Friends,

I would like to give a very special Thank You to the incredible group of women shown below.  They have committed this next year to praying, planning, preparing and serving the vision of Refresh. They each have a passion to see the Refresh vision come to life in a greater way and to connect with the heart of the Father for His daughters.  There are so many additional faces I could add to this list who have helped, supported, served, been apart and donated their time and resources to make Refresh what it is today, but here is a list of those who you will see directly serving at the Retreat in 2018.  They are a blessing to this community and I am grateful for their dedication.  Together we are better. 

I pray that you would read through the fun snippets about these women in a spirit of camaraderie. I hope as you read you gain a better understanding of the heart of Refresh. My prayer is that you would not read and shrink in comparison, but rather rise in inspiration knowing that together we are a fierce force to be reckoned with and YOU are apart of that. 

Bless you all for your love and support, 

Sarah Birkbeck, Refresh Founder

Sarah Birkbeck Refresh Founder I am a dreamer, I married a visionary and together we talk about some crazy things! We love adventure and are always plotting the next one. We have three kids which is an adventure in itself. We love the wild ride our little family brings and can't wait to watch them grow old and take on their own adventures. Trying daily to balance living in the moment, while looking ahead and running forward with all we have.  What do you love about Refresh? I think one of my favorite things about Refresh is that it is an outlet! A place to use the gifts God has placed in my life to encourage and inspire others. I love using the talents that really make my heart beat a little faster. Like throwing a killer first birthday party for my kids, that can also be used to glorify the Lord. Sure, I am glad to be a good party thrower for my kids sake, but LOVE being a great party thrower for the sake of gathering women all over the country and lavishing them with love! Refresh has allowed some things that I love most to come alive inside of me in a way that I know will have eternal impact!     What are you passionate about? I am passionate about getting women aligned with their creator. It is so exciting to watch women collide with purpose and awaken to why they where created. I want to live fully awake and feel passionate to inspire those around me to do the same. If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say?  Go to the movies, eat lots of cake and SLEEP IN!

Sarah Birkbeck

Refresh Founder

I am a dreamer, I married a visionary and together we talk about some crazy things! We love adventure and are always plotting the next one. We have three kids which is an adventure in itself. We love the wild ride our little family brings and can't wait to watch them grow old and take on their own adventures. Trying daily to balance living in the moment, while looking ahead and running forward with all we have. 

What do you love about Refresh? I think one of my favorite things about Refresh is that it is an outlet! A place to use the gifts God has placed in my life to encourage and inspire others. I love using the talents that really make my heart beat a little faster. Like throwing a killer first birthday party for my kids, that can also be used to glorify the Lord. Sure, I am glad to be a good party thrower for my kids sake, but LOVE being a great party thrower for the sake of gathering women all over the country and lavishing them with love! Refresh has allowed some things that I love most to come alive inside of me in a way that I know will have eternal impact!    

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about getting women aligned with their creator. It is so exciting to watch women collide with purpose and awaken to why they where created. I want to live fully awake and feel passionate to inspire those around me to do the same.

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say?  Go to the movies, eat lots of cake and SLEEP IN!

Jamie Schlegel Refresh Community Team Leader I love people. My favorites are my husband and my two sons (not the old TV show, my actual 8 & 6 year old sons). My husband makes me snort laugh and my two boys melt me. We love road trips to the mountains and the beach. I am a planner who loves dessert, barre class (so I can eat dessert), and I always love a good laugh. I treasure my family and friends and would much rather meet up for coffee than get anything productive (laundry) done at home. My identity comes from God Himself. He is the only one that can take my ugliness and transform it to beauty.  What do you love about Refresh? I love Refresh. After attending my first Refresh, I saw how beautiful it is when a group of women come together to have fun, use their gifts, and encourage each other in the Lord. We are not meant to walk alone. The Refresh community of real women pursuing Him while encouraging each other has been such a gift to me. What’s one lesson you’ve learned about yourself that you think women reading this would benefit from? Be you, the world needs you. I spent a lot of my life trying to be what I thought people wanted. Trust in how God made you and love others while you own who you are. What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my husband and kids. We are not perfect but they are a gift to me straight from God.

Jamie Schlegel

Refresh Community Team Leader

I love people. My favorites are my husband and my two sons (not the old TV show, my actual 8 & 6 year old sons). My husband makes me snort laugh and my two boys melt me. We love road trips to the mountains and the beach. I am a planner who loves dessert, barre class (so I can eat dessert), and I always love a good laugh. I treasure my family and friends and would much rather meet up for coffee than get anything productive (laundry) done at home. My identity comes from God Himself. He is the only one that can take my ugliness and transform it to beauty. 

What do you love about Refresh? I love Refresh. After attending my first Refresh, I saw how beautiful it is when a group of women come together to have fun, use their gifts, and encourage each other in the Lord. We are not meant to walk alone. The Refresh community of real women pursuing Him while encouraging each other has been such a gift to me.

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about yourself that you think women reading this would benefit from? Be you, the world needs you. I spent a lot of my life trying to be what I thought people wanted. Trust in how God made you and love others while you own who you are.

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my husband and kids. We are not perfect but they are a gift to me straight from God.

