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The Modern Mommy

Chispa Magazine

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 69.9 percent of women working have children under age 18. Pew Research Center also reports that 40 percent of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family. This leaves many hardworking moms…

The Most Rewarding Marketing Mistake I Ever Made

Chispa Magazine

Recently, a colleague asked me, “What was the most rewarding mistake you ever made in business?” It’s a great question, and I quickly had an answer for him because it was an incredibly painful mistake. However, it proved to be an invaluable lesson that has served me well in the years since. I’m sharing so…

Power Connecting (aka Networking) for Introverts

Recently Susan Roane, author of How to Work a Room, contacted me when she heard about my forthcoming book on how to be a power connector. We had a great conversation in which she told me that the number one question people ask is, “I’m shy—how do I network?” Most psychologists agree that anywhere from…

F-E-A-R

Chispa Magazine

Photo by Thomas Lefebvre Fear.  We all have it.  Fear.  We all have it.  It’s what keeps us from walking up to a fluffy brown bear while on a hike and attempting to rub its adorable tummy.  But there is such a thing as too much fear.  Debilitating fear. I believe we are in the middle of…

Cut Off

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I acquired my current vehicle around four years ago. It was used and apparently the previous owner had equipped it with satellite radio. I had never fully experienced this before and got used to it, locking in my favorite 12 stations. It was my primary source of media while driving… until recently.

Death by Meetings

Michele stared blankly at her calendar. It was a Wednesday, the middle day of the week in the middle of a typical month. 9:00 a.m. meeting, 10:00 a.m. meeting, 11:00 a.m. meeting, 12:00 p.m. working lunch meeting, 1:00 p.m. meeting, etc.

Leadership, Vision, and the Holy Spirit

Chispa Magazine

For many years, I was a confessed “leadershipaholic.” With a desire to be as effective and influential as possible for Christ, I devoured all the latest and greatest expertise from Christian and non-Christian gurus. Naturally, I hoped to be more respected, productive, and validated as a “leader.”I was also a “visionaholic, ”working hard to borrow all the best ideas from other successful ministries so I could inspire the congregation with the bigger and better ideas the Lord had “laid on my heart” in order for our church to continue to grow our numbers and expand our impact. Common wisdom stated that the bigger the dream, the clearer the path, and the more long-term the plans—the better the leader.