What’s Good about Failure

In Girl Scout camp one summer, we were challenged with scaling the face of a rock wall using tethering equipment, a hope, and a dream. No safety nets. No trampoline at the bottom. No bed of Thin Mints to cushion any fall. Being the considerate girl that I was, I politely let all of the […]

What Leadership and Barry Manilow Have in Common

The year was 1978. I had just earned a coveted spot in the school talent show. I needed a groovy song. One that oozed with awesomeness. The choice was obvious. Manilow. (If you don’t know who Barry Manilow is, he’s just like Justin Timberlake…only cooler.) Yes, I was excited to show off my Saturday Night […]

It’s OK to Make a Withdrawal

I practically begged him to fire me. About eighteen years ago, I worked at a real estate company (manufactured home communities and apartments).  While I normally rocked my job more than melted lava cooling and solidifying, I went through a brief “soap opera and bon-bons stage.” Due to the pain of divorce, Rebecca Poppins was no […]

The Buttered Popcorn and Red Wine Diet

I am about to say a four-letter word.  For the squeamish, cover your ears. Goal. Somewhere along the way, we have taken the acronym for setting goals from SMART to SMUT:  Specific, Measurable, Unachievable, and Time-Based. I am tired of SMUT. This year, I am setting out with achievable goals, like speaking a few times […]

Victim or Victor?

After owning mobile homes for years, I saw some of the people living in our homes use this incredibly affordable housing option as a way to advance themselves. It’s a great tool toward financial independence if used as such. Others used it as an excuse. Some built businesses while living in housing that was within […]