H is for Hard Work

Have you ever thought about how you would define hard work?  I think we can all agree field workers that spend eight hours a day picking produce under the hot summer sun are performing hard work. Of course, that goes without being said. But is physical labor the only kind of hard work? According to a rather short-sighted article by Jason Fried, the answer is yes. But I disagree, and I’ll tell you why. WHAT IS HARD WORK Of course, chefs in...

G is for Godly Goals

I have a feeling that for many of my readers, the idea of Godly Goals might be a foreign concept. Goals are just goals, right? Well, not so fast. In a recent conversation with a dear friend, she told me that she was in a knitting competition with one of her acquaintances. At first, her competitiveness came roaring alive but for all the wrong reasons. The passive aggressiveness of her competitor got the better of her, and soon she found...

F is for Financial Freedom

You may hear “financial freedom” and think independently wealthy, and while that is one way to define it, it’s not the only way.  Being financially free means the ability to maintain your current lifestyle without the support of a regular paycheck. In this article, I’m not going to give you a five-step plan to be a millionaire by the time you retire. There are plenty of resources like that out there already. What I am going to provide you with,...

E is for Education

My all-time favorite saying is, “You don’t have to have a degree to have an education.” I’m not sure if I came up with the quote or if I heard it somewhere, but either way, it resonated deeply within me. It took me 17 years after high school graduation to earn my Bachelor’s degree. While I went to school on and off during those years, I was constantly learning. My informal education includes hundreds of books on health, natural healing...

D is for Don’t Wait

How many times have you said to yourself or someone else, “The time just isn’t quite right.” Or “I’ll start _____ when _____ happens.”  If you’re anything like me, the answer is “too many times.” Why Waiting for the Perfect Time is Ill-Advised The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect time. Sure, there’s an ideal time, but perfection is an unattainable goal. I want you to consider what you could achieve if you weren’t waiting for the...

C is for Career

What's the Difference Between a Job and a Career? Have you ever thought about the difference between a job and a career? While we often use those words interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between the two. One of the easiest ways to tell if you’re working a job or a career is to examine your mindset. Are you working this position as just a means to an end?  Do you work just to support your basic needs but aren’t passionate...

B is for Balance

Feeling Balanced is About Effective Time Management In today’s current work environment, many of us are working from home part-time or full-time. I know I am not the only person struggling to focus at home when my kid needs help with something, or the laundry needs switching out, or I think of something late at night, and decide to get a jump-start on tomorrow. When I constantly allow myself to be interrupted, I am not nearly as effective as I could...

Asking for a Raise

If you are uncomfortable with the idea of asking for a raise, you’re not alone. Why is it so difficult to assess our strengths, then ask someone else to recognize our worth monetarily? The fear of rejection is real. Being rejected after asking for a raise can sew seeds of doubts about our value as a professional. That’s a challenging situation to put yourself in, and it’s no wonder why many people avoid asking for a raise. But don’t...

Do you need a reset

WHY EVERYONE NEEDS TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON I've been struggling for the last two weeks to buckle down and get my life organized. I feel like I've been busy, busy, busy, but treading more water than swimming laps, if you know what I mean. I've been doing a lot of stuff but not getting anything done. I'm going in a million directions and failing to go anywhere at all. Have you ever felt like that?  Your mind feels cluttered, your...

What Does a Book Editor Do?

Why do I need a book editor? With the myriad of resources available to new authors, it’s easy to think that you don’t need a book editor. But that is a rookie mistake, and I’ll tell you why. Book editors, like myself, put a fresh set of eyes on your work. Have you ever read something someone else had written and found simple mistakes?  When we’re writing, our brains fill in gaps and gloss over mistakes because we read what we...