The $64,000 Question: Diligent or Striving?

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For those of you not in the know, “The $64,000 Question” was a radio show in the 40s and a TV show in the 50s. Shows that were around long before I was born! Contestants were asked questions that got increasingly more difficult. After answering each question correctly, they were given a prize that they could keep or risk losing it if they didn’t give the correct answer to the next question. Each right answer moved them closer to the “$64,000 question” – the ultimate prize! Lately the same question keeps popping up from different people. The most recent person … Read More

Guess What – Knowledge Isn’t Everything!

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I did it AGAIN! I know I have a reputation for being dangerous in the kitchen with knives, but I’ve managed to go quite a stretch without cutting myself. It’s true! That “stretch” all came to a halt recently when I was blissfully chopping cilantro for the burritos I was making for dinner. Not only did I manage to cut my finger, I actually cut right through my finger nail through to my finger! Can you tell that my knives are SHARP? Needless to say there was a delay to dinner! In the past, there have been other crazy adventures … Read More

7 Signs of Blurred Lines

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A few summers back, there was a catchy tune that hit number one on the Billboard charts: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. That same song was later deemed Billboard’s “Song of the Summer” in 2013. With such a likeable tune and beat, it’s sad the words weren’t more uplifting! If you heard the song, it was likely one that was tough to get out of your head. The song sparked a whole lot of controversy, not because of the words, but because Marvin Gaye’s estate claimed that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, the writers of the song, had ripped off … Read More

How to Create the Atmosphere for Change

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Lately the weather in my neck of the woods has been bone chilling. There have been days that the temperatures have never risen above freezing. Hard to take global warming seriously when you are bundling up for days like that! Even though I live in Chattanooga, this California girl is a wimp in cold weather. Thank heavens the skies have been clear with very little precipitation because the conditions are perfect for snow and that’s something we aren’t well prepared for here. New habits are a bit like snow. They need the right conditions to formulate, stick around, and accumulate! … Read More

7 Steps to Simplifying Your Life

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Who doesn’t love Christmas morning? The stockings, the gifts, the yummy cinnamon rolls and egg casserole – at least that’s how we roll at my house. It was always such fun as a parent to watch my kids unwrap their gifts and be delighted with the contents. This year I was able to enjoy that same fun feeling with my grandkids –at least my oldest grandson. My granddaughters are both still a bit young to truly enjoy the wonder of Christmas like they will in years to come. The funny thing is that you can take care in picking the … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Be More Organized

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This year one of the changes I wanted to make was getting more organized. I created some new systems that have made work run smoother – I’m quite pleased about that! And I’ve nibbled away at the boxes in my basement, although there are still more to go. It doesn’t take much to put off organizing, especially when life is full…and it’s almost always full, right? And when things aren’t organized, it is frustrating and wastes time. You find yourself hunting for things, doing things over, missing deadlines – the list goes on! When you are organized, you can be … Read More

Skip Resolutions – Embark on a One Word Adventure Instead

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions in 2017? Here’s what the top ten New Year’s resolutions were for 2017 according to the 2000 people they surveyed. Perhaps you too made one or more of these resolutions. While it’s traditional to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s something I rarely do! Did you know that only 1 out of 10 people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them? That isn’t very motivating to me. Given that 55% of Americans don’t make New Year’s resolutions at all, tells me I am not alone. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve been adopting … Read More

Solutions to Help You Stress Less

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The letters of the word "Stress" on Christmas ornaments

The most wonderful time of year is often the most hectic and demanding time of year! When you combine whatever typically occupies your time eleven months out of the year with the holidays and attempting to reach whatever goals you set for the year in December, it can spell S-T-R-E-S-S. Sadly, stress does not bring out your inner greatness. Quite the contrary! It awakens your Fear Monster, casting a dark shadow on this cheery time of year. Learning to respond to the pressures you feel in healthier and more constructive ways during the holiday season will serve you well all … Read More

This Christmas Give the Gift of Coaching!

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Coaching is the perfect gift for… The ready-to-start-a-new-adventure-in-life-person The person on your list determined to make some changes The leaders in your life Your team The person who has everything Someone pursuing or about to pursue a big dream or goal The over-committed and juggling too much gal or guy The person who wants to take their life to the next level The ambitious one who wants 2018 to be his or her best year yet! The soul who desires more confidence, peace, and balance in their life, relationships or leadership Anyone ready to silence their Fear Monster! YOU! Coaching … Read More

The Secret to Eliminating Expectations

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This year, my full of spunk grandson was old enough to participate in a creative project, so part of our post-Thanksgiving celebration included decorating gingerbread men and a gingerbread house together. Artfully arranging decorations (we never called them candy – in fact it was only by accident that he realized they were edible after all the decorating was done!) on the gingerbread men and the house provided hours of entertainment. Exceedingly longer than would normally be anticipated for a 2 ½ year old! When all eight men and the house were complete, he was pleased as punch at what his … Read More