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


The Food Revolution Summit

A free interview series focused on the impact that a plant strong eating plan has on our bodies and our longevity.

It started today (Saturday) and the archived interviews are available for 21 hours beginning at Noon (PST) today.  So if you sign up today you can hear today’s

Get access HERE!  You will hear medical doctors, dietitians, and testimonies of people whose lives have been changed through plant strong eating.


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: 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 — Creating Color Palettes for Your Images

I saw this great post on Facebook this week and thought it might be a good tool to share with you.  Have you ever wondered what colors go with an image?  Have you taken a really cool picture — or found one on Pixabay (free pictures) — that you want to use for an inspirational post, but you’re not sure what color font or background to use?

Well that’s what came up for me when I saw that FB post by Sarah Hackman.  She said, “Google an image for your favorite thing and add the words color palette.”  Go ahead, try it.  I put in “surfing color palette” and here’s what I got:

Take a minute and go try it.  Pretty cool, huh?

But I wanted MORE!  These are great pictures to look at, but I can’t use them for anything.

So I did a quick search, “find color palette from image” and found this even cooler tool, Pictaculous.

Now you can create a color palette for your images.  Here’s what it brought up from a picture of me in Hawaii.

Next, I went to Canva, uploaded my picture, and copied the number under the color swatches and used it for the font color.

Each of the color swatches is a live link that will take you to a new webpage with the color numbers.

I ended up using the pink, but I didn’t like how dark it was, so I lightened it and here’s the result:

There are so many ways to use these tools — take some time and play.  If you need help, send me a note and we can spend some time together.

Have fun!!




Mindset Monday: Throwing pots and picking out the rocks

There are so many word pictures of our relationship with our Lord — the vine and the branches and the Potter and the clay are the ones I think of most often.  In fact, the other day during I was thinking about the Potter and the clay.

I had a good friend in college who was an art major and I spent some time watching her throw pots – I never quite figured out why they call it that <smile>.  The clay that she used had been refined and purified so that there weren’t any small, medium, or large rocks or pebbles to get in the way of the molding and firing process.

I think God has a different experience with us.  As He gently holds and forms our clayness (a word I made up to describe us sitting in a lump on the wheel), God has to stop every time he comes across a small pebble … a large rock … or anything in between.

Unlike the clay that my friend worked with, God is working with our unrefined and unpurified clayness.  When He has to remove a pebble, we feel the pain — emotional, physical, spiritual — but because His hands never leave us we can lean into his molding.

Here are the words from the Potter’s Hand, by Darlene Zschech.

Beautiful Lord, wonderful Savior, I know for sure all of my days are held in Your hands, crafted into Your perfect plan.

You gently call me, into Your presence guiding me by, Your Holy Spirit teach me, dear Lord, to live all of my life through Your eyes.

I’m captured by Your Holy calling, set me apart, I know You’re drawing me to Yourself, lead me Lord I pray.

Take me, mold me, use me, fill me I give my life to the Potter’s hands.  Hold me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me, I give my life to the Potter’s hand.

Click HERE to hear this song.

Sometimes it’s hard to trust … hard to turn our lives over to God and surrender to His gentle hands — especially if we’re afraid of the growing pains.

So let’s join together in holding our hands out and letting God shape us.  I don’t believe this process is being done to us.  God works in concert with us.

I love this picture and how it reflects how God works with me to make my life pleasing to Him as I become all He created me to be.

Trust Him … as Chris Tomlin sings, “He’s a good, good Father … it’s who He is …”  Step out and trust in new ways and you will get to know the Lord, our God, in ways you could never imagine.

Click HERE to listen and sing along.

As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment below and let’s chat.

2016 Posts Highlight & Why Those Topics

Now that we’re almost through January, I thought I would see if you noticed the topics that I wrote about during the last couple of months of 2016.

Check these out:

So, here’s the secret … these posts were an introduction to the Find Your Voice Success Path, which is a 6-step individualized professional and personal development plan taking you from where you are to where you want to go.

