Three Proven Practices Rooted in One Word

Only four months, a total of 122 days, and my plan for the best year ever will come to an end. We will have a new president-elect of the United States, the children will have completed another semester of school, I will have completed another triathlon, and I will be one day away from being another year older. You guessed it, I’m a New Year’s Day baby.

Friend, how is your year progressing? Is it a big ‘ole mess of variety like my year?

As I evaluate my progress for 2016, I am reminded there are three significant components that are foundational to my plan for the best year ever. Three proven practices which have consistently produced positive results in my life year after year.

These three proven practices are rooted in a single word.

Mentor. An experienced and trusted adviser; who is available to guide others with purpose and wisdom.

  • As you transition from summer to fall, how will you finish 2016?
  • Do you have the right mentors in place to help guide and cheer you on along the path to success?
  • Do you have the knowledge and discipline to finish strong?


  1. Connect with a business mentor.
  2. Connect with a marriage mentor.
  3. Connect with a parenting mentor.


The best place I have found to locate a mentor is in an organized group of men and women who are experiencing the results I am seeking to achieve. I have found an excellent business mentor in Michael Hyatt. Michael is the developer of 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever; the plan I followed to develop my personal and business plan for 2016. I’ll share more about this in an upcoming business post.

Today, I want us to focus on the personal side of the plan for the best year ever.


If you are married, or married with children, I think we can all agree we want to experience the very best of what each season has to offer. You will find valuable content and mentors for marriage and parenting in my five favorite resources listed below. New groups and new resources are made available each fall.

Position yourself to finish 2016 strong. Make 2016 your best year ever by connecting with a mentor with a proven track record of success.

Connect with a marriage mentor at

Connect with a mom mentoring group at

  • Mothers of Preschoolers or MOPS for short.
  • Fearless Mom where expectant moms, preschool moms, and moms all the way up to high school students connect and find mentors for their specific stage of parenting. “No nonsense, common sense parenting.”
  • Daughters of Truth provides family devotions and online encouragement.

Friend, I want you to have your best year ever. Together let’s encourage one another to finish strong. Connect with a marriage mentoring and/or a mom mentoring group today!

Learn how to be resilient and joyful. You can find joy in the journey with a mentor to help you carry the load.

You go girl!

Resilient and joyful,



Do you know there is a proven pathway to find joy in the journey? Now I’m not talking about some “Pollyanna” everything is great surface demonstration of joy. I’m talking about an authentic joy that bubbles up from deep in the inside of your heart and your mind.

Early in life, I had my doubts about a joy filled life when obstacles at home and at work bombarded me. Then there were crazy health issues. My pathway did not look like I expected it to look.

Friend, what does your pathway look like today?

I’m a thinker. When I have questions, I seek to understand the answers. When possible, I prefer to go directly to the source of the information. My Dad taught me, opinions are just hot air unless they are backed up by facts and results. (Thanks Dad!)

Imagine how different our world and our relationships would be if we only shared our opinions proven by facts and results.

  • Most politicians and TV commentators would be out of a job; replaced by a majority intent on being a positive voice in the NOW GENERATION. (If you are breathing you are a part of the NOW GENERATION!)
  • The mean girls and the bullies would be silenced on social media and on the playground; replaced by a majority intent on being a positive voice in the NOW GENERATION.

When life squeezes you, it is possible to be resilient and joyful. You can develop resilience and joy which are not contingent on circumstances. I’ve spent over twenty-years testing this theory. I share the facts that have produced tangible results in my life in HAPPINESS, HARDSHIP & RESILIENCE: Jesus through the Eyes of Matthew.

I invite you to go directly to the source documents with me. My team and I have created a safe environment where you can come and learn alongside of us. A safe place for the curious, committed, and somewhere in-between.

Women, join me at Book Club Bible Study where I share the proven pathway to find joy in the journey through HAPPINESS, HARDSHIP & RESILIENCE: Jesus through the Eyes of Matthew.

Men, join the IRONMEN Bible Study where men just like you will share the proven pathway to find resilience and joy. A safe place where men are learning to lead with resilience at home, in the market place, and in the community.

Resilient and joyful,


I’d love to connect with you over on Facebook and Twitter; where together we can be a positive voice in the NOW GENERATION.


A Safe Bible Study for Men and Women

Are you looking for a safe way to step into Bible study?  My friend Whitney Newton joined me for a discussion about IronMen Bible Study and Book Club Bible Study.

Here’s what you can expect from IronMen Bible Study and Book Club Bible Study.

  • Study Options that Fit Your Lifestyle – As you navigate through your life, you will see that there is an ebb and flow in the amount of time you have available to read and study your Bible.  Study options allow you to personalize your study time and make it work with your schedule.  This can vary by day and by week.  You are positioned for success.
  • The Bible “Workbook.” – You will go straight to the Bible “workbook” to discover what is written in the Bible. The New Inductive Study Bible is the “workbook.”  It is a one-time investment.  You will be able to study each book of the Bible with this one workbook.  At the end of each book in the Bible, you will find a place for your personal observations and notes.
  • You will be Safe – When it’s time to turn to a scripture passage you want to be safe.  You don’t want to look like a dummy!  You will love being able to turn to page 1521 instead of being told to turn to Zephaniah 3:17. The voices in my head would sound like this if I was told to turn to Zephaniah 3:17; Who the heck is Zephaniah?  Is he even in the Bible?  Click the link for Zephaniah 3:17.  It’s a verse you will want to memorize
  • Discussions are Based on Scripture – Discussions are not opinion driven. They are based on the scripture.  Together with others in your group you will learn how to get answers from the Bible step-by-step.  The discussion guides are free to IronMen Bible Study participants and Book Club Bible Study participants.
  • Gain Confidence –  As you learn to study step-by-step; you will gain confidence in your ability to accurately study and understand the Bible.
  • Meaningful Friendships – You will navigate a variety of life issues in Bible study. As you learn and grow together with your group; you will form a bond.  You are likely to develop some life-long friendships.
  • Leadership Opportunities – Leader labs provide a safe place for new and experienced leaders to hone their skills.  Labs also provide a support system for navigating the challenges of leadership.

Are Your Words Like Gasoline or a Snuggie®?

Have you ever found your words spewing forth like gasoline on a fire?  Busted!  Sometimes that has been me, too.

Great news!  Together you and I can jump on over to Book Club Bible Study and learn to use our words in a more constructive soothing manner.  Choose from local Bible study groups and online Bible study groups.  Check out the talented leadership team for KEEP IT SHUT.  Gifted women representing every life-stage.

KEEP IT SHUT – What to say. How to say it, and when to say nothing at all is our next “mini-mester” at Book Club Bible Study.  Karen Ehman, author of KEEP IT SHUT will teach you