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  • Decisions – What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

    Decisions – What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Whether you’re a college graduate looking for a new job or a seasoned empty next mom looking for insight on what to do after the kids fly the coop, you are both at a point of indecision. Times in your life when you have a decision to make but feel like you have no clear direction can leave you frustrated.   How to decide what to do I will say the obvious answer for me is to pray about it. But, the answer is deeper than that. Why? Because the answer may be right before you, but…

  • How to get your creative juices flowing

    How to get your creative juices flowing

    How to get your creative juices flowing. If you’re anything like me and other creatives, you have those moments when the creative flow stops. You need and long for, even pray for, a creative breakthrough. My exciting new career in publishing has already had moments of banging my head against the wall. I’m an indie-author which means I’m doing self-publishing. What this means in layman’s terms is that I’m writing, self-editing, formatting, searching for styles of book covers, creating accompanying materials, maintaining this blog and social media accounts. In other words, my creative juices are not for the obvious task at hand (writing) but for several other day to day…

  • Six Ideas To A Creative Breakthrough

          Whether you are twiddling the Saturday away wanting to ‘try something new.’ Or you are sitting at your office desk, staring at a new assignment wondering where to look for inspiration for the work ahead.. We all have times in our life when we need our creativity needs a boost. Here are 6 ideas to creating a creative breakthrough you can use today. 1. Look Behind You History can be a great teacher. What’s something creative you used to do, but you haven’t done in years.  Maybe it’s time to shake the dust off.  I recently resumed paining. I haven’t painted with oils since the mid 80’s! …

  • Mindset Healing – Virus Protection For Your Brain

    Mindset healing is like Virus Protection for your Brain… We all know how dangerous a virus on our computer can be. If you have a PC, it can cause the blue screen of death. It can be destructive or if nothing else slow you down to the crawl of an inchworm. Now, we even virus protection for our smart phones because we use them just as much or more than our trusty desktop computer. I’ve read that our brain’s capacity for knowledge is more powerful than a computer. What??!! Can you imagine that? I know I can’t because , but it made me think about the fact that my brain…

  • Ditching the Golden Handcuffs – Quit Your Job, Follow Your Passions

    I took the leap from the edge of the cliff. I had been monitoring the under currents, the wind direction, and the weather. I finally decided to jump. I decided to resign from my stable, secure, corporate job and follow my passions and my heart.  My heart was calling me home. It wasn’t a snap decision. No, it had been a decision mulling in my mind for well over 1 year, probably close to 2, and if I were truly truthful, 2 1/2 years. Probably closer to 3. Yes, 3 years. That’s it. Three years of being 100% satisfied at a job, but not LOVING what I was doing. I…

  • Blogging Creativity Is All About Taking Risks

    Two years ago I tapped into my creativity after rediscovering myself during the Empty Nest years. I had sort of let that part of myself diminish due to the busyness of life and concentrating on family and work. I rediscovered and embraced my love of the written word and learned a few things along the way about creativity and creative people. Key Traits of Creative People One of the key traits of creative people is that they’re risk takers. They’re not afraid to put something new out into the world that might be laughed at. They don’t mind being dismissed as crazy. If you want to be a more creative…

  • Why I Love Monday’s, especially today 9/23

    It hasn’t always been that way. For more years than I care to remember, I HATED Mondays! I’d start thinking about the Monday coming as early as Saturday. By late Sunday afternoon I was dreading Monday so much that I was almost sick. And I’m not the only one. The facts are, most heart attacks happen on… Monday morning! But over the years I’ve found out that Mondays are really MARVELOUS! It may be the most MAGIC day of the week… …if you know how to MAXIMIZE Monday. Here’s an amazing program that shows you how to make this coming Monday a bonafide masterpiece. www.RatRaceBeGone.com Hugs and feathers from the…

  • Success really is as easy as 1,2,3

    To lead a successful life, career, or business, you need only three things: 1. A crystal clear understanding of WHAT you want to achieve. 2. A passionate desire and burning WHY that inspires massive action. 3. A plan of action which points to HOW success will be achieved and when. The problem however is that while everyone wants to be successful, far too many people are unsure of their WHAT, WHY, and HOW. I can help and here’s a free video series and manifesto for creating your breakthrough and taking control of your life. www.RatRaceBeGone.com You’re going to love this! Hugs and feathers from the nest~~()~~ P.S. You really need…

  • Nowhere to hide

    Human behavior … it’s fascinating, isn’t it? So many inexplicable things … – we chase a piece of lead down a strip of ice with a broomstick and call it an Olympic sport (“curling”) – we kill  bulls and call it a entertainment (bullfighting) – we corrode fish with a solvent and call it a delicacy (“lutefisk”) – and we do everything we can to avoid achieving our goals – calling it “progress” Well, I can’t do much about curling, bullfighting or lutefisk, but an exciting program opening on Sept 23rd however, might just solve that goal problem. Click here for a great video, a killer report and find out…

  • Someday has arrived

    Once upon a time… Not too many years ago… There was a woman… Who dreamed great dreams… Who imagined a wonderful life… But instead of taking action… She chose to say someday… She promised herself that… Someday… She was going to write a book… She was going to get in great shape… She was going to travel the world… She was going to make her mark… She was going to live an extraordinary life… Then one day, with regret and a saddened heart… That woman, now much older, realized… That those things won’t happen, not now – not ever! Unless she stopped making excuses… Unless she stopped being afraid… Unless…

  • Does Your Life Need an Extreme Makeover?

