What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

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Remember when you were a kid and it was bedtime? If you were like me, you would do anything you could to nudge that bedtime a bit later. And if by chance that wasn’t successful, you might implement the “read under the covers” plan. That was my favorite way to avoid having to go to bed. There were many nights when my flashlight, a good book, and I were up until the wee hours! Bedtime always seemed to come long before I was ready! These days, I see sleep differently! With health as one of my top five values, getting … Read More

How New Adventures Foster Success

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Summer’s my favorite time of year – especially when you can savor books beach-side!  I adore a wide variety of reading material, but recently ambitious, adventurous, historical women have been the topic of the last several novels I’ve read. The characters zeal for life and courage to step outside the norm for women both professionally and personally – that inspires me! I also find it stirring to read about those who reinvent themselves – especially late in life. That’s what the heroine of the last novel I read did. It was based on the real life of Tabitha Moffat Brown, … Read More

What A Difference Hope Makes!

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Hope is a fragile thing. It is not stagnant. Hope swells. Hope shrinks. What I put my hope in – that makes all the difference! As believers, hope is a strong confidence in God – the One who has unlimited power and resources; He is the One who is able to make profound changes in me and produce results far beyond my imagination when I cooperate with Him. When my hopes are dashed, I know that my hope has been misplaced. Hope is choosing to see my present circumstances from God’s perspective. In order to do that, I must get … Read More

How to Rest Your Way to Success

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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

Failing Your Way to Success

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One of my top five values is relationship! I treasure the people God has placed in my life, and my family is at the top of the list! This past weekend, we celebrated my in-laws birthdays by enjoying a scrumptious picnic at a beautiful state park. Our picnic spot was perched on a hill overlooking a lake with hints of fall color surrounding us. Aside from a cool breeze and some missing family members, it was a perfect day! My 18 month old grandson was tickled to be outside and had no trouble keeping himself busy. He chased a ball, … Read More

Sustainability – The Key to Avoiding Dashed Dreams

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These days, we hear a lot about sustainability and living a green lifestyle. Being wasteful is frowned on while being efficient is celebrated. The driving force behind sustainability is a better future. Sustainability applies to your dreams too! It is a significant factor when it comes to pursuing your purpose, big dream, or giant goals! In order to accomplish what you have set out to do, you must do it in a way that is sustainable. When you set out on a new adventure, you don’t intend to overcommit yourself or hope that you will end up overwhelmed.  No, you … 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

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

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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

5 Ways to Tame the Green Eyed Monster in You

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After cracking a contact lens, I was forced to wear my glasses for nearly a week. If I was a hermit, this would not have been a problem, but I am not a hermit! You see, I don’t really love my glasses! So while I was in the process of getting new contacts, it made sense to also get a new pair of glasses that were public-worthy. About a week later, I picked up my fashionable new spectacles. As I walked to my car, my vision was not as wonderful as I would have expected from a brand new pair … Read More

6 Reasons to Expand Your Concept of Creativity

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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