Resolutions or One Word?

Are you planning your 2018 resolutions?

It’s fairly common for us to think about starting fresh for the new year … however, only a small percentage of people actually come up with resolutions and an even lower percentage keep them.  We do have some common thoughts about what we’d like to change … here are some 2018 resolutions, from a YouGov survey:

  • Eat better
  • Exercise more
  • Spend less money
  • Increase self-care
  • Read more books
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get a new job
  • Make new friends
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Focus on relationships

They sound good … so what’s the issue?  I see a couple of things … they’re

  • Too general
  • Too easy to give up on
  • Too big — not sure where to start

So instead of making New Year’s resolutions that we’re probably not going to keep, let’s try a different approach: a one (or two or three) word theme for 2018

One word to focus on for the year

One word that drives everything you do

One word as a foundation for your decisions

One word to inspire you during the easy times and the hard times

One word to challenge and stretch your during 2018

New Year’s resolutions are supposed to motivate us to improve our lives 

Well, choosing a one word theme for 2018 is an even better way to make positive changes in your life.  Instead of just having an impact on just your eating or exercising, focusing on your one word can produce a huge impact on every aspect of your life.

Ready to leap into figuring out your 2018 word(s)? 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Reflect

Take some time to think about how you lived the last year or two.  Are there any patterns or themes that keep showing up? What changes would have the greatest impact on your life? What words would sum up these ideas?

  • Tap into your faith

Ask God — spend some time in the Bible and see what jumps out at you.  Open your heart and mind and listen intently for inspiration.  When you hear a word, embrace it and go with it — I know I resisted mine a little this week, but I know it’s exactly what I need.

  • Keep it in the forefront

Once you decide on your word, optimize the impact by making sure you see it every time you turn around.  Change the image on your computer desktop … put the word on the background of your phone … stick a note with your word on your bathroom mirror … create an IFTTT message that sends your word to your phone every day … put it wherever you’ll see it the most!

  • Check, check, and re-check

Set up regular times to evaluate how you’re doing at implementing your word.  Ask yourself what impact your word is having on how you’re living your life … how you’re making decisions … and zero in on changes that you can make so your word is making an even great impact.

  • Connect with your community

Don’t keep your word a secret and don’t journey into your 2018 word alone.  Tell the significant people in your life know what you are focusing on and you will have the support you need to live out your word when it becomes a challenge.  Plus, you’ll probably inspire others to find their one word!

If you want to go deeper, check out One Word That Will Change Your Life, by Britton, Page, and Gordon.

My word

I keep hearing “discipline” … I know that’s what I need in my life … so that’s my word for 2018.  Here are the Scriptures that I’m going to memorize and apply to my life:

  • Get the truth and never sell it, also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. Proverbs 23:23
  • Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health.  Isaiah 38:6a
  • discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.  1 Corinthians 9:27a
  • No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening — it’s painful!  But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.  Hebrews 12:11

Leave a comment and let me know what your 2018 word is!!


Body, Mind, Spirit — How’s it going?

So how have you been?  Let’s spend a few minutes checking in.

  • How’s life going for you?
  • Are you eating like you’re going to live to 125?
  • Are you working out regularly?  Cardio?  Resistance training (weights)?
  • Are you taking time for you – resting, thinking, creating?
  • How’s your work/business?​
  • How is your spiritual life?  Time with God?  Are you growing?

Every once in a while it’s good to step back and take a look at ourselves — body, mind, and spirit.  Sometimes I finish this type of quick inventory and nod my head, thinking, “I’m doing pretty well.  I’m achieving some of the goals I’ve set and know what to do to achieve most of the others.”

Other times I reflect and find that I’m out of balance and need to make adjustments to how I am treating my body, mind, and/or spirit.

How about you?  What did your answers to the questions reveal about how you’re doing?  Need to make some changes?

Here are 3 adjustments you can make for your body, mind, and spirit


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7 Ways to Kick Perfection to the Curb!

