Without Reservations

This week I had a chance to take a break from my “usual” seminars and go back to my speaking roots. The Mothers of Preschoolers group at Grace Church Reno asked me to talk to the young moms there about creative ways to feed a family while decreasing stress and increasing opportunities for conversation and connection.

Knowing that MOPS International always has a theme, I inquired and was told that this year’s theme is “Fierce Flourishing” and the central idea is to grow ourselves and our family in fierce ways, without reservation.


Thank you. Without Reservations is the perfect title for a talk about meal planning, cooking, and enjoying time around the family dinner table. In addition to sharing some tips for planning ahead, utilizing your freezer, and starting quality conversations with the people around the table, I also shared my “story” about cooking.


The fact that I speak on cooking is as humorous to me as the fact that I ended up working my way through college as a math tutor. (I love math almost as much as I love cooking, if you couldn’t guess.) But maybe that’s why I love sharing what I’m learned. I can be real about the struggles I’ve faced in this area in the different stages of life. (I’ve got from having picky preschoolers to a daughter who just started culinary school who critiques my meals…) But that sets me up to be real about the things I’ve learned along the way and hopefully that is an encouragement to others facing those struggles now. There is hope! After all, none of my children have died of starvation…or food poisoning.

How about you? Is there something in life or business that you “hate” that you’ve learned to do pretty well? How did you get there? What has the process taught you? What can you share with the rest of us who may be dealing with a similar issue?

Leadership Kids Learn About Personalities!

I recently had the pleasure of being the speaker for the Wooster High School Leadership retreat. About 60 kids were in attendance and we spent two hours together talking about personalities and how understanding differences can help them be better students, friends, and leaders in school and in life.


In a similar fashion to my business workshops, I started by introducing the idea that since people are different and we can’t change anyone else, we need to try to understand others better and change the way we try to communicate with them.


The kids then took the on-line personality test and broke up into smaller groups by color to discuss each personality’s natural strengths and weaknesses.

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And no workshop is complete without a little time dedicated to application. For this, I had the students sit in two long rows facing each other so they could talk directly to the person across from them. After each application question one of the rows would scoot over one seat giving them a different “partner” for each question.


Back to School – For All of Us!

“Back to School” has always been a busy season for me. I have been a student, a teacher, or a parent for as long as I can remember.  As a parent, the start of the new school means new backpacks, school supplies, and the end of long, lazy summer nights. As a business owner, this is the time for me to evaluate my systems and schedules, and assessing various aspects of my business. Do I have more homework that I need to be doing? Do I need to sign up for an extra class this fall or maybe pursue some private “tutoring” to help me grow in certain areas?

My primary fall semester education for my wedding business, EAC Video & Entertainment, includes two conferences in Las Vegas. Last week, I was there for The Las Vegas DJ Show, and next week I will be attending Wedding MBA. Even though I did have one “teacher” role in giving a seminar at last week’s show, I take every opportunity to be a student. I attended a workshop where I received coaching and a personalized performance critique. I went to seminars on business, interactive performances, sales, communication, music and more. I took LOTS of notes. And over the next few months while my kids are working on their homework, I will be working to apply what I learned to grow my business and serve my clients even better.

What does “Back to School” mean for you and your business? What are you doing to continue to learn and grow personally and professionally? If you don’t have an opportunity to attend a live conference this fall, I encourage you to take an on-line course, invest in a video training series, or find a podcast that inspires and educates. Do SOMETHING to keep learning!