What Happens When We Assume?

If you ask a room full of kids, what happens when we assume? They’ll all giggle and say "you make an ASS out of U and ME". That joke never gets old. But it’s really more than a joke, it’s a life principle! Recently, my youngest son got a job; this is a major milestone and one we were eager to support. Because he was saving up to get a car, he had to rely on us for transportation. [...]

By |2020-01-23T17:05:42+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Family Matters, Leading, Lifting, Loving|0 Comments

Why Women Leaders Should Welcome the Challenge of a Difficult Employee

Did you know that leading difficult people can actually be beneficial to you? We have all found times when we’ve had to lead difficult people. In retail or business operations, they can deliver poor customer service to your patrons. In project teams, they can slow down the progress of creativity. In any setting, they can drive you up the wall!

By |2020-01-23T18:04:32+00:00January 5th, 2019|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments

Drift Happens – 3 Lessons About Sticking to Your Goals

Even the most disciplined people find times in their lives where they drift away from their goals. Life is consistently inconsistent, and it's those people who catch themselves before they drift too far off course that excel and achieve their goals. I especially notice this when it comes to health and wellness. Over the course of my adult life, I've participated in several 5k and half-marathon races. During the training seasons for those events, I have found myself laser focused [...]

By |2018-08-17T19:17:48+00:00August 17th, 2018|Leading, Lifting|1 Comment

Speak Up and Be Like Rudy!

When I was in the fourth grade, I was the new kid (again!), and this time it was close to the end of the year, so I wasn't going to bother making new friends. Well, to my surprise, my parents bought me a 64 pack of Crayola Crayons! This made me an instant hit in the classroom, and one girl, Esther, always wanted to borrow my crayons. The problem was, she kept breaking them! One day, with palm sweating and [...]

By |2018-03-06T21:16:23+00:00March 6th, 2018|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments

Houston showed me some love!

It’s one thing to call yourself “inspiring”, it’s another to be recognized by a local periodical as such. Like any “inspiror” (OK, that’s not a word), my motivation is to help people have hope in the possibilities of life. To have hope that their last challenge won’t take them out. To show them that life has seasons, and some of them carry some really ugly weather, but that with faith, hope, and love, they can weather that storm. So I [...]

By |2018-02-20T23:34:43+00:00February 20th, 2018|Lifting|0 Comments

What You Focus on Grows

I love the old adage "What you focus on grows".  It speaks to investing our time and attention to the things that matter. And in return, you'll get dividends. Most times, people intend to focus on the important relationships, tasks, and projects in their lives, but it can be difficult. There are so many things vying for our attention, competing for our energy and focus. This can be especially frustrating when we talk about goals. Making goals is important, but sticking to [...]

By |2018-01-09T17:56:27+00:00January 9th, 2018|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments

Change We CAN Control – It’s YOUR Attitude

Life always boils down to choices, and when it comes to dealing with difficulty, we really have two. As the famous poet Maya Angelou put it, "We can change our circumstances or we can change our attitude." I am a proponent of changing circumstances, no matter how difficult they may seem. But even the most aggressive overcomer can’t change everything. So, what do we do if a situation is beyond our control and we can't change it no matter how [...]

By |2017-12-13T22:28:35+00:00December 13th, 2017|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments

Don’t ASK. Just TELL. How to Help Houston Post-Harvey

Please don’t ask what you can do to help the Houston area.  Just tell us what you are going to do to help. Texans are proud and this devastating flood has jolted us out of our comfortable lives and placed us in a very vulnerable position.  If you ask what you can do for us, most Texans will point to those less fortunate than themselves.  They may suggest you donate to one of the national organizations to show your support. [...]

By |2017-09-09T00:17:26+00:00September 9th, 2017|Lifting|0 Comments

Spring has sprung – let’s all wear yellow

  I don't know about you, but I'm so glad Spring is here. And while I look forward to the warmer weather and the sunshine that it brings, that's not why I'm so happy about it. Three years ago, my husband and I suffered a tragic loss: our oldest son died from a rare form of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma (yellow is the ribbon color for Sarcomas). And because his passing was in January, these past few years have started [...]

By |2017-03-10T21:27:39+00:00March 10th, 2017|Lifting|0 Comments

Do a new thing! 3 Questions for making lasting change

Ahh, the new year. For my family and me, New Year’s Day is a time to enjoy family and black-eyed peas. It marks the end of the holidays and all the celebratory eating that seems to come with it, and it marks the beginning of new challenges. Over the Christmas/Winter break, I tend to rest, read, binge watch, and spend time with extended family. (there's nothing like a game of Taboo to get the blood flowing!) Then, I end the [...]

By |2017-01-16T21:04:42+00:00January 16th, 2017|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments