9 Tips For Climbing the Wall of Change

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Change can feel like you are hanging on for dear life, with fingers and toes gripping with all their might, frozen with fear. While you may know getting from where you are to where you want to be requires doing something, knowing what to do or how to do it – that’s another story. So you continue to grip harder, which only adds to your weariness, while progress continues to elude you. Rock climbing – a nearly perfect picture of change. For some, scaling a rock wall is no big deal. It is a welcome adrenaline rush, something to be … Read More

What’s the Opposite of a Rut?

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Let me confess up front: I am not a mountain biker. If possible, I prefer to keep my biking confined to flat pavement and allow my adventurous side to find other outlets. I do have a brother who is an avid mountain biker, as are many of my friends. They seem to thrive on the wild ride the natural trail provides. A soggy trail makes the ride less than ideal. That’s why mountain bikers are encouraged to avoid wet trails – not only does it create ruts and erode the trail, the mud takes a toll on your bike! It … Read More

7 Myths about Perfectionism

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Perfectionism, Stuck, Success

I admit it – I am a perfectionist! Oh, I have come a long way in the last 30 years, but every now and then that perfectionistic leaning rears its ugly head once again! Take this past weekend for example. I created some nifty “love” magnets as favors for my daughter-in-law-to-be’s shower only to discover after the shower that one of the designs had a typo. Pierce my soul! Thank heavens there were three other mistake free designs! The perfectionistic rascal in my head began to chatter: “How could you do that? You should have noticed that typo while you … Read More

Got that Dead End, Stuck Feeling?

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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


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Illustration of a car buried in the snow

You don’t have to live in the Atlanta area to know that last week’s storm created a lot of drama! A measly three inches of snow turned ice stranded thousands of motorists on the interstates overnight. More than a hundred people were injured. Many abandoned their cars in pursuit of food, water and warmth, turning the freeways into parking lots. Parents were unable to pick up their children, forcing schools to become shelters. And in the midst of the craziness, the weather mess also created the chance for many to reach out and help those in need while others whooped … Read More