October 9, 2019

Are you looking for a way to stand out in your field, deepen relationships, or develop habits of gratitude? When was the last time you stopped to write a thank you note?

Given our busy schedules and all the technology at our disposal, handwritten notes have become a lost art. However, it really only takes a few minutes to stop and express your gratitude and can easily be worked into your daily routine. Do you work best first thing in the morning when the off...

August 21, 2019

A topic we women don't talk about enough is feeling unqualified. The mental burden we carry by self-imposing impossible standards keeps us stuck in the status quo and limits our potential to grow. We talked about this issue recently at the Power to Exhale brunch, and you can catch that conversation on our podcast.

One of the most challenging projects of my professional career was rooted in the area of workforce development. While the program we were develop...

June 12, 2019

"I can do anything you need, just don't make me ask for money."

As a nonprofit and fundraising professional, I can't tell you how many incredibly brilliant people I've met who were terrified to ask others for donations. I was recently compiling a report of how much our team had raised for the year compared to how much we'd requested. Despite having raised millions for worthy causes over my career, it dawned on me that I've inadvertently become an expert in b...

January 8, 2019

A nagging voice in the back of my mind tells me I shouldn't be writing this blog post. As I type, in my kitchen there is a crock pot half full of leftover chicken dinner that needs packaged for lunch tomorrow and cleaned. And yet I'm choosing to let it sit on the counter. It's a perfect reminder of why this post is so important.

I recently read an article about how difficult it is to avoid burnout, especially for women. This may seem like the most obvious un...

December 14, 2018

I have a confession to make that may take you by surprise since I advocate for setting goals and constantly pursuing personal growth- I hate New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve never believed in them because I’ve rarely seen these efforts yield results other than leaving people feeling inadequate and further behind when they don’t achieve the outcomes they were hoping for. Personally, I prefer to create smaller habits and then build upon them once I'm consistent i...

November 27, 2018

Over a year ago, I had someone I respected ask me why I chose to be so open about my hobbies and interests. At first this question caught me off guard. I'd never considered that I shouldn't be able to talk about my love of Star Wars or excitement about the next concert I was checking off my bucket list. After all, nobody bats an eye when men come into the office buzzing about the latest football news or plans to go hunting over the weekend. Why must I risk...

September 19, 2018

Warning: the following post reflects my personal religious views. While I pride myself in being of service to people of all backgrounds and beliefs, my faith is intertwined with who I am. If that’s a problem, feel free to keep browsing the interwebs. Might I suggest visiting this list of the 20 cutest kittens ever? Surely we can all agree that is time well spent!

For Patrick’s First Communion we bought him a copy of the Adventure Bible, which he has been f...

August 15, 2017

My name is Valerie Goins, I am a 47-year-old seminary student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and an intern chaplain at the Robley Rex VA Hospital in Louisville. I am the mother of 3 young children, wife, part-time farmer and children's minister. Plus, the pets that consist of 3 dogs, 1 cat, 3 chickens, 1 pigeon, and 60 head of cattle. If it sounds busy, it is!

I always felt a call to Christian ministry but I was told for years that it wasn't...

June 9, 2017

No. Such a small word, yet it scares so many people. Whether it’s intimidated the most seasoned executive or youngest professional, good intentions are unfortunately causing all of us more work and frustration.

I have a request that may sound odd: please respect me enough to tell me “no.”

I recently had coffee with a friend who is in a sales-oriented field like I am. He was talking about a customer who was offered a product that he agreed to buy, but was seem...

June 1, 2017

One of the hardest but most valuable lessons I’ve ever had to learn is how much presentation matters. You can have the best argument and all the facts on your side, but if you don’t position a decision or an action the best way possible, you can be right and still loose. As shared in one of my favorite TV shows, think about how you would react if you went to a gourmet restaurant and ordered their finest steak. They cooked it exactly to your preferences and...

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