The Power of Pausing & How to do it Like a Pro!

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When was the last time you pressed pause? Not escaping – distracting yourself with an activity that you find enjoyable – but truly pausing? Reflecting? In an effort to keep up with the perceived demands of life and work, your pace is frantic. You’ve convinced yourself that working faster will result in getting more done. And whenever possible, doing multiple things at once – even better, right? Wrong! Do you find yourself perpetually trying to catch up? Making more mistakes than you’d like? Forgetting things? Lacking the creativity you need to address the problems and challenges you face? Finding it … Read More

What Qualities Do You Want to Linger?

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These days essential oils are all the rage. Whatever ails you – there’s an essential oil for that. While essential oils are incredibly popular right now, they are not new. In fact, the Chinese, Egyptians, Indians, Greeks, and Romans all used various forms of aromatherapy thousands of years ago. Essential oils are touted to improve depression, anxiety, stress, infections, circulation, mood, sleep, migraines, immunity, and so much more! Even more surprising, scents like lemon, jasmine, or lavender can increase productivity, concentration, and help you make fewer mistakes! And they smell good too! Some of my favorite essential oils are vanilla, … Read More

Is a Lack of Clarity In These Vital Areas Slowing You Down?

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After carefully weighing all the options in Campus Life Magazine, I settled on Westmont College in beautiful Santa Barbara. It ticked all the boxes: it was a Christian college that offered a business major near the beach and it was five hours from home. It was perfect! And I had never been there, nor did I know anyone else who had. Being independent and determined, I set out bright and early one Friday morning on a weekend adventure to check out the college of my dreams. It took a whole lot of convincing for my parents to let me take … Read More

Stop Crushing Your Creativity & Thrive at What You Do

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Typically, artists, musicians, dancers, and perhaps a few eccentric folks come to mind as examples of creative individuals. But what about leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs – do they fit into the creative category? Absolutely! It is not limited to those who pursue expressive adventures. No matter what your role in life, creativity enhances what you do! Creativity is comes in handy when… Creating and casting a vision Solving problems Overcoming challenges Attracting an audience, clients, or customers Developing products and services Marketing Partnering with strategic partners Managing Innovating Writing, speaking, and teaching Searching for work Organizing and being planning And … Read More

How to Get Results Without Being Bossy

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who was smart and full of ideas. She was naturally organized, creative, and able to come up with a system for just about anything. She loved to read, sew, draw, write letters, and play baseball with the boys. There was just one little tiny problem -she was bossy! She kept her younger brothers in line – they hated it! When the neighbor kids played school, she was the teacher, again! And guess who managed the lemonade stand? I hate to admit it, but that little girl was me. I have learned … Read More

The Value of Vulnerability

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Reading is something I have adored for as long as I can remember. I consider books, yes, the real live paper kind, things of beauty! The many bookshelves in my home would that love of beauty. Rarely does a day go by where I skip reading altogether. Most of the time, I have multiple books in the works; books just make me happy! I love a good novel, a compelling biography, a how-to book, or a book loaded with information on topics like leadership, personalities, health, spiritual matters, cooking… I could go on! Just by chance, or more probably by … Read More

The Secret to Becoming a More Connected Leader

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From a child’s perspective, a time out feels like forever! Being removed from the company of others and missing out  – that’s no fun! Has leading conjured up some of those “time out” isolation feelings? If so, you are not alone! Leading can be a very lonely adventure. Do you feel like you have no one to talk to; no one to bounce ideas off of or to offer a fresh perspective? Are you indecisive or find yourself second guessing your decisions or, even worse, waffling? Do you feel out of touch with those you lead or find yourself avoiding … 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

Up Your Game – Speak the Language of Those You Lead

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Imagine what it would be like to be able to speak the language of anyone you came in contact with. That would be pretty sweet, right? Being able to speak the same language – that opens the door to a whole host of possibilities, while the inability to speak the same language is a barrier. Oh you can wave your arms and point and pantomime like crazy, but communicating in depth – that’s probably not going to happen! Leaders naturally communicate with their teams in their native tongue – the language of their own personality type. In fact, we all … Read More

6 Guidelines to Rocking Your Leadership Hats!

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If you are like most leaders, you barely noticed the gradual addition of hats. In fact, you eagerly welcomed each and every one – they represented growth! Yet, the true weight of so many responsibilities – now that has your attention. When was the last time you slowed down long enough to count your hats and assess what you are in charge of? I know, not easy when you are bogged down by so many duties! The towering stack of hats might seem impressive, but it all adds up to stress and being less effective as a leader. I know … Read More