Jealous Anyone?

Am I the only one plagued with the subtle voice saying I’m denied? Suggesting I’ve missed out, been passed over, came a minute too late to the party everyone else is attending? We have so much, you and I. So rich compared to just about anyone. Food, health, family,...

How to Evolve Your Decor Style

My daughter-in-law, Cady, and I were passing time looking at home decor magazines last week in the hospital. She was commenting on my decor style and I told her how it has evolved over time. I’ve enjoyed watching both Cady and our daughter-in-law Ailsa, create...

The Tension of Dreaming Big Yet Being Content

I got an email a few days ago that captured a common question. A friend wrote…. I know God has put certain desires in my heart, but also has placed me here in this season for a reason. At times it can be challenging to live in the now, learning practical things and...

I Just Don’t Get It

Ahhh the number of times I've said this! If ONLY I could figure out WHAT's going on and WHY, I could deal with it. But this not knowing and understanding, ugh!  Anyone relate? So many situations in life start out with what feels like only a sneak peek, maybe a trailer...

Stop and Smell the Achievement

I was quite excited yesterday when my publisher sent the link to the new updated edition of my book, Remember the Roses, now available on Kindle (printed copies available in just a few more days!) This new edition includes a redesigned cover and discussion questions...

Tough Choices

Monday night at our Love Your Life event in NYC, Tanea Smith shared about her decision to quit watching TV. This mother of two works full-time AND has built an incredible stationary company called, She's Got Papers, so clearly she's faced tough choices on a daily...

The Tension Between Faith and Doubt

Most of you know our family journey right now as we battle for our son Jordan's healing. What a week we're having in Tulsa, day-long doctor appointments, tests, discussions, it's an experience like no other. A dear friend told me a few days ago, that faith is not the...

Feeling Like a Train Wreck

I overheard Ron talking to one of our sons the other day, and something he said really stuck with me.... "Maybe where you are now has nothing to do with your future, other than preparing you. So love God, make it your aim to please Him, and trust this process to...

No Thanks Spanx

I love the story of Sara Blakely, how she invented and overcame a dozen "no thanks" moments on the road of inventing Spanx. The airport TV's were showing an interview with her on CNN Saturday. If you think the American dream is dead, just meet Sara Blakely. She’s...

Everyone’s Waving in the Bathroom

I spend lots of time in public bathrooms, primarily in airports. These days it seems like everyone is waving. Not to say "hello," or "Hey, pick me!"  Waving to make the seat cover change, the soap come out, the water turn on, and the towels to extend. To and fro, up...

Go Where You’re Celebrated, Not Where You’re Tolerated

Have you ever felt you belonged somewhere so you pushed your way in?  I sure have, with men dated, positions wanted, and platforms that just seemed right for my voice. Bad idea all around; not doing it anymore! I do believe in being proactive and in building our own...

Talk About No Taste

I cut into her like she was a piece of candy. Smooth, golden, perfectly oval like a late-summer jewel ready to make me smile. But instead, she was tasteless. Like a boring counterfeit. Dollars wasted and tongue told to go home empty. Then I remembered....the woman at...

I Should’ve Been in the Chaos on 9/11

...except that a meeting in Hartford, CT, a meeting I tried for months to schedule in the World Financial Center, meant a car picked me up at 5:30 for the 3-hour drive to CT. I almost didn't go. A bad chase of laryngitis made me want to stay in town and just go to the...

Fake It, Make It

We had a fabulous night last night, women gathered to focus on helping one another move toward doing their dreams, at our Love Your Life event in NYC. My wonderful guest, Ashlina Kaposta, a.k.a. The Decorista, and I talked about her journey as a young college student,...

Marry a Man Who…

...treats you with total, unabashed honor and respect. I'm pondering all the observations I make of women, beauties with so much to offer. Sadly even their Instagram photos look...shall we say...needy. So here's to all my beautiful, lovely, so-much-to-offer friends....

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