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An Important Letter for Racial Reconciliation

The events of this summer have moved me to my core. So I did what I do, I reached for my pen. Here’s an excerpt from my new book collaboration A Collective Breath.   Dear White Christians, I love you, and God loves you; but He needs you to understand some things. I need you to understand some things: 1. It is not (insert the name of a Black person you know)’s responsibility to educate you on the history of [...]

By |2020-10-07T20:01:41+00:00October 6th, 2020|Healing, Leading, Lifting, Loving|0 Comments

The Accidental Mission Trip: Knowing Your Purpose to Make an Impact

In the spring of 2005, ten years into my career in oil and gas, I was given the opportunity to conduct an audit of an international location. I had traveled to several overseas locations, so I decided to pick a place I hadn't been. I connected with a manager, named Paul, assigned in Russia, and began discussing possible dates. Suddenly, the manager who was eager for me to join his audit team was transferred, and now the audit would need [...]

By |2020-06-29T18:17:15+00:00June 22nd, 2020|Lifting|0 Comments

Thriving Through Uncertainty – 3 Steps to Regaining Your Peace and Productivity

If you're like me, you realize that there are things in life that are beyond our control. Just a few weeks ago I arrived back home just in time to partner with my husband on our annual Team Malcolm fundraiser in our son’s memory. I had a whirlwind trip to lead a workshop in Anchorage, Alaska, connecting through Seattle to Portland, Oregon to deliver a keynote on resilience. Every word I spoke was from my personal experience and research on [...]

By |2020-04-23T17:17:51+00:00March 26th, 2020|Leading, Lifting, Loving, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 |2020-06-04T05:30:48+00:00August 17th, 2018|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments

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 |2020-06-15T18:22:45+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 |2020-06-15T18:29:02+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 |2020-06-15T19:07:21+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 |2020-06-15T19:22:02+00:00December 13th, 2017|Leading, Lifting|0 Comments
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