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


The Food Revolution Summit

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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

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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: 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!

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



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!!

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.

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.






We’ve Unmasked the Content Management Monster!!

Happy Halloween!

What will you be doing tonight?  Handing out candy to kids in their costumes and masks?  Going to the movies to avoid the deluge of candy seekers?  Dressing up in your costume and mask for a party with friends?  Whatever it is … HAVE FUN!


Over the past few weeks we’ve snatched the mask off the content management monster and gotten a good look at what’s going on behind the curtain.  You now have some basic principles and processes to put into practice and some really effective tools to get organized and to push that content out.  Get ready because you’re really going to see things happen!!

The last step to help you take all that you’ve learned to the next level and really blow the socks off your clients by meeting their needs is ALL ABOUT YOU!

That’s right, it’s time to remove the last mask so that your message reflects exactly who you are.  It is so important to be authentic and avoid hiding behind the mask of what we think people want — that mask will take over our lives and limit every .  Taking off this mask provides our followers and clients with a true picture of who we are, so they can freely be who they are.

So let’s take off that mask and throw it down!!  Try these suggestions for stepping out from behind your mask and its limiting beliefs:

1. Get to know yourself

Find a quiet place to sit and write.  Ask yourself: What are some of my strengths?  What are some of my shortcomings?  What are my dreams?  What would my perfect day look like?  Where do I want to be in 1 year?  3 years?  5 years?  Try a personality inventory or two and see what insights you get.  Take a good look at what you’ve written and see what changes you want to make to better be the real you and communicate your best self to your followers and clients.

2. Embrace your imperfections

None of us are perfect — that means we have to accept that fact and deal with ourselves.  It also means that when I accept that I’m not perfect, I accept that about other people, too.  If you know that perfectionism is an issue, click HERE and check out my 7-part audio series, Kick Perfection to the Curb.  You’ll finish it with a new understanding of how perfectionism affects you and those around you … and you’ll know what to do to change this mindset.

3. Live in the present and plan for the future

I don’t know about you, but when I get overwhelmed with all I have to do I have a tendency to think about the future … day dream about next year or next month or tomorrow.  I can get so future minded that I’m of no good in the present.  So what I do is start getting organized and plan out my days and weeks.  I refocus on my purpose and goals … business, personal, spiritual, physical … and break down what I need to do into manageable chunks — hmmm … sounds familiar. <big grin>  Organizing your time, mapping out your goals and the steps to achieve them, and scheduling out your day can really help you beat the overwhelm and get your day so you can build into your future.


Be yourself — it’s your imperfections that draw other people to you!


What are your plans for the last 60 days of 2016? 
What are your thoughts about 2017?
Need someone to bounce ideas off of?

Click HERE and choose a time that fits into your schedule.
When we finish talking you will have a plan that you can implement immediately.

I can’t wait to coach YOU to success!!


Content, Content Everywhere! 3 Quick Steps to Square it Away!!

As business owners one of the tasks that we’re always wrangling with is our content management — choosing the best content to help our clients reach their goals and move their businesses to the next level.  There are so many approaches to content management that even those processes push us into information overload.  So I want to give you three easy steps and some resources to help you manage content for you and your clients.

STEP 1 — Decide what content you’re going to share with your clients.

That means there’s actually a STEP 0 … you’ve got to know what your clients’ needs and wants.  For instance, my ideal client — a Christian woman coach or entrepreneur — wants to know the quick and easy steps to really connect with her clients, increase engagement, and see growth in her business revenue.  So all the content I’m sharing will best serve her when it aligns with her goals.  In Step 1 you’re also going to need to put on your elite organizer hat — to do this create a content calendar and map out your content in logical steps that have a flow to them.

STEP 2 — Do the initial curation.

That is, create and find reliable content that will help you connect with your clients and empower them to move along the path toward meeting their goals.  You become your clients’ librarian as you create and find the information that you share with them.  Here are some awesome tools that will help you find, save, and organize content: Evernote, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, PaperLi, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope, YouTube, and the list goes on.  If you’re just starting out and need to add to your content library, use Pinterest, Twitter, PaperLi or one of the other content-rich websites to search for information on a subject and then use Evernote or Google Docs to collect, collate, and curate that content.  Use tags and folders to keep the info organized.

STEP 3 — Chunk the curated content into little blasts of info.

These short, easy to understand steps or processes are the POWER OF CURATION!  Doing this will make the information easy for your clients to put into action!  These logical steps and processes are more like appetizers than full meals.  Your job is to cut down the amount of information that your followers have to deal with and make it easy for them to identify which parts will work best for them.  Imagine that you’re at a party with servers walking around holding trays filled with different appetizers.  If you’re like me, you sample some and ignore others.  Do the same thing for your clients by providing 3-4 chunks of curated content on a platter so they can sample them.

Jay Baer said, “Remember: The goal is NOT to be good at content.  The goal is to be good at business because of content.”

So I want to challenge you to follow me over the next few weeks as I give you the inside look at how I’m putting content together for you.  I’ll continue to share quick and easy steps — like this — so that you can put them into action and begin seeing an increase in engagement as you serve your clients!  What do you say?  Ready?


3 Uncanny Tips for Increasing Your Productivity

How often do you give yourself a rest from your work?

There is always something that we can be doing for our businesses … so how do we decide when overworking is negatively impacting our productivity?

Here are 3 TIPS that will help you increase your productivity … they are uncanny because they’re the opposite of what we think will work.

TIP 1 — Take a Break!

That’s right, instead of plowing through your tasks with your head down and butt up, set a timer and work on one task until the timer goes off.  Take a 5-10 minute break and get back to that task.  Some people find that 25 minutes on – 5 minutes off works — others like 30 minutes on – 10 minutes off.  Find a combination that works for you.

TIP 2 — Stop Multitasking!

Instead, focus on tasks for blocks of time.  Look at your list of tasks … yes, you need to create a to-do list … and decide how long it will take to complete each task.  Then divide that time up by the days.  In the figure below you can see how multitasking results in limited task completion.  But when we prioritize tasks and focus on the task until it’s complete, the results are much better.  Work on Task 1 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – and it’s done; Task 2 on Thursday, Friday, and Monday; Task 3 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – and both tasks are finished at the end of the week.  Try this approach and let me know how it works for you.


TIP 3 — Stand Up!

That’s right … work standing up … have stand-up meetings … every time you get a phone call, stand up.  Our brains need the shift as much as our bodies.  You can even walk in place … research also shows that jumping for 1 minute can reset your brain and renew your energy level.

Leave a comment and let me know how these tips worked for you.

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