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Voices of Your Choices – Part 1

Two of the most powerful privileges we have been given are our ability to speak (our voices) and our ability to choose (our choices). We have been given by God a free will; the ability to make choices for our life.

Just pause for a minute and think about this freeing state that each of us has if we take advantage of it.
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Own it!

Have you ever heard the term, “buzz word”? A “buzz word” is defined as a word, term, or phrase that is trendy or popular in a particular context or place in time.

More often than not, these “buzz words” are not just made up into existence. Usually, these terms already exist; but a sudden re-purposing of them causes a rise in popularity – often to the point where the original use is no longer used or even known to others!

GroovyFor example, think of the term “groovy”; you might hear this word and think of the 1960’s or 70’s when people used it to mean something is “cool” (yet another buzz word) or fashionable. Because that’s when it really caught on and became a popular term, or
became a “buzz word”!


You may be surprised to knoneedle-on-record-playerw that the term “groovy” actually originated in the 1920’s!

It was used by jazz musicians to refer to music that was played with a certain “finesse“. The term was based from the phrase “in the groove,” which was used to describe the way a needle on a record player followed the grooves of a record to produc e sound.

Neat, huh? And probably pretty different from what you originally thought about the word “groovy”. That’s how powerful “buzz words” can be! Their surge in popularity can completely change the connotation of a pre-existing term!

Every generation or season has different buzz words. Some come and go; and others have lasted through the ages. I don’t remember the last time I actually heard the term “groovy” used like it was in the 70’s; but people still use the term “cool” (and I don’t mean temperature), despite it’s origin dating all the way back to the 40’s!

If you haven’t been inspired by any buzz words or phrases in the past, consider this one: OWN IT!

nikeNike started the “Just do it!” campaign back in 1988, and it is still part of their campaign 25 years later. Why? Because it held us accountable and made us responsible for making us “OWN” our decision to exercise and lay aside all excuses. Wow!

The same principal needs to be true in all that we do as leaders.  We need to “OWN IT!”

But what exactly does it mean to “own it”?

Taking ownership of something is when we take full undisputed responsibility of it from beginning to end; no exception, no excuses. Just like Nike’s renowned 2-word campaign!

The phrase Own It in magazine letters on a cork notice board

Your life, your choices, your legacy; OWN IT!

Your responsibilities, your titles, your career; OWN IT!

“Own it” leaves no room for being a victim to your own choices or failures. Even if  you reach part of your journey where something happens that is beyond your control; you must still “own” that situation and figure out the next step and move on.

The only true failure is in giving up.

You need to OWN your choices in order to create your OWN legacy.

Every choice has it’s own voice. What do your choices say?

It is my desire to inspire you to “own” everything you do on your journey to create AWCL. Consider the voices of the choices you make, what they say about you and your legacy, and always remember to OWN IT!


3 Powerful Lessons on Leadership I Learned from Rocky

I must confess, I am a big Rocky fan!

Not as in rocky road ice cream but Rocky Balboa, the boxer played in the ‘Rocky’ movies by Sylvester Stallone.

rockyThe writers of this champion-birthing series crafted Rocky’s journey to make us love him and deeply relate to the personal ups and downs of an undeniable leader in his boxing world.

I was caught up and inspired again by “Creed”, the 7th movie in the ‘Rocky’ series where Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) finds himself training his former rival and friend, Apollo Creed’s son as a young boxer.

In the movie, Rocky is old and out of shape. He is looked on fondly by many as once a great fighter and leader but not anymore.

What he doesn’t realize, at the time, is that though a leader’s body may age, their heart does not. Read More→

AWCL 002: A Dream No More – Interview with Kaleeda Jenkins – Part 2

Well-Crafted (1)Last month, I released my first podcast episode, What is a Well-Crafted Life?  During that episode, I interviewed Kaleeda Jenkins, a young lady who experienced a devastating injury early in her basketball career.

In this part 2 episode, you will hear about the decisions Kaleeda faced following that injury.

Some of the key lessons I love from this interview is that a well-crafted life is not without its many challenges and hard choices, but if you pay attention, you can see how God orchestrates our lives from a young age and opens doors of opportunity and hope to us at just the right moment.

I hope this interview inspires you! If it does, I’d love to hear from you! Please email me with any comments or questions.

Also, if you are enjoying this podcast, would you do me a favor? Rate or review it on iTunes!

It is my desire to inspire you to look for the moments where God has been involved in the details of your life and take the open doors of opportunity He brings to you. When your dreams are falling apart, trust His plan.

Be Inspired Today,

A Dream No More with Kaleeda Jenkins – Part 2:

AWCL 001: What Is A Well-Crafted Life? Interview with Kaleeda Jenkins – Part 1

Well-Crafted (1)Several years ago, I met a young lady who impressed me with her focus and strong sense of purpose. She was an example of A Well-Crafted Life and yet, so young.

One of my goals has been to launch a podcast series entitled, A Well-Crafted Life, so I felt it most natural to ask this young lady to be my first guest.

At last, it has happened! AWCL Podcast has begun and will officially launch on iTunes and Stitcher in just a few days.  As readers of my blog, you can listen below on my blog now! You also have the option to download this podcast episode to your computer.

*UPDATE: The Podcast is now available on iTunes! 

I have a heart to encourage everyone regardless of age or profession to craft their legacy by embracing and living a well-crafted life, and that’s exactly the goal of this podcast.

In this first episode, you will learn how I view AWCL and also be encouraged by hearing this interview with Kaleeda Jenkins.

