What Qualities Do You Want to Linger?

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These days essential oils are all the rage. Whatever ails you – there’s an essential oil for that. While essential oils are incredibly popular right now, they are not new. In fact, the Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks, and Romans all used various forms of aromatherapy thousands of years ago. Essential oils are touted to improve depression, anxiety, stress, infections, circulation, mood, sleep, migraines, immunity, and so much more! Even more surprising, scents like lemon, jasmine, or lavender can increase productivity, concentration, and help you make fewer mistakes! And they smell good too! Some of my favorite essential oils are vanilla, … Read More

Is a Lack of Clarity In These Vital Areas Slowing You Down?

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After carefully weighing all the options in Campus Life Magazine, I settled on Westmont College in beautiful Santa Barbara. It ticked all the boxes: it was a Christian college that offered a business major near the beach and it was five hours from home. It was perfect! And I had never been there, nor did I know anyone else who had. Being independent and determined, I set out bright and early one Friday morning on a weekend adventure to check out the college of my dreams. It took a whole lot of convincing for my parents to let me take … Read More

How Self-Care Makes You a More Effective Leader

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While taking my trash can to the curb to be picked up, I chuckled over the bold letters declaring “NO HOT ASHES” on the top of the lid. I chuckled because it seems like pure common sense to not put hot ashes into your trash can, right? Clearly there have been issues, or these words would not be molded into the top of my trash can. The words on my trash remind me of the tag on my blow dryer urging me to not dry my hair while taking a bath, or the warning on plastic bags:  This bag is … Read More

3 Signs You Are Hiding the Real YOU

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Growing up, our TV spent most of its time in the closet. It was set free from its prison for special events like the Olympics or an occasional Friday night when we could watch TV for a whole hour! Back in the day, my siblings and I didn’t even mind that our TV was tiny – smaller than my computer screen today. We were just happy when we were allowed to watch it! When we went to Nana’s house, the rules were different; the same was true when we went to the home of some a family friends. I’m not … Read More

How to Get Results Without Being Bossy

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who was smart and full of ideas. She was naturally organized, creative, and able to come up with a system for just about anything. She loved to read, sew, draw, write letters, and play baseball with the boys. There was just one little tiny problem -she was bossy! She kept her younger brothers in line – they hated it! When the neighbor kids played school, she was the teacher, again! And guess who managed the lemonade stand? I hate to admit it, but that little girl was me. I have learned … Read More

The Value of Vulnerability

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Reading is something I have adored for as long as I can remember. I consider books, yes, the real live paper kind, things of beauty! The many bookshelves in my home would that love of beauty. Rarely does a day go by where I skip reading altogether. Most of the time, I have multiple books in the works; books just make me happy! I love a good novel, a compelling biography, a how-to book, or a book loaded with information on topics like leadership, personalities, health, spiritual matters, cooking… I could go on! Just by chance, or more probably by … Read More

The Secret to Becoming a More Connected Leader

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From a child’s perspective, a time out feels like forever! Being removed from the company of others and missing out  – that’s no fun! Has leading conjured up some of those “time out” isolation feelings? If so, you are not alone! Leading can be a very lonely adventure. Do you feel like you have no one to talk to; no one to bounce ideas off of or to offer a fresh perspective? Are you indecisive or find yourself second guessing your decisions or, even worse, waffling? Do you feel out of touch with those you lead or find yourself avoiding … Read More

Stop Hesitating and Let Go

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For there to be space for new, the old has to come to an end. You have to let go. Think back to your playground days. Do you remember the row of rings that many play structures included? In order to get from one end of the rings to the other , you had to let go. Being shorter than the average bird, navigating the rings was tricky for me at first. It required a certain level of strength, coordination, and the determination to set aside my fears. After all, falling is never fun! With practice, I was able to … Read More

6 Guidelines to Rocking Your Leadership Hats!

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If you are like most leaders, you barely noticed the gradual addition of hats. In fact, you eagerly welcomed each and every one – they represented growth! Yet, the true weight of so many responsibilities – now that has your attention. When was the last time you slowed down long enough to count your hats and assess what you are in charge of? I know, not easy when you are bogged down by so many duties! The towering stack of hats might seem impressive, but it all adds up to stress and being less effective as a leader. I know … Read More

What Do Preschoolers Do That Most Leaders Don’t?

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If you have talked to a parent of a preschooler recently, no doubt they are weary of the never-ending-question phase their child is in. The question preschoolers ask most frequently: “Why?” It is a short and sweet question that requires deep thought, and often the answer is one we don’t even know. Perhaps that is part of what is exhausting about their never ending inquiries. What makes a preschooler so inquisitive? They are naturally curious and eager to learn. Around the time children head to school, this trend of perpetual questioning trails off. By the time you are a leader, … Read More