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

Do You Dare to Renovate?

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I am hooked on renovation shows! Watching an ugly, outdated, and impractical layout transformed into an amazing workable space is mesmerizing! It makes change exciting! Not only do I appreciate the vision, creativity, and ingenuity it takes, I admire it. Some of my favorite renovation shows include The Property Brothers, Flip or Flop, and Fixer Upper. While not exactly a renovation show, I confess I also enjoy watching Tiny House Nation to see the unique ways they are able to cram so much into a small space. The results the renovation shows reveal – they are inspiring! Tempting! They urge … Read More

9 Tips For Climbing the Wall of Change

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Change can feel like you are hanging on for dear life, with fingers and toes gripping with all their might, frozen with fear. While you may know getting from where you are to where you want to be requires doing something, knowing what to do or how to do it – that’s another story. So you continue to grip harder, which only adds to your weariness, while progress continues to elude you. Rock climbing – a nearly perfect picture of change. For some, scaling a rock wall is no big deal. It is a welcome adrenaline rush, something to be … Read More

Life Out Of Alignment – What’s it Costing You?

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Driving a car that is out of alignment can be exhausting. Have you experienced it -wrestling with the wheel to compensate for the pull in one direction or the other? What about the annoying vibrations in the steering wheel or the incessant shaking? By the time you arrive at your destination, you are worn out and frazzled. It takes a lot of energy to drive a car that is out of alignment! In addition to the toll it takes on your energy, there is the uneven wear on your tires and the additional gas it takes to drive your car … Read More

Jump the Tracks and Put an End to Your Circular Patterns

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A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to help with the two and three year olds at church on a Sunday morning. The bulk of my time was spent with an adorable young man with a special affection for trains. We built a circular train track and proceeded to have tons of fun guiding a train round and round. Occasionally the train hopped the tracks, but he was quick to get the train situated in its grooves again and continue the round and round adventure. Later, when reflecting on my new buddy and our train adventure, it struck me … Read More

Confused by Coaching? 12 Reasons Coaching Could be for You.

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Despite the ever-increasing number of life coaches in the world, most people nod and smile when I tell them I am a Certified Christian Life Coach. They have a vague idea of what a coach does, maybe. To be honest, prior to my training and certification process, my own knowledge was a little fuzzy. I knew I wanted to do something to influence leaders and help them reach their full potential. Coaching seemed like a useful, fascinating, and inspiring way to accomplish that goal. In the various leadership roles I’d held over my 23 plus years in ministry and business, … 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