Last year I created an audio series focused on overcoming perfectionism.  If you struggle with this mindset and are ready to push through it, then clickHERE.  When you sign up you’ll receive daily emails to empower you to kick it to the curb using a faith-based approach.


A Life of Worship

I started this Bible study for my spiritual growth and was praying about a question when I realized that I had to share this study with other women.  So I’ve set up a Zoom webinar room for us to meet.

We’re starting this Monday, May 1st, at 6pm Pacific. If you don’t have the book yet, that’s fine, we’ll spend the first session getting to know each other and mapping out a plan for the study.  Pop in any time during the hour — we will be starting on time … go for an hour … and call it an evening.

If you can’t attend all the sessions, I’ll be posting the weekly recordings in the private Find Your Voice Facebook group — I’m encouraging everyone to post comments in the group.  So, if you’re not already a member, click on this link to request to join the group:

Here’s the Zoom meeting link:

If you plan on joining us on Monday, go into the Zoom meeting room now and make sure your audio and video work.  This is going to be an interactive time — no sage on the stage 🙂  It’s all about our lives as they are now and how we can make changes to live a life that worships God.

Any of this info got you thinking?

Let’s spend a few minutes talking about the adjustments you can implement that will make your life even better than it already is.

Here’s my calendar — choose a time that fits in your schedule:

I’m excited to hear your response to these three ideas … AND … what next steps you are going to take.

Please remember that I’m here to help you on your journey … personally and professionally!

Just let me know how I can come alongside you.  “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT)

Coaching YOU to success!!






Mindset Monday: It’s not just one … it’s three things

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately … and after over two years of working to build my business I’ve come to a couple of conclusions about coaching and coaches.  There are basically three interconnected skill sets that effective coaches possess:  mindset, processes, and systems.


No matter the type of coaching you’re doing, mindset is the key that unlocks success and fulfillment.  Whether you’re a business, health and wellness, fitness, executive, direct sales, productivity, performance, career, or life coach, your clients must be working on mindset — reflecting on how they think and identify those thought patterns and mistaken beliefs so they can overcome them and reach their potential.  The bottom line … mindset matters … in fact, more than any other factor, how we think impacts how we live our lives, run our businesses, and interact with others.  Proverbs 4:23 says, “ Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”


Another area that coaches focus on is helping their clients identify the processes and sub-processes that enable them to run their businesses effectively.  For instance, it’s imperative that we clarify the sequence of events involved in the onboarding process —analyzing what needs to happen from the time we sign a client up through the first meeting with that client.  While it seems simple — just sign ‘em up and call ‘em on the phone — we have to spend considerable time to define and delineate all aspects of the process for it to be truly effective for the client.


Last, coaches help their clients develop systems that put feet to their processes.  Once the processes have been identified and thoroughly analyzed, it’s time to set up the systems that enable those processes to be executed.  In order for our onboarding process to work efficiently, our systems must be working — the sign-up form has to populate the correct list and send the client to the correct website where they can pay, which triggers a message to me so that I know the client has paid and I can contact them.  The systems involves websites, auto responders, integrated forms, shopping carts, and more.  Those are the feet – the backside that makes it all work.

Not all coaches are created equal — and we shouldn’t be.  We all have our strengths and weaknesses — Where are you strongest and weakest?  Mindset, processes, systems?  What do you like doing best?

Answering these questions can help you zero in on where you need to grow and where you can really shine right now.

As always, let me know how I can help you:  Let’s chat!

Have a great week.

Coaching YOU to success!!


Mindset Monday: Being Good … At The Right Time

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy watching the Voice.  Many people I talk to are mesmerized by the talent of the singers … for me it all about peeking in on the coaching that goes on.  I love hearing the coaches share their experience, knowledge, and wisdom with their team members.

Each coach brings in a guest coach to provide the singers with different perspectives and insights.  Céline Dion was invited by Gwen Stefani to work with her team.

SIDE NOTE:  Last year Nick was driving in East Henderson and looked over at the Porsche next to him and Céline was driving … gotta love who you run into in Vegas!

