Are You a “Wordie?

Are you a “wordie”? Did you have a word for 2015? How did it impact your actions, choices, and relationships? My 2015 word was BRAVE and it reminded me to choose to Be Brave in my thoughts, actions and of course, my relationships! BRAVE in relationships meant having a hard conversation with my daughter- one I… Read more »

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Are You in the Arena???

One of my favorite quotes! It has been on my fridge or board since my early 20’s and has kept me in the arena when I am scared, face down and bloody, criticized, crying and on the edge of giving up! Used it in my book ‪#‎ListenLearnLove‬ Love that it became popular with Brené Brown‘s… Read more »

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3 Reasons it’s NOT “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

Are you dreading the holidays?  You aren’t alone!  Almost everyone has some fears and worries as the holiday season is here! In 32 years of married life, plus over 20 years of working with people, I’ve repeatedly found these 3 common reasons that “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” strikes fear in our hearts!

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Truth and Dare: I struggle in relationships too!

It’s true! I have struggles,hurts, failings and fallings in my relationships!  I don’t always take my own advice. I can be bossy, argumentative, impatient, slow to listen and quick to speak!  I have made relationship messes and fallen hard. The hurt and sorrow are brutal. The desire to hide in shame is strong and irresistible at… Read more »

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Just Do the Next thing

When I am feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to do- THIS is my mantra! I can usually figure out the “next” thing to do, even when I can’t see the whole path or process.  That can be scary, and often leads to mental gymnastics, procrastination, and overwhelm. In these moments, I remind myself that… Read more »

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Lauran Star on The Better Relationship Podcast #014

Better Relationship Podcast Episode #014 From Boardroom to Bedroom w/  Lauran Star Lauran Star talks candidly about leadership, empowering women, and being an entrepreneurial wife and mother.  Lauran is a force of nature and a delightful guest! She believes that women are every bit as capable of being leaders, having been a member of the United… Read more »

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Reject the personality overhaul

I used to think I had to totally change who I was for my relationships to get better. Bit I failed over and over again when it came to not being the real me – failed at trying to be demure and quiet, not opinionated and soft spoken, mellow and not impassioned. I wish I… Read more »

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What Would YOUR Awesome Do?

Everyone want to be Awesome!?  Well, you already are AWESOME- just being YOU! But what if we took your Awesome and my Awesome and her Awesome and his Awesome and their Awesome and piled all together with INTENTION!? WOW!   Imagine how we could change the world!  I just joined Awesomization Nation to do just… Read more »

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TED Prize winner Story Corps: “Listening is a form of love.”

Are you an award fan? Meaning do you watch all the award shows that come on TV? Well, I do. I am fascinated by what gets nominated and chosen for a particular award in its field. Recently, I was so impressed and excited when TED awarded the coveted TED prize to Story Corps because I… Read more »

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Oops, I did it again!

Remember that catchy tune?  Oops, I did it again… that thing I said I would Never do. What’s on your list?  You know you have one… We all do! It’s full of things that were easy to say, “I’ll never do that,” about –  until we got into the same situation!!

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Will You Dare to Believe?

Thirsty, hungry, poor, tired, weary, worried, financially struggling, relationally parched?  Come… just as you are, without money, resources, energy… come to Me. Stop trying to get her on your own, prove yourself, provide according to your resources! Why  are you wasting your time… that will never work and you will still be tired, hungry, poor,… Read more »

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What You Need to Know about Name Calling!

What names do you call yourself?  Life giving names: Lovely, strong, enough, wise, blessed, forgiven, beloved?  Or  shaming names: clumsy, foolish, fat, ugly, not enough? It matters…a lot. This is something I struggle with; that’s probably why I write, speak and teach about it so often. The journey from living in shame and self contempt… Read more »

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When Life Throws You Curve Balls

A while back John and I were talking about this time of transition in our lives, as well as some worries and decisions that were on minds. He commented that even in the midst of the worries and decisions we were facing, he felt the last 10 years had been good ones. I scoffed and… Read more »

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When God interrupts your plans…

Interrupted…again. Wheezing, bronchitis that just won’t go away, difficult to breathe, talk, think… Battling discouragement… Every holistic and natural remedy I have tried for the past 7 weeks, has not helped enough to still the rattle in my chest as I labor to breathe. So I am back on meds. Soon the whirl of steroids… Read more »

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