Attitude

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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Legacy

How do you want to be remembered?  You have to believe that you can impact others lives in a great way, and sometimes you do it without even knowing you do it.  Even when you think you can’t or that no one notices.  You do.  You bring joy to people

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Find a reason to say “YES!”

Too many times, we say “NO!” too quickly.  We run.  I know I used to do that.  A lot.  But not so much anymore.  Maybe I run more now, but in a different way.  I don’t run from something or someone, I run to them.  How many of us use excuse

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One day too late

I watched a movie today called ” To Save a Life” that talks about teen suicide as its main premise.  Now, I have never physically pushed someone out of the way of a runaway car and pulled anyone from a burning building.  We all have wished we could save someone,

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Step up to the edge

So I am usually up to most challenges and find myself being stronger and having more courage than I think I ever did before.  Even if I summed up all of those moments before up until now.  I know I really don’t have a “game plan” set up and there

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A little spring in our step

Earlier this week as I drove to work, I drove by the elementary school by boys all went to when they were younger.  I could not help but smile when I saw this little girl with a little spring in her step and she sang to herself as she hurried

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Starting over

Sometimes, we have to start over.  There is no other choice.  The game has changed and we decide we are no longer going to play by those rules.  We take a stand and move forward in another direction.  Other times, we just give up.  We quit trying.  It is easier,

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Off to save the world!

Yesterday, I stop in to see Rocky and on my way out, I say to her, “I’m off to save the world!  It is what I do.”  Yes, this is a little related to the Wizard of Oz and through this adventure with her, there were references along the way related

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Should a chance come to you…

would you take it?  Even if you had no idea what you were doing?  Have you ever just had to swallow hard, hoping no one hears, and just go for it?  Fighting through every thing that terrifies you that makes you want to run away as if you were on

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Are you who you said you would be?

When we were little, did we dream about being an astronaut or a doctor or a teacher or a mom or dad?  But more importantly, we probably didn’t dream about being kind and generous, or mean and hateful.  But as you look deep into who you are, are you who

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You could be the one to…

do anything you want to and make this world better.  Do you believe that?  I mean, REALLY believe that?  Or do you just agree with this because it is easier?  Guess what?  We all NEED to believe that.  Since I never know when something I say becomes significant to someone

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All of a sudden

Have you ever just totally got something….seriously, like it hits you upside the head?  Meaning, it finally makes sense.  Sometimes, you cannot even pinpoint why you now got it, when ten seconds ago you were miles away from getting it.  Last week, I found this quote and fell in love

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Show it to you

If you can’t see it, it is my responsibility to keep showing it to you until you see it.  I will not bring it to you…you have to go get it.  However, it is here should you want it.  Yes, I am dangling a carrot in front of you to

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Afraid of love

I protected myself well over the years.  On occasion, I still do it, but nothing like I used to.  It wasn’t that I was afraid to give love — that was easy for me to do.  I was afraid to accept it.  Where it should have been, it wasn’t.  When

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Who hasn’t heard this before?  It came in my fortune cookie last night as I was eating dinner with our oldest son.  Another son is nervous about making next year’s show choir group and I encouraged him to try for a solo and he said every time he does, he chokes. 

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Having it all

No one could ever really have it all.  But in order to have it all, you have to be willing to lose it all.  You have to take chances and hope it turns out for the best.  Sometimes it won’t, but most times maybe it will.  You cannot reap a

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Changing world

Your world may be changing but it is far from over.  When the bad comes to our doorstep, we want it to move on as quickly as it can, never wishing it would stop at all.  But when good comes, we would make up a bedroom and invite it to

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Have to stand out!

Why are we so concerned about trying to fit in when we should be trying to stand out?  Because we follow the norm!  Why do we do what is expected and follow the trends of a typical life instead of making our mark (see previous post) and exploring all of the possibilities

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No man is an island

Although I probably believed that for a long time.  I thought I could do it on my own as I had for many, many years.  I was good at it and still am.  Ships would sail by and an occasional “Ahoy, there!” would be said but they would carry on

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Born a hero

I always think it is interesting where my inspiration comes from.  I find it in an ad, a small line in a movie, or just about anywhere else.  I was skimming an article when I saw the title, “No one is born a hero, they are created.”  But then I started

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Break what binds you

Sometimes easier said than done.  Sometimes we anticipate it being more difficult than it really is when it really happens.  There are people and situations that hold us back.  We may not know why or we know EXACTLY why.  We have to let go.  I was stuck for a while

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Smoke and Mirrors

I dislike the games when people throw out the smoke and put up mirrors.  I just don’t have time for it.  But people do it every day.  You know it and I know it.  I have never really understood why people do those things either.  Do they do it for

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Never been done before

There are things that we are meant to do.  Even when we think we can’t.  Even when we don’t know how.  Even when people will tell you that it’s impossible.  “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their

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“X” marks the spot

The other morning as I was walking my last 100 yards or so, I looked up and saw where the plumes from two airplanes had crossed and made an “X” in the sky.  And because silly, random things like that get me thinking, you should not be surprised by this. 