When one of the Gwen’s team members finished his song, Céline encouraged him to open up and sign more freely — this is what she said:

Céline wasn’t talking about behavior … she was talking about performance.

So what type of performing do you and I do?  Our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies … can you think of anything else?

We don’t have to be good (or great) all the time — that creates so much pressure that sometimes it’s hard to breath.  So when we take the pressure off trying to be perfect and just let ourselves make mistakes … that’s when we grow … and MOST IMPORTANTLY that’s when we grow into who we were created to be!

This is one of the themes in my Kick Perfectionism to the Curb audio series — AND — it’s one of the struggles that so many of us deal with day in and day out.

How about you?  Are you good at choosing when it’s time to be good — when it’s time to expect a perfect performance?

I’d love to hear from you.  Remember, you can always sign up for a free 15-minute Power Chat on My Online Calendar.

Also, you can click the link above and get the Kick Perfectionism to the Curb audio series sent right to your email.

Have a great week AND treat yourself with grace!


Tech Tool Thursday: A Traveling We Will Go …

I was thinking about tech tools I use that might be useful for you … and thinking … and thinking.

You see, I’m posting this late because I’m in Atlanta for my Walden job.  I travelled all day yesterday, had meetings last night, and then all day today.  So it hit me — share some of the apps I use when I travel.  So here we go … drum roll!!

NOTE:  These are all iPhone apps — Android users, let me know if you can get them, too.

iPhone Apps

YouVersion Bible — Great app for many versions of the Bible and for some awesome devotions.  I actually use it all the time, but it’s a must-have when I leave home.

Southwest Airlines — Pretty much the only airlines I fly.  I can check my flight, have notifications sent, access my boarding pass, and even make reservations.

Weather Channel and MyRadar — I have to know what the weather is like so I can pack the right clothes. When I arrived in Atlanta yesterday it was 39° — when I fly home next Wednesday it will be 85°.  Needless to say I had to pack smart.  MyRadar shows me what the current radar looks like and what’s coming toward me.

Google Maps — Helps me find stores, restaurants, and shops.

Altimeter — I like knowing the altitude … what can I say?

Waze — Put in my destination and it charts the course.  Includes speed limits, road hazards, and more.

Uber and Lyft — I don’t take taxis or shuttles any more.  These are cheaper and usually cleaner because the drivers use their own cars.

iPhone Apps

FitBit — I’ve got to keep exercising and get enough sleep, especially when I’m traveling.  I can also record my food and water intake.

Music — Gotta have my tunes!!

Kindle — Gotta have my books!!

Netflix — Gotta have my movies!!

Yelp! — Helps me find restaurants in my area and then lets me know how good or bad they are.  When the restaurant website is included I can see what they sell that I like to eat.

Vegman — Locates vegetarian and vegan restaurants.  I don’t eat meat (only fish), dairy, sugar, or bread, so the choices can be slim.  This helps me see the restaurants that have pescatarian options.

I hope this gives you some ideas for apps … the choices are boundless!

What apps to do use when you travel?  Leave a comment and let me know.  I’d love to learn from you!!





Mindset Monday: Becoming … Fly like you were created to

I was born in Carmel, CA and as a 2nd and 3rd grader we lived in Pacific Grove, CA.  I think P.G. (as we locals call it) is most famous for the ice plant that blooms along the bay.  It’s just one of the many reasons I love the Peninsula.

P.G. is also famous for the yearly migration of the Monarch butterflies.  I remember it as the blooming of the butterfly trees.  But what did those butterflies have to go through to fulfill who God created them to be?

Most of us know … they start out as caterpillars, spun a cocoon, and then emerged as butterflies.  Of all the interesting facts about this metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, the most amazing to me is that before spinning the cocoon, the caterpillar sheds its skin five times … holy moly … the work, the discomfort, and most importantly, the determination that it takes to go through that process — what a great example of our metamorphosis.

