Productivity Begins in Your Mind

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Your mind – it’s powerful! It can work for you or against you! You get to choose! The way you think about time and what’s on your “to do“ list determines your level of productivity. Ultimately, the goal is to get more done in less time, freeing up space for those things that you keep putting off like self-care, connecting with those you love, or perhaps getting around to that  something you’ve been putting off for way too long. Productivity is not being busy. It’s about utilizing your time wisely so that you can accomplish more with less effort. That’s … 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 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

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