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  • November 2017

  • November 19, 2017

    Grateful Thanks

    It is good. It is right. It’s intentional. In God’s Sight. To offer praise. And thanksgiving. To The Giver. Of all gifts. Happy Thanksgiving Week! Who are you grateful for? I’m grateful for you.

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  • November 12, 2017

    Communicating

    Have you ever thought about the professional choices you’ve made over the years? When I consider my own professional choices –  …I realise it’s always been about communicating with my voice. As an ASL (American Sign Language) to Spoken English Interpreter. As a CCM (Christian Contemporary Music) Singer/Songwriter. And, as a VOT (Voice-Over Talent). So in light of the fact … Read More

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  • November 5, 2017

    A Likely Story

    Scams. They’re real. They’re pernicious. And they’re a likely story. Because the people who devise them – …are invisible intruders that prey on our ignorance and/or our vulnerabilities. And they do so with evil intent, over and over again. Their language is deliberately tricky and hooky – …because they mean to damage, derail and destroy. ‘Likely Story’ or not, it’s … Read More

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  • October 2017

  • October 29, 2017

    Fill Your Lacuna

    Words fascinate me. So lacuna grabbed me straight-away. What’s a lacuna? Well, the simple Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition is – ‘…a missing part, a blank or empty unfilled space or gap’. The Psychology Dictionary definition is – ‘…a gap or break, say, a gap in memory’. The “Debby Dictionary” definition of lacuna is: An unfulfilled longing. So, I ask you. Is … Read More

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  • October 22, 2017

    Accepting Response-Ability

    I mess up. You mess up. We all mess up. But when we do, we need to “take the bull by the horns” and accept responsibility. I once read –   “When a winner messes-up, they admit they were wrong and ask for forgiveness. When a loser makes a mistake, they immediately look for somebody or something to blame.” (And we … Read More

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  • October 15, 2017

    Get Intentional!

    Do you know what I tell myself on my manic and messy ‘off’ days? I order the sensible solopreneur inside my head to get a grip. Then I assess the mess, address the issues and get intentional! Come on, I say. Find those leads. Make those calls. Send those e-mails. Digest that chapter. Read those helpful blogs. Engage in that … Read More

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  • October 8, 2017

    Logjams

    Ever heard of a logjam? It can be a crowded mass of logs blocking a river – …or it can be a situation that seems irresolvable. You might be interested to know that there is usually a ‘key log’ that creates the jam.  And once identified and moved, every thing flows as it’s supposed to. So if/when we get stuck … Read More

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  • October 1, 2017

    Stop Look Listen

    The fact of the matter is – …we’re so busy these days we forget to pause. And when we forget to pause – …we forget to appreciate the life going-on around us. When we deliberately pause – …we tune-in, reflect and refocus. And when we refocus – …we get a better picture of life in all its fullness. Happy October! … Read More

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  • September 2017

  • September 24, 2017

    Rebuke Your Jack Stories!

    Ahh…”The Jack Story.” I’ve always known it to be: ‘The irrational tendency to work one’s self up by creating an outrageous scenario, …that probably WON’T happen.’ It’s no fun. And it can throw a monkey wrench into our works like nothing else. It also creates a HUGE, unamusing ‘what-if’ state of mind. We can get the blues just contemplating our … Read More

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  • September 17, 2017

    Accountable To…

    Most of us would agree – …that we are accountable to some one. It’s a natural part of life. Whether to God, parents, teachers, spouses, employers, employees or any one else – …we’re all accountable to others. But I also think we’re accountable to ourselves, as well. After all – we don’t want to let ourselves down. Because when we … Read More

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  • September 10, 2017

    Initiative

    Initiative. My goodness – even the word itself provokes us to make a productive move. It triggers something in us that jolts us out-of complacency. For some, it’s difficult. For others, it’s like breathing. Most of us initiate every day without even realising it. We make responsible decisions about our lives and our businesses. Taking initiative doesn’t have to be … Read More

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  • June 2017

  • June 4, 2017

    The Knowing Place

    Regardless of who we are and what we do in life – …there is a soul-deep place where we can rest in what we know is true. And we’re free to draw strength there. As we breathe-in the life we’ve been given and exhale what we’re called to give-out – …we find it’s a place where we feel fully alive, … Read More

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  • May 2017

  • May 28, 2017

    Make A Way

    Ever heard of the Carthaginian statesman and general, Hannibal Barca? Apparently, he was one of the greatest military leaders in history. He’s famous for what he did during the Second Punic War. He marched his army from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps.  And in so doing – caught the Romans off guard and defeated them. How does this … Read More

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  • May 21, 2017

    Will you?

