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Let Fear Be Your Creative Partner

My love affair with the written word started when I was just 13 years old. My eighth-grade English teacher aptly named Dr. Devine, had a way of sharing his knowledge and passion for the language that he made me swoon for words the way other students felt about their crushes. On ...

When You Assume…

During a client call, we were talking about the importance of customer conversations -- talking to members of the market you're interested in working with to find out what they want or need; how it's best to speak with them directly instead of offering something you think they want. Assumptions are ...

Are You Making Time for What’s Most Important?

Several of Melissa's Arizona family members visited our area last week, renting some cottages at a nearby beach. They were here to celebrate a 50th birthday, attend a family wedding, and have a reunion on the same shores their mother, Jeannie, brought them to when they were young. The week ...

What Is Your Love Language?

My face is washed. My teeth are brushed. My contacts are nestled into their little, plastic home. I'm ready for some shut-eye. I walk into my bedroom and notice the water bottle on my nightstand. "Dammit," I think. "I forgot to freshen my water when I was downstairs." Melissa notices my shoulders ...

Five Ways to See the New in the Old

Melissa and I just returned from a trip to Colorado where the landscapes are vast and the mountains are enormous. As I drove around the streets of Colorado Springs, I was amazed at the majestic scenery around me. "I wonder if you get used to the backdrop-like views if you live ...

This Week, Talk to Some Strangers

I'm in line at the grocery store, and as I put my items on the belt, I notice the man in front of me glancing back at them. I look up and catch his eye. "I drink a ton of that stuff," he says, pointing to a bottle of soda. "Yeah," I ...

Can You Go a Whole Day without This?

It's the first thing I reach for in the morning and the last thing I put down before closing my eyes at night. I spend approximately 10-15 hours each day with it. But that's about to change. Starting immediately, I'll be choosing one day each week to take a technology sabbatical. ...

Are You Scared? Good.

I finish writing the email to my editor and attach my manuscript. My mouse hovers over "send". Here we go, kiddo. Click the button. Go ahead. You can do it. It's just the first draft. It's not the condition of the draft that scares me. It's what sending this represents. It's ...

Your Support Staff Is All Around You

I step on the soccer field to take my spot at right fullback -- the position my friend, Beth, used to play on our team. This was our first game back after Beth's passing. As I fix my headband and stretch my muscles, I notice a beautiful Monarch butterfly perched on ...

Are You Caught Up in the “Once I…” Loop?

Life can sure be busy. Between work, appointments, kids, life maintenance (car, home, etc), family events, and social commitments, you can feel like you're a hamster on a wheel, running and running, going through the motions just to get to the next agenda item. But are you so caught up in ...

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