    Have ever looked for a simple, effective, and no-nonsense approach to goal setting that can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime? Extreme Life Makeover What follows is what is called the Extreme Life Makeover. Follow it to the letter and you will be quite pleased with the outcome. It’s a simple six step process that is easy to learn, easy to apply, and perhaps most important, easy to get results from. 1. WHAT specific goal do you want to achieve? Be precise or don’t bother moving to the next step. 2. WHY is the achievement of this goal(s) so important? Be clear on the key drivers and motivation or the…

  • Change Your Life in 100 Days

    I’d like you to consider the implications of this idea: What if I were to follow you with a camera crew 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next 100 days while you went for your goals? I bet 3 things would happen… 1. You would START doing the things you say you need to do. 2. You would STOP doing the things you know you shouldn’t be doing. 3. You would MAKE monumental performance gains and change your life.   Reach Goals With Accountability This is ALL possible through the discipline of accountability. Accountability serves and protects your character, credibility and commitments. It ensures that what…

  • Are you tired of putting it off?

    Did you know that September 23rd begins the final 100 day countdown of the year? But that’s plenty of time — if you act now — to make your own personal history and finish the year strong. Here are two questions I’d like you to ask yourself… What one big dream have I been putting off going after because I didn’t think I had the time, the money or the experience? Am I now ready to see it manifested in my life and ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen? If you said YES! then stop what you’re doing now (I’ll tell you why in a minute)…

  • The Importance of September 23rd

    September 23rd may very well prove to be the most important day of your life. Why? #1 It marks the final 100 days of the year. #2 It provides you with an opportunity to redeem yourself by finishing the year strong. #3 It represents the turning point in your life and will come to symbolize, the day you took full control of your destiny. Since you’ve read this far, consider a few questions: How many of your goals have you accomplished so far this year? Have your current strategies made you healthier, wealthier and happier? If you continue doing what you’ve done these past 265 days where will you be,…

  • 12 Rules to Increase Your Productivity

    My empty nest this Fall is going to be BUSY. I’m working on my book. I’ve started a new hobby. I’m still working full-time. I’m building a fun little candle business. AND of course I’m continuing to build this website to help empty nest moms! I was observing some ants recently and was reminded of the scripture in Proverbs 6:6 “Consider the ant, you sluggard.” Now, I don’t fancy myself as a sluggard, BUT I started thinking about the ants and how productive and what good workers they are. The ant is diligent The ant works in silence The ant can get a little mean if you get in it’s…

  • How big is your box of crayons?

    When I was a kid one of my big thrills each school year was the fun of going shopping for school supplies. One of the supplies in elementary school was a box of crayons. Now, while I was excited to get a new box of crayons and I was really excited when they came out with those BIG boxes of crayons. A bigger box meant more colors and now I could have a sun with different colors of yellows and orange. As and adult, I look at my purpose and dreams as a box of crayons. I prefer to have a big box of dreams now. During my empty nest…

  • Get over yourself

    Get over yourself. That’s been my battle cry the past few days as I have been conquering this Branded Video Challenge. See the latest take on bloopers (the bleepers are muttered under my breath) [youtube]http://youtu.be/Vrv1r3Wlv7M[/youtube] One of gals in the group said it best, “Finding the biggest hurdle is yourself”. Yup, it’s the truth. Usually the biggest hurdle to conquering any challenge is finding the core problem. And self sure does get in the say – A LOT. Like the track racer that is running and having to jump over the hurdles, the biggest obstacle to overcome is self. The #1 lesson. Know this. You ARE going to fail. You…

  • Facing fear head on

    I’m facing my fear of making videos head on! I am taking part in a 6 week Branded video challenge and below is my 3rd video. [youtube]http://youtu.be/yyb3fYc-Hy0[/youtube] Yes, I know the lighting is bad. I know it’s not perfect. But, hey! Perfect can come later! This challenge I’m participating in was first issued to just one person in the group. But soon, others of us knew and realized that we needed to conquer “video” as well in order be well rounded Marketers with our websites and businesses. When it’s time to conquer fears, you first have to firmly identify the fear and then create the action plan. We were very…

  • I was so afraid to do this

    I REALLY was afraid to do this.  One of the members of the mastermind group I am in decided to overcome her fear of being on video by doing videos. This is something I struggle with as well, but I know I needed to get over it…some day. Well, I decided to encourage her along and take the challenge along with her. SO, here is my first “real me” video. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgWv2R246w8[/youtube] We have talked a lot in the group about all our insecurities and taking part in this challenge.  In fact, our mentor decided to sponsor a group wide challenge WITH PRIZES to encourage more of us take part.  The…

  • Mapping your life with purpose

    Does your life have purpose? I know many empty nest moms come to “the end” of the mom journey with a huge let down. I can remember when our son left for college even though we had our “plans” on what we were going to do, it was still a big emotional hurdle to over come.  We had a small family in a small house, so when he wasn’t there it left a huge void. You may be searching for new purpose in your life right now. Maybe you desire to do something – a blog or a business. Or, you feel like there’s ‘something more’ but you just don’t…