How Many Hats Do You Wear?

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Hats look awesome on most people – I am just not so fond of how hats look on me. I am not quite sure why I chose to wear a hat when I got married, but that was a number of years ago! These days, I only wear hats out of necessity. I have a cute baseball cap with pearls on it that I wear to keep my hair from becoming a tangled mess when we are out on the lake having fun on the boat. I also have a knit hat or two with matching scarves  that I wear … Read More

It Takes Commitment!

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Ordinarily my husband and I go away for our anniversary. Over the years, we’ve celebrated our marriage in a variety of ways. When we were young and still paying off student loans, we went camping and enjoyed mud baths. Another year we stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast that overlooked Monterey Bay. More often than not, our anniversary celebration has included warm weather and water even though we got married in March. We’ve been to Puerto Rico, Cabo San Lucas, Key West, and the Bahamas. This year, due to work commitments, my husband and I chose to stick closer … Read More

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

Is It Time for a New Groove?

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When buying a house the three most important factors are location, location, and location. And when it comes to music, the most important thing is rhythm, rhythm, and rhythm. Without that foundational timing and groove, music suffers. My four years of piano lessons highlighted for me that musical talent was not my strength. For me, a piano recital invoked great anxiety! What if I hit a bad note? This fear was so real that I conveniently missed my last recital because I never told my parents the date. This is not something I recommend, by the way. The end of … Read More

7 Keys to Unleashing the Power of Priorities

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Rolling out of bed at my leisure and spending the rest of the day following my nose – playing a game of four-square or hopscotch, running in the sprinklers, riding my bike, exploring, and hanging with my friends. Whatever grabbed my attention determined how I spent my day. Being in the moment, fully present – that’s what I loved about summer growing up! I look back on those carefree days with fondness. Back then, engaging in activities that made a difference or were fulfilling were not even on my radar. All these many years later, the longing to make a … Read More

The Power of Patience

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The bulk of our TV viewing is watching shows we’ve recorded, so the glitch we’ve been experiencing with our cable TV the last month or so has turned what used to be a relaxing way to spend an evening into something quite maddening. Part of the benefit of recorded TV is being able to fast forward through the commercials. That’s simply not an option for us right now. Any attempt to skip commercials zaps you right back to the beginning of the show. And even though my husband and I know all about this funky glitch, there are still times … Read More

You Think You’re Loving Your Team, But You’re NOT!

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Great leaders do two things: 1) They lead themselves well, modeling what they wish others would do. 2) They inspire others to achieve more than they ever imagined possible. Everyone has the opportunity to lead because leadership is much more than a title! If you’ve ever worked with children, you know that many of them can take over a class or persuade other children to follow their lead. Sometimes they even gain more followers than the adult in charge! That just goes to show you that leadership has nothing to do with a title. While there are some terrible leaders … Read More

Guess What – Knowledge Isn’t Everything!

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I did it AGAIN! I know I have a reputation for being dangerous in the kitchen with knives, but I’ve managed to go quite a stretch without cutting myself. It’s true! That “stretch” all came to a halt recently when I was blissfully chopping cilantro for the burritos I was making for dinner. Not only did I manage to cut my finger, I actually cut right through my finger nail through to my finger! Can you tell that my knives are SHARP? Needless to say there was a delay to dinner! In the past, there have been other crazy adventures … 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 Steps to Simplifying Your Life

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Who doesn’t love Christmas morning? The stockings, the gifts, the yummy cinnamon rolls and egg casserole – at least that’s how we roll at my house. It was always such fun as a parent to watch my kids unwrap their gifts and be delighted with the contents. This year I was able to enjoy that same fun feeling with my grandkids –at least my oldest grandson. My granddaughters are both still a bit young to truly enjoy the wonder of Christmas like they will in years to come. The funny thing is that you can take care in picking the … Read More