About Me

Welcome! I’m Colleen, founder and chief guinea pig at UpGradual. 

I write honest, often raw, stories from my life and the world around me. My goal is to illustrate how our beliefs, habits, and behaviours all intertwine to either drag us down or propel us upward.

I am obsessed with calling out the beliefs and thoughts that make us stumble, and providing encouragement, wisdom and new perspective – the God-perspective – needed for growth.

After all, how can we pour out our God-given gifts on the world, if we’re constantly recovering from the last brick wall we smashed into?

As I said, I write – usually in stories – with lessons and questions to ponder, weaved through out. My readers tend to be seekers, either of faith, of life’s how-to’s, or both.

All are welcome here.

If you have a hunger to step up, out of life’s potholes and sinkholes, to a place where you can pour out your gifts on the world, then you’re in the right place.

My commitment to you is to write from the heart, keeping my eyes on Jesus, backup my writing with research where needed , and to encourage you no matter where you find yourself.

I tend to write once a week, sending out an email newsletter, and a post on the UpGradual Facebook page either Tuesday or Thursday mornings. If you don’t want to miss an update, sign up by entering your email below:

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I write stories from my own journey to inspire you in yours. It's more than okay to be authentic and real as you grown in faith and I want you to know you're not alone.

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