    Okay. You’ve just had your epiphany. But – …before you proceed professionally, will you: study it? practice it? know it? work it? market it? live it? love it? share it? If so… Then you’re well on your way. And you’re going to continue to grow forward! What are you professionally pursuing with passion? I value you + your views, so let’s communicate! … Read More

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  • May 14, 2017

    Artesian Wells

    Take a Sunday SideLines moment with me  – …and imagine yourself and others as “artesian wells”. Why? Because, artesian wells are deep. They hold what’s needed to rise to the top. And they don’t require any manual aides. You see – there’s enough natural pressure already in them. They bubble to the surface naturally and they flow continually.  (Some actually … Read More

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  • May 7, 2017

    Ephphatha!

    I love this Aramaic word. It means: “Be opened.” It was once powerfully uttered to a deaf man to bring about his healing. And it did. It’s such a glorious command. And one that I think we all need spoken into our lives. Ephphatha! Be opened up. For a fresh revelation. For a richer insight. For a bigger world view. … Read More

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  • April 2017

  • April 30, 2017

    Daily Enrichment!

    Every single day –  …we’re surrounded by people, places and things that benefit us. That’s why we should never underestimate – …the effect we have on the world we live-in. Because, regardless of where we are or what we’re doing – …when we act in a way that enriches people, we improve each other. It’s a rewarding win-win! And it’s … Read More

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  • April 23, 2017

    A Clarion Call

    Who …is a clarion voice in your life? In other words: Who’s clear voice of reason is hard to ignore? Who’s ‘call’ is the most convincing? Does it actually take a “trumpet” to get through to you? Or are you, perhaps – someone else’s clarion? Could you be the mild and measured type of clarion  – …or the loud and proud … Read More

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  • April 9, 2017

    That Type

    You know the type. We all do. Because they exemplify the ideal five star characteristics. They go – above and beyond. They offer – more than expected. They walk – the extra mile. They work – beyond the call of duty. They do – whatever’s necessary. Yep. That type is an extraordinary type. The five star type. And they deserve … Read More

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  • April 2, 2017

    Emancipating Ourselves!

    Whether we realise it or not – …we’re shackled to something unhealthy. So… What seems to enslave us? Who is our negative nag? When does this defeatist attitude hit us? And why are we in bondage to it? If we think through these questions, we might just embrace a new resolve – …so we can break the ties that bind … Read More

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  • March 2017

  • March 26, 2017

    Exposing Atelophobia

    Atelophobia.  It’s from the Greek word atelos – meaning imperfect. So it’s no surprise to find-out its actual definition is: “The fear of not being good enough.” The condition is real and I believe the impairment one suffers is significant. You see, when it’s allowed to burrow it’s way into ones mind – …it distorts one’s normal thinking.  I call it: … Read More

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  • March 19, 2017

    Lionhearted Truth-Sayers

    Even though it rarely feels like it – …the truth is usually better than what we want to hear. So, as we live in global community with one another let’s ask ourselves something. Are we continually working-on being lionhearted truth-sayers? Are we courageous enough to speak the truth even when the truth is unpopular. What kinds of truths are we … Read More

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  • March 12, 2017

    Covering Your RAS

    Your what? You ask. RAS is the acronym for: Reticular Activating System And we all possess it. According to: innovateus.net – …it’s considered “the brain’s attention center and the main hub of motivation.” Our RAS is where our thoughts, internal feelings and outside influences converge. What a network, ‘eh? And I’ve read elsewhere that some consider it a three point … Read More

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  • March 5, 2017

    Focused & Fixed

    In a time when distractions are every where – …getting side-tracked is easy. It can actually be challenging to look away. Some of us need blinders just to stay focused. Real focus is paying particular attention to something. This allows our eyes to adapt to what we’re looking at. Then we see clearly. And when we see clearly, we can … Read More

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  • February 2017

  • February 26, 2017

    Dog Days Night

    Ever have one of “those” days? The no lollipops, smiles, unicorns or puppies kind of day. When there are no warm fuzzies to be found. And it feels like a dog days night because the dog’s howling like a wolf. You’re spitting and sputtering under your breath – …while you’re sliding uncomfortably underneath your duvet. Ever have one of those … Read More

