Last week I shared with you the wonderful word EXQUISITE. In that post, I defined the term and the different meanings associated with the word. (You can go back to read that post here.)
I had every intention of writing a second blog post related to this because I wanted to think through a concept Jonathan Fields introduced at the TRIBEWRITER Conference I attended in September.
In our journey to hone our voice in writing, but also in our life work, we so often give out, put out, produce only to find ourselves going through the motions, but feeling a void; of running out of ideas, direction or energy. That happens because we are not effectively refueling or putting back into ourselves.
Jonathan challenged us to develop an ‘inner key’ that is more about input rather than output. Continue reading A Close Up Look at THE Exquisite!
In last week’s blog post (posted above), I started to tell you the story about a woman, a champion, in my life by the name of Jenn. We talked about our value in that post- yours and mine. The three questions Jenn asked me on our very first meeting were…
Do you know your value?
Do you offer value to those in your world?
Are you getting paid what you are worth?
(If you want to know what we said about that, check the link above to that blog post.)
But I also said that when I hemmed and hawed with my answers to those questions, the next thing she said to me was,
“When you are done making excuses, you can get down to your business.”
Yep! That was the bottom line! I was making excuses about why I wasn’t being successful or seeing the kind of difference I wanted to see.
Are you doing that- making excuses instead of doing the things you really want to do?
Isn’t that true of most of us though? We don’t know our value because we don’t realize who we are. I thought I did. I had spent a great deal of time and money going to workshops, reading and researching personalities and strengths seeking to understand, and to help others understand who they were made to be.
Yet here I was…
Continue reading More Story to Share 3
The Fall season is not officially here, but with the start of school, and football games and the cooler temps we’ve been having (at least in Ohio), it feels like fall all over.
But that also reminds me that we are nearing the end of 2017. Can you believe this year is on the wind down? Doesn’t it seem like we were just setting our goals for the new year?
If you are a goal setter, you might strategically set goals
- the month,
- or the quarter or for 90 days at a time
- or 100 days at a time.
- or maybe just a wing and a prayer moving through each day as it comes.
I like to look at 100 days at a time (though the ‘wing and a prayer’ has been known to happen on many occasions. ) I especially look at the last 100 days of the year which, if I counted right, actually starts September 23rd.
Or if you save the last week of the year for time with family and friends, or reflection of the old year and planning the new, then the last 100 days of the year start September 16th.
But here’s the thing.
I can spend a lot of time making goals, creating plans, strategizing about next steps and get to the end of the year and wonder…
Is this where I wanted to end up this year?
Or am I trying to do what I think I should do to be who I think I’m supposed to be?
Have I made the kind of difference that I really value most in my own life?
What questions do you have in your own experience?
Well, that’s why every year about this time Continue reading S.N.A.P to Finish
I have been told more than once how amazing it is that I could write my book about my experiences- or create videos that share something I learned on a given day. “I just don’t have those kind of things happen to me. But it’s nice that you do!”
Hmmm? Could it be that I have more things happen to me than you do? I doubt it. Would God show up in my story more than He would in yours? I don’t think so.
I don’t have a secret password to get to God. I have bad things happen just as much as I have good. Some of you wouldn’t want my story- and I wouldn’t want yours.
But my story Continue reading Boy, Do I Have a Story to Share!
I recently attended the funeral, actually, the celebration of life of a 23 year old daughter of a friend.
The uncanny timing of this particular event was not lost on me. As I sat at this funeral, I was reminded of another that took place just one week shy of 11 years ago- in the same church- led by the same pastor. It was a funeral I was very much a part of since the life being celebrated was my 15 year old daughter, Leisha. Continue reading 6 Reasons to Be Grateful at a Funeral
This is a ‘new’ season for me. It’s a time when I am FIERCELY taking on some issues in my life- mostly related to my health.
For the last 12 years, I’ve slept more than I’ve done anything. There have been so many days spent trying just to get the most important thing done. I’ve talked about getting serious about my weight, and my blood sugar.
For the last 5 years or so, I’ve been choosing one BIG thing to focus on. One year it was a new coaching program for Green Hope Coaching. Another year it was following up on a coaching credential and certification. Of course one- or two years I spent writing and publishing the book, Lovely Traces of Hope.
This year I knew that I had to make ME the focus. I chose to be intentional about me. I made an appointment with a Dr. that specialized with endocrine issues. I committed to a 21 Day Detox. I cleaned out my fridge and goody shelf and started to create a new menu for the week.
But this morning Continue reading Are You Waiting For Tomorrow?