Beautiful Scars

There are many kinds of scars, some external that everyone can see and others internal, hidden from the world. My husband has the first kind. He was burned on over 80% of his body when he was just 24 because of an industrial accident. He spent the 6 months that followed fighting for his life…

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Beyond diet

What we eat, how we eat, when we eat…these are all choices but they’re choices that are strongly influenced by our culture and advertising. We’re bombarded by commercials, mountains of food that’s placed in front of us at restaurants and social events, not to mention volumes of misinformation. Sadly, too many of us have become…

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February Challenge 2015

I can’t even remember how many years my friends and I have been using February as a re-set month. Regardless of great intentions, the craziness of the holiday season with all of it’s treats and parties tends to get the best of us. It doesn’t end in January either, but by February we’ve had enough.…

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The “D” word: Discipline

I read a quote once that went something like this: The definition of Hell: Coming to the end of your life and having to face the person you would have become if you lived to your potential. It’s a sobering thought but honestly, I don’t think any of us live to our potential. There’s too…

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Eat Clean for Two Weeks

The food industry is a highly competitive multi-billion dollar machine that’s bombarding us with messages showing beautiful, happy, skinny people eating junk food. The subliminal message is: If you want to be like them, eat this. In the 1700’s we consumed about 4 lbs of sugar per person per year. That number jumped to 18…

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How much is too much…social media?

I recently took a break from social media along with all the other “screen” distractions in my life. Between Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, YouTube, several Aps, e-mails and the all mighty television, I felt like I was getting swallowed up by technology. As a speaker and author, I know I’m supposed to stay connected. Social…

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Is it selfish to put yourself first?

What’s most important to you?  Faith?  Family?  Friends?  Career?  Are you driven to be a great parent or the top performer at work?  Do the needs of others often take priority over your personal needs?  Do you have a hard time saying, “No?”  If so, you’re in good company. Many people think there’s honor in…

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Your year in review

The final weekend of 2013 is upon us.  It’s the weekend when several of the news and entertainment shows do a “year in review” program, highlighting the year’s best and worst events.  Many of these events will likely show up in history books and maybe future generations will learn from our mistakes or be inspired…

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Does your rhythm support you?

Your life has a rhythm.  There’s a flow to the way you move through the day which includes certain things you always do, things like brushing your teeth, showering, wearing a seat belt, etc…   It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a crisis or on a long vacation…you do these things.  …

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The Best Kind of Beautiful

The volume of “beauty” images that cross our paths these days is mind-boggling. What was once limited to television and movies, now infiltrates our lives non-stop because of our gadgets…computers, smart phones, tablets, etc…  What’s the impact of all those images?  Do they affect our self-esteem?  Do they affect our behavior? According to the American…

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