Here’s my story…

Since 2010, I have been writing my thoughts down. Some have been made them onto these pages. Perhaps you will find a little piece of you in them too.

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6 things being a pessimist taught me about optimism

Some of you might think that I have always been an optimist. But you would be wrong. Back in July of 2010, I was asked if I was an optimist or pessimist and although I said optimist, a friend told me that my answer wasn’t true. I looked at her

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Feeling grateful: My 8 most important blessings

Tomorrow, many of us will spend the day with family and friends. Maybe we stuff our bellies with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Maybe we cheer on our favorite football team. Maybe we try to save some money with those early-bird shopping deals. As you clear your plate, nod off

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Believe in who you are — that’s all you need to know

Life wasn’t always good to me… As a young girl, I didn’t believe in many things. Not good things anyway. Although not intentional, I stopped believing in anything good. Those things never seemed to come my way so why waste time wishing for them? Unfortunately, that mindset had been become

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5 reasons why I must have hope every day

In our world today, it is easy to hold onto the doubt and fear that comes with uncertainty and change. Especially today. No matter how the world is reacting to events, I refuse to let go of something I have fought too hard to find and keep. Despair becomes our

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5 simple reminders of blessings we forget every day

This time of year, we begin to feel a little more thankful for the lives we live and especially on the fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate. Most of us will share this day with family and friends, surrounded by enough food that we will wish we had worn our

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6 reasons why the struggle is better than the outcome

Regardless of who we are, we all have dealt with something that wasn’t so easy. Something that seemed to be extended by time in a way few of us could ever imagine. Even the seemingly small things that might appear to never impact us sometimes rise through the darkness to

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Simple words of encouragement are powerful

Having grown up around being on many different athletic teams that spanned close to 15 years, I had many teammates and many coaches. Just like everything else in the world, I had really great teammates and really great coaches. On the other hand, I had some really bad ones of

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The wonderful surprises I found in the itinerary I never made

Having been raised by retired teachers, “planning” is something my parents did well. Their very written out expectations of the coming weeks, full of lessons and tests for their middle and high school students taught me something as well…a lesson that became a part of my makeup and a way

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The beauty of every life is found in the struggle

For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the struggle. I know that might sound weird to some of you. Our natural born instinct is to not want to struggle. I get it. No wants life to be hard. The harsh reality is that it

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