Taylor Quintini Refresh Retreat Team Leader I am a Louisiana girl who loves southern hospitality. I am married to my Senior Prom date, Jeremy and together, we have three little ones - Judah, Maggie and Caroline. I am a pastor's wife and have a desire to encourage women in both truth and love. I am a wedding and event planner (www.weddingstaylormade.com), and I am walking into uncharted territory of being a business owner of a specialty rental company for weddings and events (www.timelessvintagerentals.com). I enjoy travel, lattes, writing, strategizing and spending time with my girlfriends. I love the way Jesus loves us and I am passionate about teaching His word.  What do you love about Refresh? I love that the women in this community are unique but unified. It amazes me to see the diversity of everyones gifts and passions come together to create a beautiful community. We may all have separate callings, but our passions are all fueled by loving Jesus and making Him known!  What are you the most thankful for? I am most thankful for my family. To think my little tribe is now a family of five is mind boggling. I remember what it is to long for a family and not have one, so I never want to take that blessing for granted. It is crazyville on a daily basis but the sweet kisses and cuddles are so worth it.  If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say?  I would say do not waste time worrying about the future and how your life will pan out. Trust Jesus for your future, but live in the present. Every season is a gift so do not despise this one while longing for the next. Embrace whatever benefits this season has for you....they may not be the same in the next. 

Taylor Quintini

Refresh Retreat Team Leader

I am a Louisiana girl who loves southern hospitality. I am married to my Senior Prom date, Jeremy and together, we have three little ones - Judah, Maggie and Caroline. I am a pastor's wife and have a desire to encourage women in both truth and love. I am a wedding and event planner (www.weddingstaylormade.com), and I am walking into uncharted territory of being a business owner of a specialty rental company for weddings and events (www.timelessvintagerentals.com). I enjoy travel, lattes, writing, strategizing and spending time with my girlfriends. I love the way Jesus loves us and I am passionate about teaching His word. 

What do you love about Refresh? I love that the women in this community are unique but unified. It amazes me to see the diversity of everyones gifts and passions come together to create a beautiful community. We may all have separate callings, but our passions are all fueled by loving Jesus and making Him known! 

What are you the most thankful for? I am most thankful for my family. To think my little tribe is now a family of five is mind boggling. I remember what it is to long for a family and not have one, so I never want to take that blessing for granted. It is crazyville on a daily basis but the sweet kisses and cuddles are so worth it. 

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say?  I would say do not waste time worrying about the future and how your life will pan out. Trust Jesus for your future, but live in the present. Every season is a gift so do not despise this one while longing for the next. Embrace whatever benefits this season has for you....they may not be the same in the next. 

Teresa Lickliter  Refresh Worship Leader Hi, I'm Teresa; wife to Jason and mom to Cannon, Kylie, Arrow and Blaze. I am tired. I am also tirelessly dedicated to my first love, Jesus. My favorite thing to do is to sing to Him. I also like talking to Him and talking about Him. I also like talking about my other loves mentioned earlier, but I won't bore you with that.  What do you love about Refresh? Refresh is a place where you can be you. You're free to come as you are but you will not leave the same. It's not about the people listed on this page, it's about everyone around you and how you can make an impact in their lives simply by allowing God to be God in and through you. In a world where women can be marginalized to only certain areas of credibility, Refresh is a place women feel supported and encouraged to pursue whatever God has called them to.  What are you passionate about? I’m very passionate about people discovering the immeasurable value of their identity in Christ. I have been a believer in Jesus since the age of four and only recently have I discovered just how precious my life is to God. So precious that if I don't fulfill the purpose for which I was created, it will go unfulfilled. I want every person to know how much their Daddy God loves them.  If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I wasted a lot of time being afraid. I let all the "what if's" of life keep me from pursuing the things I really wanted. And if I did try to make anything happen, I did it in my own strength. Needless to say, I struggled. If I had known then to take my eyes off myself and my surroundings and just press into God, who's strength is perfect in my weakness, I could have lived fearlessly and limitlessly, regardless of my situations or capabilities. 

Teresa Lickliter 

Refresh Worship Leader

Hi, I'm Teresa; wife to Jason and mom to Cannon, Kylie, Arrow and Blaze. I am tired. I am also tirelessly dedicated to my first love, Jesus. My favorite thing to do is to sing to Him. I also like talking to Him and talking about Him. I also like talking about my other loves mentioned earlier, but I won't bore you with that. 

What do you love about Refresh? Refresh is a place where you can be you. You're free to come as you are but you will not leave the same. It's not about the people listed on this page, it's about everyone around you and how you can make an impact in their lives simply by allowing God to be God in and through you. In a world where women can be marginalized to only certain areas of credibility, Refresh is a place women feel supported and encouraged to pursue whatever God has called them to. 

What are you passionate about? I’m very passionate about people discovering the immeasurable value of their identity in Christ. I have been a believer in Jesus since the age of four and only recently have I discovered just how precious my life is to God. So precious that if I don't fulfill the purpose for which I was created, it will go unfulfilled. I want every person to know how much their Daddy God loves them. 

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I wasted a lot of time being afraid. I let all the "what if's" of life keep me from pursuing the things I really wanted. And if I did try to make anything happen, I did it in my own strength. Needless to say, I struggled. If I had known then to take my eyes off myself and my surroundings and just press into God, who's strength is perfect in my weakness, I could have lived fearlessly and limitlessly, regardless of my situations or capabilities. 

