Prepare for Lay Offs

I saw a meme last week that said, “The words ‘Coronavirus is gone’ is starting to sound a lot like ‘You’ve won the lottery!’”  From day to day, coronavirus continues to affect our decisions.  People have changed how they work, shop, exercise, socialize, and worship.  Many businesses are dramatically impacted.  Some have closed down permanently, and others are reducingContinue reading “Prepare for Lay Offs”

Start With Why

In Start With Why author Simon Sinek helps leaders understand that a clear Why is foundational to business. Your Why should shape how you do what you do.  It should be at the core of every pursuit.  Taking action that is triggered by the emotional flex of a profound Why will result in on-point marketing that connects you with partnersContinue reading “Start With Why”

Fall Forward

In IT it’s common knowledge that when system changes are made, you should always have a backout plan. This way you can revert to a known good configuration or version should a failure occur.  However, this is not always desirable.  Let me explain… Before changes are made in production, they are tested in a lower environment or labContinue reading “Fall Forward”

Self-Sufficiency & Bread

Self-sufficiency and boot strapping are core themes of American culture.  It’s the spirit that pervades stories of the original colonies, the industrial revolution and settling the Wild West.  It’s an inherent quality to cultural ideas of success throughout our country.  Over the last 40 years, symbols of success have manifested more and more into convenienceContinue reading “Self-Sufficiency & Bread”

Speak with Confidence

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.  How untrue!  I get that this phrase is meant to instill a greater self-worth and confidence so that mean words roll off your back.  In truth, however, words do hurt and they are powerful.  They can help or harm your life.  TheyContinue reading “Speak with Confidence”

How to Build Integrity

Last week I was putting up Christmas decorations.  In particular, I was swapping out some Thanksgiving decor from an herb window I have above my kitchen sink.  That window is also where I’ve placed my mom’s Swarovski crystal figurines that I inherited.  She loved them, and since I have only managed to keep one plantContinue reading “How to Build Integrity”

My Dave Ramsey Update: Stick to Your Plan

Earlier this year I found Dave Ramsey on YouTube.  I didn’t follow his plan 100% since my husband and I had developed our own plan after we took a hard hit when the real estate bubble burst.  However the more I turned to Dave’s channel for inspiration on our financial goals, the more I felt compelledContinue reading “My Dave Ramsey Update: Stick to Your Plan”

Know Your Nature to Change Your Story

Life consists of choices and consequences.  Unfortunately many of our choices are made on auto-pilot.  We make them because of lessons we learn as children, defensive thinking from bad experiences, or even willfulness born out of addictive or destructive habits.  In other words, we harden our thinking (and sometimes our hearts) because of beliefs weContinue reading “Know Your Nature to Change Your Story”

I Need to Watch my Big Mouth

“You’re killin’ me!”  I heard my four year old say this to my two year old and I cringed.  I have become uber-conscious of the words I use and I know this is a phrase I used often.  Recently I found the books of Florence Scovel Shinn.  Her primary work is The Game of LifeContinue reading “I Need to Watch my Big Mouth”

You Don’t Really Own Your Things

Since becoming a follower of Dave Ramsey months ago, I’ve watched hours of video on his YouTube channel.  On multiple occasions, he’s said that he is only the steward of his money.  He believes it all belongs to God, and that it’s his job to oversee it during the time it is in his possession. Continue reading “You Don’t Really Own Your Things”