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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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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How to win at the “What if?” game?

What if… ? We ask ourselves this question in a myriad of ways, but usually when we are anticipating things going wrong, disappointment, or failure. “What if my client says no and I miss my sales goal?” “What if I’m not good enough?”

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What do you do when this happens?

What do you do with uncomfortable feelings?  The ones that rumble in your heart but never escape your lips in honest expression…  Instead they come out in the terse word, the silent stare, the frustrated response to an unrelated question. Most of us don’t like difficult and uncomfortable conversations or relationships.  Sometimes, even I run,… Read more »

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“The Big Mistake You Must Avoid While Building Your Business”

I was recently interviewed by Erin Smith on The Starters Club about juggling relationships with being a successful entrepreneur. Episode #98: “The Big Mistake You Must Avoid While Building Your Business”     Erin’s passion is to empower people to have successful startups and we had a delightful chat about the unique  challenges during that time. Show… Read more »

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Uh-oh, she’s crying… now what?

  Tears… they can scare even the mightiest of men!  Men often ask me, “What I supposed to do when she cries, I am never sure if I should hug her – or not, say something – or not, apologize even if I wasn’t the one who made her cry -or not?  Women and tears just… Read more »

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Justice and modern day slavery at TED 2015

Social Justice is a global issue, increasingly featured in the news, as the grassroots movement has come center stage. In fact, Forbes ran an article highlighting 5 Activists Fighting for Social Justice who were featured at TED 2105- Just and Unjust Session 9. International Justice Mission, founder Gary Haugen, was one of those Activists, World Changers, Difference Makers. I want to be one too!  As I got involved with this… Read more »

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When biting your tongue is the best idea!

Have you done that?  Bit your tongue just to keep from saying something because silence is a wiser choice? It’s hard… right? We wrestle with feeling justified in our thoughts and feelings and almost compelled to make them known, especially in moments of tension, argument or when we are false accused.  It is uncomfortable to… Read more »

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Does your wife get frustrated with your business?

Being married isn’t easy.  Being married to an entrepreneur can make it even more challenging and complicated.  Entre-spouses (as I call those married to entrepreneurs) have to share their spouse with another love. Businesses can be all consuming, captivating and wives often feel like they are competing for their husbands attention.  Many  wives of entrepreneurs… Read more »

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Do you live in your car?

Are we losing connection as families? Real life on the road happens everyday with kids being shuttled to and from countless activities. One of the biggest challenges of today’s time-pressed parents is having quality time with their kids. Between, activities, sports, lessons, school events coupled with your work schedules, life moves at a frantic pace…. Read more »

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Marriage matters; take time to…while holding hands!

Marriage relationships often take a back seat to our crazy schedules: activities, kids, responsibilities and volunteering, …life is full and days fly by. Add in the hectic-ness of the holidays and our relationship with -the one who is  always there, love of our life , best friend and partner -is usually next to last on the list. … Read more »

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Is holding on to failures and mistakes keeping you stuck?

Incredible truth… “She could never go back and make some of the details pretty. All she could do was move forward and make the whole beautiful.” Terri St. Cloud, quoted by Brene Brown We rehearse the failures and mistakes of our past…picking the scars open… over and over again. …reminders of pain, markers of shame,… Read more »

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…you are God’s Masterpiece!

What do you say when you talk to yourself. Are they words of life: encouragement, belief, “yay me,” “I am God’s Masterpiece” or death: words that criticize, condemn, shame -beat yourself up with a bat- kind of  words- that make you feel yuck? I have battled with this for years.  For a long time I… Read more »

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Money and Marriage!

Couples argue over money more than sex, kids, and even in-laws! How you handle money is complicated and impacted by a lot of different factors. How would and your spouse answer these questions: How was money handled when you were growing up? Was it talked about? if so , as a good thing,  a bad… Read more »

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Superhero Mom Skills…

If you are a mom- you are a Superhero!!  You have Superhero Mom Skills… Skills that are unique to being a mom: wiping boogers, catching “yuck, I don’t like that food” as they spit it out after we convinced them to “just try it,” prying dry, crusted toothpaste off the bathroom vanity,- because no one else in… Read more »

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teenagers age us in dog years!!

I love this! It is so true! Teenagers = Aging at warp speed! gray hair, wrinkles & frown lines (seriously, I used to be lighthearted, easy going and a lot of fun!) sore tongues from biting back “I told you so” when they ignore your sage advice and get in a heap of trouble calloused… Read more »

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Married to your best (man) friend!

Repeat after me:  “My husband is my best friend but that doesn’t mean  he is my best “girlfriend”!!! We love our husbands.  They are  our:  best friend, lover, father of our kids, protector, provider, source of hope,  of love and of most of the tension and struggle in our life as well.  But- as good… Read more »

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A black belt in Grace!

Are your gentle with yourself?  OR do you have an inner dialogue of criticism, “shoula, woulda, coulda’s” that weighs you down-  heavy hearted and discouraged? Unfortunately, I have a black belt in beating myself up.  I wrote about it yesterday.  This morning in my quiet time,  I read these words in Jesus Calling:  “I am… Read more »

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