Grow Faster with a Momentum Group

A Momentum Group is the key to accelerating your personal growth while establishing contentment and patience with your life. When you get together with a group of women who are working on themselves and their lives, you realize a number of things: that you are not alone that everyone has something they are struggling with that you can lift others even when you don’t feel strong yourself that you waited too long to ask for help and now is as good a time as any to begin that no matter where you are in the journey, you just have to Read More

My Momentum Group Year End Review 2018

“The unexamined life if not worth living.” -Socrates Every year, I look back on the progress I have made and the falls I have gotten back up from. The I set a new course for the year to come. I don’t need a new year to hit the reset button, but it is a mental marker for evaluation. I evaluate whether I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. I question my motives and my actions. I review how I live each day and how I care for the people in my life.  And then, I make a Read More

Momentum Group Read: You Don’t Need a Title To Be a Leader

MOMENTUM GROUP READ: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor, takes on the idea that leaders are born. In this book,You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference he presents the case that EVERYONE can be a leader, no matter their role in life. As parents we are the ultimate leaders within our homes. We teach the next generation how to serve and lead by doing the right thing every time. Our role as Read More

The Perfect Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again. Time to hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. You move from one to the next, twisting and turning each tree, trying to find just the perfect one. Usually you end up finding one that is mostly perfect and has a good side that you can face outwards. The uneven branching and imperfections face the wall–out of sight. Anyone admiring your meticulously curated tree would believe it to be flawless. But you know the truth. You know that there was one good angle to show with many not-so-good angles masked and hidden from view. Every Read More

7 Things I Learned From Running a Marathon

RUNNING A MARATHON WILL CHANGE YOU FOREVER. I am not a runner by trade or preference, though I used to be athletic–before marriage and children. However, running a marathon taught me some lessons–or reminded me of truths–that I will be forever grateful for. Last year, in my 39th year, Leah tricked me into running a marathon. It started out harmlessly enough with, “Wanna go for a walk?” How could I refuse? Then it became, let’s just run a mile. Then there was a 5K, later followed by a 10K. The 10K was a stepping stone to the half marathon which Read More

Momentum Group Read: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Everyone is wired differently. I think if you were to open up a person’s soul you would find a dizzying array of gears and mechanisms and forces at play. There is nature, then there is nurture, then there is just stuff that happens to us, stuff that we choose and what we learn from it. The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin presents her spin on another factor in the complex nature of mankind: motivation. According to Rubin, the Four Tendencies refers to 4 categories (and variations therein): The Upholder-responds to internal and external expectations The Questioner-responds to internal, not necessarily Read More

Momentum Group Read: Acres of Diamonds

“He who can give to this people better streets, better homes, better schools, better churches, more religion, more happiness, more of God, he that can be a blessing to the community in which he lives tonight will be great anywhere, but he who cannot be a blessing where he now lives will never be great anywhere on the face of God’s earth.” –Russell H. Conwell, Acres of Diamonds essay We read this short essay this month and there were some mixed feelings on the topic. The basic idea, outside of some rambling is summed up in the quote above: the Read More

Not my monkey. Not my circus.

Not my monkey. Not my circus.  This is one of the most freeing mantras for whenever I get off track with other people’s projects or issues. I used to spend hours agonizing over the decisions of others that had virtually no bearing on my life. I now know that being able to identify what IS my circus and what is not is one of the greatest skills I have acquired. It has created natural boundaries for my time and energy.  Three Ways to Protect Yourself from OPM (Other People’s Monkeys) Step back. Sometimes just stepping back, emotional and physically, can Read More

Momentum Group Read: WishCraft by Barbara Sher

“The things that are unique and incomparable about you are the only basis on which you can design a life that will truly satisfy you.” Barbara Sher WishCraft: How to Get What You Really Want was one of those books that created an itch I didn’t know I had. Ms. Sher poses the proposition that you are probably living a life based on everyone else’s standards and ideas of success. She tackles the idea that you have hidden talents, desires, and creativity that have gone dormant and only in awakening them will you find true success–not by the world’s standards Read More

Misplaced Priorities Make for Misery

Not making your real priorities your actual priorities makes for misery. While working feverishly on all the pressing projects and knocking out deadlines for everyone else, you look around and realize that the whirlwind flashing past you is YOUR LIFE! Like a rat in a wheel you are chasing after every type of perfect: happy boss, happy husband, happy job, happy client, happy kids, happy body.. while you slowly go crazy and lose perspective of what is most important to you. I have found it easy to lose perspective. I have a lot of pressures: marriage, employees, clients, kids, friends Read More