balance

Practical Lessons for Integrating Faith and Work

Man at Prayer

How do we integrate our faith with our work? If you think about it, most of us will likely spend the majority of our adult (awake) lives in the workplace. A typical eight hour work day accounts for a third of the total day, with the other two-thirds devoted to sleeping, family, friends, faith, and so on. In the practice […]

There’s No Such Thing as “Balance”

I hate the word balance—at least the way our modern culture defines it. For most of my adult life, all I’ve heard (or read) is about how to balance work and family life or finding balance when life seems to get out of control.  It’s as if balance is this magical word that creates a utopian mindset—one that, I’ve come […]

By the Grace of God…with Lots of Coffee

I get asked quite often how I do it all. Sometimes, it’s other moms. Other times, it’s colleagues of mine. There are times when it’s someone I barely know. These people see something in me that makes them question my sanity, my organizational system, and/or my ability to get it all done. (And they don’t even know the half of it, […]

By the Grace of God…with Lots of Coffee

I get asked quite often how I do it all. Sometimes, it’s other moms. Other times, it’s colleagues of mine. There are times when it’s someone I barely know. These people see something in me that makes them question my sanity, my organizational system, and/or my ability to get it all done. (And they don’t even know the half of it, […]

Applied Leadership

My MBA was in “Applied Leadership.” It took an enormous amount of time and sacrifice to complete, yet I’m still not sure that I could provide a concise definition of exactly what “applied leadership” means. Thankfully, I know it when I see it. One of the most head-spinning times in my life was right around my 40th birthday. First came […]

David DeWolf and the Integrated Life

The DeWolf Family

You know that guy who manages to do it all and look good doing it? His name is David DeWolf, and I’ve come to find out that he does not, in fact, have a superpower that none of the rest of us can access. David is CEO of 3Pillar Global, a company he founded and now travels internationally to run. […]

5 Steps to Finding Faith and Balance in Business

Jere Thompson and Members of
Young Adult Professionals

Editor’s Note: This is the first post from the group, Young Catholic Professionals (www.youngcatholicprofessionals.org), in Dallas, Texas. Randy Hain and I applaud their efforts to call today’s young adults to “Work in Witness for Christ” and are grateful for their contributions here to the mission of the Integrated Catholic Life™. – Deacon Mike Bickerstaff What’s Important Now: 5 Steps to Finding Faith and […]

The Illusion of Success

The Illusion of Success

My father came to our house for a visit last summer, which he typically does two or three times a year.  He loves to see his grandsons and we talk to him every week by phone, but for health reasons it is sometimes difficult for him to travel from his Florida home to Atlanta.  I have occasionally written about my […]

A Catholic Dad Offers Five Ideas for Better Parenting

“Dad, want to throw the baseball?”  Major League Baseball season is in full swing and this is an almost daily request from my 12 year old son during the week when I get home from work and it is repeated throughout the weekend.  Depending on the sports season, weather and the whims of my children, the requests can morph into […]

Pursuing a Meaningful Life: An interview with author Randy Hain

In a spirit of full disclosure, I am a Randy Hain fan. As a friend, he has been the source of unfailing encouragement, fellowship, and wisdom. Yet there are many dimensions to the man… Randy is a husband, father, writer, speaker, business leader, and much more. His third book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life is packed […]