Once the cocoon is complete, the transformation process begins – inside, where no one can see what’s happening.  Sound familiar?  Do you still have those days when you feel like a caterpillar squiggling along trying to figure out how to become that beautiful butterfly?

It’s important to note that even after the butterfly is fully formed in the chrysalis, it takes hours for it to be ready to fly — there’s still more developing.  The butterfly fights its way out and then waits while its wings dry.  Do you get frustrated because you expect yourself to be fully developed and ready to soar — but you’ve still got growing to do?

Did you know that if we help that butterfly by opening the chrysalis for it that it won’t develop as it should? We will actually stunt its growth.  We have to let it fight to the end.

Several years ago a friend of mine told me about her 4-year old nephew who was trying to put a puzzle together.  He got overwhelmed and said in his whiney little boy voice, “It’s too hard.”

It’s true — the metamorphosis of life is hard.  Here’s the good news — Jesus said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30.

I’ve always wondered about the yoke and burden that Jesus talked about — Why is it so light and easy life feels like I’m struggling out of my skin … five times … building a cocoon … and then fighting my way out of it, too?  I get to the point when I say in my whiney little girl voice, “It’s too hard!”

Then I remember what Jesus’ yoke and burden is — how we are commanded to live our lives — “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  Love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12: 30-31.

That’s right – LOVE … first God and then others.  That doesn’t sound so hard … but sometimes I’m too self-centered to love God’s way.  That’s where Romans 12:2 comes in — Paul uses the word we translate to metamorphosis when he instructed us to renew our minds.

I love the Message version, “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead, fix your attention on God.  You’ll be changed from the inside out.  Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.  Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Ready to mature into that beautiful butterfly?

The mindset is two-fold:

  1. Love God and others
  2. Let God renew your mind

It won’t always be easy … but it will always result in you becoming all you were created to be.

Leave me a comment and let me know how your metamorphosis is going!

NOTE: All the pictures and more info can be found at




Tech Tool Thursday: FireFox, Chrome, and Opera Add-ons

Last week I shared about choosing web browsers.  Now that you’ve downloaded Firefox, Chrome, and even Opera, there are some add-ons that will help you take shortcuts and give you access to items for later.

So how do you find and download add-ons in each of these browsers?  Here are some screen shots for each


  • Open Firefox and click on Tools
  • When the menu drops down, click on Add-ons

  • A new tab or window will open
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on See more add-ons!
  • Search for add-ons using the search box


  • Open Chrome and click on Chrome
  • When the menu drops down, click on Preferences

  • A new tab or window will open
  • Click on Extensions
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on Get more extensions
  • You are now in the Chrome Web Store where you can search for add-ons using the search box


  • Open Opera and click on Opera
  • When the menu drops down, click on Preferences
  • A new tab or window will open
  • Click on the puzzle piece

  • In the Extensions page, click on Get more extensions >
  • You search for add-ons using the search box

Ok, now you know how to add extensions to these browsers, here are some ideas of add-ons:

  1. Evernote
  2. Video download
  3. Audio download
  4. URL shortener (
  5. Eye Dropper
  6. Clear browsing data (cache) – very helpful if you run a lot of videos or games
  7. eBates
  8. Dropbox
  9. Google Drive and Google Docs
  10. Pinterest
  11. Toolbars (Diigo, Google)
  12. Themes – change the look of your browser

As you get used to adding software to your browsers, you’ll be able to add and delete them very easily.  Sometimes you never know if they work for you until you try them.


Pay attention to the rating systems and notes that are next to each add-on (extension).  This will clue you into the usefulness, compatibility, effectiveness of each add-on.

Leave a comment to let me know how this process is working for you.  By the way, once you go through these steps with one browser, you’ll be able to do it with any browser – even IE or Safari.



Mindset Monday: 7 Things You Might Not Know About Me

It’s always fun to look back on our life experiences and accomplishments that bring smiles to our faces and remind us of where we’ve been and what we’ve done.

Here are a few of mine that might surprise you:

#1 — As a kid I spent many summers with family in Pacific Grove, CA. My cousin and I talked the owner of the glass bottom boats into letting us work in exchange for free rides.

