Confused About Coaching?

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It happens all the time! When people discover that I’m a Life and Leadership Coach, they kindly nod and smile, yet the blank expression on their face gives away that they really have no idea what I do. Some attempt to get advice. A few wonder if I am trying to replace God in people’s lives. A handful offer sympathy for having to deal with “those” kind of people. Others steer clear. To be honest, coaching is best understood when you experience for yourself, but even then it’s difficult to articulate what it’s all about to someone else.  That’s why … 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

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

Take the Next Step… Move Forward!

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Step out into the wild adventure of your life and into a more confident YOU! Ready to make the leap? Here are a variety of options to help you do just that – which one suits you best right now? Confidence Builders This group is ideal for you if you are … –> Struggling to reach your goals –> Can’t seem to break through your upper limits –> Unsure about what’s next for you in your life or leadership –> Want to overcome fear –> Long to walk in all that God has for you!   A Group Coaching Adventure … Read More

The Secret to Reinventing Yourself

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Working – it’s something I have relished for as long as I can remember. On Saturdays when other kids were playing, I went to “work” cranking out thousands of bows for all the baby gifts that were purchased and wrapped at several children’s clothing stores. Because I was paid by the bow, I came up with a creative system to keep track of the number of bows I produced. That job eventually morphed into working in the store as a sales clerk, while in high school and later my responsibilities expanded to include dressing the windows. It was a perfect … 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

What Makes Change So Challenging?

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Are you a big dreamer? Do you find yourself brimming with amazing ideas? Are you known as a visionary; a true possibility thinker? That’s an amazing place to be, provided you also possess the ability to follow through and work hard to make those dreams a reality. Or are you a doer by nature who is not fazed by hard work? That’s also not a bad place to be, provided you have a dream worth pursuing. Whether you are a dreamer or a doer, in order for you to reach your full potential and walk more fully in who God … Read More

Stop Hesitating and Let Go

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For there to be space for new, the old has to come to an end. You have to let go. Think back to your playground days. Do you remember the row of rings that many play structures included? In order to get from one end of the rings to the other , you had to let go. Being shorter than the average bird, navigating the rings was tricky for me at first. It required a certain level of strength, coordination, and the determination to set aside my fears. After all, falling is never fun! With practice, I was able to … Read More

4 Changes I’m Making This Year

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Change – is it something you welcome, or something you resist? I have not always been thrilled about change. This year, somehow, making changes and developing new habits is something I am kind of excited about. It doesn’t hurt that the changes are ones I am initiating, and I can see the ways they will rejuvenate my life and reinforce my One Word: REFRESH. In spite of the desire, I am also fully aware of how change has a way of stretching me in uncomfortable ways. And I know cultivating new habits will teach me some valuable lessons about flexibility, … Read More

What My One Word Taught Me This Year

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My One Word adventure for 2016 has been a maze-like journey. Lots of winding and weaving my way through a year full of surprises! The treasure at the end: a host of cherished lessons that have changed my life for the better. This year reminds me of a birthday party activity my mom rigged up when we were kids. She had a knack for finding clever ways to make birthdays and holidays special. She a treasure hunt by stringing yards and yards of yarn from one end of the house to the other that ultimately lead to a treasure. There … Read More