What in the World is Your Body Trying to Communicate?

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It’s not new for cars to warn us about possible issues. Even base model cars have MIL – the malfunction indicator lamp also known as check engine light. Cars also come standard with things like an odometer, speedometer, and a fuel indicator, which are incredibly handy and help circumvent some seriously inconvenient moments! These days’ cars are also loaded with all kinds of new features to help you avoid potential accidents. Things like BSW – blind spot warning, FSW – forward collision warning, LDW – lane departure warning and rear-cross traffic warning. Newer cars are able to alert you both … Read More

Have You Been Asking the Wrong Questions?

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Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites, and passions. -Stephen Covey When it comes to discipline, there are those that seem to gravitate towards it and those that resist. I’ve held a bias for as long as I can remember for doing life in a disciplined way – heavily anchored in habits and routines. Now habits and routines can be a powerful thing if they are the right habits and routines. They can also become a burdensome if you let them. When it comes to shifting to a more free way of doing life, … Read More

The Power of Pausing & How to do it Like a Pro!

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When was the last time you pressed pause? Not escaping – distracting yourself with an activity that you find enjoyable – but truly pausing? Reflecting? In an effort to keep up with the perceived demands of life and work, your pace is frantic. You’ve convinced yourself that working faster will result in getting more done. And whenever possible, doing multiple things at once – even better, right? Wrong! Do you find yourself perpetually trying to catch up? Making more mistakes than you’d like? Forgetting things? Lacking the creativity you need to address the problems and challenges you face? Finding it … Read More

What Qualities Do You Want to Linger?

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These days essential oils are all the rage. Whatever ails you – there’s an essential oil for that. While essential oils are incredibly popular right now, they are not new. In fact, the Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks, and Romans all used various forms of aromatherapy thousands of years ago. Essential oils are touted to improve depression, anxiety, stress, infections, circulation, mood, sleep, migraines, immunity, and so much more! Even more surprising, scents like lemon, jasmine, or lavender can increase productivity, concentration, and help you make fewer mistakes! And they smell good too! Some of my favorite essential oils are vanilla, … Read More

10 Things I Wish You Knew About Coaching!

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When people discover that I am a life coach, most often I get two responses. There is the nod and smile followed by “what made you decide to do that?” which makes me think their understanding of coaching is vague. The other response I get is the spontaneous scoop on Uncle George or some other person in their life who they deem in great need of someone like me. To be fair, prior to completing my coaching certification program, my concept of coaching was not completely accurate either. In fact, I had some pretty big misconceptions. It’s just hard to … Read More

4 Tips to Surviving the Tunnels of Life

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My husband and I have had the opportunity to travel around the world, and there is no better way to broaden your perspective on life! After my oldest son graduated from high school, we decided to take the family to Europe – a fabulous memory making adventure! We invited our three children to participate in the planning of this trip, allowing them each to pick a country to visit. The plan was to visit three cities and they decided on: London, Rome, & Dusseldorf. We began our adventure in London, and while we were there we spontaneously decided to add … Read More

Is a Lack of Clarity In These Vital Areas Slowing You Down?

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After carefully weighing all the options in Campus Life Magazine, I settled on Westmont College in beautiful Santa Barbara. It ticked all the boxes: it was a Christian college that offered a business major near the beach and it was five hours from home. It was perfect! And I had never been there, nor did I know anyone else who had. Being independent and determined, I set out bright and early one Friday morning on a weekend adventure to check out the college of my dreams. It took a whole lot of convincing for my parents to let me take … Read More

How Self-Care Makes You a More Effective Leader

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While taking my trash can to the curb to be picked up, I chuckled over the bold letters declaring “NO HOT ASHES” on the top of the lid. I chuckled because it seems like pure common sense to not put hot ashes into your trash can, right? Clearly there have been issues, or these words would not be molded into the top of my trash can. The words on my trash remind me of the tag on my blow dryer urging me to not dry my hair while taking a bath, or the warning on plastic bags:  This bag is … Read More

8 Habits to Help You Plug in to Your Positive Side

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Driven and ambitious – that’s me. I think I have been that way since about the time I started walking and talking. Being positive – that’s been more of a struggle. Sadly, for much of my life I have been a “glass half empty” sort of gal. I attribute my lack of positivity to my personality (D/C for those familiar with DiSC) and the environment I grew up in, and a few bad habits, but I have made changes! I want to be positive. Lacking positivity significantly limits my influence, stifles my creativity, and keeps me stuck. Yes, stuck because … Read More

Stop Crushing Your Creativity & Thrive at What You Do

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Typically, artists, musicians, dancers, and perhaps a few eccentric folks come to mind as examples of creative individuals. But what about leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs – do they fit into the creative category? Absolutely! It is not limited to those who pursue expressive adventures. No matter what your role in life, creativity enhances what you do! Creativity is comes in handy when… Creating and casting a vision Solving problems Overcoming challenges Attracting an audience, clients, or customers Developing products and services Marketing Partnering with strategic partners Managing Innovating Writing, speaking, and teaching Searching for work Organizing and being planning And … Read More