Life is a preparation…

Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.

~Albert Einstein

This week, focus on not only planning your week, but also being present and aware of the little opportunities for spontaneity that arise as you execute your plans. (from my Passion Planner)

’nuff said…




Virtual Coffee Date…

One of my favorite things is to have a good cup of coffee and visit with friends & family. It’s wonderful to take the time to slow down (you can’t drink hot coffee quickly) and be present, in the moment, sharing all the good in our lives.

I’d love to have a virtual cup of coffee with you! Venti pumpkin spice latte’s (with an extra shot) are my favorite fall splurge. The cost of one pumpkin spice latte (approx $4.86) will provide 18 MEALS for AT-RISK CHILDREN! Just 27 cents will provide a nutritious meal for a hungry child.

Our church – Highland Park Church is sponsoring a Feed the Hunger Pack-a-Thon on October 17th and 18th. Our goal is to pack 60,000 meals; half of the meals packed are being designated for FREM orphanage in Haiti…8 members of our church visited them last spring and discovered that they currently receive ZERO outside support and they were praying for food. HPC Haiti Relief was born.

Here’s where you come in…we NEED donations to meet our goal of 60,000 meals!

We need donations IMMEDIATELY! 

Will you please meet me for a virtual coffee date and buy me my favorite fall splurge – or two – or even three?! My life, and  most importantly, the lives of the children at FREM, will be enriched and blessed by YOUR generosity!

Donations are easy peasy: go to and donate with credit card or pay pal. Scroll down and select “Nashville Pack-a-Thon” as the special purpose to designate the funds.

I’ve already bought YOUR cup of coffee…will you please buy me one?

Haiti Relief Bucket Cover

Blessings to you!



Oh the places you’ll go…








You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own and you know what you know

And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.    ~Dr. Seuss

You guessed it! Goal setting time for the new year….my brains are busy trying to decide where my heart and shoes are steering me. So many options.



Office Day(s)

I finally getting serious about this home business thing and in the mean-time I’m also doing some office assistant consulting/independent contractor work for a couple of awesome Realtors.

What does that REALLY mean? Well…it means that I’m EMBRACING the self-employed side of me.

That leads to the necessity of some good accounting systems to track money IN and money out (focus is purposefully on the IN side of the equation).

I’m running across some great tools that I’ll be sharing in tomorrow’s post.

For now…it’s (home) office work for me!



Distractions? Where’s your margin?

I stumbled across this video by John Assaraf someone shared on facebook…he reinforces some of the issues we are learning about with regards to “margin”.

What are YOU allowing to become a distraction? I’m clearing some of mine away this afternoon!



Lesson in Triggers…It’s NOT What You Think

Today has been an interesting day in the use of “triggers”. Even though I’m from the “patron state of shooting stuff” – I’m not talking about “those” triggers.

I’ve been learning about and teaching myself to use triggers as a reminder to look at my to-do list throughout each day. I’m doing a 30-Day Challenge with Chalene Johnson in which she’s teaching me to create the habit of using a to-do list on my phone and create the habit of checking it frequently…with the goal being to master organization so I WILL accomplish my goals.

A “trigger” is something that you can use to remind yourself to check your list. I use the number 9 as one. Anytime I see the number 9 – which should be at least once per hour – I check my list.

I’m honestly struggling a bit with the trigger idea and applying it to checking my list; however, I noticed today that I use a trigger readily in another aspect of my life and didn’t even realize I was doing it.

We live in a complex that faces a busy street in a main part of town. Throughout the day, sirens can be heard rushing by. They might be firetrucks, ambulances or police cars. Sometimes, it’s all of them.

As I was out doing my Saturday errands today, I noticed there were an unusual amount of emergency vehicles with sirens blaring going up this street. I found myself praying for the safety of whomever the vehicles were responding to; the safety of the emergency responders themselves and that the general public would get out of their way so they could pass quickly and get where they needed to be.

Then it dawned on me…I’ve created a trigger in response to the emergency sirens. Without thinking, I began praying for all concerned. And I did it repeatedly as I was confronted by another siren. THAT’s how a trigger is supposed to work!

Now if I can just apply it to my to-do list I’ll be another step closer to creating habits that will lead me closer to my goals! Perhaps I need to change my trigger…hmm…gonna think on that tonight.

Do you use triggers? I’d love to hear your stories so I can learn from you!



1-11-11: 11 days in…How are you doing with your goals/resolutions?

Are you living your “ultimate pinch-me this must be a DREAM life“? (Thank you Chalene Johnson for that phrasing!)

We are now 11 days in to the new year AND new decade. There is no time like the present to begin moving toward your dream life. How are you doing on the goals and priorities you set for 2011? Are they taking you closer to your ultimate DREAM life?

I set my priorities and made my goals for 2011 on 1/31/10.

HOWEVER…since that time I learned of this 30-day challenge to “master organization and achieve my goals”.  I immediately signed up, am on day 8 and already AM so much more organized, goals and priorities are more defined and honed.

We are now in the part of this challenge where the rubber meets the road. We are working on creating a carefully crafted to-do list and learning tools to maintain it daily! Remember it takes 21 days to make a habit. This process has been incredibly informative and easy to add in to my daily activities.

You owe it to yourself to give yourself the best chance possible at achieving your dream life. Take the challenge and get focused with me!

Sign up for FREE here: 30-day Challenge

Connect with me on Facebook at and let me know when you join. We can hold each other accountable!

When your mind is cluttered with the stuff you have to do and the places you need to go, you’re never going to make any progress! It’s time to focus and get organized so that you can finally relax and enjoy the life you were meant to live.          ~Chalene Johnson

I have BIG dreams and BIG goals.

Let’s create the “ultimate pinch-me this must be a DREAM” life together!!



First De-Clutter Project of 2011 – ACCOMPLISHED!!

Einstein’s Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter, find Simplicity.
From discord, find Harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.
~Albert Einstein

This quote really spoke to me today as I was searching for a quote to celebrate my de-clutter project! The closet that I tackled this week is enjoying much more simplicity and now, everyone who opens the door can actually SEE what is in there!

See the transformation:

3 bags of trash removed. 3 bags of gently used or NEW things donated to Goodwill. I love that the closet is now more simple, harmonious and I have the opportunity to move on to other things!! It amazes me how much negative or stagnant energy is created by the clutter.

There is MUCH more to de-clutter in this house…it feels so good to have this process started and I feel empowered to continue…

What’s your favorite de-cluttering story or routine?





It’s not too late…you CAN live the LIFE you WANT to Live!

It’s not too late to join Chalene Johnson’s 30-day Challenge to master organization and achieve YOUR goals.

I joined and am on Day 3 – it’s an incredible process and Chalene is an awesome teacher! Day 1 begins when YOU join…

Click here to get started: Chalene Johnson 30-day Challenge

Don’t fear failure this year…Fear small goals, small dreams and playing safe.   ~Go For No (facebook wall 1/4/11)