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2022 Word of the Year ~ Rooted

2022 Word of the Year ~ Rooted

Lots of stuff happened last year… One son got engaged, moved back home for a few months, then got married and moved out. The other son had stress fractures destroy his junior track season and then interrupt his senior cross country season to the point he’s seriously considering trying to pole vault this spring instead. The (extended) family truly enjoyed a vacation again, this time right on the lake and mere minutes from Silver Dollar

Announcing my word for 2021: DREAM

Announcing my word for 2021: DREAM

Today is the day of Epiphany, the ancient holy day commemorating when the Truth of Jesus was revealed to the three kings/wise men and they presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And boy could we use some TRUTH in our nation today! While I’m honestly praying for God’s will to be done in the election outcomes and that He would deliver us and our nation from Evil and the plans of traitors, I’m

It’s Time For a First Quarter Goal Check

It’s Time For a First Quarter Goal Check

Time surely flies when you’re busy writing and editing and taking care of the family. Wasn’t it just January? Ha. Actually, with the calendar about the turn again, it’s time for a first quarter goal check to see how close I came to hitting the target. But before I could start evaluating my progress, I needed to remember what those goals even were! So I jumped back to my “It’s a New Year with New

It’s a New Year With New Books and a New Direction

It’s a New Year With New Books and a New Direction

Are you a New Year’s goal setter? Or do you prefer not to set yourself up for failure like the gazillion others whose resolutions will only last another week if they’re lucky? Ha! Actually, I’ve learned a lot about goal setting from my failure to fulfill those long lists of wishes. Mostly because I tend to bite off more than I can chew. And I aim too high without thinking through all the steps involved

I Survived Another Year…How Did I Do?

I Survived Another Year…How Did I Do?

It’s that time of year again when I pause to reflect back on my journey over the previous twelve months…and ask myself “how did I do?” What progress did I make toward my goals? What worked well? What could I have done differently? And what changes do I need to make as I turn the corner into 2019? My word for 2018 was LOVE. To love God, my family, my friends, my neighbor, and my

Goal Setting: One Lap Down, Three To Go

Goal Setting: One Lap Down, Three To Go

One of my favorite things to talk about is goal setting, partially because I wouldn’t be where I am today in my writing career without them. I used to ponder vague dreams and wishes like “someday I’d like to…” or “wouldn’t it be cool if…” but those visions stayed on the perpetual horizon until I learned how to create SMART goals. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time-bound. True goals have teeth in them and are attached

A New Year Filled With New Goals But A Singular Focus

A New Year Filled With New Goals But A Singular Focus

Happy New Year! After turning the page on the calendar and opening the new day timer, I’m taking a moment to simply savor the new year with 365 blank days ahead. Days just waiting to be filled with new projects, adventures, and the accomplishment of micro-goals. Places to see. People to meet. Lessons to be learned. Okay, moment over. It’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work. Except, every goal-setting business consultant

Wrap Up the Year and Tie a Bow On It

Wrap Up the Year and Tie a Bow On It

I don’t know about you, but this past year has been a crazy roller-coaster ride. Perhaps that’s why last January I felt God calling me so strongly to simply “Abide” in order to navigate the coming adventures. Like I blogged about to start the year, I wanted to stay connected to the source of Life. Not just to get filled up when circumstances and stress drained the energy from my very bones, but also so

Celebrating the Big and Little Wins (Plus a Giveaway)

Celebrating the Big and Little Wins (Plus a Giveaway)

Some days are meant for throwing a party and celebrating little wins. Today is one of them. It’s been a long year so far with many ups and downs…and my goal list for the year only has a couple things checked off. But if you’ve spent any time around me and my blog, you’ve probably picked up that I’m a natural optimist. It’s going to be okay and I’ve got hope that the tiny steps

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