Resting Uneasy At The Hotel Rwanda

Several years ago, while working as an executive assistant for a major pharmaceutical company, I had to plan a trip for my boss to Rwanda.Rwanda. Holy cow! Can you even get a plane to Rwanda??It turns out you can. More than one in fact. You can fly there direct via British Airways from Brussels, Belgium mainly because there are a lot of Europeans who visit the area for the Silverback gorilla wildlife preserve in Kigali. The movie "Gorillas in the Mist" was filmed there. ...more


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Hello World

Hello,This is my blog. By writing this I have offically become a blogger. It was a suprisingly easily thing to become, I simply chose a name and jotted down a few lines. Seeing myself as a blogger with something worthwhile to say will be a different story.I'm not sure what this space will become; but I do know that I like to read people's stories. I like honest real stories that don't shy away from the messiness of life. So I promise to write about my life, my faith, and my relatinships even when they aren't neat and beautiful. ...more

I was born in the wrong generation

I was born in the wrong generation. Back when I was a little girl, my mother worked. She was in the minority in those days, working full time and trying to maintain a home. Most other mothers that I knew of 'stayed home' every day. Since mom was working, I had to have sitters until I was in junior high. Therefore I did not get to spend a lot of time with mom over the years....more

The Right Way to End the Year As a Small Business Owner

2015 is just around the corner. There is so much to do! End-of-the-year reviews, distributing raises, figuring out bonuses, organizing holiday parties, filing necessary paperwork, getting ahead on taxes, thanking your partners with personal, heart-felt gifts, the list is never-ending! With a million things going on, it can be tough to map out priorities. Here are 3 things every small business owner should do to end the year on a high note:Take advantage of the sales opportunity. ...more

A new job, a new town!

I used to work in a little town called Safford, AZ. I became an insurance agent for home and auto insurance. I worked for the same company for just over 4 years. When asked for a raise to be compensated for the work that I do, I was refused a raise. I then started to look for new employment opportunities. I found work in the Mesa area. This was a huge move for me, since I am in a new (one year relationship) and I have been pretty secure where I was. WE decided to go ahead and make the move. I am now living in Apache Junction and working in Mesa....more


Cross-posted from the Tiffscribes blog:I'm re-reading Zero Day by David Baldacci, which is the introduction of his John Puller character. As I get into the story, one overwhelming thought continues to loom:Why can't I write like this?...more

3 Ways to Finish 2014 Strong in Business

As we near the end of 2014, this is the perfect time for you as a small business owner to kick it into high gear and close the year out on top. In order to ensure that 2015 will be a money making success, it's vital to get your business processes organized and you have to get clear on your goals for the coming year.And you have to start now. January will be here before you know it and you want to hit the ground running. ...more

Ideas are Disposable

Forget about tracking every idea carefully in a thought journal. Your ideas are disposable. (Tweet this.)So are mine. And I habitually treat them that way....more

Work from Home Moms Tell the Truth About Working from Home

Do you ever dream of leaving the dreaded commute behind you?  Want to be your own boss?  Stay home with your children while still earning a living?  Or just want to be able to work anywhere or anytime?This is the life of a Work at Home Mom....more