Why You Bite Off More Than You Can Chew & What to Do!

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Remember the game Chubby Bunny? I haven’t played Chubby Bunny for quite some time- at least not the version where you pop marshmallows into your mouth one by one until you are no longer able to say “chubby bunny.” Oh, no! Rather than popping sweet puffs of air into my mouth, my version of Chubby Bunny was stuffing my schedule with one weighty responsibility after weighty responsibility until I could barely breathe… literally! I know I am not alone! Are you overwhelmed, stressed, or too busy? Does it feel like the world is resting on your shoulders? Perhaps, like me, … Read More

How to Wobble Less So You Can Balance Better

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A red-headed young boy takes his first steps

Being a grandma has been amazing so far. I get to enjoy the things I loved so much as a mom without sacrificing my sleep, sporting snot or spit up on my shoulder, or being late because of an unexpected explosion. My soon to be three month old grandson is smiling and cooing up a storm. So fun to watch him develop and grow – and grow he has! He is a sweet chubby fellow! Before we know it, he will be rolling over, crawling, and taking his first steps. There is something adorable about watching a toddler take their … Read More

Time is Money – 5 Tricks to Investing Wisely

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Time piggy bank

As a child, I stored my valuables in my very own safe. I kept things like my diary, specials notes, and who knows what other very important stuff under lock and key. After all, I had four pesky younger brothers. As an adult, what I value is demonstrated by my calendar and my checkbook because how I spend my time and money tells the truth about my priorities. Money and time are similar; both are limited resources. In order to manage my money well I need a budget. And if I am successfully going to manage my time, I will … Read More

7 Keys to Unleashing the Power of Priorities

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Illustration of a woman holding a clipboard that reads "Today's priorities"

Remember the warm summer days when you were a kid? You rolled out of bed at your leisure, and, after breakfast, spent the day following your nose – playing a game of four-square, running in the sprinklers, riding your bike, exploring, and hanging with your friends. You were in the moment. Whatever grabbed your attention determined how you spent your day. While you may look back on those carefree days with fondness, those days were probably not particularly fulfilling. Back then, fulfillment wasn’t even on your radar. Today, however, you long to feel as though you are contributing to something … Read More

It is OK to Eat Dessert First!

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Photo of a chocolate-covered strawberry

Why save the best for last when it comes to a great meal? After all, everything is going to the same place, right? What really matters is the quality of the food, not the order you eat it in. Good food is going to enhance your health, and junk is going to harm your health. So why do we always eat dessert last? Because we struggle to control our portions. Dessert, typically the least healthy part of the meal, is served last for those who have saved room. Just like with food, when it comes to making changes in life … Read More

What’s For Lunch?

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Illustration of a cartoon man looking at a table with many different kinds of food on it

In a recent post I shared how leaders often fill their plates with more than they can handle – “The Taco Salad Principle.” Sometimes it isn’t just what you fill your plate with; it is also what you allow to fill your mind! Imagine all the meals you will consume in the next month spread out before you. All the things you will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, the snacks, the dessert – all of it! Even the beverages you will drink. Rather than partake meal by meal, you attempt to eat it all in one sitting. One big feast! … Read More