#2 — In 9th grade I was voted as “Most Witty.”  That quick wittedness has brought a lot of fun and a few “oopsies.”

#3 — In high school I was a Girl Scout – a member of the Mariner Scout Ship (MSS) Morning Star. All year long we raised money and then in June we used it for sailing cruise. 20-25 of us, with 15-20 guitars, rented a 65′ yawl (the Desiree) and sailed around Catalina and the Channel Islands in Southern California for 5 days.

#4 — My guitar playing and song leading days also included a summer as a camp counselor at White’s Landing Girl Scout camp and over 5 years in the same role for Athletes-in-ActionFCA and Young Life.

#5 — One summer I worked in the Main Street Market House at Disneyland. Did you know that the gold on the merry-go-round horses is real? Or that there are fans in the Candy Palace walls that send the sweet fragrance of cooking candy out onto Main Street?

#6 — I could sit for hours playing video games — specifically hidden object, time management, and strategy games that I find on Big Fish Games! I’ve really got to watch myself and make sure I’m playing for relaxation rather than avoiding work or boredom.

#7 — After my husband received his new heart in 2004, I couldn’t keep up with him when we rode our regular bikes, so we bought a tandem. We rode in several Midwest Tandem rallies with up to 500 other cyclists.

So why share this on Mindset Monday.  Well, as I said at the beginning, I believe we need to look back on our lives so that we’re reminded of where we’ve come from, what we’ve done, how we’ve succeeded … and especially, how much we’ve grown.

A few years ago, I started seeing how useful this was in my spiritual walk.  So when I came across a Scripture passage that pointed to something I’d learned or a place where I’d grown I would put a little mark in my Bible signifying my growth.  Now I can look through my Bible and see those growth markers — this is especially powerful on those days when I’m feeling low or unsuccessful.

So join the fun!  First, share 7 things that we might not know about you.  And second, try adding notes in your Bible so you have growth markers to look back on.

Leave a comment below and share!!


Tech Tool Thursday: Choosing a Browser + a Bonus

I was thinking about some of the tools that we use that are never explained and I came up with web browsers — so here’s a quick tutorial about how to choose the best ones.

First of all … what’s a browser?  Well, when you’re reading through posts on your Facebook page OR looking for a good deal on Amazon … you’re using a browser.  When you bought your computer it came with a browser — Safari on a Mac and Internet Explorer (IE) on a PC.

If you’re still using those default browsers, it might be time to step out and try a new one.  Why change if it’s working? Because other browsers provide better interactions for your online adventures, increased security, better extensions and more.

The best thing to do is download some different browsers and experiment.  If you’re not sure what browser you’re using, click on this link to What Browser Am I Using?  This page will give you some good information:

  1. What version of the browser and how to update it – be sure to use the latest version
  2. Links to other browsers

Here’s a quick over of my top 3 browsers:

  1. Google Chrome
    1. One of the fastest
    2. Easy interface
    3. Extensions and Add-ons to customize the browser for your needs
    4. Sync with other computers and mobile devices
  2. Firefox
    1. Fast and secure – I’ve had some issues with it on my Mac; it really bogs down
    2. Thousands of add-ons for customization
    3. Sync with other computers and mobile devices
  3. Opera
    1. The fastest of all three of these browsers
    2. Limited add-ons

I’ve been using Firefox for years.  I have my favorite theme, got my tabs where I want them, and all my shortcut links below those tabs … BUT … more and more I’m getting the spinning circle of death when I use that browser.  So, I downloaded Opera and am using it again after 8-10 years.  I love it … it’s so quick loading pages — especially my email pages.

I run Chrome at the same time.  I’ve found that browsers perform better for certain pages — I haven’t used Firefox for Facebook in a long time — I always use Chrome.  Now I’m using Opera for my email.

That’s why you need to experiment and figure out which browser you like best for your most trafficked pages.


Last week I shared all about color palettes and using Pictaculous to match the colors of your images.

