One Simple Way to Lead Yourself Better

Having the ability to lead yourself is one of the most important characteristics a leader can have, yet it seems to be the one we neglect the most when it comes to learning about leadership. It doesn’t take long to figure out why we do this. After all, it’s a whole lot more appealing to read a book on leading others than it is to lead yourself. Changing other people’s behavior is far more satisfying than changing our own. Carefully crafted words may temporarily change my behavior, but a purposely lived life will leave an imprint on my soul. The…

Exploring Saint Sans, Learning from Beth Moore

Yesterday, I read the final pages of Beth Moore’s, The Undoing of Saint Silvanus. It’s bittersweet to finish a book like this. While it’s nice to know the full story, on the other hand, it’s sad to say goodbye to characters you’ve come to know and love- even if they are fictional. I even tried to slow my reading pace and delay the inevitability of the end drawing near. For a full week the book went from the front seat of my minivan, to the living room coffee table, and finally to my bedside table at…

Surviving Summer w/ Kids

Hello? Is this thing still working? I just had to go search for my password so I could login to my own website. Yikes! I guess it has been a while. Blogging is just too much to make a consistent habit right now. On top of daily life with five kids (who ALL need something different from me at the very same time every day), trying to edit/re-write a manuscript, & staying in a somewhat healthy rhythm spiritually/emotionally/mentally, I just can’t. So I don’t. But I do Instagram, so any random thoughts or ramblings tend to…

You Are What They Need

In my last post, I shared a broad overview of our one year adoption milestone. That first year is a doozy- not because of the child, per se, but anytime you grow or add to your family, there’s changes and adjustments that need to be made. And even in the best, most ideal circumstances, change brings new challenges and a new way of doing things. This may mean a new morning routine, a new mealtime routine, a new school routine, or a new bedtime routine. Because we are creatures of habit (and the older we get,…