There’s NO Comparison

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Who doesn’t like chocolate? Now you might prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but most people like chocolate. There are those rare birds…but this is not about them. It’s about one of my four brothers – I’m not even positive which one now -it’s been so long. Whichever one it was, his love of chocolate was so compelling that he consumed an entire package of Ex-Lax®. Needless to say, this had a messy ending! Taking drugs when you don’t need them is like ingesting poison! The effects can be messy, but even more noteworthy, they can be quite detrimental! These … Read More

Are Your Cravings Feeding Your Fear Monster?

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It’s not unusual to have food cravings when you’re pregnant. Pickles and ice cream were not what I craved with I was expecting my first baby. Nor did I crave Cheetos dipped in yogurt, spoonfuls of peanut butter topped with hot sauce, or sand – that’s the strangest pregnancy craving I heard of by far! What I craved: turkey, bacon, cheese, and avocado all piled high on a croissant. I yearned for these croissants so much they had me wanting to get back to work on Monday. You see, the sandwich shop on the ground floor of the office building … Read More

How Many Hats Do You Wear?

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Hats look awesome on most people – I am just not so fond of how hats look on me. I am not quite sure why I chose to wear a hat when I got married, but that was a number of years ago! These days, I only wear hats out of necessity. I have a cute baseball cap with pearls on it that I wear to keep my hair from becoming a tangled mess when we are out on the lake having fun on the boat. I also have a knit hat or two with matching scarves  that I wear … Read More

Self-Care: Selfish or Something Else?

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A bundle of perpetual motion – that’s my newest granddaughter. At five months old, she’s determined to conquer life sooner rather than later! She has little use for sleep – who knows what she might miss out on while recharging? And IF she must sleep, she wants to enjoy it in the arms of Mom. She’s not yet figured out how delightful life can be with sleep or how sleeping on her own would do great things for her and even greater things for her mom! Babies aren’t much for self-care!  Sadly, the majority of adults I meet aren’t so … Read More

Is Your Fear Monster Messing With You?

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Last week I arrived at a networking event and I was immediately asked to sign a birthday card for a friend. While signing the card, it felt like I had accidentally written on my face. I asked the gal sitting next me to check to see if there was ink on my face. After careful examination she replied, “No.” Over the course of the event, and even afterwards, not a soul mentioned the lovely ink on my face. And having previously been given confirmation the ink was not there, I never gave it a second thought. While brushing my teeth … Read More

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

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

Have You Heard About FOMO?

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When happenings are positioned as “once in a lifetime” they are hard to ignore; and when schools close and people take time off work, you realize something big is about to take place. The news plays a part in the frenzy by repeatedly warning the public that highways will be crowded and hotels sold out because “everyone” will want to take in the historical event: the total solar eclipse. Missing out – that feels monumental! After all, the last total eclipse took place in 1918, so for most, it truly is a once in a life time event. I don’t … Read More

What’s Messing With Morale?

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Inside, we all have a fear monster. It might be hibernating, but every now and then it rouses – even for leaders! When your fear monster is awake and active, you behave in ways that mess with morale. You may not even know the name of your fear monster, but I can guarantee it’s working against you both personally and professionally. What’s your fear monster? You might word it slightly differently, but no doubt you can spot your fear among these: Identifying your fear monster is the first step towards recognizing when and how it is showing up for you … Read More

How New Adventures Foster Success

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Summer’s my favorite time of year – especially when you can savor books beach-side!  I adore a wide variety of reading material, but recently ambitious, adventurous, historical women have been the topic of the last several novels I’ve read. The characters zeal for life and courage to step outside the norm for women both professionally and personally – that inspires me! I also find it stirring to read about those who reinvent themselves – especially late in life. That’s what the heroine of the last novel I read did. It was based on the real life of Tabitha Moffat Brown, … Read More