  • Step 1 — It Starts With Me
  • Step 2 — It’s All About Them
  • Step 3 — Build It to Solve It
  • Step 4 — Map It Out
  • Step 5 — Shine Your Light
  • Step 6 — Revisit, Refresh, Refine

I’m excited to share that on February 1st I’ll be offering a Business Kick Start Live Online Course where I’ll walk with you through the Find Your Voice Success Path.

Go HERE to learn more and join us! 
Take advantage of the ☆EARLY BIRD SPECIAL☆ which ends January 26th.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are a WOMAN IN MINISTRY please contact me as I have a great opportunity for you!


Post Christmas & New Years Gift

Even though it’s January, I’d like to take this time and thank you for faithfully following me over the past year.

Plus, I have a gift for you.

The past several posts have been providing you with ideas and tools for making 2017 a successful year.  So to help you even more … I’ve put together the Kick-Butt Planning Guide for 2017. It’s not too late to get going on this.

Fire up those competitive juices and take charge of 2017!

Just click HERE for your free download.

Have a great 2017!!

3 Simple Steps to Maximize Your Most Important Commodity

As we get ready to head into 2017, it’s so important to get a clear picture of three things:

  • Where we’ve been
  • Where we are now
  • Where we’re going

Let me ask you a question … When it comes to building your business or ministry what is your most important commodity?  Did you say that YOU are?   Well you’re right!  You set the tone and direction for your business/ministry.

So that means when you step back and reflect on yourself, both personally and professionally, and zero in on what you’ve done well and what needs to be improved, you can make the needed adjustments and YOU WILL AMPLIFY your effectiveness … AND … as a result, your joy and contentment, too! <smile>

Here is a series of questions to help you take a look at 2016 so you can strategize your 2017 success right now.

Get someplace where you won’t be disturbed for a little while.  Grab something to drink, get your notebook & pen or computer, take a deep breath, and then ask God to reveal what you need to know to get the most out of this exercise.

Now I want you to reflect on your PERSONAL LIFE — spiritual, relationships, personal growth, physical well-being (fitness, food, etc.), emotional health, thought life — and your PROFESSIONAL LIFE — finances, business — business strategy, income, email list building, client numbers, program enrollment, social media strategies.

Choose some areas from the life area list above and think through these questions for each.  Record your thoughts, reflections, and realizations in your notebook or on your computer.

Question 1:  Look BACK

What went well in 2016 in those areas you chose?  What can you have a big party about?  What makes you smile when you look back?  What was the biggest lesson you learned about yourself in 2016?  What ah-ha moment did you have about your business, ministry, or work?

Question 2:  Look at NOW

How satisfied are you with the progress and changes that you made in those areas in 2016?  You might have made great progress in some areas, no progress in others, and then you might even be stuck in others.  Take each of the areas that you chose and rank them 1-5, where 1 is “I’m totally dissatisfied” and 5 is “I couldn’t be happier.”  What are you doing right now that is not getting you the result you want?

Question 3:  Look AHEAD

What changes do you need to make to ensure that 2017 to get the improvements you want in those areas you chose?  Where do you need to make a shift?  What do you need to do to see those things change?

How did you do?  I’d love to hear what discoveries you made — what shifts you’re going to make in 2017 — how you’re planning on kicking your personal and professional life up a notch.

Leave a COMMENT below and let me know.


Once you’ve gone through the exercise it’s time to decide what you’re going to do in 2017.  So let’s talk.  Sign up for a FREE call and we’ll put together some next steps for you.






Revisit 2016 to flow into 2017!

Well here we are at the end of the year — only 3 weeks left in 2016, so it’s time to look back on 2016 to see what worked and what didn’t work.  Let’s start by revisiting your goals from the past year. Follow this flow chart and get a jump on 2017.

2016 Flowchart

Start at the top and follow the flow with your answers to these questions:

Q1: Did you have goals for 2016?  If not, then it’s time to create them for 2017.

Q2: If you did set goals for 2016, were they met or not met?

Q3: If your 2016 goals were met, how can you refresh and renew them so that they take you to the next level in 2017?

Q4: If they were unmet, how can you refresh them so they are achievable in 2017?

How did you do?  Ready to start setting 2017 up for greater success?

