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Story Power! Why Every Blogger Needs Must Share Their Story.

Fifteen years ago, ago I attended seminary and simultaneously interned at a large church in San Diego. During this time, I saw the power of storytelling dramatically played out! This small event made an enormous impact on me, as I vividly remember it many years later. One evening, our children’s pastor–who also happens to be one of the most skilled communicators I …

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How to Blog with a Limp: Writing Lessons from Walt Disney

This week I learned something new about the man behind the mouse. Walt Disney–who is a legend for his animation, creativity, and theme-parks–did not have an easy road to success. He did know how to push forward, in spite of his pain. As an adult, Walt proclaimed, “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my …

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How to Maximize Your Blog with the 80-20 Rule

“All right guys, let’s work smarter, not harder.” These words were spoken cheerfully by my employer, and I had gotten used to hearing them a few times a week. This phrase was my introduction to the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 rule. The Pareto Principle is named after the Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto, who demonstrated a reoccurring pattern …

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Writing Tips For Sharing Your Authentic Story

Writers who share their authentic stories connect with their readers in a powerful way. Writing authentically is the best writing tip I know. I’m willing to excuse grammatical errors, and poor writing technique, if the writer is keeping things real. But this post comes with a warning: Sharing your authentic story may be the most challenging writing …

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Be Happier Now: A Book for a Happy, Healthy, More Spiritual You!

Transform from a discouraged mom or dad, to an enthusiastic agent 0f joy, who uses their new-found happiness to parent at a higher level! Download my e-book:  I believe in that your happiness matters so strongly, that this book is my gift to you! Every month the question “What is happiness?” is googled by thousands of people looking for more …

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Action Goals: The Secret to Blogging Motivation

Today is a major milestone in my blogging journey. This is post #100 on Coffee Shop Conversations! A year-and-a-half ago, I sat anxiously at our dining-room table. The cursor hovered above the “publish” button. I was nervous about sharing my life with the blogging universe. How will my story be received? Will I be able to write something thoughtful and …

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