just about what you eat, it’s about being active, your energy levels, and how you feel in your own skin.

Another obstacle we must overcome when striving for change, is how we define our success. What is a win for you? Is it accomplishing change? Because in my experience the life change and plans you write out on paper rarely play out the way you think they will. I would recommend you define your success as progress. You don’t have to win the game to exhibit progress; you just have to do better than you did the last time. It’s about the baby steps.

Those thoughts and questions that fill your mind, telling you about every time you have tried in the past and failed, will be silenced when you focus on the baby steps. Make progress the new success in your life. Sure you may fail. You may not follow through with the changes that you set out to make. But taking a few more steps than you were able to take before your last fail, is success. Because with enough baby steps and enough attempts, you will arrive at your ultimate success. Change- change for the better.

Don’t focus on the Goliath-size steps still in front of you, just focus on the baby steps. Small progress made consistently lasts far longer than the One-Step Wonders when chasing after the life you desire.

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My FaceAn Inspiring Good Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

Closed Doors & Fresh Starts // A Friday Photo Prompt

Life can be frustrating.

It can leave you stranded, broken, lost, and disillusioned. For some reason we use the phrase “Life isn’t fair,” to teach kids how rough and impartial life can be. While it may be very true, I am not sure that makes it any easier for them to understand disappointment. Goodness, as adults we still learn the reality of that truth. Life may not be fair, but it does not have the right to determine our situation. We do that all on our own.

Life may leave us stranded, but we decide whether to stay stranded. It may leave us broken, but it is our responsibility to pick up the pieces and go again. We may feel lost, but we must light the flare and get ourselves found. We can handle the doors that life closes in our face, so long as we know there will be another door that will open.

When you find yourself outside of a door that has been closed to you, a season in life that has ended, it is bittersweet. It is the end of something. It messes with your expectations. But take it as an opportunity for a fresh start. Start new. Start strong. Start again with the expectation that the world is on your side and something wonderful will happen.

Life may not be fair, but fresh starts are. They will welcome you if you will just embrace them.

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Post your weekend pictures using #somethingtocelebrate and be sure to tag @kyriecoffee on Instagram and Twitter.


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A Friday Photo Prompt Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

Pen to Paper // A Friday Photo Prompt

Welcome Friday! We are happy you are here.

Have you ever stopped and thought about the big picture of life? If you haven’t maybe you could take a quick 30 seconds to do so.

What is the big picture of your life?

Where is your life going?

How can you change direction if you don’t like where you are going?

Where are you at?

What is the meaning and purpose in your life?

How do you find your meaning and purpose?

Okay, that was good. Now if those questions scared or overwhelmed you the reason is probably because you haven’t answered those questions for yourself in far too long. Self-awareness is something that easily takes the back seat in our lives, which hinge on going full speed ahead and not going at all because we are exhausted (on many levels) from the fast paced living. After a while of taking the back seat, self-awareness goes out the window completely. And then we are lost. It is not often enough that we take time to stop and assess. Here are some other questions I would like you to ask yourself:

When was the last time I checked my fuel tank? (the levels of your energy, emotions, etc.)

Am I running on empty?

When was the last time that I wrote down some things I would like to achieve?

What gives me purpose and meaning?

What do I need to do or change to live out that purpose and fulfill my meaning?

I want to encourage you to take time this weekend to celebrate life by taking inventory. What is in your life that you love? What is in your life that you don’t love? Celebrate the loves and change the things you don’t. When you take time out, even just 10 minutes, to write down some plans of action for your life you will set yourself up for success. Whether it is in a journal, on a chalkboard, or on a napkin left on the kitchen table, write it down. Write down things you want to achieve next week, next month, this year. Get unstuck. Change your routine. Try something new. Write it down. Grab your favorite mug, fill it with some black goodness, and dream.

That is the first step to your success. 

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Post your weekend pictures using #somethingtocelebrate and be sure to tag @kyriecoffee on Instagram and Twitter.


My Face

A Friday Photo Prompt Post by Dalayna Dillon

Dalayna is the founder of Kyrie Coffee and creator of kyriecoffee.wordpress.com. She is a youth pastor by trade and Christ-follower at heart. She is passionate about impacting the world with the message of Jesus and inspiring change in lives and in the world however possible. Dalayna loves coffee, adventures, criminal shows, Taylor Swift, creating, growing, and people.

Talk with Dalayna on Twitter & Instagram: @dalaynalanee

Changing the World & Inspiring Good

The past weeks have been challenging for my family.  Those challenges have had me traveling two hours away for an entire month of weekends.  While I love a good road trip, traveling in Oklahoma, where I’m from, is not always grand.  If you have ever traveled any of the major highways in our great state, there are two things you will remember: the pot holes and the toll roads.  We’re known for them.

I happen to be one of those people who think that the government is tracking my every move so I refuse to buy one of those quick pass things.  (We call them Pike Pass here, but I know every state has a different term for them. (And yes, my life is so interesting that the President cares about my every move.  Crazy, I know. (Did I really just use a parenthesis inside of another parenthesis?  What am I thinking!!!)))

Anyway, I’m coming to a toll booth and I’m scrambling to get my change out.  I pull up to the attendant who looks down and smiles and says, “That car in front of you paid for you.  Go on through.”

Now, I’ve had my Starbucks paid for a couple of times, but I never would have thought to pay someone toll! Never!

That one little thing…that $1.50…was exactly what I needed.

We think that changing the world has to be some great, grand gesture that leaves people in tears.  But it doesn’t.  We change the world by the little, mundane choices that we make everyday.

Opening the door for the elderly man.
Helping unload the cart of an overwhelmed mom.
Paying for the order behind us in the drive thru.
Taking just a little bit of time to talk to the lonely woman.

Just a little bit more of my time given to someone else.  Just a little bit more effort on my part to do something nice for someone else.  Just a little bit more intentional thought on someone else’s behalf.

Changing the world starts with a whole lot of more for someone else and a little bit less for me.


DanetteMeet the Writer: 

Danette Dillon is the founder of All My Love for All My Day.  She is currently serving as Worship Arts Pastor at CrossPoint in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.  She says this about herself: 
Let’s see.  Jesus is my everything.  I love my family, my friends, and my dog, Jackson. I believe in living an integrated life.  No part of our humanity should be separated by a room, office, or closet.  I believe that we might as well be honest with each other and tell the truth in love.  I live to pursue the presence of God and to see Him rock other people’s worlds.  I vehemently believe that God is love and that He loves you.  I desire to bring God’s justice and truth to this world.  I love having fun…tons of fun.  I’m a coffee drinker and my heart belongs in Paris.
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