The Anchor Advantage

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Photo of a boat anchor hanging over water

Winter has been cold here in Georgia, making a California girl like me long for summer. It makes me appreciate the gloriously sun-filled days last summer and the time I was able to spend boating. Being on the water is delightful whether you are putt-putting around or seeing how fast you can go. The most pleasant moments on a boat for me are those spent anchored in a peaceful bay and indulging in delicious food and deep conversation with people I treasure. I am not an expert in boating, but I do know that peaceful moments on a boat are … 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

Change Your Life With Just One Word

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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

Adoption

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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?

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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

Recalculating

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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

Strong Leadership – It Takes Three!

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Bradley and Marvae on their wedding day

My husband and I did some non-traditional things in our wedding. For those who know us well, this is not surprising! My favorite out-of-the-ordinary thing we did was braiding three cords together as the pastor read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 which says: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, … Read More

How Many Hats Do You Wear?

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Picture of a woman wearing many hats stacked on top of each other

When was the last time you slowed down long enough to count your hats – the various leadership roles you are responsible for? Hats seem to appear out of nowhere. Suddenly your head is heavy, your balance is questionable, and your stress level is off the charts. As a leader, you tend to be in charge wherever you go, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how God wired you. The problem is that often you accumulate hats until the stack of hats on your head grows tall. You wear the stack of hats proudly, like a mature set of … Read More