Marianne Sloan My days are full of kid wrangling, house managing, homeschooling, and web designing. I wish I had more time to write and read, but I carve out whatever minutes I can find. I live with my family in a small town outside of Nashville, TN, and we are on a mission to recruit the rest of our friends and family to move here. Wanna come?  What do you love about Refresh? I love that the heart of Refresh is for women to be refreshed while in the presence of their Savior. Refreshment of our soul, and the awakening of desire and purpose come as we sit at the feet of Jesus. Refresh allows a time to retreat and just be. Be loved by God, let His Spirit hover over your soul and breathe life into buried dreams, or birth new dreams.  Who is Jesus to you? He's my Savior, my friend, my resting place and my peace.  What are your hobbies? I love reading, running trails, gardening, and exploring nature with my kiddos. What are your dreams? I dream of being so confident in Christ’s love, and full of faith in His goodness that wherever He leads I will follow. Out of this relationship, I pray my life would be inspiration for women to know their place as daughters: created, loved, redeemed, and free.  I dream of raising my children to know God and love Him. I dream of forever surrendering the supermom complex (just a hiding place for self-righteousness and pride)  and point my children to grace.  

Marianne Sloan

My days are full of kid wrangling, house managing, homeschooling, and web designing. I wish I had more time to write and read, but I carve out whatever minutes I can find. I live with my family in a small town outside of Nashville, TN, and we are on a mission to recruit the rest of our friends and family to move here. Wanna come? 

What do you love about Refresh? I love that the heart of Refresh is for women to be refreshed while in the presence of their Savior. Refreshment of our soul, and the awakening of desire and purpose come as we sit at the feet of Jesus. Refresh allows a time to retreat and just be. Be loved by God, let His Spirit hover over your soul and breathe life into buried dreams, or birth new dreams. 

Who is Jesus to you? He's my Savior, my friend, my resting place and my peace. 

What are your hobbies? I love reading, running trails, gardening, and exploring nature with my kiddos.

What are your dreams? I dream of being so confident in Christ’s love, and full of faith in His goodness that wherever He leads I will follow. Out of this relationship, I pray my life would be inspiration for women to know their place as daughters: created, loved, redeemed, and free. 

I dream of raising my children to know God and love Him. I dream of forever surrendering the supermom complex (just a hiding place for self-righteousness and pride)  and point my children to grace.

 

Mychal Henk Wife to a Jesus-loving hottie, mom to two little girls: one very precocious, and one quite opinionated. I'm type A-ish, worshipper, dreamer, Disney nerd, crafter, wannabe baker, decorator, and bargain shopper. I love long walks on the beach with an iced coffee in hand.  What do you love about Refresh? I love that every woman who experiences Refresh, whether it be a living room or retreat, leaves better than they came. Every woman has unique gifts, talents, and callings and there’s no competition. Only encouragement and spurring each other on, all rooted in God’s Word.  Favorite Snack? It's anything sweet and salty. I love the popcorn that has cheddar and caramel corn mixed.  If you could be anything in the world what would it be? Several things come to mind; 1) Interior designer (read: Joanna Gaines); 2) I’d have my own baking show on food network; or 3) Disney princess (but only in the cooler months).  If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I'd say listen to God’s leading and don’t be discouraged when you feel stuck. When you’re in a place where life seems to be slow moving, know God is still working. He is preparing the next step for you. Just be still, pray through it and know He is working on your behalf. 

Mychal Henk

Wife to a Jesus-loving hottie, mom to two little girls: one very precocious, and one quite opinionated. I'm type A-ish, worshipper, dreamer, Disney nerd, crafter, wannabe baker, decorator, and bargain shopper. I love long walks on the beach with an iced coffee in hand. 

What do you love about Refresh? I love that every woman who experiences Refresh, whether it be a living room or retreat, leaves better than they came. Every woman has unique gifts, talents, and callings and there’s no competition. Only encouragement and spurring each other on, all rooted in God’s Word. 

Favorite Snack? It's anything sweet and salty. I love the popcorn that has cheddar and caramel corn mixed. 

If you could be anything in the world what would it be? Several things come to mind; 1) Interior designer (read: Joanna Gaines); 2) I’d have my own baking show on food network; or 3) Disney princess (but only in the cooler months). 

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I'd say listen to God’s leading and don’t be discouraged when you feel stuck. When you’re in a place where life seems to be slow moving, know God is still working. He is preparing the next step for you. Just be still, pray through it and know He is working on your behalf. 

Courtney Causey  I’m wife to Larry Ray, mama to my boy Tripp, counselor to a few, and friend to some of the best! My family lives on a ranch in McKinney and we are privileged to call seven friends with disabilities the rest of our family. I’m a classic firstborn, type-A personality, so that’s super fun for my laid-back husband (feel free to pray for him). My heartbeat is for quietness, connectedness and deep, well-watered roots. I’m a lover of underlining good books (did I mention I was type A?), gourmet pizza and laughing until my cheeks and stomach hurt with my girlfriends. What do you love about Refresh? The women! When I was introduced to Refresh I was blown away that the Lord had chosen to bring some of my favorite women (from all over the country) together in one place, for one purpose. It has been such a picture of heaven to me and I am so grateful. Refresh is a place to be encouraged, challenged (you may even sweat a little), unified and loved on. My favorite thing echoed throughout Refresh is that “there is a place for you” and it really is true. What’s one lesson you’ve learned about yourself that you think women reading this would benefit from? That it’s okay to swim in a different direction than the others around you at times. And not in a resistant, prideful kind of way. But rather, to chase after what you feel God has called YOU to. It may feel lonely at times but that pursuit really will lead to your greater joy. Also, turn down the noise that’s all around you on a regular basis. It’s so worth it. How do you hope to make a difference in the world?   I hope it's through counseling, mentoring, and spurring others on when they’re feeling weak. But mainly, I hope to live out my words by example.

