Creating a roadmap: a new kind of ‘en-vision’ board

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Years ago, I attended a vision board workshop, filling my blank page with magazine clippings—images, words and phrases that resonated with me. A few years later, I was invited to another workshop involving more of the same—aspirations…[read more]

Leaving a legacy of love: intangible expressions that promote life

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Where there is love, there is life. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

One of my favorite descriptions of love is found in the Bible: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not…[read more]

Divine interruptions: when to take that leap of faith

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What do a power outage and a leaky roof have in common? In my household, the former (another blog post in itself) put a stop to plans, or movement, my husband and I set in motion this past summer. And the latter instigated movement—thanks to a downpour…[read more]

A youthful spirit: redefining ‘adventure’

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Someone recently told me: “You know you’re getting old when… homemade Chex Mix excites you.” Instead of a precursor to old age, however, I prefer to classify it as “childlike appreciation” for…[read more]

When it no longer works: a rule of thumb for trying something new

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In 2020, I wrote the first draft of my novel—from which my upcoming Sweetwater series derives—at the end of my work days. In 2021, I shifted #allthings writing…[read more]

Pinterest and charcuterie boards: finding humor in the messy middle

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What do Pinterest and charcuterie boards have in common? An end vision. You’ve seen them: the memes that parody Pinterest boards by displaying each perfect [fill-in-the-blank], followed by another person’s hilarious attempt to…[read more]

Everything is permissible but not beneficial: the 100% rule

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It’s easier to hold your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold them 98% of the time.
~ Clayton Christensen

If you could apply one tip to your life to make it easier in 2022, would you? Motivational speaker and author Benjamin Hardy calls this tip the “100% rule”—making a decision with no other outcome than 100%. For example,…[read more]

One thing at a time: turning resolve into results

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Resolutions: the infamous “R” word. Some years I pile on all the ways I resolve to improve myself. Other years I know that to set the bar too high will result in an #epicfail. Why do we oftentimes gravitate toward an overly optimistic view…[read more]

New year, new word: a recipe for success

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I talk a lot about setting ourselves up for success. About our one magical life. And I write about hope for new beginnings, humor in the messy middle and heart for happy endings. But what happens when new beginnings take a detour?…[read more]

Looking back: recounting the past to inform the future

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As we approach the final days of 2021 and look toward the new year, it’s the perfect time to recount the milestone moments that paved our way to present, so that we can better inform our future. Looking back on my own journey, I celebrated the publication of…[read more]

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