The Power Getting Clear On Your Core Values

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What are your core values? The first time I really understood that question, it gave me pause. Sure, I knew my values! I had inherited them, right along with my love of reading and my deep appreciation for fried okra. Hadn’t I? Of course, that was during the years that I played the constant part […]

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Set Your Priorities By Defining Your Roles

Writing Down Priorities (Art from 50's Esquire)

When we feel like something in our world needs to give, the natural tendency for most of us is to decide that EVERYTHING needs to CHANGE. NOW. The thing is, darling, it’s impossible to focus on everything at once. Despite the modern tendency to life through multitasking, doing so actually kills your ability to achieve […]

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Choosing to Make Time

Choosing to Make Time (Art: Coby Whitmore for Esquire)

Who has time to floss their teeth every day? Let alone use their electronic toothbrush for the allotted 2 minutes? And, honestly, who has the luxury of so much time that they actually remember to use sunscreen every day? And is there anyone out there – except maybe the rich and famous Housewives – who […]

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Setting Non-Negotiable Standards for Living

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In order to live an extraordinary life that is filled with love and beauty, you have to set standards for the non-negotiable parts of your life. I touched on this a few weeks ago when I talked about compassionate discipline, but now comes the next step. Compassionate discipline helps us balance powerful living with beautiful […]

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A Perfectly Imperfect Ordinary Day

Perfectly Imperfect Ordinary Day  (Image: Vintage Pepsi Ad by Bob Levering - 1953)

I’d love to be able to tell you I’ve always been crystal clear on the direction of my life and my business, but that would be a lie. We all hit those crossroads where life is changing, and – even if we’ve chosen the changes – life can feel hazy. Sometimes, we try to hang […]

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Gain Clarity on Your Heart’s Desire

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Before You Move to Paradise to Find Happiness Towards the end of 2014, I was blessed to spend almost two weeks in “paradise” (aka Hawaii). Though JB had to work, we did some exploring together and I woke daily to seeing the ocean outside our hotel window. Paradise is a glorious place. The air is […]

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The Art of Compassionate Discipline

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Despite my love of logic and structure, I have the heart of a rebel. Some days, I look at my running to do list and though I know exactly what needs to be done, I drag my feet and suddenly decide that my office needs to be vacuumed or that we just won’t survive the […]

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Sleep is Beautiful (Says Science)

The Honeymoon Habit by Paul Rader

(And Your Body Will Agree) I used to live by the mantra “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” I was the gal rising at 5 AM and going to bed around midnight. I rose quickly and immediately got busy. There was coffee to drink and work to be done. I proudly told anyone who asked that […]

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Because Meal Planning Prevents Arsenic Hour

Prevent Arsenic Hour with Meal Planning

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” — Virginia Woolf Every parent knows the arsenic hour – that agonizing space between everyone getting home from work and trying to get dinner on the table. We want to be good custodians of our bodies –and the bodies of our […]

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Revealing My 2015 Touchstones

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For a decade now, I’ve been using the process of choosing one to three words to serve as a focus and theme for my year. Like life, some years are easier to stay on point than others, but it never fails to amaze me at the end of the year how my choice has focused, […]

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