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Entrepreneur Life, Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

It’s the Little Things: Celebrating the Small Stuff

It’s the middle of September. Summer’s ended and the little vacations are scheduled farther apart now. School has been back in for a few weeks, and the routines are becoming more regular. Spontaneity has slowed down and work can become a serious drain if you let it! Celebrations don’t have to be large and time consuming. Your spouse and your children will appreciate it when acknowledge a small success in a special way. Your coworkers may be alarmed that you noticed and cared enough to write a thank you note. Your mentees will light up, and I guarantee you it will make a difference in their day.

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Entrepreneur Life
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

The Organized Lifestyle: Procrastination and Productivity

Growing up, I was focused, but the older I became the more procrastination set in. My mother helped me type a 20 page thesis while I was writing it the night before it was due. Once I began attending college, I thought that I could focus more with a glass of wine in my hand until the glass became a bottle and the only interest I had was in going out. Procrastination had officially hit an all time high as I banged papers out on the keyboard at 4:00AM because I’d officially put it off as long as I possibly could. I’ve got six tips to help you enjoy more productivity over longer periods of time so click the link to read about them.

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Entrepreneur Life, Ministry
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Rediscovering Worth: Lessons from One Year in Business

It’s been one year since I officially went into business, and it’s been mind boggling. Seriously. I don’t know that I’ve ever cried more in one year than I did this year. I’ve wored harded than I ever have before in my life and it’s difficult to process because I don’t know how much I have to show for it when I look back…if you’re measuring value in the traditional sense by the things you can see.

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Entrepreneur Life
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

The Gift of Gratitude

I was terrible at writing thank you notes when I was high school. I think I have a few thank you notes and phone calls to follow up on from my high school graduation even now because I didn’t understand the importance of it. Now that I understand it, I’ve been running from place to place to deliver these little notes and it has become my favorite hobby! At a time where I could have easily gotten caught up in resentment, I found myself doing one thing: saying thank you and it brought amazing results. Want to live your best life? Dare to focus on all the good parts and ignore the rest! I’ve got three tips to get you started so keep reading!

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Say Bye Bye to Summertime Tension!

Want to open up the conversations between you and your daughter so that you feel invited into her life instead of just a bystander, nervously watching and waiting to see what the outcome will be? Get involved and take this challenge! Your home should be a safe place that’s fun for the entire family, and I’ve got tips that will ease your mind about what your daughter does when she leaves the house.

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Making Memorable Moments Between and Moms and Daughters

Growing up, I envied some of my best friends and the relationships they had with their moms. When it came to my mom and me, I was that character named Can’t-Get-Right. Opening up to my mom was unchartered territory. What if my mom didn’t think I was funny or like to laugh at the same stuff I do? What if she thought I was silly or stupid or worse? What if life got worse when I let her in? My thoughts were irrational and unjustified, but they were my thoughts so they became my reality.

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Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Change Your Perspective. Change Your Life.

Our perspective gets clouded by our routines and the people who influence us when we are looking to make a change. Even though change is loaded, it’s necessary, and it needs to be defined by you! When was the last time that you thought without interruptions, reflected on your life, and set goals for your future? Let’s choose to be intentional about the change we make and take a moment to breathe. The busyness is only going to continue unless we decide to care about ourselves enough to slow down. Want to change your life? Change your perspective.

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Ministry
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

It’s Personal

What type of lifestyle do you want to live? What type of lifestyle do you want your daughter, neice, or mentee to live? Rest and relaxation is not the same as practicing self care. It is a part of it, but it’s not the totality. There’s a conflict warring between society and our needs, and this is personal! Discover seven tips to practice self care today!

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Teen Privacy: Does it exist?

Boundaries make all of us feel safe, and teens are no exception to the rule. That being said, there are still checks you need to put into place to ensure that our girls are safe at all times. This world is a scary place and there are ways to ensure your teen enjoys privacy without compromising her safety. Read the three tips you can use if your teen wants more privacy and does not like to keep a diary.

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Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

Diaries, Brain Dumping, and Best Friends

The more I dealt with, the more I wrote. I wrote about everything, and the sporadic thoughts, outbursts, and dreams were still there, but there were a lot more summaries of my day. I realize now that keeping a diary has also kept my sanity. Writing about the arguments that I got into with best friends, the betrayal by former boyfriends, and the disconnect I felt with my parents helped me to process my thoughts in a positive way because I was able to vent free of judgement from others. I notice that I’m more prone to share my feelings with people when I haven’t journaled about them, and there’s always a risk…no a guarantee that I’ll hurt someone when that happens.

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Entrepreneur Life
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

The Exaggerated No!

Last week was rough! I pray about everything I do…or at least the big stuff, because I’m in such new and self employed unchartered territory, but it didn’t ease the blow I felt last week.

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Mother Daughter Relationships
By livdooley / July 27, 2018

5 Tips to Confront Conflict Between Moms and Daughters

We become strong when we exercise, and I don’t know if it can get any more basic than that. In fact, you may be wondering why I chose to waste space to even share that point. I shared it because I want us to remember it’s important and simple. When we exercise, we become stronger. Now, I have a question for you: why do so many of experience weak relationships with our loved ones? Come on, you know what a weak relationship is: one where patience is absent and discipline is distant. One where your interactions are marked by outbursts and your time together is tense.

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Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / July 26, 2018

Bullying Mentors: Adult Women with Insecurities

I recently read a book in which the author advised parents not to allow their teens to bully them. Immediately, thought after thought began to rush through my mind as if the one sentence she’d written had tipped a domino over. Are you being bullied?

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Mentoring Girls
By livdooley / July 26, 2018

3 Ways to Encourage Empathy and Reduce Drama

Synopsis: What is it with teen girls? Why are teen girls always enthralled in drama-real or imagined? I know that if you’ve got a youth group, are a mentor, or even teaching a class, you’ve asked one or both of these questions. Most of the young ladies I mentor are friends one moment and ignoring one another the next, but that’s when it’s easy. It’s much more difficult when they’re engaged in a fight on Snapchat or contemplating ways to get even with the other girl.

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