How Do You Measure Your Day?

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A blue alarm clock with a yellow measuring tape wrapped around it

It happens unexpectedly! Often in mundane moments: a profound realization surfaces. That’s what happened this past week as I visited the drive through window at the bank. My mind launched into deep thought after the teller, in obligatory fashion, asked me this question: “Have you had a good day?” Leading up to my drive through moment my day had been decent. I had been steadily checking things off my “to do” list. There was nothing undesirable about my day – just an ordinary, nothing special sort of day. So yes, my day was “good,” at least, that was what I … Read More

Six Hazards of Hurrying

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I won’t tell you how many years I have been driving – let’s just say more than 30. In that time, I have had the heart racing experience of being pulled over for speeding twice. The crazy thing is that those unfortunate moments were less than a month apart! My explanation: wedding planning distraction. That gives you a clue to how long ago it was. My mind often wanders down some interesting paths. Today I was thinking: What it would be like if the speed of my life was monitored in the same way my driving speed is? I think … Read More

6 Reasons to Face the Delegating Dilemma

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Illustration of a name tag that reads, "Hello, my name is Looney."

I feel certain that my first words as a baby were “I can do it myself.” Never mind the endearing “Mom” or “Dad” that delights and tickles most new parents! If I didn’t actually speak it, I was thinking it. My independent nature showed up early and often! There are some positives to being independent. I am a self-starter, and a go-getter, and rarely lack motivation. It prompts me to learn new things, take responsibility for things and strive to accomplish things. Unfortunately, there is also a down side. Delegating does not come easy! It isn’t just the independent thing … Read More

Take the Wheel; Driving Your Own Life

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On my 16th birthday, I passed my driving test and earned my driver’s license. It was my ticket to independence, and I was elated! Along with the independence came responsibility: abiding by traffic laws, maintaining a car, filling it with gas and getting a job to make it all possible. Suddenly life was a little more complicated, but the freedom was more than worth it! Years later, when I nervously sat in the passenger’s seat as each of my three children learned to drive, I once again longed for my independence. Allowing less experienced drivers tote me around was challenging. … Read More

6 Ways to Brighten Dark Days

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The sun was streaming through my office windows with gusto, but my day was dark! At every turn my efforts were halted by obstacles. Everything seemed to be going wrong. I felt boxed in by darkness. I was exhausted. My dark day reminded me that just because I am passionately following my dreams and calling does not mean the path is always well lit. At times, it can be hard to see my way. The hills and valleys seem ridiculously high, surprisingly low, and never ending. It can be easy to forget why I set out on my journey in … Read More

Four Sure Fire Ways Leaders Shoot Themselves in the Foot

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It is a myth that some people are leaders, and others are not. The truth is: we all lead. We may be only leading ourselves, but that is still leading. If you are a parent, ministry or team leader, run a business or have an official capacity at work you are a leader. Simply put a leader is the one in charge. Regardless of your leadership role, successful communication matters. I am not talking about that ability to capture the attention of a crowd, convey vision, and inspire, although these are wonderful leadership skills. I am talking about that the … Read More

Seven Secrets to Renovating Your Life and Leadership

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Watching too much HGTV can lead to the misconception that renovation is a quick thing. They are able to completely renovate a kitchen or bathroom in a half hour – or an hour at the most! The reality is that even small changes made to a home take time. We recently moved into a home that we are renovating while unpacking. Not something I recommend for everyone! It is a dusty, disorganized mess at the moment that can challenge my sanity. What keeps me going is that I know in the end it will be beautiful and function better for … Read More

It is OK to Eat Dessert First!

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Photo of a chocolate-covered strawberry

Why save the best for last when it comes to a great meal? After all, everything is going to the same place, right? What really matters is the quality of the food, not the order you eat it in. Good food is going to enhance your health, and junk is going to harm your health. So why do we always eat dessert last? Because we struggle to control our portions. Dessert, typically the least healthy part of the meal, is served last for those who have saved room. Just like with food, when it comes to making changes in life … Read More

Three Things to Remember in Chaotic Times

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Photo of moving boxes stacked in the corner of a room

We have successfully moved, and I am surrounded by a sea of boxes. They ebb and flow like the tide as we open them to search for things only to discover that whatever we were after was not in that box. A new stack grows. And in some places things can’t be put away at all because half of the house is in the process of being remodeled. It is a mess! During time alone with God, I have been reminded of the storm Jesus and His disciples were in. While the sea raged around them, tossing the boat violently, … Read More

An Overwhelmed Coach’s Confession

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Illustration of words on a chalkboard: "To Do List: #1. Everything"

Even a Certified Christian Life Coach gets overwhelmed sometimes! Right now I am in the process of downsizing and moving to a new state. Sorting through everything we have accumulated in the last 28 years with three kids has been overwhelming. What do you keep? What do you pack? How will it all fit in a smaller home? Even more stressful, how it will it all get done in time? The routine things in life come easy to me. I thrive on a consistent rhythm. When it comes to working out, spending time with God, paying the bills, or planning … Read More