10 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

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Cooking is a creative outlet for me; a chance to experiment and indulge in luscious food. In the last 31 years, have yet to make a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other time of year!  That’s one of the few culinary tasks I delegate to my husband so that I am free to focus on all the other yummy sides and desserts.  After all, my husband has some mad turkey cooking skills! Over the years, he’s smoked them, baked them in brown paper bags, and even prepared them in the crock pot! For the last few years, our turkeys have … Read More

What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

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Remember when you were a kid and it was bedtime? If you were like me, you would do anything you could to nudge that bedtime a bit later. And if by chance that wasn’t successful, you might implement the “read under the covers” plan. That was my favorite way to avoid having to go to bed. There were many nights when my flashlight, a good book, and I were up until the wee hours! Bedtime always seemed to come long before I was ready! These days, I see sleep differently! With health as one of my top five values, getting … Read More

12 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity – A Powerful Asset

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The old saying “Curiosity killed the cat” has given curiosity a bad rap! Originally intended to curb unnecessary investigation– think busybody types; people seeking information for the wrong reasons. Curiosity is actually a powerful asset when it comes to life and leadership! I promise it won’t kill you! Quite the opposite – curiosity has the potential to take your life and leadership to the next level! What makes curiosity beneficial? It encourages greater understanding, sparks growth, increases adaptability, and improves empathy. That’s not all! A little curiosity leads to discoveries and valuable conversations that result in significant breakthroughs, not to … Read More

Good News to Propel You Forward!

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I promise – the world is not falling apart! I know it can feel that way with the abundance of bad news! Honestly, I don’t think things are any worse than they’ve been in the past, but, thanks to social media, there are just more avenues for the bad news to travel. And with fewer people buying newspapers or tuning into the news on TV, the media often presents news stories in dramatic ways in an attempt to grab your attention and increase the number of viewers. Being bombarded with bad news does nothing good for you! In fact, it … Read More

Coaching Adventures

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Time Tigers This group is ideal for you if you are … Stressed Unable to accomplish your goals Overwhelmed Constantly feeling behind Need to develop some new time related habits Find yourself working reactively instead of proactively Always busy but never getting ahead Neglecting self-care Lack creativity Never get to the activities that make your heart happy A Time Focused Group Coaching Adventure for 4-10 people that includes… 1 GET-TO-KNOW-YOU SESSION (1 hour) 4 – 1 ½ hour GROUP COACHING SESSIONS & 1 PRIVATE COACHING SESSION (1 hour) $297 Just click here if you have questions, would like to participate … Read More

4 Perspectives that Undermine Your Success

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It has been an exciting week for our family as my husband and I welcomed our third grandchild into the world – a beautiful baby girl. It is still a bit hard to believe that my daughter is now a mother and already making big decisions for her very own bundle of sweetness. Time certainly has a way of changing your perspective on everything from parenting to leadership, and when your perspective shifts, so does everything else. Like most new moms, my daughter is concerned about her little one eating enough, being exposed to germs, and is she still breathing? … Read More

Where Could You Be If You Weren’t Procrastinating?

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Now and then there’s a task on my “to do” list that lingers for a week, a month, or even a season; a task that I just never seem to get to. The longer a task lingers on my list, the less productive I feel. A few months back, I had a book revision project on my to do list that didn’t get crossed off for much longer than I care to admit. In my head, this project was big, complicated, and involved research that I wasn’t very excited about. Isn’t that the root of procrastinating? The thinking – even … Read More

Step off Your Hamster Wheel & Stress Less

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Are you perpetually in motion like a hamster on a wheel getting nowhere? When caged and space is limited, the hamster wheel is an ingenious invention – a way for hamsters to run like crazy in a very small space. Did you know that wild hamsters run up to 5 miles every night while searching for food? That’s like climbing Mount Everest every night! Hamsters love to run! That’s what they were made to do. Assuming the average hamster is 3”, that makes me roughly 21 times the size of a hamster.  In order to keep up with a hamster’s … Read More

The Secret to Weathering the Storms of Life

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Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria – the last couple of weeks have been tempestuous with a string of powerful hurricanes.  Even with ample warning, it is difficult to grasp the intensity that comes with such weather! You can prepare. You can evacuate. One thing you can’t do – you can’t control a storm. The recent hurricanes confirm that. My heart goes out to all who are attempting to put their lives back together after the destructive storms. Living in Georgia, and now Tennessee, pounding rain accompanied by wild thunder and lightning aren’t unusual. For a California girl like me, such storms … Read More

When It Comes To Your Life – Which Dog Are You?

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Invisible fences are common where I live – a way to ensure that pets stay where they are supposed to without putting up an expensive or unsightly fence. My neighbor has two dogs that enjoy roaming in the front and back yard as they wish -Jack and Lucy. Foxes are also quite common in my neighborhood. Prior to moving to Tennessee, I am not sure I had ever seen a fox up close. My husband and I frequently see foxes moseying down the street or traipsing through our back yard. We’ve even had a fox make himself comfortable on our … Read More