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Author:Betty Streff

veneer

The Veneer Stops Here, Get Real

"The gentleman is solid mahogany; the fashionable man is only veneer."~J.G. Holland   My husband and I spent several deeply satisfying years buying, restoring and selling antiques. That guy has a genius for spotting a diamond in the rough. He Cinderella-ed many pieces rescued from junk piles, old barns and granaries. Those once beat up and homely cupboards, dressers, benches and tables became treasures after he worked...

self-doubt

Fear and Self-Doubt? You’re Not Alone!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”~African proverb   I had a wonderful experience attending my first writer's conference over the weekend. And today I binged on learning and networking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs. What a bright spot they've been in a stretch of gloomy days when spring refuses to show up! At both events I was...

forgiving heart

Two Fresh Insights About Forgiveness

"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice." ~Isaiah 42:3   Life lessons have a way of appearing on our doorstep over and over again until the light bulb finally turns on. I wrote about forgiveness last April. It happened when I fell into the pages of a book. Tonight as I write this,...

the flowers don't worry

Worriers Don’t Worry! There’s Good News for You!

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” ~Marcus Aurelius   I fished up a great new resource while trolling some insight about worry.  The website is called www.secondchance.org. We may gripe about it, but the things we browse while online fetch us more material on our topics...

fight fear with fire

How to Fight Fear with Fire

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."~Eleanor Roosevelt   I have a very brainy nephew who delights in wearing tee shirts sporting highly intelligent humor. For example, one of his favorites is "Coulrophobia. It's no laughing matter." If you don't have an unabridged dictionary...

spring break

Spring Break

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ~Anne Lamott.   For the next little bit I'm going to take a break and slow down the pace. I need to concentrate on wrapping up some big projects. So for awhile, I've decided to post once a week instead of twice until I feel I've got things in hand. I'll see you on Thursday! Looking for a program...

time for a change in habits

Habits. Why We Need Less Stick and More Carrot

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."~Aristotle   I'm the queen of beating myself up, I've got the award certificate on my wall. For most of my life, in my own eyes, I always fell short and never accomplished enough. But you know what? It's taken a long time to get there but I've been wrong. It's always been...

legacy of planting

Plant a Life, Grow a Legacy

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." ~Og Mandino   Spring is almost here. It becomes official next week at 11:15 AM CDT on March 20 when the vernal equinox arrives. Soon, we'll see green shoots piercing through the soil and explode into bright colors. Last fall I buried papery brown lifeless-looking bulbs in the dirt knowing that a small miracle would take...

inchworm

Inchworms, Inchstones and 1 Percent Better Every Day

"The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do everyday matters." ~Jeff Olsen   We humans don't always catch on real quick and it's understandable. It's hard to place value on slow and steady in a world of hot and ready. In a world of 24/7/365, always on and instant access, it's boring. Baby steps, incremental improvements and inch worm speed...

overwhelm crazy

Five Peas to Pick When Overwhelm Overtakes You

I had the great fortune of spending bonus time with our grandkids this weekend and feeding them! It's something I love to do. Food has always one of my best love languages. Wouldn't have traded it for anything but I ran out of time to write.   Spring is coming fast and and the pace of life always ramps up about this time of year. So, I...