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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

Don't go to the Inquirer - read it here first!

I saw this on someone’s blog today with their answers and though I never met the person I was very intrigued by what they had to say. So, here I go with my own answers…….maybe somebody out there in cyber space who has never met me will read and go…”hmmmmm….this Deanna chick has some depth to her and maybe if I’m ever in Tampa I’ll look her up and have a latte with her…”


 
What has God truly called me to do?

write and pastor

What is my calling?
writing, pastoring, coaching/mentoring

Is there a call on my life?
absolutely

What are my 5 greatest wishes?
to write
to grow old with my husband
to see my children serve God all their lives and walk in their destiny
to mentor women
to be myself always

What are 5 short term goals?
write more articles
lose 10 more pounds
wake up ½ hour earlier each day
finish recording my CD
get through the holidays without stress this time

What are 5 long term goals?
get a book proposal accepted
save more for a rainy day (don’t plan to retire)
go on a cruise with Larry
have all my baseboards clean at one time!!!
finish developing my entire mentoring ministry

What are 3 things I want to experience before I die?
at least another 40 years with Larry
going on a special trip with all my kids as adults
having grandchildren

What are 3 things I want to accomplish before I die?
being able to write FT
have my whole entire house - closets, garage, everything - totally clean at once.
go on a sabbatical to Boone, NC

Where are 3 places I want to visit before I die?
England
Greece
Hawaii (again)

What is my biggest dream?
Writing, always writing

What would answer this phrase: “This is a dream come true.”
I just got my book proposal acceptance in the mail/on the phone!!!"

What do I want to be when I grow up? A writer

What do I not want to be honest about?
How unbelievably mad I get at people sometimes.

What have I always said about life that has become a phrase instead of truth?
"Don’t ever expect anything out of anyone and then you will never be disappointed. You can spend your life being pleasantly surprised whenever people do right, or you can walk around being disappointed constantly."

What are my actual tastes?
bold, strong and ultra-feminine (clothing) and a mixture of taste in interior decorating. Everything from classic to shabby chic

What are my very favorite things?
Books, writing, coffee, tea, biking, walking, shopping

What are my greatest talents?
am I talented? I thank God that He has gifted me in utilizing words to change the atmosphere and bring people to a higher level whether it be through writing, preaching, teaching, singing or mentoring.

What is my sweet spot?
not sure exactly what this question means but it could be answered in a myriad of ways. As far as what do I like to eat that is sweet, there is not enough blogspace to even begin to cover that, but chocolate tops the list…as far as when I am sweetest, definitely not in the morning. I am a night person…as far as who do I think it sweetest in my life? My husband.

Where am I happiest? at home – in my office – at church – on the beach with my toes in the sand

What is the coolest thing I have ever experienced?

having people tell me something I wrote saved their life

Who makes me smile?
my husband, my kids

What makes me laugh?
our staff members – they are hysterical

Who makes me laugh?
same answer as above

What do I do that really makes everything in life click?
finish my initiative list each and every week.

What is my coolest memory?
looking at my birthmother face to face

How does God talk to me?
in the quietness of my own heart and mind when I settle down and listen to Him throughout my day or when I’m in prayer

How do I know that something is God and not me? I have heard His voice enough that I instinctively know it’s Him. This has come through experience and confirmation.

What sounds like the most fun thing in the world?
going on a vacation 

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