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Make a difference

We just never know when something we say or do is going to be that pivotal moment in someone’s life that changes it forever.  But you have to believe that in order to know that what we say and do can make a difference.  I held on to MB as

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Fight the good fight

Some fights aren’t worth it.  You know it and I know it.  They drain your energy and become a waste of time.  Then, there are those other fights.  The ones that are ALWAYS worth it, regardless of the energy and time it takes.  And the best part is that you begin

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Bring your “A” game

We tell our boys that whenever they are doing something and they need to do their best, that they need to bring their “A” game.  Yes, we want them to excel and give 100% at whatever they are doing.  But do we do that in our own lives?  Probably not

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What others would say about you…

 We all probably cared about what others think about us, to some degree.  But it takes a strong person to dismiss those opinions as being more important of the only one that really matters – your own.  People get jealous of others because they are something else that those people

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What a beautiful day

Today has been awesome.  The windows are open with a slight breeze, and the sun is warm and inviting me to take part in the next ritual that comes with spring, and I found peace.  Not just any kind of peace, but the kind that comes from truly staying committed

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Stand a little taller today

There are moments in our life when we are proud to be who we are and carry ourselves a little differently than before.  I remember when I lost the majority of my weight last year, that although I was “accused of being stuck up”, most people thought I just was

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The power of women

A few weeks ago, I attended a concert with Laura Story and Mandisa and saw how music, fellowship, and women of all ages began to feel as one…as if nothing could stand in their way.  It was phenomenal and completely made me believe in the power of women.  Not that

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Vow of compromise

Is this you?  Have you promised to settle for something less than you should have?  Less than you deserve?  I am sure we could all raise our hands on this one.  Maybe not all the time, but at some point when what our heart tells us to do is not

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Tender the moment

I am not sure why this came to while I was running errands over the weekend, but it did.  Maybe it was because I have been trying to get caught up on my scrapbooking and all of these photos that I am attempting to organize and put into books make me

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Play by your rules

How many times do other people’s rules come into play?  I understand we have to follow rules and as a rule follower by nature, but sometimes I should get to write my own rules and then I play by those.  This is what I know…we still have control, even when everything

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REACH

Can a simple conversation lead to a spark with the eagerness and hope that you see staring back at you be so overwhelming that you are stunned by its mere presence?  If so, have you ever seen that?  I have.  It mind boggles me every time.  REACH = React. Engage. Attitude. Connect.

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Just like a penny in the gutter…

As I crossed the street this morning, I walked over the gutter as I stepped onto my driveway and then took another look to the ground.  And there I found it.  A scratched up, tarnished piece of copper that had been discarded or tossed out as if it no longer

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Do what feels right

So, last night my husband was watching something on SciFi – which is pretty typical, but it wasn’t a vampire or werewolf movie, so I was kind of glad about that.  Anyway, he was watching one of the new “Star Trek” movies and of course, Dr. Spock has a few

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HOPE walked through my door

There is a young lady that I have met only once before yesterday but she will never know how much I saw in her and how much her presence has righted “my ship.”  Yes, on occasion for all of us, our “ships” list to one side or another for reasons

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Feeling like unmatched earrings

I am such a dork.  I got ready for work today like I do any other day, and since I like to wear clothes that require little or no prep (just like my hair), I thought I would mix it up a little, so I put on my beautiful pearls

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Hakuna Matata

Our sons found it funny this weekend when Mike and I were caught watching “The Lion King” because it is a kid movie, but there are valuable life lessons that are played out during this movie.  We can run from our past, but eventually it catches back up to us

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Angels along my route today

Today was an unusual run for me, not because it had been a while since I had run ( I have increased my mileage by 1.5 miles to my normal 5) as I try to get outside as long as the temperature is 20 or above.  For this Southern California

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What if nothing changes?

