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Our Summer Family Cookout is the highlight of my summer entertaining. Each July, my family hosts my DIVA crew and our families at our home. 5 DIVAs, our Significant Others, and up to 16 children – under one roof for at least 36 hours. What’s not to love about that?!?

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What Does Success Look Like To You?

I have a straight to the point question for you today: What does success look like to you? If you had to visualize your ideal lifestyle, what would it entail? Many of us want “it” but do we know exactly what that “it” is that we’re striving for? Or are we hoping we can recognize “it” when “it” arrives?

Before we can start our journey to success, it’s essential that we have an idea of what the success we are striving for looks like. It’s, also, important to realize that my definition of success and “living well” may be totally different from yours – and that is okay! To one person living well may mean traveling around the world, and to another it may mean having more time to devote to an artistic pursuit.

What Does Success Look Like To You

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Five Positive Affirmations to Start Your Day

Simply put, affirmations are short, powerful statements that strongly state a fact – typically one you are striving to attain or maintain in your personal or professional life.

Starting your day with positive affirmations can help to shift your mindset and start you off in a productive manner.

MindTools.com gives a wonderful analogy when referencing affirmations: “[Look] at positive affirmations this way – many of us do repetitive exercises to improve our body’s physical health and condition. Affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook; these positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think, and act, in a new way.”

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Calming the Chaos by Jackie Woodside

The introduction of Calming The Chaos sold me. The author mentions the struggles of living and thriving with an attention deficit disorder and I knew this was the book for me. Often it is hard to explain (and contain) the numerous thoughts and actions swirling through one’s brain if you have Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder and Jackie Woodside seemed to GET it! Whether or not you have ADHD, you’ll be able to take the practical ideas and habits outlined in Calming The Chaos to bring order to any and all areas of your personal and / or professional lives.

“The truth is that when you say “Yes!” to everything, you are really saying “No” to your peace of mind.”

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I believe the best self-help / management books are those with theories, action steps and reflections that can be applied IMMEDIATELY. Calming The Chaos includes sections to do just that. A welcome addition to my resource library to assist with my personal and professional journey to being the best DIVA I am called to be!Continue Reading

The Importance of Me Time

Married life, children, a career, community service…that’s just the beginning of the list of responsibilities that I have. At some point not too long after my youngest son was born I realized I was just floating along. I was unhappy. I was doing “things” but nothing that truly brought me joy or a sense of purpose. I felt ashamed to admit it because I had a beautiful family, a great job and all the things that seemingly should have made me happy and fulfilled. But I wasn’t.

One day while talking with my oldest friend, she let slip that she, too, was struggling. We realized as wives and mothers, we were giving so much to others and not reserving anything for ourselves. There were guilty feelings for leaving our little ones to do simple things we once enjoyed – pedicures, dinner with friends, even a trip to the library alone seemed difficult to plan out.

Find time to relax and just be #EmbraceTheDivatude

We decided to make ourselves  a priority. More  importantly, we decided to take time out for  ourselves at least once every three months by planning a girls weekend away. Yes – we went big  quick. We reached out to three other mothers and  our circle was quickly formed. We planned our first  girls’ weekend and had a blast! Some went out to  dinner, some enjoyed the beach and some of us used  the  time to just enjoy the solitude. I read an entire  novel – uninterrupted. I got up when I wanted and  went to sleep when I was ready not because I fell asleep rocking a teething toddler or nodded off  talking to my husband.Continue Reading

Lessons In Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs: An Army Wife’s Perspective

Sometimes your lessons in entrepreneurship come from the most unsuspecting sources.

I was first drawn to his quiet command. A man of very little words, a smile that started in his eyes and slow to reach his lips. When he spoke, it was concise and to the point. He was a watcher. I noticed him watching me (but he’ll swear that I was watching him first) and gave a slight smile and “Hello” (as all polite Southern girls do, right?) and continued enjoying myself with friends at the Texas barbecue I was co-hosting.

Ft. Hood, Texas – 2002. The year my world completely shifted.

Four years later I became that quiet watcher’s happily ever after and throughout his years of service I have continued to watch and learn from one of the strongest, bravest men I know. Even though his years of active duty service are over, there are some characteristics and habits someone that’s served their country never lets go. Characteristics, habits and life lessons we can all learn and grow from and apply to our personal and professional lives.

Lessons In Military Leadership for Entrepreneurs An Army Wife's Perspective

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35 Reflections On My 35th Birthday

Once we hit adulthood, time seriously seems to speed up. I pinky promise swear I was just celebrating my 30th birthday! And now I’m at the mid-point of my 30s. Over the past few weeks I’ve been jotting down some reflections and thoughts and compiled this list of 35 reflections.

They are in no particular order – just thoughts that popped into my head as I started writing and thinking on where I am, what I’ve experienced and what’s on the horizon.

35 Reflections On Turning 35

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