Courtney Causey 

I’m wife to Larry Ray, mama to my boy Tripp, counselor to a few, and friend to some of the best! My family lives on a ranch in McKinney and we are privileged to call seven friends with disabilities the rest of our family. I’m a classic firstborn, type-A personality, so that’s super fun for my laid-back husband (feel free to pray for him). My heartbeat is for quietness, connectedness and deep, well-watered roots. I’m a lover of underlining good books (did I mention I was type A?), gourmet pizza and laughing until my cheeks and stomach hurt with my girlfriends.

What do you love about Refresh? The women! When I was introduced to Refresh I was blown away that the Lord had chosen to bring some of my favorite women (from all over the country) together in one place, for one purpose. It has been such a picture of heaven to me and I am so grateful. Refresh is a place to be encouraged, challenged (you may even sweat a little), unified and loved on. My favorite thing echoed throughout Refresh is that “there is a place for you” and it really is true.

What’s one lesson you’ve learned about yourself that you think women reading this would benefit from? That it’s okay to swim in a different direction than the others around you at times. And not in a resistant, prideful kind of way. But rather, to chase after what you feel God has called YOU to. It may feel lonely at times but that pursuit really will lead to your greater joy. Also, turn down the noise that’s all around you on a regular basis. It’s so worth it.

How do you hope to make a difference in the world?   I hope it's through counseling, mentoring, and spurring others on when they’re feeling weak. But mainly, I hope to live out my words by example.

Kelli Sommers I love people, and hopefully I'm getting closer and closer to loving them they way God does. I am married to a complete opposite who loves to watch me fly. I have four beautiful kids and serving my family is one of my greatest joys in life, but bedtime is one of my favorite times of day.  What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh focuses on God dreams. We have too many distractions in this world and we need a community to help us remember what He has called us to.  What do you do for fun? I love, love, love to go to the movies. I can almost always hear from God during that kind of experience- lights down low, volume up high, and people acting out life right before my eyes. My best ideas come from the Bible and movies... Favorite Snack: Popcorn and M&Ms (Plain!!!) How do you hope to make a difference in the world? I want to take Jesus with me everywhere. To the grocery store, the car pick up, and especially church. People are hungry to hear a word from God. It is as simple as telling someone God loves them. My daughter always reminds me in the drive through line. "Mommy, don't forget to tell them Jesus loves them!"

Kelli Sommers

I love people, and hopefully I'm getting closer and closer to loving them they way God does. I am married to a complete opposite who loves to watch me fly. I have four beautiful kids and serving my family is one of my greatest joys in life, but bedtime is one of my favorite times of day. 

What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh focuses on God dreams. We have too many distractions in this world and we need a community to help us remember what He has called us to. 

What do you do for fun? I love, love, love to go to the movies. I can almost always hear from God during that kind of experience- lights down low, volume up high, and people acting out life right before my eyes. My best ideas come from the Bible and movies...

Favorite Snack: Popcorn and M&Ms (Plain!!!)

How do you hope to make a difference in the world? I want to take Jesus with me everywhere. To the grocery store, the car pick up, and especially church. People are hungry to hear a word from God. It is as simple as telling someone God loves them. My daughter always reminds me in the drive through line. "Mommy, don't forget to tell them Jesus loves them!"

Sarah Stoltzfus I live in Melissa, Texas, with my wonderful husband and five of our beautiful children. Well four I guess now, because one is in college (I'm in denial). I would actually prefer to be at the gym than cleaning my house, and having coffee with a friend rather than shopping. I love deeply and I am passionate about women feeling worthy of all the things the Lord has called them to be. I'm on my own journey of stepping out of my comfort zone and there is nothing more exciting than walking in my purpose.  What do you love about Refresh? I love that it is authentic women encouraging one another to find our joy in the Lord. But I also love building each other up in our unique gifts without fear of comparison or judgment.  Do you have any hobbies? I am going to claim having lunch or coffee with someone I care about as my hobby. My husband would agree. Connecting with people on a deeper level fills my soul. I love listening to what makes someone's heart beat. I always walk away so grateful for the time I was able to spend with them.   If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I would say be very intentional on what you say YES to. It is easy to want to pack your schedule with so many different activities and events. Before you know it, your schedule is running you. You are not running it. While some of these activities and events may be important, you might find yourself stretched too thin. It is more difficult to say no to something you have already committed to. Be in prayer and seek the Lord on what you should spend your time on. 

Sarah Stoltzfus

I live in Melissa, Texas, with my wonderful husband and five of our beautiful children. Well four I guess now, because one is in college (I'm in denial). I would actually prefer to be at the gym than cleaning my house, and having coffee with a friend rather than shopping. I love deeply and I am passionate about women feeling worthy of all the things the Lord has called them to be. I'm on my own journey of stepping out of my comfort zone and there is nothing more exciting than walking in my purpose. 

What do you love about Refresh? I love that it is authentic women encouraging one another to find our joy in the Lord. But I also love building each other up in our unique gifts without fear of comparison or judgment. 

Do you have any hobbies? I am going to claim having lunch or coffee with someone I care about as my hobby. My husband would agree. Connecting with people on a deeper level fills my soul. I love listening to what makes someone's heart beat. I always walk away so grateful for the time I was able to spend with them.  