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  • February 19, 2017

    Every Drop

    I recently shared the joyful company of a 91 year old man and his 86 year old wife. They had been married 65 years. How grand. (And how novel, ‘eh?) So what did I gather from them individually and collectively? Well – they were both still wringing every drop of life out of every day. Generosity with their time, talents … Read More

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  • February 12, 2017

    Tap Where Needed

    The story goes something like this: A small factory had to stop its operation when a machine broke down. Nobody could fix it, so an expert was called. She simply took a hammer and tapped the machine at a certain spot. Immediately it began running again. But when she submitted her bill for $1000.00, the supervisor hit the roof. “A … Read More

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  • February 5, 2017

    Purposeful Steps

    Living a balanced life from the inside out while we’re pursuing our goals is a mission. But, it’s much easier when we’re being intentional about it. This means we need to be nurtured as regularly as our businesses do. So we have to continue being deliberate about… Our health. Our well-being. Our direction. Our approach. Our time. Our communication. Our … Read More

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  • January 2017

  • January 29, 2017

    Cultivating Confidence

    I don’t know about you, but I’m not naturally confident. Self-assuredness is not a quality I was born with. And I’ve found that acquiring and developing it takes a lot of time and effort. Then, just when I think I’ve got it, it seems to disappear; …or I start confusing it with arrogance. But confidence is not synonymous with arrogance. … Read More

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  • January 22, 2017

    Get Out!

    Get out of your head. Just get out. Stop overthinking and worrying too much. Stop obsessing about your obsessions. Stop replaying your issues. Stop staring at your distortions. Step-away from the edge of your self-centered hole. Get out. And stay out. You’re takin’-up too much space. It’s time to make room for all the winning possibilities! How do you keep … Read More

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  • January 15, 2017

    Perfectly Poised

    Don’t ‘cha wish it would come rushing-in as soon as we wake-up? You know – …a kind of inner-spirit inspiration that ignites the day. A positive and gutsy gung-ho for our ears only. Maybe a still small voice. One that helps us stay terrifically centered and perfectly poised. We could all use this, daily Rah-Rah!, right? Because centering ourselves in … Read More

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  • January 8, 2017

    Unwrapped!

    Tapping-into our innate abilities is important. So every one of these “presents” we’re given needs to be unwrapped. They’re useless if they stay covered. Because the unique gifts each of us are born with – …are meant to be opened and shared. And these God-given strengths we’re blessed with – …can and should be used to benefit others. So after … Read More

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  • December 2016

  • December 18, 2016

    Veni Veni Emmanuel!

    He is our mercy. He is  our peace. He’s our salvation. He’s our increase. ‘cuz Manger Baby loves you and me. And He’s enough. More than enough. Veni, veni Emmanuel! I pray your Christmas wishing well – …is filled with love, joy, peace, grace and mercy; now and always. And that your Christmas list sounds something like this… Merry Christmas … Read More

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  • December 11, 2016

    Chasing Wisdom

    I’m wondering out loud again. So I thought I’d ask. Do you seek a higher understanding? Do you thirst for more knowledge? Do you crave a sharper intellect? In essence – do you “chase” wisdom? I know it’s not mandatory. But perhaps it should be. (I live with a wisdom chaser, so I think it rubbed off!) It’s a virtue … Read More

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  • December 4, 2016

    Sight Without Vision

    Someone once asked Helen Keller: “Is anything worse than being blind?” She kindly replied: “Yes, to have sight but no vision.” How profoundly true. One of the definitions of vision is: “The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” And this requires seeing with intuition, inspiration and insight. These descriptors play a part in how … Read More

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  • November 2016

  • November 27, 2016

    Our Virtual Autobahn

    Life is full of “expressways”. And whether we realize it or not – we’re on a different one every day. We don’t even have to be in a vehicle. Social Media has built global super highways. Now we have all kinds of virtual lanes open to us. Some of those roads can be the right choice for the wise traveller. … Read More

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  • November 20, 2016

    Debtors All!

    Debtors all? I’m taking quite a liberty here. But think about it. Each one of us is in-debt to someone. And I don’t mean monetarily. I mean heart-felt appreciation and indebtedness. The fact is – …we ALL owe someone a debt of gratitude for something. Because life is chockful of other people who care and care enough to give. Some … Read More

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  • November 13, 2016

    Back In The Game

    Taking a professional LOA (leave-of-absence) felt awkward. A few months was a long time. It felt even longer because I was out-of my norm. And trying to shed my preoccupation about this was a mission. But, it was also revealing. You see, when you’re a solopreneur – …calling a time-out in your own “game” is something you have the luxury … Read More

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  • November 6, 2016

    Press Refresh!

