How to Be More Assertive

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Miss P is my youngest granddaughter and as she edges closer to her first birthday, she has been asserting herself more and more. This little lady has opinions and is not shy about voicing them. In light of the fact that she only speaks a word or two, it is quite amazing that she can so clearly convey her desires. When’s she’s awake, her sweet chubby little finger is firmly pointing out her demands. The vast majority of Miss P’s desires are off limits for one reason or another right now, but that doesn’t keep her from declaring her wishes … Read More

What’s the Big Deal?

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It’s hard to fathom, but it won’t be long before my first born will be 30. He’s now the proud father of two. When he was much younger, he was prone to whining and crying when things didn’t go his way. He heard the phrases “stop whining” and “stop crying” so often that he would reply with, “I am not cryning.” Now I just smile when his son is “cryning.” If I am honest, I do my own “cryning.” It involves less falling on the floor and fewer tears, but when life doesn’t go my way, I grumble and complain. … Read More

How to Communicate Like a Pro!

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It’s rare to meet anyone who has truly mastered the art of communication, even though communicating is something you do every day. For some, drafting an articulate letter or email comes easily, but being able to think on your feet and express yourself well verbally is tough! For others, it’s the other way around. Some are real pros at public speaking while sharing their heart is a whole different story. Even the best communicators experience snags! Emotions, timing, fear, insecurities – they all contribute to making communication complicated. Who hasn’t been haunted by the inability to rewind your words, written … Read More

Are Your Cravings Feeding Your Fear Monster?

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It’s not unusual to have food cravings when you’re pregnant. Pickles and ice cream were not what I craved with I was expecting my first baby. Nor did I crave Cheetos dipped in yogurt, spoonfuls of peanut butter topped with hot sauce, or sand – that’s the strangest pregnancy craving I heard of by far! What I craved: turkey, bacon, cheese, and avocado all piled high on a croissant. I yearned for these croissants so much they had me wanting to get back to work on Monday. You see, the sandwich shop on the ground floor of the office building … Read More

The Secret to Getting Results

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Setting goals is the easy part. You know where you want to be! Your goals may be personal or professional, but you’ve got goals! You want to be 10 pounds lighter, finish writing that book, add half-dozen clients, successfully communicate with your spouse or co-workers, or perhaps you’d like to complete a blog a month. Whatever goals you have, are you getting the results you’re after? Working harder or endlessly repeating the same actions over and over won’t get you the results you want. And continually chasing a goal without getting the results you desire leads to burnout, discouragement, and … Read More

8 Ways to Be a More Balanced Leader

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Balance is a tricky. It’s your ability to respond to both external forces, as well as internal forces, in a way that allows you to maintain equilibrium, to be steady. It takes a strong core and your entire body working together for you to successfully balance – your brain, eyes, ears, and stabilizing muscles. A high level of kinesthetic awareness doesn’t hurt either! When there is just the right tension between strength and flexibility, balance is the result. Overworked muscles lose their range of motion, hindering balance. And muscles that are only stretched lack tone, which aids balance. Muscle strength … Read More

PROPEL – A Group Coaching Adventure to Help YOU Overcome Procrastination!

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Are you the Queen of Procrastination or the King of Putting Stuff Off? How is procrastinating limiting you professionally? What’s it costing you that you NEVER get to “that”? How is perpetually putting important tasks off keeping you from achieving your goals and the level of success you desire? What’s procrastinating keeping you from? A thriving life? Peace? Getting where you want to be? Join me for a Group Coaching Adventure and put an end to your habit of procrastination! It’s an opportunity for you to… Accelerate your progress on a specific project, task, or habit Overcome the limiting beliefs/thinking … Read More

How to Put an End to Procrastinating

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I’ve tasted the fruit of procrastination. You probably have too! It yields a hefty crop of stress, anxiety, frustration, and tasks left undone! Procrastination also has a way of chipping away at your self-esteem and unfortunately, tasks put off rarely get easier! On the surface, it might seem that wishful thinking is at play. Surely, if you put a task off for later you will be in the mood or have more time. You might even convince yourself that you work best under pressure, but let’s get real – no one does their best work under pressure. Oh, you might … Read More

Confused About Coaching?

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It happens all the time! When people discover that I’m a Life and Leadership Coach, they kindly nod and smile, yet the blank expression on their face gives away that they really have no idea what I do. Some attempt to get advice. A few wonder if I am trying to replace God in people’s lives. A handful offer sympathy for having to deal with “those” kind of people. Others steer clear. To be honest, coaching is best understood when you experience for yourself, but even then it’s difficult to articulate what it’s all about to someone else.  That’s why … Read More

How to Be More Focused, Productive, and Sane!

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Do you find yourself lacking focus and filling your plate with more than you can handle? I call that the “The Taco Salad Principle.” It isn’t just what you allow your plate; it’s also what you allow to fill your mind. And when your mind is filled to overflowing, it creates stress, anxiety, and frustration! Your mind might be occupied by replaying the past, which leads to guilt. Or it might be focused on the future, which leads to anxiety. When the past or future is taking up space in your head, there’s very little room for the present. There … Read More