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I would say be very intentional on what you say YES to. It is easy to want to pack your schedule with so many different activities and events. Before you know it, your schedule is running you. You are not running it. While some of these activities and events may be important, you might find yourself stretched too thin. It is more difficult to say no to something you have already committed to. Be in prayer and seek the Lord on what you should spend your time on. 

Erin Lewis   I’m happily married to my best friend Jelani. I'm a mom to two awesome kiddos- daughter Judah and son Jadon. I’m also a pastors wife who loves to write, workout and randomly imagine myself as a ballerina...in my kitchen... when no one's looking. I love being with women, meeting new people, and going deep in worship. My favorite thing in the world though is spending time with my husband. I really like him!  What do you love about Refresh? My favorite thing about Refresh is the genuine love, friendship, loyalty and overall feeling of togetherness. God surrounds each person with relationships He's designed in order to further His kingdom, which is ultimately expressed through our own unique purposes. If you could be anything in the world what would it be? I would love to go shopping all the time. I know, not very deep but its true. Shopping is therapeutic for me and to be able to shop for myself or others is so fun! If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? Relax and take in the beauty and innocence of life around you. Find a best friend. Not a seasonal friend but someone who is trustworthy and loyal and always willing to speak truth to you. Seek out a mentor. Learn to hear the voice of God and treasure it above all else.

Erin Lewis  

I’m happily married to my best friend Jelani. I'm a mom to two awesome kiddos- daughter Judah and son Jadon. I’m also a pastors wife who loves to write, workout and randomly imagine myself as a ballerina...in my kitchen... when no one's looking. I love being with women, meeting new people, and going deep in worship. My favorite thing in the world though is spending time with my husband. I really like him!

 What do you love about Refresh? My favorite thing about Refresh is the genuine love, friendship, loyalty and overall feeling of togetherness. God surrounds each person with relationships He's designed in order to further His kingdom, which is ultimately expressed through our own unique purposes.

If you could be anything in the world what would it be? I would love to go shopping all the time. I know, not very deep but its true. Shopping is therapeutic for me and to be able to shop for myself or others is so fun!

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? Relax and take in the beauty and innocence of life around you. Find a best friend. Not a seasonal friend but someone who is trustworthy and loyal and always willing to speak truth to you. Seek out a mentor. Learn to hear the voice of God and treasure it above all else.

Taylor Angulo I'm a first-born, Minnesota native, twenty-something living this little life in McKinney, Texas. My type-A, midwestern side comes out more than I'd like to admit. I dearly love my husband Jonathan and two girls, Lennon and Mayer. They are seriously my world. I'm a graphic designer by trade but my days are mostly filled with Target runs, preschool drop offs and Starbucks iced coffee. In my spare time, I enjoy decorating our home, watching reality TV (read Real Housewives and The Bachelor), and eating chips & guacamole. What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh is a space for women to simply be. So much of what defines a woman is what she does or accomplishes, but Refresh calls out her identity, simply who she is in Christ. As a prone "do-er" myself, I am able to exhale and embrace the beautiful calling of just being His daughter. What do you do for fun? I love adventuring Dallas with my husband and girls, planning parties, and napping. Seriously, a good day includes a nap. How do you hope to make a difference in the world? I hope to love people well. Whether it's in small acts or extravagant moments. My circle is small but I pray that anyone I encounter or do life with would feel loved, important, and most of all see Jesus.  If you could be anything in the world what would it be? Hands down I would be a crime scene investigator. Is that morbid? Maybe. But I think my knack for details and love of a good mystery could solve a crime or two.

Taylor Angulo

I'm a first-born, Minnesota native, twenty-something living this little life in McKinney, Texas. My type-A, midwestern side comes out more than I'd like to admit. I dearly love my husband Jonathan and two girls, Lennon and Mayer. They are seriously my world. I'm a graphic designer by trade but my days are mostly filled with Target runs, preschool drop offs and Starbucks iced coffee. In my spare time, I enjoy decorating our home, watching reality TV (read Real Housewives and The Bachelor), and eating chips & guacamole.

What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh is a space for women to simply be. So much of what defines a woman is what she does or accomplishes, but Refresh calls out her identity, simply who she is in Christ. As a prone "do-er" myself, I am able to exhale and embrace the beautiful calling of just being His daughter.

What do you do for fun? I love adventuring Dallas with my husband and girls, planning parties, and napping. Seriously, a good day includes a nap.

How do you hope to make a difference in the world? I hope to love people well. Whether it's in small acts or extravagant moments. My circle is small but I pray that anyone I encounter or do life with would feel loved, important, and most of all see Jesus. 

If you could be anything in the world what would it be? Hands down I would be a crime scene investigator. Is that morbid? Maybe. But I think my knack for details and love of a good mystery could solve a crime or two.

