MarvaePerspective0 Comments

Picture of a magnifying glass with the word "Perspective" at the top. In the distance, the words "Future" and "Past" are blurry. Nearby, the words "Present" and "Eternity" are clear.

It had not happened to me in quite some time, but I got the flu! Being sick over Christmas – definitely not good timing! Nearly two weeks later, I had a realization! While sick, I felt like I had always been sick. It was challenging to remember what being healthy felt like. It was hard to believe I would ever be well again. The worn down, lack of appetite, feeling felt like it would go on forever. I am not sick that often. The truth is, most of the time I have oodles of energy and zest for life. I … Read More

A Blank Canvas

MarvaeFocus, Goals2 Comments

Image of a blank canvas resting on an easle

There is a certain thrill in making a blank canvas come to life. The process of playing with colors and textures and transforming a blank page into something wonderful is exciting. It doesn’t matter if I paint alone or attend a class with friends where an artist guides me through the process, it brings me joy. That’s the bright side! There is also the flip side, where the blank canvas stares back at me and I am at a complete loss as to where to begin and what to create. It is always that first dab of paint on the … Read More

Keep Standing in the Storm

MarvaeObstacles, Storms0 Comments

Photo of lightning striking near a tree on a grassy hill

Christmas is just one week away and my Christmas tree is still standing in the garage, patiently waiting to be dressed for the holidays. It has not been a secret. I have known for a year that Christmas would be celebrated on Wednesday, December 25th­­. In spite of that knowledge I have fallen behind. My mind has been preoccupied with trees. In addition to the tree decorating hanging over my head, the trees in my backyard have been violently swaying in the rain and gusty winds. After years of drought in Georgia we are now experiencing a surplus of rain! … Read More

What’s Holding Your Leadership Together?

MarvaeLeadership0 Comments

Closeup photo of stitches on a seam of fabric

When I was growing up, sewing was still regularly offered in middle school, or junior high as we called it back then. I couldn’t wait! I wanted to learn sooner. That’s why I spent a whole week the summer after third grade under my mother’s watchful eye completing the steps to sew a pair of shorts and a top to match. I was delighted to show off my efforts and be able to wear the completed outfit to the final day of VBS. Thankfully, I don’t have pictures. You would wonder why I was so pleased, but at the time … Read More

Change Your Life With Just One Word

MarvaeOne Word0 Comments

Framed image that reads "Proactive: Initiating rather than reacting...'response-able.'"

With the end of 2013 creeping up on us, it is time to begin to think about changes you would like to make in the new year. About 45% of the population will make New Year’s resolutions, but according to statistics put out by Journal of Clinical Psychology last December, only 8% of the people will keep them. How can you successfully create the desired change in your life and leadership? Not by making New Year’s resolutions! What if there was a way to create change in your life that was simple and yet had profound implications? That’s what I … Read More

Scrumptious Flavor!

MarvaeGratitude, Habits0 Comments

Photo of a turkey being carved

At my house, my husband is the one who prepares the turkey at Thanksgiving, leaving me free to focus on the rest of the trimmings. While he has always made a delicious bird, the last few years it has been especially scrumptious. He has followed Alton Brown’s recipe, which takes some time and love. We have discovered that brining produces fantastic results. Brining is a process similar to marinating. A brine is a mixture made of primarily salt and water that flavoring can be added to that helps meat keep its moisture. A marinade, on the other hand, is more … Read More


MarvaeIdentity0 Comments

Photo of an adult holding a baby's hand

Over the years my husband and I have had the privilege of supporting friends and family in the process of adoption. There are two things that stand out to me about the adoption process. First, no two adoption scenarios are the same. Second, the process is arduous and not for the faint of heart. More than twenty years ago, friends of ours adopted three children, over several years, from two different birth moms. With their middle son everything seemed to be fine until the birth mother decided she wanted her son back. In some states birth moms have the right … Read More

What’s For Lunch?

MarvaePriorities4 Comments

Illustration of a cartoon man looking at a table with many different kinds of food on it

In a recent post I shared how leaders often fill their plates with more than they can handle – “The Taco Salad Principle.” Sometimes it isn’t just what you fill your plate with; it is also what you allow to fill your mind! Imagine all the meals you will consume in the next month spread out before you. All the things you will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, the snacks, the dessert – all of it! Even the beverages you will drink. Rather than partake meal by meal, you attempt to eat it all in one sitting. One big feast! … Read More


MarvaeLeadership, Obedience2 Comments

Illustration of a map

I admit it, I am behind the times. Not in every place in my life, but a few! I love maps! I love how they show you your route with a bird’s eye view. I don’t own a GPS. Last week, I left a lunch meeting to join my husband at an unfamiliar address accompanied by his GPS. This virgin experience with being guided by a GPS was far from fun! I am willing to admit that user error played a significant role; and I did arrive safe – just a little frustrated! Thinking back on the experience makes me … Read More