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Can You Afford to Spend Your Time on That?

Can You Afford to Spend Your Time on That?

I went to an appointment today and the person I was supposed to meet with was over an hour late. She was so late I had to go to another appointment and then drive the 17 miles back to her office for our 15-minute meeting. I’m not sure whether I’m more ticked about having to…

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Writing a Sentence and Starting Your Novel

Writing a Sentence and Starting Your Novel

“I’m working on a novel.” – me and about every writer I know. Before I started writing, I would actually spend time reading books for enjoyment and knowledge. Now that I’m working on another novel (really), my reading is a little more critical. Justify My Writing Existence Being painfully truthful, I read books in my…

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When Was the Last Time You Negotiated with Life

When Was the Last Time You Negotiated with Life

“Life, are you there?” “Yes. I’m always here.” “Right. Could we negotiate a couple of things?” “Like, what?” “Let’s start with the gym…” In a constant battle with your life? Starting with being 15 minutes behind when your day begins? You’re not alone. Read on… You can try to negotiate with Life, but Life always…

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Do You Need to Save Your Kids From Overachievement

Do You Need to Save Your Kids From Overachievement

Are your kids trying to do too much in high school? My daughter’s senior year of high school started out to be brutal. Signing up for several Honor classes, she found herself glued to studying and homework 7-days a week. This took a toll in a number of areas of her life. Classes vs Life…

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Moms Don’t Need to Be Perfect Just Awesome

Moms Don't Need to Be Perfect Just Awesome

Do you feel like you haven’t lived up to being a “Good Mother”? Are you anti-Mother’s Day due to the pressure of being a “Perfect Mom”? Confusing Awesome with Perfect I bet you’re an awesome mother. I bet you’re more amazing than you think you are. I bet you aren’t perfect. And I bet that’s…

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True Love is Being Married to an Everlasting Gobstopper

True Love is Being Married to an Everlasting Gobstopper

My wife was leaving the house yesterday morning and looked “A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.” Don’t be jealous; I’m a lucky guy. In a jumble of hormones and emotion, I blurted out, “You’re my EVERLASTING GOBSTOPPER!” She smiled and replied, “I’ve always wanted to be a gobstopper.” Weird? No. Not if you have a fine-tuned universal-man/woman-translator. Luckily she does.…

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You Have the Ability to Conquer the Summit

You Have the Ability to Conquer the Summit

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” ― Winston Churchill Wanting it all today sets your mind up for failure. Standing at the base of that mountain, the summit can seem unattainable. At the base of the climb, those lofty goals can change your mind from “I…

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In the End, Don’t We Really All Want the Same Thing

In the End, Don't We Really All Want the Same Thing

The constant political battle in the United States is exhausting. My wife’s tactic is to get me to turn off the news, it’s just too negative for her. “I figure you will tell me if something happens that I need to know about.” – Wife Smart move on her part, as I put on my…

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What Do You Do When You’re Bored With Your Novel

What Do You Do When You're Bored With Your Novel

I’m about 20,000 words (20k) in on a novel and am a little bored with it. Maybe it’s not boredom. Maybe the problem is I’m excited about another novel series I want to start. Committed vs Being Committed The result is that I’ve stalled in working on my novel. I make up excuses not to…

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