Becky Jones Loving Jesus is my jam. Having two kids and a husband is my fam. Running late is my cardio. Eating tacos is my favorite dinner scenario. I love to laugh and have lots of fun. My life is a crazy adventure I wouldn't trade with anyone.  What do you love about Refresh?  I love everything! But if I have to narrow it down then I would say what I love most is how Refresh has impacted me to not only think and talk about my dreams but to actively pursue and watch them become reality.  If you could be anything in the world what would it be? I think being a flight attendant would be so fun! I absolutely love people and think getting to travel the world for a living would be awesome. Besides, who doesn't love the person that offers them free drinks and peanuts?  What are you passionate about? I tend to be pretty passionate about a lot of things from really amazing food to celebrating my kids birthdays to making sure my ice- to- drink ratio is perfectly placed in a styrofoam cup. But, if we're talking about what gets me fired up and gives my life purpose? Then I would say I'm passionate about my kids knowing Jesus and living out their God-appointed destiny to the fullest; as well as seeing people live out authentic and real lives, and experiencing the fullness and freedom that only Christ offers.  Do you have any hobbies? Does drinking Dr. Pepper count? Because I can chug that stuff like it's my job! I actually never classified myself as one with hobbies because I'm not super crafty or sporty or anything. But, my husband made the mistake of buying me a Kindle before vacation a couple years ago. One good book turned into finding the next good book until one day I realized staying up late every night to get in one more chapter officially made me a reader!

Becky Jones

Loving Jesus is my jam. Having two kids and a husband is my fam. Running late is my cardio. Eating tacos is my favorite dinner scenario. I love to laugh and have lots of fun. My life is a crazy adventure I wouldn't trade with anyone. 

What do you love about Refresh?  I love everything! But if I have to narrow it down then I would say what I love most is how Refresh has impacted me to not only think and talk about my dreams but to actively pursue and watch them become reality. 

If you could be anything in the world what would it be? I think being a flight attendant would be so fun! I absolutely love people and think getting to travel the world for a living would be awesome. Besides, who doesn't love the person that offers them free drinks and peanuts? 

What are you passionate about? I tend to be pretty passionate about a lot of things from really amazing food to celebrating my kids birthdays to making sure my ice- to- drink ratio is perfectly placed in a styrofoam cup. But, if we're talking about what gets me fired up and gives my life purpose? Then I would say I'm passionate about my kids knowing Jesus and living out their God-appointed destiny to the fullest; as well as seeing people live out authentic and real lives, and experiencing the fullness and freedom that only Christ offers. 

Do you have any hobbies? Does drinking Dr. Pepper count? Because I can chug that stuff like it's my job! I actually never classified myself as one with hobbies because I'm not super crafty or sporty or anything. But, my husband made the mistake of buying me a Kindle before vacation a couple years ago. One good book turned into finding the next good book until one day I realized staying up late every night to get in one more chapter officially made me a reader!

Meredith Moore I am the type-B of this amazing group! I love the Lord, my family and my friends in my own crazy but whole-hearted way. Worship fills my heart and my home as I spend my days homeschooling my seven year old twins, Kathryn and Garrett, and loving my amazing (but very type- A) husband, Brad.  What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh gives everyone an avenue to explore their gifts and experience God’s love. There is nothing sweeter than dedicating time away to simmer in the things of the Lord, listen for His quiet, kind voice and to do it all with friends! Refresh has been an exciting catalyst into a deeper relationship with the Lord for me. What do you do for fun? I absolutely love to travel!  The beach, the mountains, the mission field-I have been blessed to be able to do it all and hope to continue more and more! One of our “parenting goals” is to show our kids God’s beautiful creation and His people all over the world. What are you most thankful for? I am most thankful for the Lord’s redeeming grace and love. Without it, I am lost, but with it I am forgiven and triumphant. There is nothing greater and nothing I cannot overcome when I rely on Him. If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I would tell them to wait upon the Lord! Love the Lord first and let Him lead.  I have made it through heartbreak, infertility, 105 days in the hospital on bedrest with my twins, and so much more, and the Lord has never left my side. He is always with you and always good regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in at the moment.

Meredith Moore

I am the type-B of this amazing group! I love the Lord, my family and my friends in my own crazy but whole-hearted way. Worship fills my heart and my home as I spend my days homeschooling my seven year old twins, Kathryn and Garrett, and loving my amazing (but very type- A) husband, Brad. 

What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh gives everyone an avenue to explore their gifts and experience God’s love. There is nothing sweeter than dedicating time away to simmer in the things of the Lord, listen for His quiet, kind voice and to do it all with friends! Refresh has been an exciting catalyst into a deeper relationship with the Lord for me.

What do you do for fun? I absolutely love to travel!  The beach, the mountains, the mission field-I have been blessed to be able to do it all and hope to continue more and more! One of our “parenting goals” is to show our kids God’s beautiful creation and His people all over the world.

What are you most thankful for? I am most thankful for the Lord’s redeeming grace and love. Without it, I am lost, but with it I am forgiven and triumphant. There is nothing greater and nothing I cannot overcome when I rely on Him.

If you could speak to girls five to ten years younger than you, what would you say? I would tell them to wait upon the Lord! Love the Lord first and let Him lead.  I have made it through heartbreak, infertility, 105 days in the hospital on bedrest with my twins, and so much more, and the Lord has never left my side. He is always with you and always good regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in at the moment.

