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Kick Your “Buts” Out The Window This Year

Every year at about this time, thousands of people, just like you, make a New Year’s Resolution. A resolution is a commitment to achieve something BIG that has been weighing on their heart and mind. They tell themselves a story of success that this is the time they...

The Myth of Balance

Can you have it all? For years I searched for the perfect balance in my life between my career and my family. I pictured my life split, somewhat evenly with 50% work and 50% family.  I’d heard it was possible and yet I struggled. When I was at work, I would find...

Greatness is a Choice

I’m an Iowa State sports fan and many have said throughout the years that we are loyal fans, fans that stick by our teams when we are winning and when we are losing. Unfortunately, in the area of football, losing is more often the norm than not. We are in a tough...

The Truth About Being Busy

"How are you?" "Oh, I'm so busy!" "Could you help me with this project?” "Sorry, I can't, too busy!" "Did you get that project done yet?" "Sorry, didn’t get that done…I’m too busy.” I started to hear myself saying these phrases in my own personal conversation, and it...

Let Positivity Fuel Your Change

In today’s world, it can be hard to focus on things we are thankful for.  It seems that every time we turn on the TV, open the newspaper, or tune into social media, we are bombarded with bad news.  We hear stories of war, terrorism, and negative politics.  Our world...

Could You Be Afraid of Success?

Seriously, fear of success? I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say, “I sure am afraid of success!” It sounds crazy, right? As a life and business coach, I hear it all the time. Now, I am not saying that my clients come right out and say, “Carrie, I am so afraid of...

Could You Be Cheating on You?

Have you ever considered that perhaps you are not where you thought you would be at this stage in life because you cheated on yourself? One of my all-time favorite birthday gifts was a Garmin Vivofit, which I got a couple of years ago.  I set a personal goal of...

Happiness is Not Found at the Top of a Mountain

Before we get very far into this blog, it is important to realize that happiness comes in many forms and you must ask yourself what happiness means to you.  For many years in my life, I was searching for happiness.  I graduated and moved away to college, which was a...

Are You Ready To Upgrade?

“You know Carrie, you will need to upgrade.” While waiting for my first cup of coffee early this morning, my husband, out of the blue, announced that I really needed to do my upgrade.  He caught me off guard, probably because I hadn’t had my first cup of coffee and my...