One of the coolest add-ons for Chrome is the Color Picker.  Once you’ve downloaded and installed Chrome

  1. Go to Settings (upper right corner you’ll see three vertical dots – click on them)
  2. Click on Extensions
  3. Now click on Get More Extensions and you’ll be at the Web Store.
  4. Type in Eye Dropper and it will come up with some others — click Add to Chrome.

You’ll now see the little eye dropper to the right of the address bar at the top of the browser.

Click on the eye dropper and this window will come up.  Now click on Pick color from web page.  This pop-up window will disappear and you’ll see an arrow with a little box.  As you scroll over the different colors of a page you’ll see the color in the box change.  When you see the color you want, click once.

To get the color number, click on the eye dropper again and you’ll see the color, like above, and all you have to do is copy and paste the color number in the top left corner of the colored box.  I use this tool with Canva, WordPress (where you are right now), and Aweber so I can make sure my branding is consistent.

Time to go have some fun!!  If you need help, leave a comment below and we can spend some time together helping you master these tools.




Cow and Rhino — Why it’s best to be both

As a college volleyball coach, I taught my players how to push through the hard times at practice and in matches so they could excel as athletes, teammates, and people.  I used a variety of metaphors and one that comes to mind was hanging on the door of the track coach who I worked with in Texas: “Cow or Rhino?”

This excellent word picture reminds us to be aggressive rather than passive in our competitive endeavors … and there’s more!

In my current role as a personal and business development coach, my objectives are focused on helping my clients igniting and reigniting the skills and talents that will help them meet their goals and find the success they seek.

I recently thought back to the cow vs. rhino metaphor and did some research to see if I could use it to motivate my clients to bigger and better things.  Here are some fun and interesting facts about these two animals.

COWS – from the World Animal Foundation Adopt a Cow site

Cows are social ~ they can recognize more than 100 individuals ~ will closely bond to some herd members, while carefully avoiding others ~ maintain lifelong relationships with their peers ~ they “moo” to each other to stay connected, even when they can’t see each other ~ they will communicate through different body positions and facial expressions when they can see each other.

Cattle will learn from each others’ mistakes ~ if one is shocked by an electric fence, others will become alarmed and avoid the source ~ if a herd is confined by an electric fence, only 30% will ever be shocked

Cattle have almost panoramic vision, which allows them to watch for predators or humans. They can see in color, except for red.

They have an amazing sense of smell and can detect scents more than six miles away.

My favorite characteristic:  Cattle enjoy swimming and running in the moonlight; when the moon is full they will remain active for longer periods between their two sleep sessions.

At the other end of the spectrum …

RHINOS – from the Wild Ones and Wikipedia

Rhinos are solitary in nature, usually living alone or in small groups of mother and offspring. They have small, widely positioned eyes that result in very poor eyesight. They have good hearing and sense of smell.

Their two horns are used for defense and intimidation ~ especially by males who fight over territory.  In fact, their aggressive dispositions discourages predators ~ nearsightedness seems to urge them to charge first and investigate later.

My least favorite characteristic:  Rhinos mark their territories with dung piles that can be three feet high!  Yuck!!

Thus the title … Cow and Rhino.  Cows are relationship-oriented, while rhinos are task-oriented.  So when it comes to working with people, being a cow is a must.  In contrast, when it’s time to focus on getting things done, like emails and social media posts, then it’s time to play the rhino card.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  We’re never really either-or.  It’s best to be intentional and choose the most appropriate approach for different situations.

Ready to become the best cow and rhino you can be?

Ready to take God up on His promise to help you?

“The one who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!” (1 Thess 5:24 MSG).

He’s called you and equipped you to fulfill that calling — sometimes you’ll be a cow, sometimes a rhino, and sometimes in between.

What is your plan to answer the call on your life?

I’d love to hear … and if you choose … help you work it out.

Leave a comment below or go HERE to set up a Power Chat with me.  After our 15 minutes together you’ll have a set of your next best steps to take to fulfill your calling.




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