We will take you on a journey with Kaleeda as she talks about the journey to her well-crafted life –  past, present, and more to come.  As you listen to this 3-part podcast series, please email me with any questions you may have for Kaleeda or about a well crafted life. I will address your question on the next podcast!

I hope you enjoy this first episode of A Well-Crafted Life Podcast. If you do, it would be a huge help for me if you rated/reviewed it on iTunes when it releases in a few days!

It is my desire to inspire you to live your life with the knowledge that you are building your legacy everyday, and it can be whatever you want it to be, if you are willing to craft it.

Be Inspired Today,

A Well-Crafted Life with Kaleeda Jenkins – Part 1:

Mom’s (AWCL) Well-Crafted Life

Mom PicMonkey CollageA Well-Crafted Life always ends in loss for those that you love. When your days on this earth are over, your Well-Crafted Life comes alive in the hearts and minds of those that are dealing with the grief of missing you.

Grief in us is often cradled by the legacy that our loved one has left.

Recently, the one that birthed in me the desire to live a well-crafted life went home to be with the Lord.  My Mom!

She crafted her life up until the very end and her last breath.  She was amazing in how she loved and lived in her life.  But in her last days, she was still demonstrating the keys to a Well-Crafted Life.

6 Keys to A Well-Crafted Life

  1. Sacrifice – AWCL (a well-crafted life) will be full of sacrifice, but not the kind that makes everyone uncomfortable but just the opposite.  All of mom’s life, including her last days, was lived as a sacrifice for those she loved and those that loved her.  Her sacrifice was so warm and inviting that it made you want to be around her and share in whatever time she had left.
  2. Humor – AWCL must have humor for others to understand the power and strength that comes with living such a legacy.  My Mom always offered the power of humor at times, we as children could have felt scared. But because Mom was not fearful, and even smiled or laughed at that scary thing, we were brave, also.
  3. Honesty – AWCL is formed and fashioned on honesty.  My Mom taught us to always tell her the truth the first time.  Then as we grew, she showed us by her life and interactions that truth is not an option. Even in her final days, her honest look at how she would die will forever show us that more excellent way.
  4. Service – AWCL is the fruit of a life of service. Service to those that are part of that WCL and part of the vision they have been given.  Mom gave us so many examples of a heart of service, from serving her family and friends to serving with her gift and talents in the church. As God’s servant, she did her part until the very end to see the vision she had come to pass in her children. Now it is up to us to carry that life of service for and with each other in honor of her life.
  5. Joy – AWCL is a fruit of being content in whatever state you find yourself. AWCL does not mean that it will always be all sunshine and lollipops, but when you choose joy as my Mom did, she found peace and contentment.
  6. God – AWCL cannot really be found without knowing God and loving God with a whole heart. Mom showed us that it is always best to trust in God. In her last days as He was calling her home, her heart never wavered. She loved until the end and is now with Him.

These keys will forever be in my life and heart, and they are a big part of my Well-Crafted Life and the legacy that my Mother gave us all as her children.

I desire to inspire you to give thanks for those in your life that aid you in creating AWCL and to remember that you are crafting a legacy each and every day.

Oh! I would be blessed to be known as my Mom is – for her laughter, love and legacy left with many that knew her.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Nuggets shared
We all gravitate to things that are just part of our professional wheel house or natural to our interest and experience.   Over the next few months, you will see nuggets of thought from my own interest and experience to inspire and encourage you.

So once a day, you will see a nugget on my Facebook page and posted here on the nuggets page from one of these areas of interest and experience in my life.


My Chosen Areas to Inspire You On Your Journey

  1. Communication nuggets are those that will help us communicate better and appreciate this dying skill more.
  2. Life Lesson nuggets are those moments that we all have that change our day, our season or maybe even our life.
  3. Organizational nuggets are those small tricks or tips to help us be more organized in our life and in our interaction to save time for more important things in our life.
  4. Legacy nuggets are those that we want to never forget because they are what will be remembered long after we have gone on to a new season or place.
  5. Heart to Heart nuggets are those that are birthed in our heart and never leave us except to share them with those that we love.

It is my desire to inspire you to develop and share your own nuggets from your areas of interest or experiences. We need to hear them.

Be inspired today,


7 Things in 7 Years Before Age 70: A Legacy Strategy

Age is such a fluid thing.  Sometimes age is very important, like waiting to be old enough to drive, drink, vote, or to be taken seriously by adults.  But the age itself is not important. It is what the age permits or supports as changes in our lives.  Right?

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If we did not have age boundaries, how important would age be?  When I turned thirty-five, my business mentor told me that financial success for a career in that company was that your wage was at least $1000.00 per year of age.  So at thirty-five, I needed to make $35,000.00 to be considered successful. Fortunately, I was successful! Read More→

Inspirational or Controversial: What Legacy Are You Building?

InspirationalI love people who inspire!  Inspiration to me is like an open door to the greatest dreams, plans, and hopes that are within us waiting to be released into manifestation.

I normally avoid controversy because it draws argumentative people and heated discussion that rarely leads to growth, progress, or enjoyment. Read More→

3 Keepers from my T&E learning

Trial & ErrorWe all learn in different ways, some learn better doing than watching.  Some learn better reading instructions rather than watching a demonstration. But we have all learned from time to time by the most difficult, yet the best way to not forget what we learned. Trial and Error!

Trial and Error is when we strick out to do something that we think we have a “general” understanding of, or something that looks “easy enough”; but we find out that neither may be true.

My favorite type of trial and error is when we step out to learn something that does not have an instruction book, or you have never seen done; yet you know you need to, or what to press on.  So step out we do!

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