The Big 5 Oh!

February 21, 2016 by     0 Comments

Recently, I had to take my own “medicine” as a coach. I hate it when I have to do that, don’t you? My 50th birthday was coming up right in the middle of the holidays. Over the years, I have been to friends’ parties as they hit the big 5 “O”! Some were big surprise celebrations with live music, balloons popping, oodles of food and drinks flowing and I thought that is what I wanted, to the point that I told everyone that would listen that I wanted a big bash with lots of people and a Mariachi band. But as the day … Read more »

The Red Hair-ing

November 10, 2015 by     0 Comments

To say my daughter, Haley, is independent would be an incredible understatement. I guess that is what you get when you get inspiration for your child’s name from a comet. In the fifth grade, Haley wanted to quit Girl Scouts because she just didn’t want to “dress like everyone else.” Besides, she had really gotten into music. First, it was piano, then the bass guitar, then the guitar and finally the bassoon. For years she had also been obsessed with having red hair. We sprayed her hair red for Valentine’s Day, … Read more »

BTW, Lipstick is Optional

July 6, 2015 by     0 Comments

Once, when first starting my business, I was preparing to give a talk for a large group at eBay. This was literally a dream come true for me. The talk, “I hear voices in my head, do you? How doubts, fears and negative thoughts can keep you from the life you love and deserve” is one of my favorite subjects. The self-doubt monsters, I call them “Trolls”, are always lurking around when you are ready to make a move, set a goal or step out into a new exciting direction. It was ironic that the subject was facing fears … Read more »

The Word That Changed My Life

April 18, 2015 by     1 Comments

One morning just over a year ago, I got that call. You know the type of call I am talking about. The type of call that you never want to get: something is wrong, something is terribly wrong and you must come quick. It was my mom. She had fallen and hit her head after a tussle with her trash can at the end of her steep driveway. She sat at the end of her driveway that night thinking that someone would pass by and she could flag them down, but no one did. The first miracle is that she never lost consciousness. … Read more »

There Is No Wrong Way (Or Time) To Get Started

January 3, 2015 by     1 Comments

I started my first business when I was 4 years old. We lived in a little pink brick house at the end of a long gravel driveway in Atoy, Texas. I started out collecting rocks to sell; not just any rocks but the pretty ones—rocks that looked like they had glitter on them and smooth brown cubes that looked like caramels. My favorites were the tiny pink rocks with little wrinkles and clefts in them that became magically transparent when I rubbed spit on them. Yes, I said spit…in this blog, you don’t pretend that you … Read more »

The Night Before My Birthday

December 29, 2014 by     0 Comments

It is the night before my birthday and all the through the house, Not a computer was stirring, just my little mouse. You see I work for myself and my schedule I make, So, I can be with my kids the day off I did take. All the articles, billing and payments had been done, And I had looked over the year which had been such fun. I started with getting my mom all settled for the big Eight O, Then off create great changes for my clients you know. I coached and spoke and prayed over many and much, To see them … Read more »

Sometimes You’re the Windshield, Sometimes You’re the Bug

September 29, 2014 by     0 Comments

Suicide is not a fun topic, but I feel compelled to write about it nonetheless. Please consider this your warning that there are Deep Thoughts below. When someone such as Robin Williams, who has been a part of our lives, making us laugh in our living rooms, abruptly departs from this world it can churn up all kinds of memories like a flood. In fancy psychological terms, this is called an “anniversary reaction.”  My dear friend Kate wrote about this eloquently on her blog. That post spurred us to have a great … Read more »

Networking is Like Gumbo

August 23, 2014 by     0 Comments

I love to cook as much as I love to coach. I have read more cookbooks in my life than any other type of book and will take every opportunity to hang in the kitchen with chefs of all stripes, including the wonderfully inspiring Leah Chase of Dooky Chase in New Orleans (that’s her in the picture). Sometimes my two worlds collide, like when I led a marketing workshop for a group of solo-practice lawyers. We covered many things, including how to reach their clients through networking. As soon as I uttered the word … Read more »

Freckles, Love and All

July 23, 2014 by     0 Comments

I have always had freckles. Truly, I have so many freckles you couldn’t count them all if you had two entire days! I even have one on the bottom of my left big toe! To say that I hated them as a kid would be a huge understatement. In school, kids constantly told me I would be pretty if it weren’t for all those spots. Or I was asked, “What happened to you, do those hurt?” To make matters worse, school pictures came around every year after I had spent the summer outside, piling on more freckles. So, I began to … Read more »

Are You Leading Your Life Or Are You Failing to Launch?

June 23, 2014 by     0 Comments

I'll admit it: I’m a chick flick fan. One of my favorite movies is Failure to Launch. It is funny and bittersweet—my favorite combo and it has more than a couple of stars from my beloved Lone Star state. But what really makes me love it is that it delivers some great lessons with a lot of love. (If you haven’t seen it and are a fan of ‘girly’ movies, definitely add it to your list!) In the movie, Matthew McConaughey’s character is living at home with his parents. Well into his 30's, he is way past his expiration … Read more »

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