Power of Focus

I'm on deadline. I've heard author friends use the phrase before. I offered them a slight bow and determined to respect their valuable time. In the ten years I've labored as an aspiring author, I had not used the term myself. Until now. A decade of languishing in the wilderness without…

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Essential Luxuries

&nbsp Calendar pages flurry past our eyes, ruffling our lashes. Our one life races to its inevitable end, and each of us wants to make the most of it. Wisdom teaches us we can do anything but not everything, leaving us to choose what matters most. Food. Water. Shelter. Health. Survival…

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9 Things Successful People Do Differently

I devour recommended reading lists, double-stacking new volumes into my bulging shelves each month. Books gleaming with insights for optimizing purpose and impact rank high among my favorites. I most love the authors who craft great content into succinct packages. Brevity demonstrates respect for the productive lifestyle's most precious resource--time. My appreciation…

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Formulas for a Successful 2016

As February fades, we glance at past weeks in our rear view mirror. The passion we had at the year's dawn now shrinks in the distance. We gape at the road ahead. Such a long, winding trek looms between our place and those audacious goals. Doubt prickles the backs of our…

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True Love Surpasses Romance

Grocery aisles bleed pink and burgundy. Lacy tulle billows throughout the marketplace. It's February. Lovers, truffles, and bears. Oh, my. Romance novelists and greeting card manufacturers squeal with delight through these weeks. Sappy movies flood theaters and television channels. Chiseled jaw heroes ingest special magnets, it seems. No force of fate…

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Daring Greatly

If I asked whether you'd like to wallow in the dull ache of emptiness or plunge into life as a vivid adventure, how would you respond? Could you embrace the challenge of wholehearted living with honesty? Many of us wrap ourselves in the comforts of mediocrity and anonymity, but shrink back…

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New Year's Blueprint: Upgrade your Resolutions

We wrap the refuse and clutter of 2015 in plastic bags, walking our burdens to the curb in wee-hour darkness. We clench our fists on the regretted junk. Questions swirl in our heads as the heavy load weighs on our weary bodies. How could we have avoided these losses? Did we…

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Marvelous Free Gifts

Electronics glimmer from their glossy ad space. Svelte stars insist their allure comes in spray bottles. Television families cheer while unwrapping the luxury gifts of their dreams. With marketing campaigns at full-throttle this season, your carols might warp into less festive groans. "It's the most wonderful . . . HUMPH! It's…

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Yearning for More

The alarm buzzes. The clock glares a red set of digits, imploring you to start the day. You brush the same teeth, dress in one of your usual outfits, and hurry through breakfast--if you manage to get breakfast, that is. Whether reports, emails, or scrubbing vomit from the floor, tasks pounce…

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