Here are some suggestions for creating effective goals so you can get ahead for 2017:

  • Think carefully and drill down into what you really, really, really want to do until you narrow down to ONE BIG GOAL
    • What is the #1 thing you want to accomplish in 2017?
  • Create sub-goals that will enable you stay focused on achieving your ONE BIG GOAL
    • What smaller goals, when put together, will result in you accomplishing you’re your 2017 goal?
  • Create sub-goals are measurable and achievable
    • Can you tell when you’ve accomplished your goals?
    • Do your goals push you without overwhelming you?
    • If they are overwhelming, how can you break them down into manageable parts?
  • Once you have your sub-goals, divide each into a set of tasks and include target completion dates for each task
    • What tasks, when completed, will result in you meeting your sub-goals — and ultimately your ONE BIG GOAL?
    • Go through this process for each sub-goal and record them somewhere — go back regularly to check to see where you are (weekly, monthly, quarterly).

There are quite a few tools you can use to create and work through your goals and tasks.  Choose the ones that you prefer and what works best for you.  Here are a few options:

  1. Hard copy planner or calendar — including downloadable/printable planners/calendars
  2. Whiteboard — add a calendar and list
  3. KanbanFlow app – to-do list using the Kanban approach
  4. AnyDo app – to-do lists and calendars that sync with all devices and calendars
  5. Wunderlist app — planning with reminders, folders, tags, and more

What is your ONE BIG GOAL?  Want to figure it out together?  Click HERE, pick a time, and we’ll work it out.

Two Powerful Tech Tweaks to Amplify Your Message!

I was clicking around a new Facebook group that I just joined and was amazed at Facebook pages of so many people.  You probably already know that when you hold your cursor over someone’s picture or name a little preview window pops up and you can see the page information.  When I hovered, I saw a huge issue that I knew was holding these folks back.

Do you know what the issue is?

Yep, their pages were blank OR didn’t communicate anything about their businesses. 

So here’s the lesson for the day:

If you want your business to grow, take every opportunity to clearly communicate what you do.  That means you’ve got a couple of tasks to take care of on Facebook so that you can leverage this amazing marketing tool.

Marketing tasks

Task 1

You need a Facebook personal page and a Facebook business page.  Facebook doesn’t allow us to solicit business on our personal pages AND we can’t run ads on our personal pages.  So make sure that you have both pages – be sure you have a link to your business page on your personal page.

Task 2

Take a look at my Facebook page (

What do you see?

That’s right — a header image that has the following:

  • my picture
  • my name
  • a tag line that shares what I do
  • the name of my company
  • a tag line that shares the focus of my company
  • the URL to my website

Ok … your turn … go create a header for your Facebook business page.  I used Canva and you can see that it looks great.

If you’ve never tried Canva, here’s a webinar that I did last April.  A couple of the features have changed a little, but you’ll get a good idea of how it works and how quickly you can learn to use it.

Action Time!

Need some help?  Just click HERE, pick a time that fits with your schedule, and I can quickly walk you through both tasks.

I’m going to ask again about 2017 — What needs to change to make it better than 2016?  Let’s TALK about it.  I know that when we put our heads together we can create a plan to increase your revenue in 2017.




Siri, directions to my dream business, please …

Have you been clicking around the web, looking at post after post, hoping to learn enough to build your business?

I know what it’s like — it’s where I’ve been at times.  There’s so much information out there and so many voices giving me way too many choices … it gets confusing.  I’m sure you have clients in the same place.

So how can we help them and us?

In the early 80’s I moved from Laramie, WY — where I had been the Assistant Volleyball Coach at the University of Wyoming — to Nacodoches, TX to start my new job as the Head Volleyball Coach at Stephen F. Austin State University.

My best friend and I loaded her truck to the top of the camper shell with everything I owned and we headed across the midwest through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, to arrive in East Texas.

I give you this much detail because I want to emphasize a few things:

  1. We had a target — we were driving 1100 miles in the best route we were aware of
  2. We had a bunch of maps — one for each state we went through
  3. If I took the trip today I would have chosen a different route
  4. We still got there!

The moral to the story?

You need a road map for your clients to follow – You are Siri for your clients!

Business Plan

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