Want to Make A Difference? Nourish Your Creativity!

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Whatever you pay attention to grows! It just does! Problems, unexpected glitches, or a day not turning out the way you’d planned – they scream, and shout, and dance around wildly vying for your attention! That’s hard to ignore. And as you give the negatives undeserved attention, it seems more negativity appears. It grows! It spreads. Meanwhile, the far more important, but subtle aspects of life: resting in who God is, being creative, or just plain old “being” get overlooked. What if you were able to shift your attention to the positive? Imagine what would happen if the positives began … Read More

Procrastinate on Purpose & Enjoy Increased Productivity

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Typically, procrastinating is a something to avoid. Google it! There are dozens and dozens of tips and tricks to help you kick the habit of procrastinating! What if the real problem is that you’ve been procrastinating at the wrong things? What if procrastinating could be a desirable habit when it is applied to the right things? If you are a pro at procrastinating… this ought to give you some hope! 24 hours – no matter how you slice it, that’s how many hours you get each day. If you are getting the rest you need, exercising, spending time with God, … Read More

Up Your Game – Speak the Language of Those You Lead

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Imagine what it would be like to be able to speak the language of anyone you came in contact with. That would be pretty sweet, right? Being able to speak the same language – that opens the door to a whole host of possibilities, while the inability to speak the same language is a barrier. Oh you can wave your arms and point and pantomime like crazy, but communicating in depth – that’s probably not going to happen! Leaders naturally communicate with their teams in their native tongue – the language of their own personality type. In fact, we all … Read More

Learning to Trust the Process

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My adventure with self-employment began when my kids were very young. It is hard to believe that was more than 25 years ago! The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone, but I adore the freedom, flexibility, in addition to the chance to be creative. Self-employment also comes with some challenges! Sometimes you have to do tasks that don’t come easily and there is the need to make money – ne regular paycheck awaits! Lately, my concept of self-employment has taken on a whole new meaning. God has been whispering (He’s always so polite!) that in reality I am … Read More

4 Changes I’m Making This Year

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Change – is it something you welcome, or something you resist? I have not always been thrilled about change. This year, somehow, making changes and developing new habits is something I am kind of excited about. It doesn’t hurt that the changes are ones I am initiating, and I can see the ways they will rejuvenate my life and reinforce my One Word: REFRESH. In spite of the desire, I am also fully aware of how change has a way of stretching me in uncomfortable ways. And I know cultivating new habits will teach me some valuable lessons about flexibility, … Read More

6 Beliefs That Might Be Limiting You!

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Humans have limiting beliefs. Leaders have limiting beliefs. One of those pesky limiting beliefs popped up in a recent coaching session I had with a group of leaders. They were feeling the pressure of deadlines and being understaffed around the holidays due to team members taking time off, all while trying to embrace some new skills. The prevailing sentiment was that they would have to wait to integrate the new learning (Do NOTHING) because they didn’t have the time it would take to fully utilize the new tools right now (Do it ALL). Limiting beliefs are sly! They often take … 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

20 Reasons to Stop Playing it Safe & Take More Risks

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Noah was a man willing to take risks. Have you ever put yourself in His shoes? Imagine spending 120 years working on a huge boat for a flood that was supposedly on its way. It would be one thing to work on something in secret, but with a boat that big – that’s tough to hide! Not to mention working on something for 120 years – that’s a long time! No doubt those around Noah thought he was one foolish guy. Noah risked the ridicule of those around him and followed God’s instructions for the ark to a T. Investing … Read More

The Secret to Intentionally Tuning Into Your Heart

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When was the last time you tuned into your heart and really listened to what it was telling you? Sometimes the reception to my heart gets a little fuzzy. It reminds me a lot of the radio reception in my car on long drives. The further away from home I get, the more my favorite radio station begins to break up, becoming more and more difficult to understand. Distance isn’t the only thing that seems to affect my radio reception. It struggles on cloudy days and once it gets dark. Listening to my favorite station is pointless in those conditions! … Read More

What My One Word Taught Me This Year

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My One Word adventure for 2016 has been a maze-like journey. Lots of winding and weaving my way through a year full of surprises! The treasure at the end: a host of cherished lessons that have changed my life for the better. This year reminds me of a birthday party activity my mom rigged up when we were kids. She had a knack for finding clever ways to make birthdays and holidays special. She a treasure hunt by stringing yards and yards of yarn from one end of the house to the other that ultimately lead to a treasure. There … Read More