7 Reasons to Check Your Hats and Lighten Your Load!

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I confess I have been a collector most of my life. As a child I collected a variety of things. Vacations were opportunities to hunt for the right salt and pepper shakers to help me remember the trip – no useless souvenirs for me! Writing letters to my grandmother and various pen pals turned into collecting stamps. Spare change? I collected pennies. My love for reading – I collected books. My love for collecting went beyond the hunt. I was captivated by the art of arranging of my salt and pepper shakers in my special cabinet and organizing the stamps, … Read More

The Proof Is in the Pancake

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Health is one of my top five values. For me health includes exercise, proper rest, a positive mindset, healthy habits, and nutritious eating. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. So yesterday when the Today Show featured a segment on sneaking veggies into your food in a way that would appeal to kids it caught my attention. One of the featured dishes: Broccoli Pancakes. The taste testers were delighted! Since I had already planned to head to the grocery store, I quickly added broccoli to my list. I steamed the broccoli … Read More

7 Reasons to Revise Your Questions

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I will let you in on a little secret: I talk to myself in the car. Most people probably think I’m talking on the phone. I talk to myself while working and doing things around the house as well. Sometimes I speak out loud. Other times the dialogue is all internal. Lest you think I am like an eccentric woman on the edge of sanity, I feel pretty certain you talk to yourself as well. Sometimes I am acutely aware of the conversations I am having with myself. Other times I am engaged in a conversation and I didn’t even … Read More

3 Roadblocks Leaders Bump Into

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Some people are natural leaders. Even at an early age they tend to be bossy, have big ideas, and get others to follow. I was that child. If we played school, I was the teacher. I organized activities. I managed the lemonade stand. Sometimes it was not pretty! Thankfully, I have learned a few things over the years! I have learned to harness my bossiness and discovered more palatable ways of motivating others in order to successfully lead. Maybe you can relate to my childhood, or maybe you were more of a follower. Leadership is a strange phenomenon. There are … Read More

How Hungry Are You?

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Being hungry makes me very cranky! I get quiet, my brain stops working, and it is hard to concentrate. I get shaky and feel like a big ugly bear foraging for food. The people around me start running for cover. It is not a pretty sight! During our first year of marriage, my hunger issues created quite a few challenges. My husband could go days without eating and could not understand my incessant need to eat. Pausing to eat really hampered his style and slowed him down. Thankfully, as I have gotten older I am able to manage my hunger … Read More

7 Tips to Help You Juggle Like a Pro

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Lately I have been feeling a little like Veruca Salt from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – I want it now! I want it all! Not so much material things – I want to do it all! Things didn’t go well for the spoiled Veruca. She was sent down the garbage shoot for her “I want it now! I want it all!” attitude. Only after time marinating in trash did she make changes. Veruca’s parents are to blame for her rotten, want it all attitude! They indulged her behavior and put up with her tantrums.  The only … Read More

The Surprising Way Leaders Sabotage Their Leadership

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We often stereotype leaders as “Type A” people – aggressive, hurried types who are out to conquer their goals. They are regarded as accomplished, task-driven workaholics who rarely relax. That image contains some truth; however, not all leaders fit that profile. Some of the best leaders are leaders who may appear less driven, are more patient, and find it easier to make people the priority – “Type B” people. Regardless of your personality bent, leaders find themselves juggling an overwhelming number of responsibilities causing then to scramble to get it all done. On top of the prodigious amounts of work, … Read More

3 Ways To Be A Remarkable Chameleon-like Leader

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Ever thought of the chameleon as a role model for a successful leader? It’s true! Chameleons are fascinating creatures. Thy have the ability to switch up their color, a lightning quick tongue, and a pair of remarkable eyes! Valuable lessons can be learned from the chameleon – it doesn’t matter if you are a parent, head of a Fortune 500 company, or running a ministry. Want to be a remarkable leader? Here’s what you can learn from a chameleon: 1. The value of being able to change colors The most familiar characteristic of a chameleon is their ability to change … Read More

What Can You Learn About Leadership From a Dancer?

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Dance is something that I am quite fond of. In my college days, I would don my dancing shoes several nights a week. Aside from the salsa lessons my husband and I took a few years back, I have never had any formal training and it shows. I am a freeform dancer and not very good! While dancing is not really in my gift mix, I have a great appreciation for those that are able to skillfully perform. My husband and I have never missed a season of So You Think You Can Dance and adore seeing the Alvin Ailey … Read More

Are You An Elephant or A Hippo?

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They are everywhere! You find them at home, at work, in ministries, neighborhoods, social circles and more; people who take the lead, like you. Even if you don’t lead others, you have the responsibility of leading yourself. We need leaders. They guide us through necessary changes so that together we can reach desired destinations. And yet, not all leaders are great leaders. Some leaders are like elephants, and some are like hippos. Which kind of leader are you? Both elephants and hippos are among the largest land mammals and are considered dangerous. They are both hairless and have tusks. The … Read More