How to Rest Your Way to Success

MarvaeLife/Work Balance, Rest, Success2 Comments

You haven’t always viewed rest the way you do today! Remember spending the day at the park, the beach, or an amusement park when you were a child; a day bursting with activity and wonder? Those days were exhilarating and exhausting. On the way home, you drifted to sleep in the back seat of the car knowing that you would be well taken care of. You were relaxed and completely at peace. Those were sweet moments! Fast forward and the pressures of life seem to encroach on your peaceful sleeping moments! It feels like there is a never ending list … Read More

What Are You Focused On: Sowing or Harvesting?

MarvaeLife/Work Balance, Sowing & Reaping6 Comments

Soon the days will shorten and the thick, humid air of summer will turn brisk. It will be fall! Harvest time! Some of my favorites will be ripe and ready: apples, pumpkins, squash, beets, and more! Who doesn’t enjoy the excitement of harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables and indulging in their wonderful flavors? Next door to my house is an empty lot. A couple of years ago, we made a happy discovery: some random mini pumpkin and gourd plants growing wild. No telling how they got there, but they sure made a delightful center piece on my dining room table! … Read More

The Surprising Bonus to a Balanced Life

MarvaeLife/Work Balance, Motivation4 Comments

You could say that my husband I are foodies. The majority of our date nights and travel highlights all center around scrumptious dining experiences. Exploring new restaurants and taste experiences is like a hobby for us. We’ve enjoyed a gourmet meal in a cave in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, savored some of the most amazing pasta on a little side street in Rome, and indulged in some creative concoctions in our own home town of Chattanooga! If you catch us at home relaxing, we just might be watching a cooking show of some kind! Lest you think we are food … Read More

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

MarvaeBehaviors, Leadership, Life/Work Balance, Sabatage, Success2 Comments

Fingers pointing at an ashamed woman

Being married for thirty years is a big deal! That’s why my husband and I decided to celebrate by pampering ourselves at a luxurious beach resort in the Bahamas. Time away is refreshing and makes space for reflecting, re-evaluating life, and meeting interesting people. Avid readers like my husband and I find devouring books in the sun the perfect way to unwind, so for a good bit of our vacation that’s what we did. When you love reading, you are always on the hunt for great books. You notice what others are reading and are curious if it might be … Read More

6 Reasons to Ban the Word Busy

MarvaeBusy, Life/Work Balance, Obstacles10 Comments

Illustration of a hummingbird

Hanging over our kitchen table are three red pendant lights. They accent the contemporary vibe of our kitchen nicely, and they attract hummingbirds like a magnet. It is not unusual at our house to be interrupted during a meal by a hummingbird flying smack into our kitchen window! At times, they make a second attempt to reach what they perceive to be a hummingbird feast, but are actually our striking pendant lights. As persistent as they are small, the hummingbirds will linger, frantically flapping their wings at our window, in hopes of getting to that nectar. Hummingbirds are remarkable little … Read More

6 Powerful Pulls that Challenge Your Peace

MarvaeLeading, Life/Work Balance, Peace, Purpose, Stress2 Comments

Illustration of a man water skiing

Ever feel like you are pulled in a million different directions? Stretched to the point of breaking? Overwhelmed? That’s how I felt on my first and last water skiing adventure. To be fair, I am not much for water sports. That did not keep me from accepting an invitation to spend the day on a lake to water ski with friends back when I was in college. It seemed like a fun adventure at the time. The best part of the day was hanging out on the boat and soaking up the sunshine. The water skiing part was an epic … Read More

6 Reasons to Expand Your Concept of Creativity

MarvaeCreativity, Life/Work Balance, Success2 Comments

Illustration of a lightbulb exploding with ideas with the words "Creativity" at the bottom

When you hear the word creativity what comes to mind? For many, the word is associated with artistic endeavors: paint, brushes, canvas, clay, and a host of other mediums. Others might connect creativity with a project or writing. Creativity is much bigger than that! It can be applied to every area of your life. It is a way of being, a way of seeing, and a way of engaging with the world that adds that little bit of zest. Because children have more free time and exercise their imagination muscle more frequently, approaching things creatively comes more naturally to them. … Read More

Got that Dead End, Stuck Feeling?

MarvaeLife/Work Balance, StuckLeave a Comment

Road sign that reads "Dead End"

Ever get a song stuck in your head? I don’t know why, but I have had the song Dem Bones, or Dry Bones, running through my head lately. If you have not ever heard Dem Bones, it spiritual song inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14 where it describes Ezekiel visiting the Valley of Dry Bones and prophesying that God will one day resurrect the dry bones. It is a dramatic picture of Israel: dead – their hope lost and cut off from life. At God’s command, Ezekiel spoke to the bones and they began to rattle and connect. They were covered in … Read More

The Bigger is Better Myth

MarvaeLife/Work Balance2 Comments

The word Myth on a black background

No matter what level of leadership I feel I have achieved, I can always be better. And who doesn’t want to be a better leader? I know I do! The question is: what makes you a better leader? In the past, one of the things I have done to enhance my leadership skills is to take more on. Somehow, the idea of more, more, more, fooled me into believing I was increasing my capacity and leading better. After all, if I can handle more responsibility, I must be thriving, growing. better leader, right? Wrong! There is a direct correlation between … Read More

9 Powerful Benefits to Making This One Change

MarvaeBehaviors, Exercise, Life/Work Balance, StressLeave a Comment

Various images of tires being changed

If there was one change you could make that would positively impact every other area of your life, would you be willing to make the change? Would you be willing to commit 30 minutes at least 5 times a week if you knew it would make you more productive? I know – life is moving fast, sometimes way too fast! I feel it too. It can be tough to keep up with home and work responsibilities, not to mention staying connected to other people. The first two things we cut out of our schedule are spending time with God and … Read More