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The Espouse-Enact Gap: how to take action on what you believe

The Espouse-Enact Gap: how to take action on what you believe

I talk and write a lot about “essential values” in our personal lives. Essential values are a foundational piece of the Create Balance Method . Exploring someone’s essential values is the first thing I do with them when we work together, either in a course or one-on-one. But here is a truth:. Sometimes, the things… Continue Reading

Delegating vs. Sharing. We need both and that makes it messy

Delegating vs. Sharing. We need both and that makes it messy

Delegating simply means entrusting another person (or a system) with a task or action you would normally do yourself. When you hire someone to clear your home, you are delegating. When you are in charge of a project at work, and you assign tasks to your co-workers or your team, you are delegating. When you… Continue Reading

Less is More for the New Year

Less is More for the New Year

As I returned to work after the holiday break, my media feeds were filled with talk of New Year’s resolutions. In this flood of “resolution” talk, I was reminded of one of the Create Balance Principles: “Less is More” With that in mind, I’m excited to share three alternative views of resolutions that offer simplicity… Continue Reading

How to Break Out of Fire-Fighting Mode

How to Break Out of Fire-Fighting Mode

I recently broke out of a week of fire-fighting mode. You know the feeling of fire-fighting mode, right? There are more things to do than can be done in a day. You are responsible for little humans (and sometimes bigger humans) who rely on you for everything. The responsibility and the love and all the… Continue Reading

When Work Spills Over

When Work Spills Over

Creating balance means honoring the spillover that happens in our real and messy lives. Take me for example. I’m a teacher by profession. Currently, I teach community college writing classes. Every August and September I gear up for the school year. Like teachers everywhere, my notebooks are filled with to-do lists and scrawls of ideas.… Continue Reading

Make it Real: From Abstract Idea to Action

Make it Real: From Abstract Idea to Action

A few weeks ago I had a bag of donations sitting in the trunk of my car. I planned to drop them off at the thrift store next time I was heading that direction. I went by the thrift store several times over those weeks. Not once did I remember the bag in the trunk… Continue Reading

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