Tricia Hix We call our tribe the Hixicans, which means red neck (Hix) and Mexicans combined. I have been married for twelve years and I have three little Hixicans that partner with me at home. I part- time homeschool my daughter Niah and son, Noah. We have third son named Nolan; however, we may or may not have brought some confusion to him by calling him Eli (his middle name). I am originally from California, but we moved to the great state of Texas five years ago. Currently, I wear many hats with the family. I work part- time at a broker’s office. I also work part- time in hospitality and events at Gateway Church on some nights and weekends. At night I study for my real estate classes. My main hat is to foster the heart of the Lord through character building (parenting) seven days a week. What do you love about Refresh? Refresh to me is just what the word means...Refreshing! When I went to my first Refresh four years ago, I discovered I needed a restart, a recharge, a reboot, a fresh start in my life. I have found over the years, Refresh has been a safe place for me to grow in my gifts as well as to spiritually mature, to be ignited, to be found in Him and to go deeper; a place to relate to others in my walk with Christ and link arms with other women to join our forces for good. Each Refresh Living Room has added something so valuable to my life.  What do you do for fun? During warm, fall and spring days, I enjoy laying out in my back yard on a blanket with my face soaking in the sun and feeling the breeze. But my favorite thing to do is be with friends. I enjoy doing life with and going deeper with friends, and making new friends. What are you passionate about? I am passionate about people and seeing them become free to fulfill their calling in Christ. 

Tricia Hix

We call our tribe the Hixicans, which means red neck (Hix) and Mexicans combined. I have been married for twelve years and I have three little Hixicans that partner with me at home. I part- time homeschool my daughter Niah and son, Noah. We have third son named Nolan; however, we may or may not have brought some confusion to him by calling him Eli (his middle name). I am originally from California, but we moved to the great state of Texas five years ago. Currently, I wear many hats with the family. I work part- time at a broker’s office. I also work part- time in hospitality and events at Gateway Church on some nights and weekends. At night I study for my real estate classes. My main hat is to foster the heart of the Lord through character building (parenting) seven days a week.

What do you love about Refresh? Refresh to me is just what the word means...Refreshing! When I went to my first Refresh four years ago, I discovered I needed a restart, a recharge, a reboot, a fresh start in my life. I have found over the years, Refresh has been a safe place for me to grow in my gifts as well as to spiritually mature, to be ignited, to be found in Him and to go deeper; a place to relate to others in my walk with Christ and link arms with other women to join our forces for good. Each Refresh Living Room has added something so valuable to my life. 

What do you do for fun? During warm, fall and spring days, I enjoy laying out in my back yard on a blanket with my face soaking in the sun and feeling the breeze. But my favorite thing to do is be with friends. I enjoy doing life with and going deeper with friends, and making new friends.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about people and seeing them become free to fulfill their calling in Christ. 

Jenae Tankersley I’m a girl from the country who has managed to survive and live in the city. I love change more than comfort. I relish in grace that has made me confident. If I could, I would take my hand like a spoon and stir up hearts – awakening all the deep things which have settled to the bottom, been buried or forgotten, and bring them to the surface again. I love C.S. Lewis and the way he manages to never stay on the surface of a matter, but still reaches those people who are. I love family, golden retrievers, my family and amazing friends, traveling around the world, and gardening (a work in progress). I aspire to live this one life I’ve been given, not wasting a day! What do you love about Refresh? I first walked into a Refresh Living Room not knowing one woman in the room, but by the end of the night I left knowing every woman there was for me and we were in this together. That’s what I love. Who is Jesus to you? He is hope. He is hope that is never deferred and true desire realized. He is my confident expectation of good to come. Jesus has been my friend and confidant for the majority of my life and I’ve yet to see Him fail me. He saved me from myself, has walked with me through the darkest of days, comforted and healed me from all my pain and fear, and removed my shame. The more I get to know Him the more I’m amazed at His grace and patience with all human beings.  Do you have any hobbies? Too many. I love writing and dream to write a book or two one day. I love photography and would love to have some of my international travel photos published at some point. I love home remodeling and grew up with every home I lived in being worked on by my parents – so I love dreaming up home remodels. My newest hobby is making kombucha!

Jenae Tankersley

I’m a girl from the country who has managed to survive and live in the city. I love change more than comfort. I relish in grace that has made me confident. If I could, I would take my hand like a spoon and stir up hearts – awakening all the deep things which have settled to the bottom, been buried or forgotten, and bring them to the surface again. I love C.S. Lewis and the way he manages to never stay on the surface of a matter, but still reaches those people who are. I love family, golden retrievers, my family and amazing friends, traveling around the world, and gardening (a work in progress). I aspire to live this one life I’ve been given, not wasting a day!

What do you love about Refresh? I first walked into a Refresh Living Room not knowing one woman in the room, but by the end of the night I left knowing every woman there was for me and we were in this together. That’s what I love.

Who is Jesus to you? He is hope. He is hope that is never deferred and true desire realized. He is my confident expectation of good to come. Jesus has been my friend and confidant for the majority of my life and I’ve yet to see Him fail me. He saved me from myself, has walked with me through the darkest of days, comforted and healed me from all my pain and fear, and removed my shame. The more I get to know Him the more I’m amazed at His grace and patience with all human beings. 

Do you have any hobbies? Too many. I love writing and dream to write a book or two one day. I love photography and would love to have some of my international travel photos published at some point. I love home remodeling and grew up with every home I lived in being worked on by my parents – so I love dreaming up home remodels. My newest hobby is making kombucha!

Kim Bailey I am a wife and mommy of three. My kiddos are 4, 2, and 5 months. I taught elementary school for 5 years and now I love being a stay at home mom!  What do you love about Refresh? I absolutely love Refresh. It is an incredible gift for women to have a place to come together and learn from, encourage and love on one another. When we all open up about our fears, dreams and what the Lord is teaching us- it is beautiful what happens! The Lord moves. Light enters darkness and His daughters are strengthened through the encouragement from one another. I am grateful to be a part!  What do you do for fun? The best day to me is one with my family- playing games, going to the park and just being together!  What are you passionate about?  I'm passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus boldly with other women! I am also passionate about promoting healthy marriages. I believe marriage is a powerful tool that can benefit us on our journey to Christlikeness as it sharpens us and highlights our strengths and weaknesses.  Favorite snack!  Give me all the chips and queso!! I would skip dessert in a heart beat for an extra serving of queso! 

