• Business,  leadership,  Responsibility

    Taking Full Responsibility Creates Growth

    Taking Full Responsibility Creates Growth

    From a young age, I learned to be pretty self sufficient. My parents divorced when I was 6 and I had to learn to cook in the third grade. My brother and sister came along right around then, so I started watching them. I didn’t always want to be in charge, but it just happened. If anything went wrong, I took full responsibility and dealt with consequences and noticed it began to create growth in my life. During my college years, I became president of the Civil Engineering honor society and created many fun and new activities. Even then, I didn’t really look at myself as a leader or really…

  • Business,  leadership,  Lifelong Learning

    Four Ways To Learn For Life

    Learn For Life

    According to Leonard De Vinci, “Learning never exhausts the mind”.  I can truly attest to this quote. Throughout my life, as I embark on a new adventure by taking a new class, getting a new certificate, or just reading a new book, I become excited about life. My passion increase and I am totally energized. My work becomes inspiring to me and my motivation level goes through the roof. I believe if we learn for life and become a lifelong learner, we carry with us vitality and exuberance which attracts success to all aspects of our lives. Growing up in a small family and moving every two years through my…

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    Communicate Like You Mean It

    Communication is the most important aspect of being human. Being able to express yourself authentically to others in a public or private setting helps us connect and create relationships. Knowing what you want to and need to say is half the battle and being able to communicate like you mean it gets the point you are trying to make is the other half. Clear Communication I want to share an article with you that Connie Ragen Green wrote on the topic of communication. It’s called “Clear Communication – Can You Hear Me Now?” “Clear communication is at the root of every human interaction. It’s about listening to others and hearing…

  • Business,  leadership

    Spotlight Your Team

    It is a glorious thing to be in the spotlight when things are going well. As a leader and a performer, I have enjoyed this wonderful feeling. However, it is even more glorious to share the spotlight with someone you have been teaching and training. Being a good leader is not only being able to be in the spotlight, but also being able to be in the shadows, allowing others to spotlight your team, as they enjoy the fruit of acknowledgement of their hard work. By the age of 5, I enjoyed playing the piano. My earliest memory of performing for others, came with the final harsh request of, “Get…

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    Team Work Makes Dreams Work

    Team Work Makes Dreams Work

    Building effective teams that work together well and impact the goal and each other positively doesn’t just happen without a plan. Teams need certain tools, strategies, and tactics to help them avoid missing deadlines, experiencing interpersonal conflict, and more. When you understand what teams need to work together effectively, you can set your teams up for success and you will begin to see that team work makes dreams work. Recently, I had the opportunity to check off one of my bucket list items. Little did I know that in order to achieve this dream a team was needed. I figured I would show up, brace myself and up, up and…

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    Positive Self-Talk Can Reduce Stress

    On a typical day, my mind fills with thoughts as I begin debating how things are going wrong or that they may go wrong. That internal voice can be your greatest enemy or cheerleader.  Depending on which voice we listen to, our day can go one of two directions, stress-free or full of stress. If we focus on positive self-talk we can reduce stress in our lives. Fight of Two Wolves Many of us have heard the story of the Fight of Two Wolves that the grandfather tells his grandson. To refresh your memory, here it is again: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is…

  • Blog,  Business

    Living in Integrity …The 4-Way Test in Rotary

    When you think of being “of or in integrity”, what comes to mind? First, let’s define what this word means, and the concepts that are embraced… Integrity can be defined as aligning your conduct with what you know to be excellent. A person of integrity displays a principled dedication to values and beliefs. They always seek to reflect ethical standards and do the right thing regardless of the circumstances. I have always had a desire to do the right thing when no one was looking but “Living in Integrity” has not always been on my radar nor in my vocabulary. This last year at the urging of my mentor, I…

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    Maybe It’s Good, Maybe It’s Bad – A New Perspective

    We have all heard the saying, “Maybe It’s Good, Maybe It’s Bad”. It is a Chinese fable that shows while we are in the middle of the story, we don’t know if things that happen are good or bad until we get to the end of the story. Well, I felt like I had lost my mind quite a while ago. The mind is just gray matter, and is hidden under the skull. The amazing thing is the gray matter runs our lives, emotions and thoughts. When your arm is broken, you get a cast and everyone acknowledges you are hurt. They may even sign your cast. When your mind…

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    Discover the Leader Within You

    The question of the ages is whether you’re born a leader or if you can become a leader with the right training. The quick and true answer is that the skills needed for good leadership are borne from education, experience, and access to information, along with a willingness to improve. If that describes you, you can discover the leader within you. Personally, I never thought of myself as a leader until I began having children and homeschooling. In 1999, I remember the day I decided to pull my kids out of the local school and bring them home. Without any training, I became their teacher, music director, referee and school…

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    Develop a Sleep Trigger That Works

    We have all embraced habits in our lives, but have you ever thought of creating a habit or “trigger” that actually helps you fall asleep? If you’ve ever tried to end a bad habit, you know how powerful habitual behavior becomes over time. The good news is you can use your human nature that loves rituals in your favor to assist your body in knowing it’s time to wind down and go to sleep by creating a sleep trigger that works. In today’s world atmosphere, stress, anxiety, and depression are affecting many. According to Consumer Reports, 68% of all adults struggle with sleep at least once a week.  You may…