Have you ever come to a point in your life when you had to make a decision and you asked yourself, “What if I do this and nothing changes?”  Yes, yes, we all have.  I would almost expect that I have done that the majority of my life…almost anticipating that nothing

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It doesn’t have to be that way…

I am simply amazed at how many things in life are wrong, but don’t have to be that way.  There are no requirements when it comes to everything I see that is done because it is easy or the because people have become immune to what they should be doing

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Front of the line

I never thought about what I do here as my being at “the front of the line.”  Now, hear me out because I am not one to toot my own horn and people who really know me, know that is true.  I remember once disputing with Rocky about the dream I

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The Musso Treatment

I just finished reading a novel about a family that leaves their life in California to try a year in Italy, in hopes of getting back to the basics and saving the marriage that used to be so important. It took this family a year to learn a new language, figure

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Love until it hurts

Here is another one of those things that happens to all of us.  Where we love so much that it actually hurts and the pain and tears come because we have given so much of our heart away.  Sometimes, our heart is given to those who will not receive it. 

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Dilemma

Who can’t raise their hand and say, “I’ve never had this happen to me!”  No one!  I came across a new quote and bought it to hang in my office…it reads, “INTEGRITY – The higher courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity.”  When you have

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Worth the wait

Have you ever said this to yourself or had heard it from someone else?  “Hope it was worth the wait.”  Today, is a very special day for me and only one other person knows why as it means just as much to her as it does to me.  She will

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Lucky number?

Do you believe in coincidence when the same number keeps appearing in very random events?  I know there are people who study numbers and believe that they mean something about a person’s personality.  In fact, someone I know did a “number chart” for someone else I know.  I don’t recall and

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Never extinguish the flame

People have referred to them as “haters” – people who will just do everything they can to put you down, mostly because they are not up.  If they can’t see the sun, then no one can!!  They try to snuff out your flame by casting stones, dishing out hurtful words

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Stand Up

Courage is hard to come by sometimes and it can bring more trouble than it is worth at other times.  But when you have a question aching inside that you need answered and you stand up to answer that question, that is when you find true strength.  I recall the

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Whatever it takes

Have you ever been faced to make this decision?  When you want something so badly that you find yourself actually saying those exact words – “Whatever it takes”?  Have you ever committed to something with your full heart that you know that failure is not an option, just a delay in

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Make a way

When you cannot find a way, make a way.  I heard something like this over the weekend, and thought about it more before writing this post.  Sometimes, when situations or people seem to be determined to bring us down, it really does just the opposite for me.  It wasn’t always

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My wish

As I sigh a deep breath for this post, I have to go where my heart lives and tell you what my greatest wish is for all of you, but along with the greatest wish will come many smaller ones.  I always wish you a day with a warm, sincere

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Living good vs. living great

I think I live a good life, as do some of you.  Hopefully, most of you believe that you are living a good life, but that leaves me with one question…am I living a life that should be great?  Not because I want fame or fortune, but because I can

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Asking the RIGHT questions…

I am a question-asker.  Those that know me, know that and understand that.  In fact, it has been mentioned that I ask too many questions, but I don’t think that there can ever be too many questions, can there?  But what good are getting answers if they are not the

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The life we learn with….

Being a baseball family, it should surprise no one that my husband was watching, “The Natural” with Robert Redford last night.  My day started like any other morning this week…getting up at 4:30am for my run/walk, but I was surprised when my favorite companion was awake too and came with

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Didn’t get the memo

Have you ever said that in passing, maybe at work?  Maybe because everyone happens to be wearing the same color and you feel a little left out?  Or have you seen the cell phone commercial when a group of employees are having lunch (I think it’s tacos) and this guy

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Obstacles

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.  You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” – Norman Vincent Peale We all have obstacles, intrusions, stressful situations, etc or whatever you want to call them.  They are a given of life.  You know

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Because you never know

Yesterday, my husband informed me that a less than 40-year-old man from our community went to bed, not feeling too well with no other known issues.  He never woke up.  We are never given a guarantee of how much time we have on this earth to be with the ones

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It is easier NOT to

I did not sleep very well last night, tossing and turning, never really getting comfortable until about 3am, when I might have drifted back off to sleep.  Of course, because I don’t think my mind ever gets turned off (it might hibernate at times), I will undoubtedly think of something

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What we gravitate to

Have you ever wondered why some people just click and others just don’t?  Or why I like murder mysteries and my husband likes more of the fantasy type genre for books?  I was wondering why we gravitate to what we gravitate to… Why would I pick a Caramel Heaven cupcake over

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Love is more…

They say that, “Blood is thicker than water” and it is meant to remind people who are related through blood then nothing is stronger than that.  I believe that love trumps blood.  You don’t have to be family to love and in some families, there is no love.  But when love

