The work before the work never ends

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Beginning a creative project means we have to face our skill level first. We give up before we start. How did this successful author build her skills?

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Be the verb

This past week, my church had a Grand Opening. We moved from our tiny, cramped out-of-the-way location to a larger space on a busy street. Talk about exciting!

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Time Management for Real Life

I recently coached a client who can’t get it all done.  There is just too much on her plate to handle. 

Ever feel like that?

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Not my monkey – Not my zoo

monkey looking into a mirror: Anytime you think the problem is "out there" that thought is the problem. Stephen Covey

I don’t remember where I picked up that phrase, nor who coined it.  It’s probably the punchline to a tired old joke.

But I can tell you, it is one handy way to help you recognize your boundaries.

I remember a former co-worker of mine.  I’ll call her Mary.  She is a loving mother and grandmother.  Her son is a pretty good guy, but he married

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Are you a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch?

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I hate onions. There.  I said it.  I have faced years of ridicule in my family for hating onions, especially as deeply as I do, yet I have endured.  I remember a cute little song from my mom’s childhood about the sheer odiousness of onions

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Where is Your Studio?

There is a spot just outside of town filled with whimsical animals, giant metal dinosaurs, wacky motor vehicles, a giant vase covered in hubcaps and a fountain.  It’s called the Swetsville Zoo.  Even the gate is made of fanciful gargoyles

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