Are you an emotional spender?

The number-one problem in today’s generation and economy is the lack of financial literacy. Alan Greenspan Even when times may be tough financially, some of us still don’t have a handle on our spending. It’s not for lack of knowledge. Often, it’s a struggle with self-control. You went to the mall to buy a birthday […]

Is it time to stop complaining and solve the problem?

Do everything without grumbling or arguing. Philippians 2:14 Point to Ponder: When problems arise, resilient people determine what is within their control to fix and go about the business of fixing it. Perhaps the change that’s nudging you isn’t about a new career, a new relationship, or a new home. It may not be a […]

How bright is your light?

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 Point to Ponder: Happiness is derived from helping others, making a difference, and serving the world in your own unique way. No matter what your purpose in life, this is an underlying mission: […]

In what way do you need to speak up?

Point to Ponder: One of the most common traits of effective leaders is their ability to effectively communicate in any situation. While interning for a minor league sports team during graduate school, I heard rumblings one afternoon that civil rights icon Rosa Parks was in the building. Our offices were in the civic center, and […]

Could you turn your passion into profit?

Point to Ponder: Doing work you love has a significant impact on your well-being. “Do what you love, Val, and the rewards will come.” This was a piece of advice given to me by one of my mentors not long after I first began working. I was intrigued yet skeptical when he said it. If […]

What would financial freedom look like for you?

Point to Ponder: You need a vision for your finances just as you need a vision for your life. Get clear. Write it down. Then start walking toward it. In a culture that often equates wealth with materialism, it’s no wonder debt is out of control and savings are low. Answer these questions for yourself: […]

How to Deal with Narcissists, Guilt-Trippers and Manipulators

Have you ever had someone say something so upsetting to you that you found yourself quickly ticking off a list of counterarguments to dispute their assertions? You fuss aloud as though they are there, practicing what you are going to say – or what you should have said. You get sucked into rehashing the conversation, ruminating about […]

Is Impatience Sabotaging Your Potential?

Point to Ponder: Patience can be developed with practice. What goal or desire are you rushing toward? What is it that you just can’t wait to see unfold in your life? It often seems the thing we want most can take the longest to manifest. And while we’re waiting, it can be tempting to try […]

Is Your Busyness Based In Fear?

When you say yes to things that are not purposeful for you, you are essentially saying no to your real priorities. What is it about saying no that makes some of us so anxious? Many people overload their schedules simply because they are too concerned with what others think. Saying no is simple, really: “No, […]

Will You Let Go of the Old to Make Room for the New?

When I bought my first place back in the 90s, I decided to replace the handles on every cabinet and drawer in the kitchen and the bathrooms. I went to a hardware store and picked out new handles, unscrewed all the old ones, and replaced them with the shiny, new modern ones. Then I did […]