• bohemian,  business,  essential oils,  food,  herbs

    Mountain Rose Herbs & Essential Oils

    You will notice a banner at the top of most pages and in the sidebar advertising Mountain Rose Herbs. Yes, I am an affiliate for this top quality supplier of dried herbs, essential oils, teas, and spices. They have been in business since 1987 and adhere to sustainable and organic practices; I recommend reading their Guiding Principles. Not many companies are as uncompromising in their practices. I recommend their products not because I am an affiliate, but because I am a customer and know the quality of both the products and the customer service. I know many of my friends purchase essential oils and other botanicals from a variety of…

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  • business,  social media,  this-n-that,  women in business

    Links to cool people

    Dina Giolitto over at Wordfeeder has put together a links list of cool people. Some of my favorites are on the list: Ann Zuccardy – AZ Communications Laura’s Glass Art The Yard Fairy – Diane Downey Vanessa Shelton Chateau on the Grove Take a few minutes and check out these and many other cool people and websites.

  • business,  christianity,  family,  feminist,  women

    Will the real Proverbs 31 woman stand up?

    I discovered on Facebook that there is an organization called Proverbs 31 Ministries geared toward “today’s busy woman.” I’m a big fan of Proverbs 31. It inspires me to be do and accomplish all that I can with the abilities I have been given. So, I clicked the link to check them out. This is one of the group’s seven principles of a Proverbs 31 woman from their Facebook page and website: Loves, honors, and greatly enriches the life of her husband, encouraging and supporting his leadership within his family and his church. Perhaps this group’s version of Proverbs is not the same one I have been reading all these…

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  • books,  business,  discipline,  excellence,  personal development

    Can negative be positive?

    Successful basketball coach Bob Knight seems to think so. His new book, The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results, was recently reviewed on the Success.com website. Of the tidbits they share, this is my favorite: Demand results. To win, you have to demand action and expect the upmost productivity out of your employees. “Successful leadership is [about] being hard to please.” I also saw a preview of Knight being interviewed on the David Feherty show on the Golf Channel and saying, “A pat on the back gets some things done. A kick in the ass gets more things done.” I’m not sure Knight’s approach would…

  • business,  decisions,  ethics,  excellence,  personal responsibility,  productivity

    Defeating the energy vampires

    I am a person who strives to treat each person I meet with respect and kindness, and I expect that those with whom I choose to work, socialize, and develop intimate relationships would treat me in the same manner. As a result, I am always temporarily taken aback when folks don’t respond in kind. Of course, I realize that humans aren’t always on their best behavior. We all have bad moments and sometimes even long, dark bad spells in our lives. However, once we schlep off those dark webs, we make our apologies and amends and rejoin the ranks of our mutually respectful peers. There are, however, those who derive…

  • business,  decisions,  education,  livelihood,  money

    Graduation = Profile Review

    I know several young women and men graduating from high school and college this year. In today’s world one of the best and most useful pieces of advice a graduate can receive is to review and clean up her social networking profiles. Although it may appear to the Millennials and Gen Texters that folks from older generations don’t have the tech skills or the interest to check them out online, your need to understand that not only will future employers look you up to see what they find but that what an employer finds online will very likely come into play when making a hiring decision. If you seem like…

  • business,  decisions,  entrepreneurs,  multitasking,  productivity,  this-n-that,  voluntary simplicity,  women in business

    5 ways to get more of what you want done

    I was looking at my calendar today and it occurred to me that there are some tasks I assign myself that I really don’t want to do. You could call it simple procrastination, but I began to wonder why we all sometimes willingly take on projects that really don’t thrill us; consequently, we end up procrastinating or simply defaulting on the task. I’ve come up with five reasons I believe that I (and probably you) do this and some ways to overcome these obstacles to personal productivity and fulfillment. The problem: Feelings of inadequacy. This may be especially common if it’s a task that requires us to stretch our abilities.…

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  • business,  ethics,  personal responsibility

    Fessing up

    I made a mistake this week. I was installing a new website for a client and accidentally wiped out an existing site…. OOPS! Not an unheard of goof in the technical world. Although, for me, it is usually a client who accidentally wipes out his own site and calls me in to fix it. So what do you do when you make a mistake that is going to be obvious to the client as soon as he tries to visit his website? I suppose you could feign innocence. You could shift the blame to a poor hosting interface (why, oh, why, does any hosting company use an interface other than…

  • business,  decisions,  equality,  gender,  ministry,  women,  women in business

    Warning! I’ve got ideas

    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” ~Albert Einstein Einstein is perhaps more eloquent than I. A recent status on my Facebook page read: some days I think I need a Warning Label: “Big girl with big ideas and big mouth. Converse at your own risk.” That status resulted in my having someone make this sign and hold it up in Times Square and take a picture. That’s my warning label. Perhaps I have something in common with Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy who’s famous for saying, “I’m a man! I’m forty.” I’m well past forty, so I am certainly an adult. More than that, I’m…

  • business,  frugal living,  power of less

    Going Google

    Over the years, I’ve moved from dial-up, to DSL, to Cable Broadband, and have recently cut the cords and gone strictly wireless with my Sprint Mobile Broadband modem. I’ve also gone from Yahoo! Mail, to MS Outlook, to Mozilla Thunderbird, to Google Mail. And I’ve gone from Internet Explorer, to Mozilla Firefox, to Google Chrome. Lately, I’ve been moving all of my contacts to Google Contacts and am keeping my schedule in my Google Calendar. I cut the cord on my landline years ago and have had a Sprint cell phone and used a voicemail service ever since. This month I got a Google Voice account and now have a…