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In the Arena Spotlight

I love reading posts that make me smile, laugh, encourage me to think  and help me grow. Please check out these wonderful posts by truly awesome people!  

Have a beautiful Sunday!

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Make It Ultra

*How to deal with Emotional Vampires


Thriving Under Pressure

*Turning failures into opportunities


Greater than Gravity

*Life lessons from a season of baseball


HarsH ReaLiTy

*Love affair with words


Dream Big, Dream Often

*Results of your efforts


Rooftop Leadership

*Leaving tracks in this world



How to Build Bridges in Business and in Life

My Grandpa was a cabbage and lettuce farmer and for many years as a young curious girl,  I watched  him work and helped him harvest the crops. There is nothing else he would have rather done. It was in his bones.  I asked him one day if  I could take a turn driving  ‘Ole Blue’ as he called his rusty and reliable tractor.   He responded, “Have you been paying attention?  Yes Sir.”IMG_0032

Pulling his hankerchief from his pocket, he wiped the sweat off his brow, stepped down and said,  “Well, get up there and give it a go.”

 Like my Grandpa, many of us  feel driven by a purpose or calling- to start our own business,  become a life coach, create a blog,  write a book,  or get healthy.  Or perhaps even wish to master the art of staying calm under pressure. Yep, a few of these are on my list too.  So, how do we do this and meet with success?  

There are four key factors in building  bridges and accomplishing our goals: 

1.  Know the leaders/competitors 

Seek out and study those in the industry  and in life who have thrown themselves In the Arena and become champions in their field. What skill sets, resources and connections do they possess?

2.  Be their customer/follower

Listen to their story. Pay attention to the characteristics and behaviors of those you wish to emulate. Demonstrate loyalty to their product and service and reciprocity is sure to follow.

3.  Be their partner

True leaders want to see and help others succeed. What will your contributions be in this relationship? How can you help build them up? 

4.  Create your own niche

Be authentically You.  Focus on your unique talents, skills, traits and passions . This is one of the most important tools needed in building bridges in both our professional and personal lives.

Here are a few of the leaders in their respective industries that I follow and partner with who encourage, motivate and greatly inspire me to  step  In the Arena  in accomplishing my goals and reaching my dreams.

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*Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art, Turning Pro and The Legend of Bagger Vance- made into a major motion film starring Will Smith and Matt Damon.  Pressfield   offers invaluable wisdom  and great insight on  beating Resistance often disguised as our Muse.

*David Scott Mann– 

Founder of Lead Strong  leadership coaching, author, real estate investor , mentor and veteran- Lt. Colonel(ret), Army Special Forces Green Beret.  Scott’s expertise and skills extend well beyond the battlefield; training others to connect, succeed  and leave deep tracks  in this world through the power of storytelling. An Elite Leader like no other.

*Danny Ray Jr.–  Contributing writer- Life Hack,  and creator of  Dream Big, Dream Often .   Danny is a visionary  and community leader both on and offline with a seemingly inexhaustible reserve for helping others recognize and reach their dreams. A dedicated servant and advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by Multiple Scerlosis. The world could use a few more Danny’s.


“Pay attention and give it a go”  Grandpa 



In the Arena – Weekly Spotlight

Hope all of you had a wonderful week.  Mine was spent enjoying time with my kiddos and Momma in the Appalachian Mountains. It was nice and necessary to unplug from the world wide web and instead plug into breathing in nature’s beauty and precious moments with family.

Please take some time this weekend to click on these wonderful blogs featured in the Weekly Spotlight. 


 Behind the White Coat Coming from a family who mostly works in the medical field, I think it’s important to recognize  that doctors, nurses and others in this industry are more than a diagnosis or treatment they provide – they too are human who not only have their own stories but often times carry the  heavy stories of those they treat in their hearts and minds forever. 

Two are Better than One Michelle has a servants heart and demonstrates rooftop leadership in all that she does.

Kim Bailey Deal –  Kim is able to paint a raw yet beautiful image of the tremendous healing power of ‘breaking the silence.’

Dream Big, Dream Often – Danny can always be counted on  to deliver thought provoking  posts that are full of encouragement with the occasional polite ‘kick in the pants’ when needed.