Kim Bailey

I am a wife and mommy of three. My kiddos are 4, 2, and 5 months. I taught elementary school for 5 years and now I love being a stay at home mom! 

What do you love about Refresh? I absolutely love Refresh. It is an incredible gift for women to have a place to come together and learn from, encourage and love on one another. When we all open up about our fears, dreams and what the Lord is teaching us- it is beautiful what happens! The Lord moves. Light enters darkness and His daughters are strengthened through the encouragement from one another. I am grateful to be a part! 

What do you do for fun? The best day to me is one with my family- playing games, going to the park and just being together! 

What are you passionate about?  I'm passionate about sharing the good news of Jesus boldly with other women! I am also passionate about promoting healthy marriages. I believe marriage is a powerful tool that can benefit us on our journey to Christlikeness as it sharpens us and highlights our strengths and weaknesses. 

Favorite snack!  Give me all the chips and queso!! I would skip dessert in a heart beat for an extra serving of queso! 

Carolina Flores I hail from the beautiful land of the Dominican Republic. Fell head-over-heels in love with Jesus after moving to Orlando, FL and my life has never been the same. I am a wife to Carlos, and mommy to Sebastian (1y10m) and Nicolas (5m). We run on coffee, chocolate, and Jesus. Author-in-progress and lover of good old-fashioned hospitality. What do you love about Refresh? I love the authenticity, empowerment, and community found in Refresh. To be consistently challenged and encouraged to dream bigger and practically pursue who God has called you to be is a priceless gift. Favorite Snack? Brie with a little honey drizzle and a slice or two of prosciutto, plantain chips and a glass of iced coconut water… yes, please! If you could be anything in the world what would it be? A cast member in The Lion King Broadway show, no doubt.  If you could speak to girls 5 – 10 years younger than you, what would you say Pursue the big dreams, the ones that seem big and far-fetched, confidently and be passionate in your pursuit. The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman, if He invited you, He will pay {and make a way!}. 

Carolina Flores

I hail from the beautiful land of the Dominican Republic. Fell head-over-heels in love with Jesus after moving to Orlando, FL and my life has never been the same. I am a wife to Carlos, and mommy to Sebastian (1y10m) and Nicolas (5m). We run on coffee, chocolate, and Jesus. Author-in-progress and lover of good old-fashioned hospitality.

What do you love about Refresh? I love the authenticity, empowerment, and community found in Refresh. To be consistently challenged and encouraged to dream bigger and practically pursue who God has called you to be is a priceless gift.

Favorite Snack? Brie with a little honey drizzle and a slice or two of prosciutto, plantain chips and a glass of iced coconut water… yes, please!

If you could be anything in the world what would it be? A cast member in The Lion King Broadway show, no doubt. 

If you could speak to girls 5 – 10 years younger than you, what would you say Pursue the big dreams, the ones that seem big and far-fetched, confidently and be passionate in your pursuit. The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman, if He invited you, He will pay {and make a way!}. 

Jenny Swearingen I am a Jesus loving girl who aspires to be everything God has created me to be and do everything he has planned for me to do.  I am super blessed to have a house full of incredibly handsome men, my husband Brad and our two sons Landon and Luke. I am a mix of Cuban and Kansas and my sister and I were blessed to grow up in a Christian home. I'm passionate about many things, especially kiddos. I hope to leave a legacy of God's love and faithfulness for the generations to come. I live life with a great expectancy because I know the best is yet to come!  What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh is women from all walks, stages and ages in life joining together for Jesus.  I love that there is no agenda other than what God has for his girls.  Most of all I love the ladies of refresh and how they continually challenge, strengthen and encourage me.  If I could speak to young girls: I would tell young girls to know who they are. I would tell them to find their identity in Christ alone and believe what the word of God says about them. I would encourage them to find out the TRUTH about how their heavenly father feels about them. I would tell them to stand firm and hold tight to every promise of God no matter what the world tells throws at them. What is my favorite snack? Pop corn with lots of salt!

Jenny Swearingen

I am a Jesus loving girl who aspires to be everything God has created me to be and do everything he has planned for me to do.  I am super blessed to have a house full of incredibly handsome men, my husband Brad and our two sons Landon and Luke. I am a mix of Cuban and Kansas and my sister and I were blessed to grow up in a Christian home. I'm passionate about many things, especially kiddos. I hope to leave a legacy of God's love and faithfulness for the generations to come. I live life with a great expectancy because I know the best is yet to come!

 What do you love about Refresh? I love that Refresh is women from all walks, stages and ages in life joining together for Jesus.  I love that there is no agenda other than what God has for his girls.  Most of all I love the ladies of refresh and how they continually challenge, strengthen and encourage me.

 If I could speak to young girls: I would tell young girls to know who they are. I would tell them to find their identity in Christ alone and believe what the word of God says about them. I would encourage them to find out the TRUTH about how their heavenly father feels about them. I would tell them to stand firm and hold tight to every promise of God no matter what the world tells throws at them.

What is my favorite snack? Pop corn with lots of salt!