Traditions and My Love Hate Relationship With This Time of Year

I have a love hate relationship with this time of year. I love that the Minnesota State Fair is happening. I hate that it means the end of summer. The State Fair is always the 12 days leading up and including Labor Day. While the weather is still nice and the leaves haven’t fallen from […]

I have a love hate relationship with this time of year. I love that the Minnesota State Fair is happening. I hate that it means the end of summer. The State Fair is always the 12 days leading up and including Labor Day. While the weather is still nice and the leaves...

The Challenge of Making Competitiveness Healthy

Last Sunday was spent playing croquet. It’s not something I do every Sunday. Don’t think it’s a Sunday ritual or anything, although it would be fun if it was. There is actually a croquet course by my house but I have never been to it. I’m sure you’re wondering what croquet has to do with […]

Last Sunday was spent playing croquet. It’s not something I do every Sunday. Don’t think it’s a Sunday ritual or anything, although it would be fun if it was. There is actually a croquet course by my house but I have never been to it. I’m sure...

Breakthrough Ways to Nurture Creativity

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I got to see Lance Miller speak at my Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) last month. The last session of the day Lance spoke was titled Finding Your Voice. The title was kind of misleading to me. I thought the talk should have been called How to Nurture Creativity because […]

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I got to see Lance Miller speak at my Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) last month. The last session of the day Lance spoke was titled Finding Your Voice. The title was kind of misleading to me. I thought the talk should have been...

Confession: I Can’t Stop Buying This One Thing…

This week’s Toastmasters meeting theme was reading. It’s alway fun to hear what other book lovers are reading. My role at the meeting was to give an exhortation It’s basically a one to two minute speech on the theme. So I found some benefits of reading to share with the group. They are as follows: Reading […]

This week’s Toastmasters meeting theme was reading. It’s alway fun to hear what other book lovers are reading. My role at the meeting was to give an exhortation It’s basically a one to two minute speech on the theme. So I found some benefits of reading to share with...

Ultimate Guide to Dealing Self Doubt

Do you ever think about giving up? Or not even getting started at all? Do you doubt your choices and decisions so much that it’s hard to make them? I’m too old. I’m too educated. I don’t have enough education. I don’t know the right people. These are all things I’ve found myself saying. These […]

Do you ever think about giving up? Or not even getting started at all? Do you doubt your choices and decisions so much that it’s hard to make them? I’m too old. I’m too educated. I don’t have enough education. I don’t know the right people....

How to Take the Work Out of Networking

Networking is an important part of any business. If you run your own business it is crucial. But what if you aren’t good aren’t good at it? Or worse yet, you hate networking. Can you still be successful even though you dread networking? Yes you can! I went to a networking and business brainstorming group […]

Networking is an important part of any business. If you run your own business it is crucial. But what if you aren’t good aren’t good at it? Or worse yet, you hate networking. Can you still be successful even though you dread networking? Yes you can! I went to a...

How to Cultivate Empathy and Why It’s Important

Empathy has been on my mind. This weekend my husband Carter and I took my brother to his farm. In the last five years my brother has had two strokes and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I took him to his farm after his first stroke and it was stressful. Once we got there, he […]

Empathy has been on my mind. This weekend my husband Carter and I took my brother to his farm. In the last five years my brother has had two strokes and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. I took him to his farm after his first stroke and it was...

How to Easily Find and Define Your Voice

A couple weekends ago I went to the Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI). I know you’re shocked! It’s kind of funny how many Toastmasters events I take part in considering when I first started ten years ago I just wanted to say I was a Toastmaster without having to be bothered to do speeches and take […]

A couple weekends ago I went to the Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI). I know you’re shocked! It’s kind of funny how many Toastmasters events I take part in considering when I first started ten years ago I just wanted to say I was a Toastmaster without having to...

From Control Freak to Going With the Flow on Fleek 

Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, I’ve been watching Food Network Star. So I had to work “on fleek” into my title. Shout out Food Network Star Chef Tegaye on her win! I’m a planner. I love to plan. I have tons of ideas all the time. I can spend hours planning […]

Let’s get this out of the way first. Yes, I’ve been watching Food Network Star. So I had to work “on fleek” into my title. Shout out Food Network Star Chef Tegaye on her win! I’m a planner. I love to plan. I have tons of ideas all the...

Stop Chasing Perfectionism and Instead Chase This…

We all want to do our best. Everyone tries hard to put in their best effort. But what happens when our drive to be the best turns into the search for perfectionism? Is perfection attainable? Is perfection healthy? In my last post I discussed how trying to be perfect can lead to procrastination. Were you […]

We all want to do our best. Everyone tries hard to put in their best effort. But what happens when our drive to be the best turns into the search for perfectionism? Is perfection attainable? Is perfection healthy? In my last post I discussed how trying to be perfect...