Hi! So glad you stopped by.
Let me introduce myself…
I am a mom of 2, a gram of 4, and a wife of 1 for the past 45 years. I also claim to be a perennial gardener although some days my garden does not reflect that fact (or is it my pipedream?). I live now, and have pretty much always lived, outside of Philadelphia, PA in the good ole US of A.
I retired early from a stress-filled corporate job. I always dreamed retirement would allow me the luxury for my three loves: gardening obsessively, writing constantly and traveling with my man. Thankfully, I have done a little of each.
But then I gleefully added…loving grandkids. And trust me, their ain’t nothing like sitting with a little grand on your lap to make you lose track of all time!
I have traveled the world for business and have seen and tasted and touched diverse countries and cultures. Even so, I still prefer my own deck looking out over the cornfield with birds flying around begging for me to fill their feeders, if I would just get my nose outta that book, or away from that journal writing!!
Leadership has always come naturally for me. Sometimes with a position title, sometimes not. As in writing, every room I walk into seems to holds opportunities for me to lead – to improve things, to expand things, to teach things.
It came so natural to me that I was alarmed when I was told ‘no’ to being a leader because of my gender in both church and business. Undeterred, I just led. Wherever I was.
Sometimes I was quite effective. Sometimes I irritated the bojingles out of colleagues and management. And sometimes, I failed really miserably, mostly because I did not understand this thing called ‘my place’ (definitely have expanded on that in my blog!). But many times I failed because I just did not seek out, or understand, what God was teaching me at that moment or in that position. (If I learned nothing, I did learn that God is always in teaching mode!)
Leaders are learners. So I learned to learn well!
After 30+ years in corporate and non-profit settings, and coaching dozens of women through career transitions, leadership challenges and seasons of change and growth, I still hold a passion for leadership deep in my heart. Now, in retirement, it’s less about my leading, and more about teaching and supporting leaders who strive for excellence wherever they are leading – in home, community, church or marketplace.
I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember. In my head, everything I do and see becomes a paragraph of words in my head: how would I describe it, write about it, learn from it, share it. Eventually, after years of writing invisible words in my head, I started dumping them down into blogs and journals and notepads and sticky notes and Evernote notebooks and Word documents – basically, wherever I could find at that moment to catch the words. (And my newest discovery – iPhone recorder!!)
Once in awhile my head gets filled with paragraph-like material on the same topic. It’s those times when I am nearly forced, at imagined threat of life and limb, to write a book. The words of my 3 books were formed like that, nearly flying out of my fingertips as my God-given imagination led me to pour them out.
My dream, my prayer, for any and all of my public writing has not ever been for bestseller-level sales and fame and notoriety, but rather that each person who reads what I am driven to write would learn something from my words, maybe even be inspired or comforted. (Please note: I am no theologian, nor am I highly educated beyond a business degree, so don’t expect rocket science. But do expect words that have been inspired by prayer, and a lot of sweat and tears.)
My books so far have no real pattern, no continuous theme. But all 3 were written based on my own life experiences: my own fear of failure, my own battle with cancer, my own discovery of the Advent season. I invite you to take a look. And if you do, let me know your thoughts – love to hear from you!
See more about these books here.
Currently – mid-2017 – I am in the process of finalizing a book on leadership God’s way that has been chomping at the bit to get written. Stay tuned for more info on its 2018 launch. I am uber-excited about this one!! Words+Leadership – I can’t wait to see where God takes me on this as I sit at my keyboard and bleed it all out! In this one I will share some of my leadership successes – as well as my incredible bloopers and failings – and look at what God taught me through it all.
I am also a contributing blogger with a wonderfully diverse community of writers at Grace and Such. We even published a group-book (is that a ‘thang?’) – a devotional entitled 30 Days of Grace. Enjoy! And stop by to take a taste of what grace looks like through different lenses of faith. You won’t be disappointed.
With experience speaking and facilitating discussion in both large (1,000+) and small groups, I use my humor, and life and leadership experiences to teach and encourage others how to maximize their own God-given potential.
Topics and titles for keynotes, workshops and retreats include:
Leadership like God Wants, Not Like the World Wants: There is a Difference
Living Out Your Faith in Your Life and Your Leadership: Taking it to the Street
Finding Your Leader Gene in Your Daily Grind: Leadership Assessment and What to Do Once You Know
Dismantling the Idols that Used to Make Your Day
NEW! Seasons that Blend Into a Life of Learning, Loving and Leading
NEW! Who Am I When I Feel Like A Nothing: Forgetting What is Staring You in the Face
NEW! Seeds and Soils and the Weeds of A Life: the Bible’s Gardening Advice
See more details here about these topics and titles.
I look forward to connecting with you real soon!