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Blog, Dream Chaser, Life

My Journey To Becoming A Real Estate Agent

I am a list person. I love to write down the things I need to do or want to do. I can’t explain how excited I am to ‘check it off’ when the task is complete. Not only do I like lists in my daily routine, but I also like thinking about bigger things – big dreams, if you will – that I’d like to do in the future. Each year I try to check at least a few of those things off my list. I can’t even remember  ...

Blog, Leadership, Ministry, Volunteers

5 Tips For Finding And Keeping Volunteers

Imagine how many needs would go unanswered without volunteers! One of the greatest things a person can do is offer their knowledge, skills, time or resources to offer hope and to help someone in need. Volunteering connects people to a greater cause than themselves. It allows people be a part of something big, builds relationships and makes a difference in the lives of those they serve. With crazy schedules and busy lives, finding volunteers  ...

Blog, Faith, Leadership, Ministry

An Unknown Woman In The Bible?

Although her name appears just once in Paul’s letter to the church at Rome, Junia is one of the most unknown women of the Bible.  Paul wrote in Romans 16:7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.” Junia is the first and only woman in Scripture to be explicitly identified as an apostle. Apostles in the New Testament were  ...

Blog, Friendshp, Life

5 Secrets To Lifelong Friendships

Over the past few years, researchers have discovered that friendships have a profound impact on our psychological and physical well being. Friendships among those who have known one another for years – as well as friendships among family members – seem to play an important role in a person’s overall health. Of course, maintaining lasting friendships is easier said than done. Reports estimate that most American adults have an  ...

Blog, Leadership, LifeQuest Church

5 Ways To Lead Teams Effectively

Back in my college days, I was introduced to Abraham Maslow thanks to Dr. Gast, my Educational Psychology Professor. Maslow studied what motivates human behavior and observed that we are all ‘needs junkies.” Once we have fulfilled one need, we move on to the next one. Our basic need begins with food and water and then moves on to feeling safe, belonging, making a difference, being recognized and finally, leaving a legacy. What does that mean  ...

Blog, Faith, Life, Ministry

Guinea Pig, Anyone?

I can still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, never would I forget my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains.  As the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador.  As a summer missionary, I experienced so many ‘firsts.’ Riding on a train to the coastal city of Guayaquil, seeing bananas,  ...

Blog, Family, Leadership

Good Medicine for Leaders

Studies show that leaders who lead with positive emotions have workgroups with a more positive mood, enhanced job satisfaction, greater engagement and improved performance. In fact one study at Mayo Clinic revealed that positive emotions could lengthen one’s life span by 10 years. Optimism early in life also predicted good health later in life. Interestingly enough, studies also reveal that praise and positive reinforcement are rare in  ...