• Leadership & Personal Development

    Busyness vs Productivity

    I was listening to a podcast the other day (when am I not listening to a podcast?!) and heard a wonderful quote by Corrie ten Boom: “If the devil cannot make us bad, he will make us busy.” Then I was reading in “Are you Fully Charged” by Tom Rath, and he had a whole section on busyness versus productivity. The next day I read about being busy in another book (“The 12 Week Year” by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington). Guess the universe is trying to tell me something. If a mouse runs on a wheel all day, it will have been “busy”, but it will have gone nowhere…

  • Leadership & Personal Development

    Who Do I Want to Be? (an exercise in visualization)

    I was at my sister-in-law’s house over the weekend and happened to spy on her shelf a copy of The Start Your Day Journal created by Rachel Hollis. I was a little excited to see it. My sister-in-law hesitantly admitted that she hadn’t started using it yet. She confessed that she was a little intimidated by the first step–creating a vision of your future self. (If you want to learn more about Rachel Hollis’ Start Today Journals and her process of visualizing check out this VIDEO or this PODCAST.) I agreed with her. The idea can be a little abstract. In fact, after hearing the how-to process on a recent…

  • Leadership & Personal Development

    Self-Care Suggestions

    I first heard the analogy of the vase from Rachel Hollis. She tells it often on her live videos and from stage. It is such powerful imagery. Imagine a tall, glass vase standing under a non-stop flow of water. The vase symbolizes you and the flowing water stands for the things you need (sleep, nutrients, self-care, love, etc.). Around you there are several empty cups (your kids, your spouse, friends, work, etc.) waiting to be filled. As you see the needs of those around you, you tip yourself and pour from your stores into the empty cups. You keep tipping and pouring and before long, you have tipped so far…

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    Overcoming Your Fear of Failure

    If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw my recent post about making mistakes. I confessed that even though I have worked on my mindset a lot in this area, I still have a little fear about making mistakes. People fear making mistakes for several reasons. They might think, “If I’ve failed once then I’ll probably fail again.” They could fear the repercussions and risks. They don’t want to disappoint others or are afraid of rejection. They’ve defined their self-worth by their success. Maybe avoiding failure has become a learned response—they expect someone to come to the rescue because someone always has and therefore have never learned how to…

  • Family & Homeschool

    Getting Started with Homeschooling

    We’ve been homeschooling since our oldest was 4. She’s turning 17 this March. Crazy! We’ve been doing it for a long time, but it seems like just yesterday that we decided homeschooling was the right thing for our family. Luckily we’ve loved <<almost>> every minute of it. Over the years we’ve had a lot of people talk to us about homeschooling. Some are curious and want help getting started. Some are skeptical and think they could never do it. Some praise us and others criticize us. But, I think overall, most people admire us for our decision to homeschool and have seen how it has benefited our children. I’ve put…

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    Motivation–Guest Post

    I’m super excited to introduce you to our guest–our son, Ephram. Jonathan and Ephram have a weekly commitment in which Ephram reads from a classic book for 30 minutes a day for 3 days, then writes his thoughts on what he read. He specifically looks for leadership traits in the characters. As a reward, Ephram gets 30 extra minutes of screen time. One of the books he has been reading recently is called Edge by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. It is full of short articles and stories and pictures and quotes that are designed to teach young people the principles of self-improvement. This post is one of the papers…

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    7 Steps to Set You Up for SUCCESS

    Last week I went to see Rachel Hollis’ Made for More documentary with some girlfriends. First, I love hanging out with my friends, and I realized I don’t do it enough. This year I want to make a better effort to get together with them. Second, it was an awesome learning experience! Rachel puts on a personal development conference every year and, because she gets that not everyone has the money or the ability to attend her 3 day conference, she provides some hi-lights in the form of a documentary. It’s for anyone who can get to the  movie theater and buy a ticket. She wants everyone to have a…

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    Leaders Play Hurt

    I remember vividly sitting around the TV with my family in 1993 watching the Phoenix Suns in the NBA finals against the Chicago Bulls. Two things stand out most about this memory. Firstly – my mom screams while rooting for athletics. She can be a rowdy fan! Secondly was the awe I felt while watching Charles Barkley rise through an injury to lead the team. This memory really stands out, because Charles Barkley was originally very excited to come to the Suns, hoping he wouldn’t have to be the team leader like he was for the 76ers. He was looking forward to being a strong support for Kevin Johnson and…

  • Family & Homeschool

    Best of 2018

    At this time of year people usually reflect on the past year and make plans for a successful new year. I can’t remember a time when I’ve ever reflected, but this year I decided to do it. And I asked my kids to do the same. The way we did it was to go back through our Chatbooks. Chatbooks have got to be the greatest idea ever. Chatbooks is linked to my personal Instagram account, and whenever I add a picture to Instagram, it automatically links to Chatbooks. When I have 60 images, a book is generated and mailed. It’s a super simple way for me to document our activities.…

  • Family & Homeschool

    Acts of Service {free printable}

    This year we did an awesome thing! Back in January, I set a goal that we would complete 50 acts of service as a family before the end of the year. And we finished on Monday. Yay! 50 acts of service in one year breaks down to about 1 act of service every week. I created a chart for us to keep track on and we brainstormed some ideas. There were some weeks when we did nothing and had to play catch-up. Even with our list of ideas, we had times when we couldn’t think of any way to serve. I asked friends and searched Pinterest. Some of our acts…