The Softer Side of Tears

Several years ago the jingle for Sears department store – the softer side of Sears – flitted through my mind, then quickly transposed to the softer side of tears. That reached into my heart. With good reason. Jingles work. That’s why advertisers use them. The unforgettable ones stick and sales are propped up accordingly. (I […]

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I Love Coaching: When the Party Comes to You

As a life coach, I get to experience plenty of ‘good’ sessions with a variety of coaching clients. Then there are times that remind me why I love coaching: when the party comes to you! The last week of November following Thanksgiving was cool. I’m not talking chilly but reason for celebration cool. Two of my […]

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Fine Lines: Intentions vs Tendencies

‘Tis the season for more Fine Lines. There’s something about the holidays that brings out our best intentions vs tendencies we seemingly are joined to at the hip. (Which is where plenty of our indiscriminate tendencies tend to land, unfortunately.) Though this little duo goes to the mat all year long, by the time we […]

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The Art of Thanksgiving

Lord, hear my prayer from a grateful heart … May I not treat lightly your abundant love, Your daily attention to the details of my life. Your provision and goodness, protection and mercy not only follow me, but overtake me each day: That which I need You supply. That which would harm changes direction at […]

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Simple Steps to Leadership: Follow Jesus

With pleasure I share the following guest post from ‘my Anita’ – the woman God connected me with as only He could do. The story of our meeting can be read here: Story of how Anita Schamber and Nancy Bentz met. The Lord not only works in mysterious ways, but life-impacting ways. Anita became my life […]

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“I Didn’t Know I Could”

“I didn’t know I could.”  Five words that are possibly the happiest or the saddest statement I hear when sitting with a coaching client or a counselee. Depending on which way the emotional wind is blowing, those five words carry potential for creaking open the door a little wider and sticking a toe in edgewise. When […]

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What to do when Guilted into Giving

It’s said there are two things none of us can escape: Death and Taxes. I’d like to add to that list: Solicitors. I won’t ask for a show of hands, but how many of you have at some time felt guilted into giving? I know I have. More times than I can count. Soliciting funds […]

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From Scared to Death to Scared to Life

Call me a buzzkill, but there are few things I like about Halloween. My list is short: • little bite-sized candy bars (ok, full size too…) • little stinkers in adorable costumes • little orange and white pumpkins I think there’s a pattern to my list. Unlike Halloween, where the bigger the scare, the better. Having grown […]

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je t’orange

je t’orange that’s French for “I love orange in October” 🙂 What do you love about October? je c’omment below! ~ Nancy

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Hopetober 2017 – Breast & Cancer Awareness Month

Hopetober 2017 is inspired this year by the autumn hues of goldenrod and burnt orange, in addition to the pink associated with breast cancer. Unlike Hopetober 2016 that saw one new breast cancer addition in my life circle, this year’s inventory includes 6 individuals with different types of cancers, 3 others with breast cancer, 2 with […]

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