8 Ways to Be a More Balanced Leader

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Balance is a tricky. It’s your ability to respond to both external forces, as well as internal forces, in a way that allows you to maintain equilibrium, to be steady. It takes a strong core and your entire body working together for you to successfully balance – your brain, eyes, ears, and stabilizing muscles. A high level of kinesthetic awareness doesn’t hurt either! When there is just the right tension between strength and flexibility, balance is the result. Overworked muscles lose their range of motion, hindering balance. And muscles that are only stretched lack tone, which aids balance. Muscle strength … Read More

PROPEL – A Group Coaching Adventure to Help YOU Overcome Procrastination!

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Are you the Queen of Procrastination or the King of Putting Stuff Off? How is procrastinating limiting you professionally? What’s it costing you that you NEVER get to “that”? How is perpetually putting important tasks off keeping you from achieving your goals and the level of success you desire? What’s procrastinating keeping you from? A thriving life? Peace? Getting where you want to be? Join me for a Group Coaching Adventure and put an end to your habit of procrastination! It’s an opportunity for you to… Accelerate your progress on a specific project, task, or habit Overcome the limiting beliefs/thinking … Read More

How to Put an End to Procrastinating

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I’ve tasted the fruit of procrastination. You probably have too! It yields a hefty crop of stress, anxiety, frustration, and tasks left undone! Procrastination also has a way of chipping away at your self-esteem and unfortunately, tasks put off rarely get easier! On the surface, it might seem that wishful thinking is at play. Surely, if you put a task off for later you will be in the mood or have more time. You might even convince yourself that you work best under pressure, but let’s get real – no one does their best work under pressure. Oh, you might … Read More

Confused About Coaching?

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It happens all the time! When people discover that I’m a Life and Leadership Coach, they kindly nod and smile, yet the blank expression on their face gives away that they really have no idea what I do. Some attempt to get advice. A few wonder if I am trying to replace God in people’s lives. A handful offer sympathy for having to deal with “those” kind of people. Others steer clear. To be honest, coaching is best understood when you experience for yourself, but even then it’s difficult to articulate what it’s all about to someone else.  That’s why … Read More

How to Be More Focused, Productive, and Sane!

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Do you find yourself lacking focus and filling your plate with more than you can handle? I call that the “The Taco Salad Principle.” It isn’t just what you allow your plate; it’s also what you allow to fill your mind. And when your mind is filled to overflowing, it creates stress, anxiety, and frustration! Your mind might be occupied by replaying the past, which leads to guilt. Or it might be focused on the future, which leads to anxiety. When the past or future is taking up space in your head, there’s very little room for the present. There … Read More

7 Tips to Eradicate Black & White Thinking

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When my children were much younger, my husband and I tried to make decisions simple by offering them two choices. Did they want to wear this outfit or that one? Would they like to eat at the table or play? Did they want to share the cars or was it time for bed? These days, my kids are offering similar choices to their children – my “grands” as I call them. Most of the time, the choosing goes quite smoothly although, every now and then neither choice is acceptable, and tears ensue. When dealing with young children, binary choices go … Read More

7 Signs of Freedom in Your Culture

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Like you, I’ve worked for a variety of leaders. While every leader has their own unique style, some leaders have a way of cultivating a culture of freedom while others create a culture of fear. I don’t fare well in an environment full of fear. I bet you don’t either! Leadership is lonely, laden with responsibility and rife with challenges. It takes being secure and confident in who you are to pull off to lead successfully. Frieda, at least that’s what I will call her, was one of those kinds of leaders. In fact, in many ways her leadership played … Read More

How to Boost Your Self-Awareness – The Key Ingredient!

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Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, biscuits, and coffee cake are just a few of my family’s favorite breakfast choices. I like to be creative in the kitchen, so I’ve prepared these goodies with wheat, spelt, and even made them gluten free!  I’ve swapped out the pumpkin for applesauce in the muffins. When making the biscuits, I’ve used regular milk, buttermilk, almond milk, sour cream, and yogurt. For the nuts in the coffee cake, I’ve alternated between walnuts and pecans. And depending on who would be indulging, I used either butter or Earth Balance. I am the queen of substitutions when it … Read More

Stirring Up Creativity

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Counting bunnies –that’s what we do on our morning walks. There’s something satisfying about spotting a bunny casually munching away. The more we spot – the better the day! At least that’s how the game goes. Once while staying in Southern California in a particularly bunny blessed neighborhood, I counted more than 89. That was a very good day! On one of our recent morning walks, my husband and I had a conversation about bunnies that changed everything for me. He informed me that bunnies were rodents! In an instant, I saw bunnies in a very different light. I know … Read More

The Taco Salad Principle

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There I was with an enormous serving of taco salad staring back at me. It was one BIG salad! No one seemed to notice, the family chatter continued around me like everything was normal. I suppose in some ways it was. This wasn’t the first time I’d faced an immense serving of taco salad. You see, my family is a diverse crew. Some eat dairy, some don’t. These two love tomatoes, the others prefer to skip them. Some eat more like bunnies, others more like carnivores. In order to appeal to the many preferences, I place all the taco salad … Read More