6 Ways to Brighten Dark Days

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The sun was streaming through my office windows with gusto, but my day was dark! At every turn my efforts were halted by obstacles. Everything seemed to be going wrong. I felt boxed in by darkness. I was exhausted. My dark day reminded me that just because I am passionately following my dreams and calling does not mean the path is always well lit. At times, it can be hard to see my way. The hills and valleys seem ridiculously high, surprisingly low, and never ending. It can be easy to forget why I set out on my journey in … Read More

Four Sure Fire Ways Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot

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It is a myth that some people are leaders, and others are not. The truth is: we all lead. We may be only leading ourselves, but that is still leading. If you are a parent, ministry or team leader, run a business or have an official capacity at work you are a leader. Simply put a leader is the one in charge. Regardless of your leadership role, successful communication matters. I am not talking about that ability to capture the attention of a crowd, convey vision, and inspire, although these are wonderful leadership skills. I am talking about that the … Read More

Seven Secrets to Renovating Your Life and Leadership

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Watching too much HGTV can lead to the misconception that renovation is a quick thing. They are able to completely renovate a kitchen or bathroom in a half hour – or an hour at the most! The reality is that even small changes made to a home take time. We recently moved into a home that we are renovating while unpacking. Not something I recommend for everyone! It is a dusty, disorganized mess at the moment that can challenge my sanity. What keeps me going is that I know in the end it will be beautiful and function better for … Read More

It is OK to Eat Dessert First!

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Why save the best for last when it comes to a great meal? After all, everything is going to the same place, right? What really matters is the quality of the food, not the order you eat it in. Good food is going to enhance your health, and junk is going to harm your health. So why do we always eat dessert last? Because we struggle to control our portions. Dessert, typically the least healthy part of the meal, is served last for those who have saved room. Just like with food, when it comes to making changes in life … Read More

Three Things to Remember in Chaotic Times

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We have successfully moved, and I am surrounded by a sea of boxes. They ebb and flow like the tide as we open them to search for things only to discover that whatever we were after was not in that box. A new stack grows. And in some places things can’t be put away at all because half of the house is in the process of being remodeled. It is a mess! During time alone with God, I have been reminded of the storm Jesus and His disciples were in. While the sea raged around them, tossing the boat violently, … Read More

An Overwhelmed Coach’s Confession

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Even a Certified Christian Life Coach gets overwhelmed sometimes! Right now I am in the process of downsizing and moving to a new state. Sorting through everything we have accumulated in the last 28 years with three kids has been overwhelming. What do you keep? What do you pack? How will it all fit in a smaller home? Even more stressful, how it will it all get done in time? The routine things in life come easy to me. I thrive on a consistent rhythm. When it comes to working out, spending time with God, paying the bills, or planning … Read More

What’s Around the Edge?

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Ever feel like the fast forward button has been pushed? Even with all the advanced technology it seems like more and more must fit into a day. The days of rocking on the front porch, sipping tea and shooting the breeze is a thing of the past – or is it? No matter how demanding life gets, I still chose how I will use my time. Tasks may come my way that I can’t avoid, and some seasons are busier than others. Ultimately what my life is about is up to me. This season for me includes keeping up with … Read More

Solving the Puzzle of Life

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Putting puzzles together in my spare time is one of my favorite activities; the more pieces and the more challenging, the better. It allows my mind to focus on the task at hand and to wander and ponder all at the same time. In keeping with the kind of person that I am, I have a system for putting puzzles together.  First, I complete the boarder, sort by color or texture as I go, and then I start in the most obvious spot and work my way out from there. The most important part of my system: place the box … Read More

7 Things That Undermine Your Confidence

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At times I have thought that my wardrobe, experience, credentials, connections, or a bold attitude would give me confidence. These things are helpful, but they are not the source of confidence. In college, I decided to take a law class my freshman year despite it being an upper level class. The subject seemed interesting, it fit my schedule, and, having done well in high school, I didn’t even think twice about the level of the course until the first day of class. I soon realized that the others in the class were far more experienced college students than I was. … Read More

Even Miss Independent Has One!

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From the time I was a little girl I liked doing things myself! Independent is an understatement! I had big ideas, big plans, and asking for help was always a last resort! I have gotten no less independent with age, but I have learned the importance of enlisting the help of others. That’s why I have my own Life Coach. Yes, this Life Coach has her own delightful Life Coach! I have regular appointments with my Life Coach and those coaching times push me to be better in all areas of my life. I am thankful for the supportive relationship … Read More