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  • October 2018

  • October 14, 2018

    To Beam or Not To Beam

    It isn’t difficult. It doesn’t hurt. It’s kind. And it’s free. It also communicates positivity. Some say it’s downright medicinal. What is it? It’s a smile. And it’s one of our best personal features. Ahh…to beam or not to beam. That’s the question. Click-in! Newton Faulkner – ‘People Should Smile More’ Share something that makes you smile? I value you + … Read More

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  • October 7, 2018

    Pettifoggs

    Pettifoggs. How curious! I first thought this word described a bunch of gloomy little creatures. Hobbit inhabitants, I guessed. Dark, thick, bleak, fearsome little souls, maybe? No. The word is not a noun. It’s a verb, used without object. You see, when one pettifoggs (or is pettifogging) – …one bickers or quibbles over trifles or unimportant matters. One carries on … Read More

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  • September 2018

  • September 30, 2018

    Bullets or Seeds?

     I was struck by the meaningful words of the Former U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson. “You can offer your ideas to people as bullets or as seeds. You can shoot them or sow them. Ideas used as bullets kill inspiration and motivation. Ideas used as seeds take root, grow, and bear fruit in the life in which they are planted.” … Read More

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  • September 23, 2018

    Obstacles

    Yep – obstacles. You know – those things that block our way or prevent our progress? Every thing seems fine and BAM! There’s an impediment we didn’t plan for. Argh… Life is full of them because they’re an inevitable part of our journey. And though these barriers frustrate us, they don’t have to deter us. Because the moment we spot … Read More

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  • September 16, 2018

    New Eyes

    Sometimes it would behoove us + improve us to have ‘new eyes’. New eyes? Yes. Creative eyes. Thinking outside the box eyes. Reimagining life eyes. Marcel Proust understood this. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Eyes to see thing’s uniquely. Eye’s to envision what can be. Eye’s to discover what … Read More

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  • May 2018

  • May 13, 2018

    The 10/90

    Chuck Swindoll’s convinced that – “…life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 per cent how we react to it.” I couldn’t agree more.  We are responsible for our own attitudes and our own responses.  And we have these choices 24/7. Why? Because we get to decide how we’ll react to each and every circumstance. We also … Read More

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  • May 6, 2018

    Roundabout Options

    I discovered roundabouts when I moved to England. They were a curious thing to me at first – but over time, I grew to appreciate them. What appealed to me most, was that once you were safely inside them – …you had options. The key was to be suitably prepared as you approached them. Because once you knew where you … Read More

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  • April 2018

  • April 29, 2018

    Prayed Up!

    We get.. Swept-up, Geared-up, Hooked-up and Shown-up Tripped-up, Picked-up, Backed-up and Held-up Hurried-up, Wound-up, Shook-up and Fed-up Rounded-up, Doubled-up, Fastened-up and Pushed-up Shaken-up, Laid-up, Fixed-up and Swallowed-up Dolled-up, Paired-up, Sweetened-up and Puffed-up But when do we get prayed-up? We can’t let-up …until we’re prayed-up! What do you need to get prayed-up about? I value you + your views, so let’s … Read More

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  • April 22, 2018

    Flip The Switch!

    What are you waiting to begin? What do you want to set in motion? What will you need to make happen? What could you get rolling? If you want to achieve something – …get cracking and flip the switch. You have a mission to accomplish. And it’s now or never! What’s the mission on your mind? I value you + … Read More

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  • April 8, 2018

    Internal Motivation

    I wonder. Do we ever take notice of our internal (or intrinsic) motivation? You know – …the stuff we enjoy doing for ourselves. (The vital activities that keep us sharp, happy and self-satisfied.) Whether it’s planting, painting, sailing, or singing – …doing various things that we enjoy, is a positive activity that will enhance our lives. And any thing that … Read More

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  • March 2018

  • March 25, 2018

    Living In The Flow

    Though the sound of “in the flow” does something to our senses – …it’s actually considered a very real state of BEing. Apparently, athletes believe their ‘flow’ is: “being in the zone”. It evokes a calm, peaceful feeling and is considered the psychology of happiness.  People that recognise this associate it with pleasurable work and/or activities. So, I like to … Read More

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  • March 18, 2018

    Word Up!