TomSlatin –  Tom has a way of capturing seemingly simple photographs that compel the viewer to reach inside the image and give breath to its story. 

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall-  Jim is keeping it real with his ‘small blog on WP.’ I can definitely relate. I may have written on a bathroom wall –  once. ; )

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Have a wonderful weekend!





In the Arena – Weekly Spotlight

Please click on over and check out these wonderful people and their blogs.


Jason over at HarsH ReaLiTy never fails to keep me laughing with his  sense of humor, strong opinions and his heartfelt, honest emotions in his blogs.



Jenny at Peace from Panic provides good reminders  to step out from the comfort of our shadows if we want to truly experience the joys of truly living. 🙂



The Seeds4Life blog plants  many seeds that encourage us to look within ourselves to create a positive mindset and opportunities for personal growth.



Dr. Andrea Dinardo at Thriving Under Pressure always seems to provide doses of optimism and happiness to help keep us focused on the beauty of life.


In the Arena Spotlight – 7/3/16

One of my greatest joys in creating this site is reading and connecting with others through our stories- and lifting one another up. 🙂

I try as best I can to share the thoughts and writings of so many of you.

Daily life has a way of getting the best of you- IF you let it.  This won’t be happening to me- however, I will need to be more efficient with my time In the Arena.  As  a working full-time Mom, community outreach volunteer, taxi driver of said children, cheerleader on the sidelines of my kids games and oh, yeah… pursuing a new endeavor and taking care of Me- time management is I guess you can say- super important.

I will be highlighting  In the Arena Spotlight posts once a week that challenge my thinking, lift others up, inspire, offer up a dish of laughter, love and demonstrate courage, principles of leadership and purpose.  Please click over and get to know these wonderful people and writers. 🙂

In the Arena:


*Brooke on The Utopia Universe always does her best to have an optimistic outlook on life which lets face it- can be hard to do.  I often feel a sense of joy and peace after reading her posts and she is always so kind to recognize the work of othershttps://theutopiauniverse.com/2016/06/29/lets-get-creative/ 


*Momma over at  A Momma’s View is great at creating connections with others.  She genuinely wants to get to know those who visit her site and that she interacts with and provides refreshing perspectives on what it means to be human. Be sure to check out her  views in the land  ‘down under.’ https://amommasview.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/tell-me-something-good-12/


*Danny -AKA- The  Bomb Diggity as I like to call him…  over at Dream Big, Dream Often  challenges me to turn my brain on and reflect on those hard life questions while always going above and beyond to help others-and- with  a great sense of humor despite facing some pretty big challenges in life.  He is the epitome of being In the Arena!  https://dreambigdreamoften.co/2016/06/29/why-my-wife-is-my-angel/


*BBB- BeautyBeyondBones– This young lady is a talented writer, amazingly strong in her convictions and  what I would consider to be a wonderful role model for young women/girls. She is very insightful and fully immerses herself into understanding the challenges she has endured and  faced with grace, humility, a sense of humor and tremendous Faith.  https://beautybeyondbones.com/2016/06/23/i-am-not-invincible/


*Kerri Elizabeth-  at Inside Out Fitness and Nutrition– She leads by example- motivates and inspires others to value  a healthy lifestyle and radiates warmth and a deep love for the land, nature and above all else her children. And you won’t believe she is a Grandma. Trust me- you won’t believe it! This woman must have written the book on the fountain of youth 🙂 



*Mr. Rodge’s Neighborhood– A fellow educator who understands the great joys and yes, challenges we fellow teachers face in the classroom.  He seems to hold many keys to unlock  motivation and maps towards success.   He is a newcomer to the world of blogging and I think he has a bright future ahead of him! Be sure to stop by and say hi.  https://themrrodge.com/2016/01/23/its-not-all-about-the-benjamins-baby/


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Featured Bloggers 6/29/16: How to Network Your Blog

Dream Big, Dream Often is the bomb diggity for thought provoking content, a few hysterical cartoons thrown in and he is always willing to lend a hand to fellow bloggers. The Real Deal. Hop on over and say hi to Danny!

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Here’s how to network your blog. The work is done for you, all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others!

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