Just the next step…

We’re just at the end of our second week at the lake, and although it’s been cooler, we’re still having fun. Here we are on the high ropes course at Monkey Trunks.

This is our 4th visit to Monkey Trunks, and the 3rd time we’ve done the entire course together as a family (the first year, Jack wasn’t tall enough to go on the big course, so he did the kid course while James watched from the ground).

I love doing things like this as a family. Not just for the bonding experience, but because we get to witness how much the kids have grown and matured each year too.

Each visit prior, one of the kids got stuck on an element and got upset (we are 60+ feet in the air and on the most difficult part of the course, so… and there’s a lot of trust riding on those ‘monkey paws’ staying attached to the wire).

This year, when Jack got stuck – swaying in mid-air – he was able to keep his panic enough at bay to listen to me coach him through to taking just the next step. And within minutes he had made it across to the next platform. It was a proud moment for both of us.

This reminded me of how much I’ve always tended to run my business this way, by taking just the next step. Whether because I was overwhelmed, couldn’t see the whole picture, or only had tiny pockets of time in which to move forward.

To take just the next step…

Consider where you are right now. What’s just the next step you can take? Not the leap… just one single step? The one task, the one email, the one phone call, the one piece of content, the one connection, the one thing?

Do that.

And then share with me below.

Until next time…

~ A

Making decisions…

Greetings from the Lake! The sun is just rising here… there’s so much beauty and peace at this time of day… 

Even so, I’m only compelled to get up with the birds when we’re at the lake. 😉

But I do treasure these early mornings at the water, with my journal, sometimes a book, oftentimes just my thoughts – and my coffee. 😉

It usually takes me a couple of weeks to fully decompress and relax into the summer’s ease… but I’m already starting to feel things loosening.

People often tell us how lucky we are to spend the whole summer at the lake – but I always tell them, it’s not luck. It was a decision to do so a long time ago and then taking action to make it happen.

The first summer we were here for 2 weeks, and last summer we were here for 13. We just kept adding weeks every year until we were staying from Father’s Day to Labor Day.

But it all started with a decision. I knew what I wanted and I decided to make it happen. And this is our 12th summer doing so.

What decision could you make in your life or your business that would bring you more peace, joy, ease, freedom, happiness, laughter, wisdom, abundance?

I’d love to know – please share with me in the comments.

Until next time…


Give more to be more…?

Ever have a project due or a deadline looming
that really stresses you out?

Well, that was Chloe’s shark project for her science class.

This girl had a vision, and she made it come alive, but wow – what it took to get there was some serious time reconfiguration, lots of that time spent in the Fabrication Lab at school during lunch, recess, and after school when she wasn’t at musical rehearsal, and lots of support, though she did all the work herself.

This photo is her completed project, and I have to say, from it coming home in many separate pieces to 4 hours later to completion – I’m impressed.

I’m even more impressed that she had a really great attitude about it all – even when she had to go back to store at 7:30pm to get less strong magnets! (Thank you, James, for taking that trip with her.)

But something she said while she was hot glue gunning struck me (I admit, with a tad bit of unease)…

I commented that she didn’t need to do something, that it was fine the way it was, and she just smiled at me because she was going to do it her own way anyway (she is so my daughter) and said, “But Mom, I’m a perfectionist.”


From a recovering (almost) perfectionist, I cringed a little. But I also recognized that part of the reason this project was stressing her out wasn’t just the limited time she had to work on it, but because it’s really important to her to do well.

In this case, she saw clearly what she wanted and she went for it – focused, determined, and yes, it took more because she wanted it to be more.

And that’s not a bad thing at all.

And it made me think, where in my business could I give more so it could be more?


I’d love to know your thoughts…

~ A