Failing Forward or Just Failing – How do I know?

I bet most of us wonder this sometimes. I sure have. It’s easy in this world of so much happening around us so much of the time to wonder if we are indeed making progress or just running in place, if that. Attitude and how you use the failures to inform better moves forward are big parts of the difference in my estimation. If you use what you perceive as failure – as lessons and then apply the lessons – you are moving forward constructively. It’s about all you can ask of yourself after tough stuff. The most glaring difficulty can be that it doesn’t seem like progress happens fast enough… if that’s where you dwell. Celebrating every tiny victory can help for a while. Another thing that can help is setting specific goals as you dig out of where you are – with 5 or 10 things you require yourself to achieve each day to help you see your own progress and grow the...

The Lionhearted

What is the most frustrating thing about being an ENFP? If you enjoy Myers-Briggs personality tests…and find you are an ENFP – maybe this will ring a bell. I answered a question on Quora I’m sharing here now. I type as an ENFP…like many many people who get a kick out of studying personality typing. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It has been immensely helpful for me in building a broader understanding of how differently two people can process the same information. I’ve taken the test officially twice and a few times in different moods online – curious to see if the results were similar… and, interestingly, in my case – results were similar. In our utter imperfect humanness – we each try to figure out this life one day at a time. This was a topic I knew from the moment I read the question – I DO, indeed, have...

My Cup Runneth Over

This is one of my favorite moments in the old ‘Little House on the Prairie’ TV series that starred Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon. It used to be my very favorite show and I still keep a warm place in my heart for it. I associate watching this show over the years with such fond memories. There’s a point in one episode where Laura says these words when her heart is full. It’s a sweet moment. This biblical idea speaks to how I see my own life. I am full of wonder and awe for the life around me now. I am grateful for the good that has shown up in my life. Has there been frustration and difficulty? Absolutely, but it hasn’t overwhelmed the goodness and that, my friends, I think is the goal of the balancing act of life. The life around me full of love, peace, generosity, wisdom, laughter, affection, and calm contentment. It is a wonderful thing. I cherish it...

Peace, Contentment, & Joy

My wish for your new year is that it is full of discovery, love, and kindness. My hope for you is that you will stand strong for yourself and what you value not backing down to appease those who try to game you out of yourself. My hope for you is that you will travel – whether in the physical world or in your mind to places that fill you with the best kinds of growth, adventure, and peace. I hope gratitude for the goodness around you is an easy place to land as you find ways to share that with others. By 12 months from now – I hope you find you did not set yourself aside or, worse yet, lose yourself along the way. My wish for your new year is to find the best life has to offer you in the ways that feed your soul. Have a wonderful new year.

Different Kinds of Courage

Am I an energetic eager entrepreneur or a loyal long-time consistent employee? Am I an idealist or pragmatist? Am I a woman who reveres tradition or sheds it to reinvent at every opportunity? Am I a woman who teaches my kids to follow rules or how to think for themselves instead? Am I a woman who is follow rules or makes up rules as I go along? Am I a woman who is brave and courageous or afraid? Am I a competent leader or a capable team member? Am I playful or serious? Am I all business made-up of directives and strong execution or am I entirely free-spirited wanderlust? Am I a woman who married for a lifetime with heart-honoring intent or a woman who went rogue and became single again to live as a whole person? Am I a woman victimized many times in life leaving me feeling at a loss sometimes or am I a woman triumphant over difficulties many times leaving me stronger and with more...

When Quotes Come Together

This is one of two quotes that popped up within a couple minutes of each other on my phone today from different apps that spray me with inspiration. The other one is: Never stop challenging yourself. The day you do, you’re falling behind. Sometimes little reminders are exactly the glue that helps a discombobulating moment make sense. There have been periods of time when I’ve been in a constant state of learning – just couldn’t absorb enough new information – making connections in the air, and making things happen left and right. There are have also been times where I took a break. I always considered it getting off at the rest area for a breather. We live in a time that shows us regularly the rest area is not the break it used to be – as things shift and change so fast. That doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t need the breather. It just...