10 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

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Cooking is a creative outlet for me; a chance to experiment and indulge in luscious food. In the last 31 years, have yet to make a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other time of year!  That’s one of the few culinary tasks I delegate to my husband so that I am free to focus on all the other yummy sides and desserts.  After all, my husband has some mad turkey cooking skills! Over the years, he’s smoked them, baked them in brown paper bags, and even prepared them in the crock pot! For the last few years, our turkeys have … Read More

What’s Keeping You Up at Night?

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Remember when you were a kid and it was bedtime? If you were like me, you would do anything you could to nudge that bedtime a bit later. And if by chance that wasn’t successful, you might implement the “read under the covers” plan. That was my favorite way to avoid having to go to bed. There were many nights when my flashlight, a good book, and I were up until the wee hours! Bedtime always seemed to come long before I was ready! These days, I see sleep differently! With health as one of my top five values, getting … Read More

Getting Stuff Done – A Perspective & Some Practical Tips That Help Me

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I like to plan, but my life…it rarely goes as planned. Knowing that plans don’t always pan out can make this perfectionist respond in one of two ways: getting frustrated and deciding that planning is pointless and giving up or clamping down tighter and attempting to force things to happen. Sadly, neither of those options is particularly effective. That’s why I’ve adopted another way of approaching life, planning, and more. Viewing and doing life from an alternative perspective has brought a sense of freedom and confidence. I also find myself depending on God in greater ways. I am pretty sure … Read More

How I Set My Day Up for Success

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It’s no secret – there are 24 hours in each day. Whether you are wildly famous or an unknown, you have the same number of hours in your day. How you choose to use your hours – that makes all the difference! And how you choose to start your day – that has the potential to alter all that follows! There’s no one right way to start your day. Your morning routine must work for you. Here are the morning routines of some well-known folks: Queen Elizabeth II: She begins her day by waking up at 7:30am. A cup of … Read More

Want to Make A Difference? Nourish Your Creativity!

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Whatever you pay attention to grows! It just does! Problems, unexpected glitches, or a day not turning out the way you’d planned – they scream, and shout, and dance around wildly vying for your attention! That’s hard to ignore. And as you give the negatives undeserved attention, it seems more negativity appears. It grows! It spreads. Meanwhile, the far more important, but subtle aspects of life: resting in who God is, being creative, or just plain old “being” get overlooked. What if you were able to shift your attention to the positive? Imagine what would happen if the positives began … 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

The Secret to Intentionally Tuning Into Your Heart

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When was the last time you tuned into your heart and really listened to what it was telling you? Sometimes the reception to my heart gets a little fuzzy. It reminds me a lot of the radio reception in my car on long drives. The further away from home I get, the more my favorite radio station begins to break up, becoming more and more difficult to understand. Distance isn’t the only thing that seems to affect my radio reception. It struggles on cloudy days and once it gets dark. Listening to my favorite station is pointless in those conditions! … Read More

What’s Your Go To Question?

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Everybody has their own story and unique motivations that prompt them to do what they do. That’s why I enjoy character driven movies, biographies, and meeting new people. People are fascinating! Getting to know someone new is like unwrapping a gift – you just never know how their life will impact and change yours. Sometimes it isn’t even getting to know someone new, but taking the time to go deeper with someone you already know and discovering a side of them that you didn’t know existed. Lately, I have been noticing a sad phenomenon. Perhaps a habit that social media … Read More

6 Obstacles To A Life Bursting with Gratitude

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Change follows a shift in thinking. Without a shift in your thinking, the odds are good that even with tremendous willpower you will drift back to your old ways. Beliefs are woven intricately into the tapestry of your life, making them hard to put your finger on, hard to isolate and identify. And tricky to see all that your thread of thought is connected to. As a coach, there is nothing more rewarding then witnessing a shift in a client’s thinking. That “Ah ha” moment is priceless! I get just as tickled when working with my own coach and the … Read More

The Bigger is Better Myth

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No matter what level of leadership I feel I have achieved, I can always be better. And who doesn’t want to be a better leader? I know I do! The question is: what makes you a better leader? In the past, one of the things I have done to enhance my leadership skills is to take more on. Somehow, the idea of more, more, more, fooled me into believing I was increasing my capacity and leading better. After all, if I can handle more responsibility, I must be thriving, growing. better leader, right? Wrong! There is a direct correlation between … Read More