A Season of Change and Preparation

A Season of Change and Preparation

I’ve been thinking about—and blogging about—change for the past several weeks. And outside my front door, the world has been changing right along with me, because fall is a season of change. The leaves change colors, then drift to the ground. The air gets crisp and frost paints the blades of grass. It’s time to winterize the sprinkler system. Prune back the garden beds. Wrap up the harvest and stock the freezer. It’s nature’s way

Change is Hard Work, But Worth the Cost

Change is Hard Work, But Worth the Cost

Last week I blogged about how a tiny degree of change can alter the course of one’s life. Lest it sound like all you have to do is tweak one little thing and life will be awesome, let me remind us all that change is hard work. First, I have to be willing to change. That means being brutally honest about the consequences of the path I’m currently on. Until the pain of staying the

Halfway There, But Still So Far To Go – Goal Setting In The Middle

Halfway There, But Still So Far To Go – Goal Setting In The Middle

I flipped the calendar page and felt a moment of panic. What happened to all of my goal setting strategies? 2017 started with such lofty goals. I had even sketched them out into four quarters with a big project designated for each three-month period along with a few other hope-to-get-done-too items. Books to write. A business to launch. Classes to teach. And new skills to learn. Except life happened. (Doesn’t it always?) First, the sporadic

Too Much Stuff

Too Much Stuff

Everywhere I look, I see too much stuff. And not just stuff, a lot of dust-covered stuff. Which tells me two things. First, I hate dusting, especially in and around the nooks and crannies of all my stuff. And second, all that dust tells me that the items in question have not been used or moved in way too long and I should probably get rid of them so I don’t have to dust them

Goal Setting 2017 Style

Goal Setting 2017 Style

Can you feel the anticipation a New Year brings? The blank pages of my calendar are loaded with days just waiting for a taste of the adventure 2017 holds. And if you’ve spent any time reading my blog at all, you know that I am big on goal setting so that those days get filled with meaningful activities that bring me closer to my Big Picture Dream. Because while I might not hit the target

Mid-Year Goal Check-up

Mid-Year Goal Check-up

Since this week marks the halfway point for the year, I thought it would be a good time to do a goal check-up and see if I’m on track or have some catching up to do. (Of course, I have a strong feeling that I’m behind, but I’ll try to be objective about the whole thing if you promise to do the same in your life. Deal?) First off, what were those goals anyway? The

The Power of Setting Small Goals

The Power of Setting Small Goals

It’s no secret that I’m a goal-setting woman and I’ve got a long list of things I’d love to accomplish this year. But recently I heard an analogy about goals that transformed how I think about the power of setting small goals. The speaker described goals in terms of a soccer game or a football game. In soccer, players have one primary objective–get the ball into the net. And they basically run around for a

A Year in Review and a Preview

A Year in Review and a Preview

I have a confession to make as I look back over the past year and my One Word for 2015-Balance blog post. I desperately needed balance and also feel like I failed to achieve it, especially in the last few months with the fevered pitch of launching my debut novel. (Yikes! How’s that for a depressing year in review?) The good news is that it’s never too late to focus on what matters most. My

Back In The Saddle Again

Back In The Saddle Again

This week marks the end of summer vacation for our family. School supplies are stacking up on the dining room table. Class schedules are posted. Middle school orientation is on Thursday and the first day of school arrives on Friday. No more sleeping in until ten. No more video game marathons with friends. Welcome back to alarm clocks, backpacks, and homework. This week’s cliché (unoriginal thought) wraps up the summer: back in the saddle. There

Why Wishing Is Not Enough

I love fairy tales. True, I also write inspirational romance novels, but I LOVE a happily ever after ending where truth and justice prevail. Prince Charming meets a lovely young woman facing difficulty. An enemy strives to keep them apart and a battle ensues. Victory leads to a kiss and a new home at the castle. The end. Often fairy tales contain a *poof* of magical something to give the story a push in the right direction. Cinderella’s