Monthly Archives: February 2017

  • A woman embraces surrender by falling backward into the arms of a group of people.

Learning to Embrace and Practice Surrender (a sneak peek into Line Four)

Lines In The Sand offers many valuable tools to help you create a life that you love. One of the best exercises we do is featured in Line Four: Embrace + Practice Surrender. In this exercise, we tidy up many areas of our lives where we have collected people, places or things that don’t serve us. Here are a few examples.

Email: Is your email box packed with emails that are sucking the energy out of you or that are adding to the overwhelm in your life? If so, I suggest that you carve out thirty minutes to an hour to go through your mailbox and delete emails that are no longer relevant. Next, take the time to unsubscribe from the lists that you are on. You are probably already deleting most of these unwanted emails and they are clogging your inbox and wasting your time. You can use a service like Unroll Me  to instantly see a list of all your subscription emails and easily unsubscribe from whatever you don’t want. Once you have your inbox nice and tidy, make it a habit to clean it up at least once a week.

People: At some point in your life you have likely experienced having a person in your life that is an energy drainer, an abuser or user, a drama queen or king or a control freak. Consider this your junk drawer of personal relationships. If you have a person or people in your life that are

  • Learn to better manage your time and stop being too busy.

Ten Steps to Learn How To Manage Your Time and To Overcome Being ‘Busy’

One of the consistent pain points that I hear about in my daily interaction with people is that they don’t have enough time, especially quality time for themselves. Do you need to overcome being ‘busy’ and to learn to manage your time better? I came across a blog post by Praveen Rajarao from his website dailymorningcoffee.com. Rajarao asks the question, Why is today’s world SO BUSY? He offers an answer to this question, but first, he reflects back on his childhood stating, “Once my dad came back home from work, it seemed like he had all the time in the world to spend with us. He never said he was stressed at work, and he never said he had to work overtime.” So what has changed? Rajarao suggests that the main change has been technology.

By the end of 2017, it is projected that 2.32 billion people in the world will have a smartphone. This means that people have access to unlimited content and data in the palm of their hand 7/24. The challenge as I see it is that people are not equipped to manage the information and distraction that comes with the ever-evolving and unlimited possibilities that technology will continue to provide. This is a great example of too much of a good thing can be harmful.

So, what do we do about this? Rajarao offers five important changes that you can make that will help you balance your life in an optimal manner. Here they are:

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By |2017-10-30T10:15:29+00:00February 24th, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn, Time Management|0 Comments

Emerging From The Storms In Our Lives

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm is all about.”

Haruki Murakami


I have always loved this quote and I have found it to be true on my life’s journey. I was a guest on Joshua Smith’s GSD Mode podcast last week. We were having a discussion about surviving the hard times that we experience in our lives. During our conversation, I was reflecting back to a time when I was in business school with few resources and lacking the pedigree and family legacy history of many of my classmates which insured a much smoother journey through two years of an advanced degree. This was a time in my life many years ago, when I would chew Bazooka bubble gum most of the day to keep the hunger pangs at bay. My funds were limited which made having three square meals a day a longed-for luxury. The great news is that I had friends who would invite me to their home for dinner almost every Friday night. I would leave my post at Harvard Business School from my tiny dorm room and start my six-mile walking expedition, rain or shine for a home cooked meal. Those voyages were wonderful opportunities for me to discover things I would have never uncovered if it weren’t for finding myself in a rough patch in my life.

It is true, on the other side of each storm I have

By |2017-10-30T10:15:29+00:00February 21st, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments