Know When to Swim (or Walk) Away

I used to have the most coveted summer job. I was a lifeguard, at a lake-slash-campground-slash-waterpark. Not only that, but we had concerts on occasion. Lyle Lovett came to play, just after marrying Julia Roberts, and yes, he brought her. We all fought over who would bring stuff to her trailer. I ended up getting…

Coach Tony Dungy: “You Don’t Win Every Game”

Coach Tony Dungy has had a lot of firsts, as the first NFL coach to defeat all NFL teams, the youngest assistant coach at age 25, the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl, and the first NFL book author to ever reach the New York Times bestseller’s list. Tony was head…

What Would You Do?

We are often asked, “What would Jesus do?” or “What would Bill Gates do?” or “What would your mother do?” or “What would _______________________do?” How often do you stop to ask yourself, what you would do? What I mean by this is, what would you do if: money didn’t matter everything you ever dreamed of…

So You Wanna Be a Writer?

Today I was interviewed for Go Positive University on the topic of writing a book. I unveiled my 5 Groundbreaking Rules for Writing Your Book or Blog. I’m going to let the audio speak for itself. Click here to listen! Hint: The rules are ALL ones that you can do!

“Help, I Can’t Hear You”

As a parent of two young children, and a business owner, I sometimes find myself straining to “hear.” I know I’m not alone. I’ve heard others say the same thing. It’s not that we don’t have adequate ears. It’s that they are sometimes too adequate. While I am scurrying about making dinner, tending to a…

Forgiveness: Who Needs It?

Sometimes in business and in life, we are faced with the option of forgiving someone who has hurt us. You have probably heard that it’s important to forgive, and that forgiveness is not so much for the person who committed the act, as for the person forgiving. I’ve debated as to whether I agree with…

Don’t Be a Jemima Puddle-Duck

I recently read the Beatrix Potter story of Jemima Puddle-Duck to my daughters. Jemima grows tired of being unable to hatch her own eggs in the barnyard. She is a nervous duck, and her eggs keep getting taken by the farmer’s wife (who thinks hens are better at hatching eggs). So she sets off into…

Marketing: As Simple as Sugarpeas

I spent the middle part of today in my garden, checking on my sugarsnap peas, with my 2-year-old, Sierra. We planted these peas with her older sister, Sascha, a few weeks ago. Peas remind me of Oregon, where I’m from. I guess that is because there is an “Oregon Sugarsnap,” which I tend to gravitate…