When It Comes To Your Life – Which Dog Are You?

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Invisible fences are common where I live – a way to ensure that pets stay where they are supposed to without putting up an expensive or unsightly fence. My neighbor has two dogs that enjoy roaming in the front and back yard as they wish -Jack and Lucy. Foxes are also quite common in my neighborhood. Prior to moving to Tennessee, I am not sure I had ever seen a fox up close. My husband and I frequently see foxes moseying down the street or traipsing through our back yard. We’ve even had a fox make himself comfortable on our … Read More

How to Lead In a Way That Inspires Great Performances

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Being a wildly successful actress is something I’ve never aspired to. A drama queen I am not! Maybe if I’d been able to watch more than an hour of TV per week or permitted to go to a movie theater growing up, such a passion might have been stirred up in me. It’s all good – I adore being a life and leadership coach! I just happened to catch Katie Holmes on the Today Show chatting about her latest film, Logan Lucky, where she mentioned how her performance was either hindered or helped depending on the skill of the director. … 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 Holding Your Leadership Together?

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Growing up, sewing was still regularly offered in middle school, or junior high as it was called it back then. I couldn’t wait that long! I wanted to learn sooner. That’s why I spent a week during my summer leading up to fourth grade learning how to sew a pair of shorts with a top to match under my mother’s watchful eye. I couldn’t wait to wear the completed outfit and show it off on the final day of VBS that summer. Thankfully, I don’t have pictures. You would wonder why I was so pleased, but at the time it … Read More

6 Communication Mistakes that Destroy Morale

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Morale is mysterious and intangible like the wind. You can feel the effects, but the contributing factors aren’t always obvious. When morale is good, you can feel it – everything flows better. Your team has more fun working; there is a surge in creativity, energy, and productivity. The bonus – a better bottom line! When morale is poor, you can also feel it – work becomes frustrating and hard! There is a lag in energy which negatively effects work – both the quality and quantity. Creating an atmosphere in which your people thrive and are able to accomplish the mission … Read More

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