The Secret to Weathering the Storms of Life

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Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria – the last couple of weeks have been tempestuous with a string of powerful hurricanes.  Even with ample warning, it is difficult to grasp the intensity that comes with such weather! You can prepare. You can evacuate. One thing you can’t do – you can’t control a storm. The recent hurricanes confirm that. My heart goes out to all who are attempting to put their lives back together after the destructive storms. Living in Georgia, and now Tennessee, pounding rain accompanied by wild thunder and lightning aren’t unusual. For a California girl like me, such storms … 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

Captain Steady – The Real Life Superhero That Makes a Difference

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Superheroes are wildly popular these days, which explains why there are more than 25 superhero movies coming out in the next three years. As a culture, the idea of being able to swoop in and instantly accomplish something unprecedented and remarkable for good is incredibly appealing. The superhero concept is not new. While many believe Superman to be the oldest superhero, Mandrake the Magician debuted four years before Superman hit the scene in 1938. Mandrake the Magician’s superpower: he was able to make people believe anything, simply by gesturing hypnotically. Many superheroes have followed Mandrake the Magician and Superman. No … Read More

What A Difference Hope Makes!

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Hope is a fragile thing. It is not stagnant. Hope swells. Hope shrinks. What I put my hope in – that makes all the difference! As believers, hope is a strong confidence in God – the One who has unlimited power and resources; He is the One who is able to make profound changes in me and produce results far beyond my imagination when I cooperate with Him. When my hopes are dashed, I know that my hope has been misplaced. Hope is choosing to see my present circumstances from God’s perspective. In order to do that, I must get … Read More

Inspiration from Rio

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Growing up, my family had a tiny, and I mean tiny, black and white television that mostly lived in the closet. Assuming all went well in a week, we were allowed a whopping hour of TV – an hour my siblings and I chose very carefully! And then there were those years when the Olympics were on and the TV came out of the closet for an extended period of time. And yes, I say years, because when I was a kid both the winter and summer Olympics were held the same year. I have fond memories of watching the … Read More

Driving Stick and Chasing Dreams: 6 Lessons Learned

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Learning to drive is a liberating and slightly terrifying experience. It is one of the first steps on the road to adulthood and future freedom. Like many teens, I eagerly went to the DMV on my 16th birthday to get my driver’s license. And, yes, I did go home with the treasured temporary card in hand! I learned to drive in my mom’s automatic station wagon, but several years later I was forced to learn how to drive a manual transmission. It was like learning to drive all over again! Initially, there were many jerky and erratic moments – definitely … Read More

7 Ways to Have Victory in Obstacles

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The blissful fall day was calling me! The temperature was delightfully comfortable, especially in the sun. The leaves in vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow were fluttering in the breeze against the brilliant blue sky. A quiet calm hung in the air; just a few leaves rustling. It seemed like the perfect day to take my laptop outside to write a blog. Anticipating an eventful weekend ahead with family coming into town, I was eager to get it done while savoring the fabulous weather. I dutifully began writing what had been on my heart for days. It was nearly … Read More

6 Giants You Might Encounter on the Path to Your Dreams

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Brimming with possibilities – that’s how a new dream makes you feel. Even before you have it completely fleshed out. As the details come together, it is motivating to keep moving forward. Your dream captures your thoughts during unexpected moments during the day. Creativity oozes out of you and your energy sky rockets. You want to press forward with urgency. At times, it is even a bit consuming and overwhelming. Things continue in that happy invigorating place, but then all of a sudden things begin to shift. In spite of all your plans and action steps, things don’t turn out … Read More

7 Things That Lurk Beneath Excuses

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Back when I was in elementary school, I was invited to a slumber party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Most girls love slumber parties. I am not most girls. In spite of my outgoing nature, I actually appreciate solitude, and quiet, small groups – all the things that a slumber party is not. So rather than decline the invitation, I gave my friend the excuse that I needed to wash my hair that night. I can’t explain why that was my excuse, but it was. My mother performed a complicated nightly procedure to turn my fine hair into a fluffy … Read More

6 Ways to Brighten Dark Days

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The sun was streaming through my office windows with gusto, but my day was dark! At every turn my efforts were halted by obstacles. Everything seemed to be going wrong. I felt boxed in by darkness. I was exhausted. My dark day reminded me that just because I am passionately following my dreams and calling does not mean the path is always well lit. At times, it can be hard to see my way. The hills and valleys seem ridiculously high, surprisingly low, and never ending. It can be easy to forget why I set out on my journey in … Read More