    Phew! It’s been an interesting, intense and highly unique few months. But I’m back in my Sunday #SideLines rhythm, thinking out loud again. Here goes. Don’t ‘cha wish our personal and/or professional “refresh” – …was as easy as pressing a key on a computer? Wouldn’t it be nice if our strength and energy came from a capsule we could pop … Read More

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  • June 2016

  • June 5, 2016

    A Holding Pattern

    Even as adults – patience is a virtue many of us have to pray for. Let’s be honest. We all get antsy from time to time. We want what we want when we want it. In truth – Waiting can be uncomfortable. And it produces anxiety. It also feels interminable. But – …if we can think of our waiting as … Read More

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  • May 2016

  • May 29, 2016

    Why We Get By

    Have you ever thought about the people you’ve chosen to encircle you in life? Seriously. Press pause and just think about this for a minute. Because the friends we surround ourselves with – …should be those that help us become better than we are – …and definitely more of what we’re meant to be. The truth is – You get by … Read More

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  • May 22, 2016

    Fully Present

    Though the here and now is fleeting, it still deserves our full attention. So the question of the day is: are we really living in our here and now moments? In other words: …are we really connected and connecting? And are we fully present while we’re doing this? Because – If we’re preoccupied with yesterday or obsessing about tomorrow… If … Read More

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  • May 15, 2016

    Be Stretched!

    Go ahead. Get wider. Be tensile. Elongate. Extend. Expand. And make maximum use of all your natural abilities. Go on. Be stretched. You are more than enough. And you won’t break! Remember: Like a rubber band – you have to be stretched to be effective! So… What ways are you stretching yourself this year? I value you + your views, so … Read More

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  • May 8, 2016

    Like Apples Of Gold

    Yes – words. Though they allow us to communicate – …they can clothe us or strip us naked. They can help us or hinder us. They can bring us hope or despair. What a responsibility. And though this can be challenging in the age we live in – …if we frame our words meaningfully, we can inform, support, motivate and … Read More

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  • May 1, 2016

    Through The Process

    Countless true stories exist about those who overcame great odds to succeed. One such story is of Thomas Edison. He was 2,000 experiments in when he finally ‘saw the light’. Apparently a reporter was curious to know how all his failures affected him. So he asked. And Mr. Edison replied: “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb – … Read More

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  • April 2016

  • April 24, 2016

    Every Day Saltshakers!

    Seasoned or unseasoned? That’s the Sunday SideLines question of the day. I’m referring to “salt” here – …the age old essential nutrient that actually influences health in just the right measure. It’s one of the basic human tastes, and it’s a preservative as well as a food enhancer. Just a pinch – they say; and food is much more palatable. … Read More

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  • April 17, 2016

    Our Gaps

    According to author Bob Gass – a ‘gap’ is:   “The distance between what is – and what can be.” So I’ve decided every one has a ‘gap’. And at one time or another – every one looks it square in the face. Though we could easily imagine a dark and mysterious ‘hole’… …we can just as easily visualize a space … Read More

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  • April 10, 2016

    Productive Or Just Busy?

    The truth is – we all know how to be busy. But, being busy isn’t the same thing as being productive. Even when we’re actively engaged in multitasking – …it doesn’t mean our productivity is high. On the contrary. It just means we can deal with more than one task at the same time. But, when we focus our energy … Read More

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  • April 3, 2016

    Life On The Wall

     The Social Media wall is a BIG wall. So, I started thinking about what we’re “writing” on this wall – …this wall of life. What kind of statements are we making? What kind of opinions are we compelled to share? What kind of news are we broadcasting? What kind of feelings are we willing to expose? How are we expressing … Read More

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  • March 2016

  • March 27, 2016

    An Easter Rah-Rah!

    Rah-Rah! Easter. Rah-Rah! The yesterday and today reality of the cross and the empty tomb – …is a glorious guarantee for all our tomorrows! What a Victory. What a Saviour. There is no other reference point for such a love. He is The Gift that keeps on giving. “Easter means hope prevails over despair. Jesus reigns as Lord of Lords … Read More

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