Is your house a safe place?

Dan shares a look at what makes a home a safe place where animals, kids and adults can feel safe.

I went to lunch with my neighbor Bill yesterday and we started talking about the gentleman who used to live in the house next door. I told Bill about talking with my previous neighbor (Bob) on a bright Sunday morning and how he had spent the day planting watermelons – although the doctors had just told him he had 3-6 weeks to live.  Well, that turned out to be pretty accurate.  Bob died on another Sunday, just 41 days after that conversation and just one day short of six weeks. The picture here is of the beautiful floral display at his memorial service.  Notice the … Read More

Keeping Your Relationship Strong while Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur

This is a guest post from Troy Stoneking. In his own words, “I’m a very happily married man who writes, speaks, coaches and consults for individuals and organizations. By combining decades of experience in both the corporate world and entrepreneurship I help others find what they love to do in life whether at a job or in their own business. In addition I show companies how to find and keep the best people. I’d love to connect with you at or on Facebook at Troy Stoneking!”  If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.  The road from … Read More

The View From Here

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  Her newest book is titled Be Your Finest Art and that’s also the name of her group here in this community. She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Early in our marriage Dan had a serious discussion with me about my tendency to … Read More

Pity the person who has no one……

I’m at the Launch Conference in Orlando as I write this, hearing great information and more reminders about the necessity of being connected to others. With the growth of the entrepreneurial model I see lots of people who think they have to “make it on their own.”  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  As I think about my own little business I think about my daughter Ashley who coordinates all our communication and websites, runs our live events, oversees product fulfillment and customer service.  We have people who handle the technical details of our business, Jen who handles all … Read More

Stand by me….

When the job stinks, when the marriage is dry or when the lab reports show a dark spot, we are reminded that we need to help each other.  It’s impossible to achieve or enjoy success by yourself.  There have been so many people who have contributed to my success through the years.  Teachers, pastors, mentors, friends of my children, people who have worked for me and the countless number who are available today for any task that appears.  I know you feel the same way. There is a YouTube video based on the great old song – Stand By Me.  … Read More

May you love like this

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing one of Joanne and my favorite quotations about friendship: “Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”   Dinah Craik (1826 – 1887) English novelist and poet.   I hope you have relationships like that to give you strength for the things you want … Read More