Kristin Hiemstra

TAP YOUR POTENTIAL: Preside and Stop Making Excuses Today

This week we celebrate Presidents’ Day. Initially known as George Washington’s Birthday, this day originated as an opportunity to celebrate the birth of the first leader of the United States. It became Presidents’ Day in 1971 when those who governed were trying to give the nation’s workers a three day weekend. ______________________________ ______________________________ One of my favorite quotes comes from Washington: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” ______________________________ _____________________________ Success in any endeavor requires we preside over our time, emotions, actions, and relationships honestly. To preside over something means to take the reigns, seize the power, and focus that power on a specific...

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TAP Your Potential: Get the Look of Love

On February 14th at exactly 2:34 p.m., Jim Sailors fell in love with Katy Morris. Jim was looking for the most recent Green Lantern comic book when Katy walked into the five-and-dime wearing a light blue sweater with a matching bow in her flowing, auburn hair. Jim could barely breathe when she looked at him with her beautiful brown eyes and smiled a perfect smile. “Do you know where I can find the Band-Aids?” she asked in a lilting voice. Jim personally ushered her down the store aisle and eventually down the church aisle. After 52 years of marriage,...

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TAP Your Potential: 3 Tips for Persisting Through Dark Times

You never know your true strength until it is tested. One of the most famous tests of human endurance is the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a British explorer whose boat and men got stuck in the ice in Antarctica. When the ice began to thaw, it crushed the boat, leaving Shackleton with no choice but seek help from a far-off whaling community. In an amazing journey of human endurance, he and his crew overcame dark months, ice capped swells, little food, hiking across frozen tundra, and a myriad of other problems to save themselves. After nearly two years...

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TAP Your Potential: Discover Your Power Priorities

When she moved to a new city, Elizabeth had every intention of continuing the traditional life she had come to love, which included being the classroom mother for all of her four children’s classes and organizing fundraisers at their new schools. However, shortly after the move, her husband left her and the children to take his life in a new direction. His new direction didn’t pan out financially and the result was that there was very little financial support for Elizabeth and her kids. Devastated but resilient, Elizabeth sprang into action; using her network of only a few people,...

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TAP Your Potential: 5 Methods to Stop Beating Up On Yourself

Beelzebubba is half-devil, half-ignoramus and the conjurer of limiting beliefs. He is part devil because he robs you of your God-given potential and he is part ignoramus because only ignorant people desire to oppress others.  Beelzebubba exists within your head and mine and he says really mean things meant to keep us from trying to reach our potential. Most of us created Beelzebubba when we were young and got in trouble for something we didn’t mean to do or know was wrong. His voice emerged from the chorus of negative feedback we received and we welcomed him into lives...

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You and Everyone Else

The need to conform starts early. For me, it was elementary school, when I had to have a powder blue satin jacket with Shaun Cassidy’s picture on it and a comb in my back pocket so I could blend in at the roller rink. I was painfully attuned to the in-crowd, and desperately wanted to fit in and look like everyone else. Then I grew up, but I still struggle in walking the edge between conforming and pursuing goals outside of the box. Those who are living to their full potential are not concerned with the in-crowd or with...

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Slay Your Dragons

Life is a series of challenges. We all have dragons we must confront. In mythology, dragons guard gold and virgins – two things they have no use for. They are greedy and selfish. In life, our personal dragons steal our potential. They are things like addiction, gossip, lying, laziness, unfettered screen time, lashing out at others, toxic relationships – they are things we engage in, but we don’t want to own up to, because we know the way we are behaving is a misuse of our power. There are a few different ways to slay a dragon: Chop off...

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Make Someone Laugh

In life, we are all traveling somewhere. First, we have to figure out where we are going, but the next decision is equally important. That decision is regarding the attitude we want to embrace on our journey. People arrive at their designation laughing, crying, rich, poor, energized, spent, happy, sad, etc. Rest assured that your journey will have plenty of opportunities for you to experience all of these emotions, whether you want to or not! However, it is within your power to pick the dominant emotion. You might as well be joyful, and you might as well laugh a...

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Four Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress

The holidays… they are AWESOME and, of course, incredibly stressful. Our fond memories come from a time when we didn’t have to do any of the work and got all of the rewards. Ahhhh childhood, why did you leave me? Then adulthood somehow set in, and suddenly Bob Rivers’ “12 Pains of Christmas” was a much better reflection of our experience than the classic “12 Days of Christmas.” With the parties to go to, schedules to juggle, finances to manage, and visits from our crazy in-laws, it is no wonder many of us experience an increased need to partake...

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Free Gap Year And Exchange Programs

Going straight to college is not what everyone wants to do. Sometimes you just need a little adventure in your life! Here are some free gap year options: 1. Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program offers graduating high school seniors the opportunity to live with a German host family, participate in a training or school program, and gain experience working abroad through an internship with a German company.  – See more here. 2. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Speak German and learn more about German culture!  The CBYX program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to spend an...

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