Time is Money – 5 Tricks to Investing Wisely

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Time piggy bank

As a child, I stored my valuables in my very own safe. I kept things like my diary, specials notes, and who knows what other very important stuff under lock and key. After all, I had four pesky younger brothers. As an adult, what I value is demonstrated by my calendar and my checkbook because how I spend my time and money tells the truth about my priorities. Money and time are similar; both are limited resources. In order to manage my money well I need a budget. And if I am successfully going to manage my time, I will … Read More

5 Lessons I am Learning in Limbo

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Time on a string

Lately I have had that limbo feeling: that bent over backwards and awkwardly inching my way to where I am going. It is an uncomfortable, challenging, and stretching experience. Perhaps even entertaining to watch from afar! We have now been working on our house for almost a year. I have several business projects that have been underway for nearly as long. Sometimes no matter how hard I try to adapt to the circumstances, the limbo bar seems to get lowered just a little bit more. Ever feel that way? There are promises that God has given me; clear words about … 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

Are You Walking on the Path to Success?

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Path to Success

I don’t know about you, but I often contemplate how to be more successful. What little tweaks, adjustments, or new ways of doing things will increase my visibility, bring more clients, up sales, and allow me to do more of what I love. My heart is to help others and to be consistently improving. I want to thrive – and be successful. As these thoughts swirl in my head, I see what thousands of other motivated people are doing to chase similar goals compliments of Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media avenues. The temptation is to compare myself … Read More

Communication is Key – The Personality Piece

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When my daughter was young, I made the mistake of speaking to her the way I would want someone to speak to me. Let’s just say I suffered a bit from “Clone Syndrome.” My list of specific tasks with helpful details went in one ear and out the other. Most days she would dutifully attempt to tackle the first chore only to find something significantly more fun to do along the way. Let’s just say getting chores done was a challenge. Life’s challenges can lead to happy lessons if we take the time to learn them. The chore situation with … Read More

Communication is the Key!

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Man and woman communicating

Buckled in, I had nowhere to go. It only took a few minutes to figure out that the man sitting next to me on my flight home had a lot on his mind. He began by celebrating the fact that he was able to score a seat closer to the front of the plane – the seat that my husband gave up to fly elsewhere for business. The sharing didn’t stop. When the conversation was over, one thing was clear. The happy-go-lucky fellow was on the verge of walking away from his marriage. He was confused and had no idea … Read More

7 Reasons to Just Say NO!

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"No" in blue callout box

When was the last time you said “no?” Remember when you were a child and you dared to proclaim it boldly even though it often resulted in some form of correction? Today, that tiny, two-letter word is much harder to say – even when you really want to say it. Last week, I said no to something. It was a good something – a tempting something. A few weeks earlier and I probably would not have said no, but God has been working on me. He has been teaching me things and revealing bits of me that I would rather … Read More

5 Things I Have Discovered In My “Blue Sky” Season

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Blue Sky Puzzle

It finally happened! After months of intense focus on remodeling our new home while keeping up with work, I was able to enjoy a little down time with my family during the holidays. One of the things I enjoy doing in my spare time is putting puzzles together. It is relaxing, challenging, and a delightful way to be with those you love. While happily chatting, my daughter and I quickly assembled the edges of a lighthouse puzzle. Next we pieced together the lighthouse and the building beside it followed by the grass in front of the lighthouse, which took a … Read More

The #1 Reason You Never Reach Your Goals

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New Year's Resolutions: 1. Lose Weight 2. Get Organized 3. Spend less money, save more 4. Enjoy life more 5. Find a better job

By a significant margin, the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. This doesn’t surprise me – exercise, eating well, and time with God seem to be the first things people let slide when their schedules get crazy. The sad thing is that they are the things that would benefit them the most! Unfortunately, this focus on losing weight diverts attention from the bigger, more important issue – we don’t value ourselves. Mothers exhaust themselves taking care of their children, but fail to model the healthy habits their children need to see and learn. Fathers work crazy hours … 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