10 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

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Cooking is a creative outlet for me; a chance to experiment and indulge in luscious food. In the last 31 years, have yet to make a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other time of year!  That’s one of the few culinary tasks I delegate to my husband so that I am free to focus on all the other yummy sides and desserts.  After all, my husband has some mad turkey cooking skills! Over the years, he’s smoked them, baked them in brown paper bags, and even prepared them in the crock pot! For the last few years, our turkeys have … Read More

Good News to Propel You Forward!

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I promise – the world is not falling apart! I know it can feel that way with the abundance of bad news! Honestly, I don’t think things are any worse than they’ve been in the past, but, thanks to social media, there are just more avenues for the bad news to travel. And with fewer people buying newspapers or tuning into the news on TV, the media often presents news stories in dramatic ways in an attempt to grab your attention and increase the number of viewers. Being bombarded with bad news does nothing good for you! In fact, it … Read More

Where Could You Be If You Weren’t Procrastinating?

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Now and then there’s a task on my “to do” list that lingers for a week, a month, or even a season; a task that I just never seem to get to. The longer a task lingers on my list, the less productive I feel. A few months back, I had a book revision project on my to do list that didn’t get crossed off for much longer than I care to admit. In my head, this project was big, complicated, and involved research that I wasn’t very excited about. Isn’t that the root of procrastinating? The thinking – even … Read More

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

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

Getting Stuff Done – A Perspective & Some Practical Tips That Help Me

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I like to plan, but my life…it rarely goes as planned. Knowing that plans don’t always pan out can make this perfectionist respond in one of two ways: getting frustrated and deciding that planning is pointless and giving up or clamping down tighter and attempting to force things to happen. Sadly, neither of those options is particularly effective. That’s why I’ve adopted another way of approaching life, planning, and more. Viewing and doing life from an alternative perspective has brought a sense of freedom and confidence. I also find myself depending on God in greater ways. I am pretty sure … Read More

How I Set My Day Up for Success

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It’s no secret – there are 24 hours in each day. Whether you are wildly famous or an unknown, you have the same number of hours in your day. How you choose to use your hours – that makes all the difference! And how you choose to start your day – that has the potential to alter all that follows! There’s no one right way to start your day. Your morning routine must work for you. Here are the morning routines of some well-known folks: Queen Elizabeth II: She begins her day by waking up at 7:30am. A cup of … 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

How New Adventures Foster Success

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Summer’s my favorite time of year – especially when you can savor books beach-side!  I adore a wide variety of reading material, but recently ambitious, adventurous, historical women have been the topic of the last several novels I’ve read. The characters zeal for life and courage to step outside the norm for women both professionally and personally – that inspires me! I also find it stirring to read about those who reinvent themselves – especially late in life. That’s what the heroine of the last novel I read did. It was based on the real life of Tabitha Moffat Brown, … Read More