8 Signs You Might Be Stuck

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Illustration of a car buried in the snow

In many parts of the world, 10 feet of snow is no big deal. Life goes on! That’s not the case in the south! A few years back while still living in the Atlanta area, we received a measly three inches of snow that shut the town down, literally! Parents were unable to pick up their children, forcing schools to become shelters. The snow storm brought the best out in some as they reached out to help others in need. Others just whooped it up in the snow. The snow turned to ice, stranding thousands of motorists on the interstates … Read More

You Will Find What You Focus On

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The first encounter took place while I was safely protected behind the wheel of my car. It was boldly soaking up the sun in the middle of the street right in front of our house – a black snake. Then, my husband had a surprise meet up with the creature in our garage while cleaning a day or so later. I prefer to assume it was the same snake rather than to think there are two on the loose! That was about a month ago. While I wouldn’t say I have Ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes), I am far from … Read More

How Success Serves You

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I’m letting the cat out of the bag. I have a fascination with tracking information. You might be completely bewildered by some of the information I’ve tracked over the years. In high school I tracked what I wore and where I wore each outfit. The tracking process included a coding system that’s fuzzy to me now so many years later, but was something like all tops were letters, all pants or shorts were numbers, and dresses were double letters like “CC”. I’ve logged the miles I ran, my work outs completed, and a myriad of other trackable, measurable pieces of … Read More

There’s NO Comparison

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Who doesn’t like chocolate? Now you might prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but most people like chocolate. There are those rare birds…but this is not about them. It’s about one of my four brothers – I’m not even positive which one now -it’s been so long. Whichever one it was, his love of chocolate was so compelling that he consumed an entire package of Ex-Lax®. Needless to say, this had a messy ending! Taking drugs when you don’t need them is like ingesting poison! The effects can be messy, but even more noteworthy, they can be quite detrimental! These … Read More

The Anchor Advantage

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When the weather is warm, my husband and I have a favorite Saturday morning routine: sleeping in, (that’s typically 6:00am for him and 7:30ish for me!) brewing coffee, and then heading out to the lake for breakfast. As boat club members, we have a reputation for barely using any gas when taking a boat out. For us, anchoring in a peaceful cove and savoring breakfast while catching up is the most amazing way to start a Saturday.  From there our lake time might be spent reading books, brainstorming, or dreaming. Sometimes we even hold our weekly business meeting out there. … Read More

7 Dangers to Skipping Breaks

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Frequently I’m so energized and focused on my work that time has a way of slipping away. I love when that happens. They call that sense of being in the zone “flow.” It feels like the only thing that matters is what I am doing right now. I am fully present. Time is on my side. It’s when I do my best work. There’s another feeling that I sometimes experience where time feels like it is slipping away and I am working frantically to keep up. It too keeps me focused, but often times I’m actually just chasing my tail. … Read More

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