THE BEST OF stress relief


Balancing life as a military spouse and entrepreneur is a challenge. Add in a month of speaking events around the country and it gets even more stressful. But as with any problem there is always a work around that will alleviate stress and get the job done.

Which leads to my solution for bringing you great content at a time when my schedule is absolutely insane! Over the next 4 weeks I will be doing a series called “The Best of” covering specific topics from my most popular posts.

The first in our September blog series:

The Best of The Direction Diva on Stress Relief

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I don’t know about you but my life can get pretty crazy. My role changes from military spouse to entrepreneur, mom, battle buddy, caregiver, cook, chauffeur or any other title I take on in a given day. And because I’m balancing (ok juggling) so many things I’m always on the look out for great TIPs – tools, inspiration and perspective – that helps me along the way.

And that is why I’m excited to announce that starting this month I will be hosting the

#DivaTIPsLive Linkup

This is a link up for blog posts that inspire and share tips, tools & resources that will make your life simpler, happier and better! So grab a cup of coffee, wine, hot chocolate or whatever you are filling your cup with these days and get ready for some great content! [click to continue reading …]


TheDirectionDiva.comDecisions. Decisions. Love them or hate them decisions are a big part of our life aren’t they? The older I get I’m beginning to realize that the decision making process is truly an art form. It’s not the act of just saying yes or no to something, it’s about learning to feel good about the decisions you make that’s challenging. The hardest part of the entire decision making process for me is that moment after I make a choice I start to wonder if it was actually the right one. I often second guess myself and look to others to validate my choice. The decision doesn’t have to be a big one, in fact many of them aren’t, but the second guessing and uncertainty have always been a part of the entire decision making process.

Whether it was choosing what to order at our favorite restaurant, where best to focus my time and energy in my business or deciding the best way to handle an unexpected decision I’ve never been able to take comfort in the idea that there wasn’t a better alternative. Until now. I’ve found that by consciously moving through some simple steps as I make a decision, I’m less likely to regret my choice in the long run and I no longer am looking for validation from others. Here is a simple decision making process that you might find helpful, it not only makes it easier to make better decisions but it allows me to do so in a shorter amount of time.

A Simple 4 Step Process for Making a Decision

  1. Step 1: Clearly identify and understand the decision you will be making. When faced with a decision to make it is important that you know exactly what it is you are deciding. When making choices it is easy to spin of and lose focus, making the process a lot more painful. The best way to make things easier is to clearly understand the decision that is before you, identify your options, and forget about the opinions of others. Remember you are the only one who has to live with the consequences of any decision that you make so don’t let someone else decide for you! [click to continue reading …]


10 Quick TipsIt’s no secret that social media is something I love. I use social media for business and pleasure. I use it to stay in contact with old friends and to make my military life just a little bit easier.

Years ago there wasn’t such a thing as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, heck there weren’t even smartphones. But social media integrates into our lives it becomes more and more evident that it’s here to stay.  And we need to master the beast both personally and professionally.

Here are 10 Tips for Social Media Mastery:

  1. Use Facebook as the perfect place to create a conversation. Share behind the scenes photos, pose questions and by all means post blogs, articles and quotes about the things that matter to you and your peeps! [click to continue reading …]