Category Archives for "Live & Flourish"

You’re a Leader, Mom—Start Leading!

If you’ve spent any time with me lately, chances are good you’ve heard me carry on about moms being leaders. One of the biggest disservices we do to ourselves is to not see ourselves, us moms, as leaders. But the truth is, moms are leaders.

I’m on a mission to inspire moms to take another look in the mirror and realize that they are in fact leaders.

What would be possible if every mom realized her full leadership potential?

Because I want moms everywhere to know the impact they have, I guest posted over on Michael Nichols’ website today. Dr. Nichols’ mission is SIMPLE leadership and everything he teaches can be applied to moms and in our homes. Today I talk about 3 things every mom should do to be a great leader. Head on over and read Moms are Leaders Too!

One of the things moms must do to lead well, is to create a personal plan. Developing a personal plan can be a challenge, especially when life is full. Don’t let that stop you though, I’ve created a free SIMPLE guide to creating your own personal plan. You can download it today, create a plan with SIMPLE action items, and see a difference this week!

You're a Leader, Mom—Start Leading!

What are you waiting for, download your guide today!

Don’t forget to visit Michael Nichols’ site and read, Moms are Leaders Too!

Have you created a personal plan yet?

  • November 23, 2015

When Things Don’t Go As Planned and Why That’s Perfectly Okay!

I don’t know about you, but nine times out of ten, my plans never go as planned. As I’ve had one of those weeks where nothing went as planned, as I was sure I was going to make a fool of myself, I over analyzed everything, and psyched myself out… it turns out everything went well, not according to my plan, but everything turned out alright anyway.

At the end of last week a meeting I had did not go the way I thought it would—at all! I was discouraged and wondered if I was cut out to be a speaker, a writer, and a coach after all. After getting home later than planned, we decided to order pizza. After a very rude encounter with a pizza place that shall not be named, I informed the manager that they lost a customer and I vowed to NEVER order from them again. So we ended up picking up burgers instead at almost 8pm—my poor family was starving!

A few days of gloomy weather, a day of yard sales that ended with only buying a single twenty-five cent book, and general crabbiness on my part, I was exhausted.

A weekly phone call that usually leaves me very motivated and refreshed, ready to tackle the next hurdles left me a bit anxious and wondering what was next. Later that day I was to give a speech and as I went to practice the speech a few hours before I was to present it, I froze. I forgot everything!

As I met with my mentor shortly before my speech we thought it would be a good idea to run through it… nope, nothing happened. I couldn’t speak! By that time my nerves got the best of me, I was overwhelmed thinking I had something to prove to someone and I was a mess.

A few deep breaths later, laughter with some friends, and when it came time to talk—BAM! It all went well. The speech I gave was better than planned.

Isn’t that the way it goes, sometimes we just have to get out of the way to let the magic happen.

A bit cheesy, yes!

But really, as I find myself trying to make things happen I realize that it’s best to stand back sometimes, to let go of the power trip, and let things unfold naturally.

It’s me and my plans that get in the way!

Have you had an experience recently that didn’t go as planned but turned out awesome anyway?When Things Don't Go As Planned

  • November 18, 2015

Mamas, it’s hard! —Encouragement for Overwhelmed Moms

Mamas, I know its hard.

The baby’s crying, there’s teen angst.

The house is upside down, emotions running high.

Remember, this too will pass.


Much easier said then to find relief from that thought though,

but you know it’s true.

Some how we always make it out alive and find happiness again.

Even in the midst of utter disappointment and chaos.


When the pain is overwhelming,

when your eyes hurt; red and swollen,

when it doesn’t feel like there’s a way out

it will always get better.


It’s times like this a simple act of rest is best;

a small gesture — lighting a candle, reading a book, a bubble bath.

Anything to bring a sense of peace,

even when it seems no peace can be found.


Sometimes you just need to gather your babies around you,

read a story together, sing a song, say a prayer.

Whatever act brings your peace,

that’s what you need to go do now.


And do that often, as often as you need to.

Encouragement for overwhelmed moms

(I felt compelled to share these thoughts today. I have had several readers this week write about what they are going through, I want to remind you all that you are not alone.)

  • November 4, 2015