6 Giants You Might Encounter on the Path to Your Dreams

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Brimming with possibilities – that’s how a new dream makes you feel. Even before you have it completely fleshed out. As the details come together, it is motivating to keep moving forward. Your dream captures your thoughts during unexpected moments during the day. Creativity oozes out of you and your energy sky rockets. You want to press forward with urgency. At times, it is even a bit consuming and overwhelming. Things continue in that happy invigorating place, but then all of a sudden things begin to shift. In spite of all your plans and action steps, things don’t turn out … Read More

Do You Have Clone Syndrome?

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Photo of a man with his many clones

God is marvelously creative. The sheer beauty all around me is an indication of that! He does not make molds and pump out duplicates. Instead, He is all about variety and uniqueness. With more than 7 billion people in the world at present, it boggles my mind that each and every person is unique and distinctly different. Taking that thought one step further, every person ever created has been a one of a kind creation. That is almost too big to wrap my brain around. The fact that we are all unique is not new news. It might even seem … Read More

Jump the Tracks and Put an End to Your Circular Patterns

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A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to help with the two and three year olds at church on a Sunday morning. The bulk of my time was spent with an adorable young man with a special affection for trains. We built a circular train track and proceeded to have tons of fun guiding a train round and round. Occasionally the train hopped the tracks, but he was quick to get the train situated in its grooves again and continue the round and round adventure. Later, when reflecting on my new buddy and our train adventure, it struck me … Read More

Why I Need a 48 Hour Day

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Have you ever pondered the number of hours you would need in a day if you were to do absolutely everything you were supposed to do? I am talking about diligently brushing your teeth three times a day, flossing, exercising, stretching, drinking eight glasses of water, getting a full eight hours of sleep, eating healthy meals, sticking to your budget, learning something new, etc.. Don’t forget the things you should be doing regularly, such as check-ups, car maintenance, yard work, changing furnace filters, figuring out the five things you are thankful for today – the list is endless! Add to … Read More

How Green is Your Thumb?

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Do you have a green thumb (or “green fingers” in the UK)? When it comes to gardening, my thumb is a light shade of green. I have had success with flowers and herbs, but spotty results with most fruits and veggies, except tomatoes and jalapenos. In spite of my lack of amazing success, I still enjoy planting seeds and delighting in the beauty of the flowers or the flavor of home grown food. Whether I enjoy gardening or not, I plant seeds everywhere I go. The seeds I sow will not result in beautiful flowers or tasty fruit because I … Read More

What Can You Learn About Leadership From a Dancer?

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Illustration of a man and woman dancing on a stage

Dance is something that I am quite fond of. In my college days, I would don my dancing shoes several nights a week. Aside from the salsa lessons my husband and I took a few years back, I have never had any formal training and it shows. I am a freeform dancer and not very good! While dancing is not really in my gift mix, I have a great appreciation for those that are able to skillfully perform. My husband and I have never missed a season of So You Think You Can Dance and adore seeing the Alvin Ailey … Read More

What’s Your Monster’s Name?

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Inside me is a monster; most of the time he slumbers peacefully and goes unnoticed. The monster can hibernate for days, weeks, even months, and then rudely be awakened in an instant! The moment the monster stirs, things begin to spin, I lose perspective and chaos ensues. This past weekend, the monster was roused and immediately got busy creating his special brand of confusion. He set me reeling. Focusing seemed impossible. My cherished goals lay limp. Things that normally would have motivated me did not interest me. I know I am not alone! We all have encountered the monster: Fear … Read More

6 Steps to Becoming a Leader Others Want to Follow

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I am a wave-with-a-smile kind of gal. On my daily walks in my neighborhood, I make it a habit to wave and smile at everyone that passes by. This has not always been the case. In the past, I have been a wave-with-a-smile-if-you-waved-first kind of gal like Mr. Frank (not his real name), a loveable but crotchety older gentleman in my old neighborhood that shared my love of walking. He would complain daily about how unfriendly everyone in the neighborhood was each time we crossed paths. One day I finally asked Mr. Frank, “Do you wave and smile at everyone … Read More

7 Steps to Banishing Burnout and Walk in Shoes that Fit!

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My husband is a road warrior. When he is working, he is traveling. He thrives on variety and change; the adventure of a new place, a new crowd to train, and a new topic to teach. While my husband and I share a love of learning, we are different. I don’t dislike travel, but I am more of a homebody who gravitates toward routine and consistency. If I had to walk in my husband’s shoes, my shoes would be tired and sad. A dear friend of mine is a nurse. She worked incredibly hard after her boys were grown to … Read More

7 Things That Lurk Beneath Excuses

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Back when I was in elementary school, I was invited to a slumber party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Most girls love slumber parties. I am not most girls. In spite of my outgoing nature, I actually appreciate solitude, and quiet, small groups – all the things that a slumber party is not. So rather than decline the invitation, I gave my friend the excuse that I needed to wash my hair that night. I can’t explain why that was my excuse, but it was. My mother performed a complicated nightly procedure to turn my fine hair into a fluffy … Read More