    The word-up from the #Sidelines today is ‘diligence’. Yep. It deserves my Rah-Rah! this Sunday. This word represents ‘careful and persistent work or effort.’ Some of it’s descriptive synonyms are listed as – …effort, conscientiousness, perseverance, tenacity, dedication and commitment. And it’s behind every success story we read or hear about. Surely, every one of us knows someone that fits … Read More

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  • March 11, 2018

    Optimist or Pessimist?

    US President Harry Truman said: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” Spot-on, ‘eh? So, how do we see ourselves? Better yet – how do others see us? Are “we” the optimist or the pessimist? I guess the real answer is in our response to life’s … Read More

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  • March 4, 2018

    Take Your Temperature

    Seriously? Your temperature? Well, okay; your “temperature.” As in – …are you a hot, cold or lukewarm solopreneur? In other words; as you go about your day to day business – …what degree are you functioning at? What would your clients read on your thermometer or thermostat? And which reading is consistently evident most of the time? I care. I … Read More

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  • February 2018

  • February 25, 2018

    Shush!

    Myriad thoughts run across the tracks of our minds on a daily basis. And some of them can become negative voice messages – …that can be damning and dooming. (I certainly entertain a fair share of them at times.) But positive voice messages – …are mental memos we need in order to flourish. So let’s shush our internal dialogue. Tune-out … Read More

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  • February 18, 2018

    A Motion Away

    a look – a wink a nod – a smile a handshake – a hug a tweet – a post a letter – a blog a picture – a message Life. It’s all about recognition or acts of kindness. And they’re only a motion away. A must click ‘n read: Shopping tweet of grief triggers ‘surge of love’. Who’s “a motion away” from you? I value you + … Read More

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  • February 11, 2018

    The AIL

    The AIL? Yep. As in: ‘The African Impala Lesson’. The African Impala is a medium-sized antelope born to jump. It jumps ten feet high and thirty feet long. But get this: When it’s caught and held in a small, three foot high, walled enclosure – …it stays there! And why would it remain in such a small space given it … Read More

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  • January 2018

  • January 28, 2018

    Thinking Outloud

    You know what I think? I think it’s crowded inside our heads! There’s so much stuff vying for our attention. And it can be a mission to single-out the most important thing. Yep, it’s not only crowded; it’s intense. It all needs to be sorted, thought-through, prioritised and re-sorted. So I’ve decided this is why lists are so essential. Lists … Read More

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  • January 21, 2018

    Beyond The Transaction

    In my humble opinion – …there is a place; a place every solopreneur should consider. It’s above and beyond every project.  It one-ups each business arrangement. It supersedes every agreement. It stretches further than the transaction. And exceeds expectations. Though the initial business exchange is exciting ~ …it’s not as exciting as pleasing each client with the excellence of our … Read More

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  • January 14, 2018

    A 2018 Initiative

    It’s time. (It’s always time.) For what – you ask? It’s time to be fearless, firm, ferocious and fabulous. And it’s time to sprint forward. You see – there’s no better time. The now time is the do-it time. It’s the initiating season, if you will. The new thing you’re going to be intentional about. The deliberate choice you’re going … Read More

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  • December 2017

  • December 17, 2017

    More

    There’s always character work to be done. And since we’re a “work in progress”, it’s never too late. So this Christmas, I pray we all try to: Help more…neglect less. Care more…disregard less. Feed more…waste less. Donate more…spend less. Encourage more…discourage less. Pray more…worry less. Enjoy more…possess less. Assist more…deter less. Include more…exclude less. Embrace more…reject less. Bless more…curse less. … Read More

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  • December 10, 2017

    The Thinker

    God bless Dr. John Maxwell. He wrote the book: ‘Thinking for a Change’. In it – he lists eleven different types of thinking. Big picture thinking Focused thinking Creative thinking Realistic thinking Strategic thinking Possibility thinking Reflective thinking Questioning popular thinking Shared thinking Unselfish thinking Bottom line thinking And it all makes sense.  We think because our minds are ‘wired’ … Read More

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  • December 3, 2017

    That Type

    You know the type. We all do. Because they exemplify these ideal 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 every client’s smile. What … Read More

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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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