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Episode 070: We Were Stuck and Scared of the Future

In 2009, Michael and I found ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, as they say. I had just had our first baby, and Michael was going to school for his Master’s degree. We had recently moved to Northern Virginia so Michael could complete this degree, and I was working a day job…

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Episode 069: Discovering Emotional Intelligence through Acting with Adrian Alita

Adrian started teaching acting during his graduate studies, and fell into the realization that acting uncovers emotional intelligence. Drama exposes stories and emotions. Studying acting helped Adrian become a better husband and father, and teacher in general. Most of what keeps people back from being able to act is their emotional inhibitions that don’t always…

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Episode 068: Wealth Secrets and False Beliefs

Last week, Michael and I loaded up our little family and drove out to Nashville, Tennessee to attend a marketing conference called Funnel Hacking Live. It was an inspirational week! I spent four days immersed in learning about marking, and defining myself as an entrepreneur. The first couple of days were particularly stressful because it’s…

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Episode 067: Decision-Making and The Power of Family Councils with Chanelle Neilson

I have found a common theme when discussing an effective culture: meetings and councils. Every time I read a book about communication, or problem-solving, or talk with a guest about creating a family culture, it often involves some kind of meeting, or sitting down to discuss plans, goals, values, or conflict resolution. Chanelle and I…

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Episode 066: What To Do With Envy

I like to read a lot of personal development books. Growing up, my parents always had self-help, business and finance books lying around our house, and we even took a course together when I was a teenage to work on our self-awareness. I grew up familiar with Zig Ziglar, and Tony Robbins, and all of…

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Episode 065: Why Tidying-Up Really Matters

KonMari, Clutter Busting, Clear & Simple, or Fly Lady If you haven’t seen anything about the new Marie Kondo Netflix show, you might be living under a rock. Just kidding. But, seriously, I went on and watched an episode to see what it’s all about, and I did feel myself getting infected by the declutter…

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Episode 064: Creating Useful (and Confident) People with Jodie Cook

A friend of mine was visiting me with her three-year-old several years ago. We gave her little one a small puzzle to work on but she probably only put one or two pieces of the puzzle in herself because the whole time, her mom worked on the puzzle for her (even though it was supposed…

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Episode 063: We Are What We Continually Do with Jessica Croker

I asked Jessica how self-care isn’t selfish, and she said that actually it might be! Why not?! We are all worthy of having our needs met. We also need to be capable of modeling what it looks like take care of our needs and be thriving adults. Sometimes we need to actually be willing to…

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Episode 062: Opportunity Cost and Raising a Successful Family with Alison J. Prince

I first learned this concept of opportunity cost in a personal finance class in college. I have learned this lesson the hard way many times. I recently taught my daughter this concept when she was so excited to get two dollars for her birthday, and was anxious to spend it. So, when she heard the…

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Episode 061: Coping Is More Than Just Enduring

Life is all about stress. Distress or Eustress, it’s all stress. Some people are in more distress than others. Regardless of our level of stress, we all have our ways of coping with the stressors of our lives. But not all coping strategies are good. I have been thinking a lot about this idea of…

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