2102, 2017

Unearth the Gems Inside of You

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We’ve all seen rocks. We’ve kicked them, collected them, and skipped them over ponds. Rocks located near rough waters or lining fast-moving streams get tumbled and worn, smoothed and reshaped. Rocks tumbling down mountainsides range from jagged boulders to tiny pebbles not much bigger than seeds which accompany them on their downward path.

Yet, what looks like a rock on the outside isn’t always the case. While many rocks divided in two are bound to become smaller versions of the mother rock. Others conceal one of nature’s great surprises. Deep within Earth’s crust and buried beneath mountains of rocks, hold crystallized minerals known as gemstones.

Chiseling away below certain rocks reveal shimmering beauty. Colors so brilliant they can only be found in nature. Yet, each rock reveals something quite different. Whether […]

702, 2017

Lessons from the Life of a Juggler

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For those of you who don’t know me well, besides being a writer, I am also a professional juggler. For 25 years, my husband and I have performed for audiences large and small, young and old. For the last couple of years. I had been trying to push the juggler me to the back so the publisher me, the professional one, can shine, but I realized I AM the sum of all my experiences.

Juggling speaks to who I am as a person, as an entrepreneur. Trying and failing and trying again is how I built my first career as a juggler and that’s how I’m building my second one as The Happy Self-Publisher. All the things I learned, I’ve taken with me on my new journey.

I also am […]

2403, 2016


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If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle

1503, 2016

My Journey from Writer to Author

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I’m thrilled to have author, speaker and entrepreneur Donna Duffy as our guest blogger today. Donna recently published Embracing Autumn: A Motivational Field Guide for Midlife Women Entrepreneurs. This is her take on the experience.

Process, Presence and Positioning—My Journey from Writer to Author — Embracing Autumn

Writing a book has been on my heart and on my bucket list for years.  To have checked that off in 2015 brought a deep sense of pride and accomplishment.  The endeavor brought with it insight and lessons about self and what I value and hold dear. As a result, though my book has not flown off the shelves or gained me a spot on a national talk show, it has added to my contribution to the business world and […]

701, 2016

Who are you competing against?

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“If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.”

~ Unknown

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2511, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday

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2111, 2015


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1105, 2015

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1212, 2012

The Circle of Life

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Circle of LifeThe phrase “circle of life” seems like a misnomer. I saw The Lion King on Broadway last weekend where to the phrase was transformed into melodic triumph and celebration. The hunter and the hunted stood side by side and recognized their place in the continuity of the savanna and the world.  Although sad in parts, it elevated the passing of life and miracle birth to showstopping grandeur. Yet, circle doesn’t aptly describe the transition.

Last night, I joined my friend and his family at his parent’s house. His dad is dying. Sent home with Hospice a few days ago, the 89 year old laid in a hospital bed in the living room surrounded by his family and friends. […]

706, 2012

Pardon Me While I Hyperventilate

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We all know that dirty little 6-letter word…change.  Whether it occurs through our own conscious decision or is thrust harshly upon us, change carries with it varying amounts of anticipation and consternation. Often, we have to endure the hard part before we get to the reason we get out of bed every morning.

In the past 2 weeks, my son turned 18 and graduated from high school.  It’s truly a celebratory time in our family, but also a time of reflection.  He’ll be off to the College of William and Mary in the fall leaving his childhood behind him. More importantly, he’s leaving us behind him. It’s everything that I could have ever dreamed for him yet it […]