Who’s in Charge Here?


    Joshua 24:15 tells us to “choose today whom we will serve.” I choose to also adopt that as “choose today whom I will love.” I use them interchangeably. I watched my dad do it daily in his marriage, in his work, in his relationship with me and my brother, with his friends, and […]

7 Tips for Partnering with Success


I spent most of my professional career in the non-profit sector. Most of my jobs included quite a bit of partnership development. All of the skills and knowledge I acquired during my time working in non-profits have proven to be quite useful as I build and grow my business. As I talk with other business […]

Do You Struggle with Perfectionism?


[This article was originally published by Elayna Fernandez on October 9, 2014.] In today’s society, perfectionism seems widely accepted. After all, what’s wrong with high expectations? I get that. I believe in setting standards for your life and developing a self-awareness that drives you to become a little better every day, to pursue happiness and excellence. […]

Fear of Commitment: Are You “All In” When It Comes to Your Business?

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  Recently, my teenage daughter climbed behind the steering wheel of my truck for the very first time. After the initial heart-stopping excitement of white-knuckling the door handle and nearly putting a hole in the floorboard via my imaginary brake had worn off, we started focusing on the finer nuances of the driving experience. There […]

Does God Expect Perfection?


  God loves you when you hurt someone else. God loves you when you disobey Him. God loves you when you judge others. God loves you when your business fails. God loves you when you let a friend down. God loves you even if your house is dirty. God loves you, even if you didn’t […]

What You Want: How Your Desires Reveal Your Purpose


Today, I want to share with you my PASSION! God created us in this time and in this place for a REASON—to impact His Kingdom. We know from Genesis that He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden to WORK, so our WORK is as important to God as every other aspect of our lives. […]

The Dedication Stone: The Second of Four Business Cornerstones for Helping Professionals


…therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’  Isaiah 28:16 A cornerstone, in ancient building practices, was the first and principal stone placed at the […]

Is a Boss Automatically a Leader?


  Have you ever had a rotten boss? I mean the kind that just should not be leading? The kind who maybe gets your name wrong every time, or the kind of boss who hides behind an office door. I had one just like that. He was the principal of an elementary school, but you […]

How to Stop Giving Away Your Time and Working for Free


  A friend of mine recently spent an entire day volunteering her services as a retail consultant for a small shop owner who couldn’t afford to pay her. She sorted inventory, rearranged displays, and even helped with pricing strategies. As I sat listening to her talk about the job, I wondered why we agree to […]

8 Ways to Relieve Stress as an Entrepreneur

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  Here I am just hours away from a writing deadline. I have a million things to do, and, I confess, I just remembered that my blog on leadership is due. I forgot to put it on my calendar, and one thing I’ve learned is that if it’s not on my calendar, I won’t remember […]