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Words said…

Do we ever stop and think before we speak?  Recently, words were admittingly said with the intention of being hurtful to me.  Similar words were said a couple of months ago, and as much as the sting hurt at that moment, I also chose to dismiss those words just as quickly

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A little nudging

We all need a little nudging every once in a while.  Sometimes the nudging comes in the form of ways that we would not consider “nudging”, but more like a “push” or a big “shove”.  I remember a time when I was probably shoved to do something against my will

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Never any mistakes

I had a conversation today with someone who is grieving the loss of someone she cared for very much and believes now that the relationship is over.  As unfortunate as the circumstances are that befell this situation, the only thing that are left are the memories.  Those memories are going to

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Trusting our destiny

“Knowing” is the title of a Nicholas Cage movie and the thought of knowing came up again last night as I was watching another movie.  What if there was a pre-set plan for you and if you were told what that plan was before it actually happened?  What would you

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Endless ripple effect

Everything we do and everything we say affects something else.  Even those things we could never imagine.  I am reminded of how Rocky and I met on an every other normal day in February in 201o and to where we are now.  My saying, “Have a great day!” or “Hi!” as

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Your whole heart

What do you love?  Really LOVE???  Don’t just give something 50% or 75% — you have to give it 100%.  Why would you choose to try only half of the time?  Or three-quarters of the time?  You wouldn’t.  But if you love something, you have to love it with your

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Full life

“In order for you to have a full life, you have to do what scares you.”  I heard this and was reminded of what is written in my life statement.  I had not lived a full life, until two years ago.  I had been living, but afraid every moment.  I was

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The sun never stops shining

Yesterday, we woke up to a nice little dusting of snow on the ground with the temperature in the 20’s as I went for a run at 5am.  Yes, I have already been told I am crazy.  Believe it or not, I wasn’t cold.  Levels of crazy come with added

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I have learned…

Yesterday, I was carrying my backpack into work to take care of some things over my lunch and because it had been so long since I had carried a backpack, I felt a little silly.  Like I was a student, but what was I learning?  Then, it hit me.  I

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Oh, how I missed the run…

Because the weather in eastern Nebraska has been unseasonably warmer than normal, I went for a run yesterday afternoon and again this morning.  I had forgotten how much I loved it!  It was a chilly 35 degrees this morning, but I didn’t care.   I had not run in about a

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Oil for your lamp

I received an email about a book with a quote from Mother Teresa – “To keep a lamp burning, we must keep putting oil into it.”  Where do you get your oil?  I will tell you like anyone else that oil is a precious commodity and cannot always been seen from

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Ready or not, here I come!

Who doesn’t remember the famous hide-and-seek words that we all said before we went “seeking”??  I was thinking about this when TM apologized for not being able to come to the last meetings of the G.I.F.T.  As I shared my great news with friends who were all so excited for

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What is the worst that can happen?

I know there are a lot of scenarios where we might seriously ask ourselves this question, but what if we took a chance…just a small one…knowing that it may never result in anything other than we knew we took it?  What if we ask the question that has been on

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The power of will

I am a goofball, and I knowingly admit it.  I have been called a ding-dong and a silly girl as well.  All terms of endearment from loved ones.  I say this because I find inspiration from the strangest of places…this time from a movie about a superhero from a comic

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Life’s not fair

How many times have we heard that?  When we agreed with that?  Early this morning, I learned that a family that we have known for 10 years just found out that their son has cancer.  He is a freshman in high school.  A month or so ago, his dad followed

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Planting the seed

I love to plant the seed and walk away. Not the seeds in the garden, but the seeds in your soul and heart. I have been asked before why I do not have a different vocation that would make me more involved with the people that come into my office

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When does it start?

I met a friend for lunch today and she brought her daughter who I had never met before so it was good for me to meet her as well as I loved catching up with CS. Her daughter loves to play basketball, but she doesn’t play anymore. I asked her

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Dare to be you

That is the hardest assignment we will ever have. No tests in school, no reviews, and no study hall can ever prepare us to accept this assignment. We also have to appreciate that we are going to fail when we get side-tracked and let our attentions be swayed by others’

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Little things…

About six months ago, I gave a recent college graduate a little book that I thought would inspire her to “Live Happy” as she embraced this new part of her life. I wanted it to be a reminder that living happy (or sad) is a choice and that she ultimately

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Be amazing!

When you read those two words, what do you think? Some people will think that they have to do something extraordinary or that someone else needs to notice some act or words before YOU accept that you can be amazing with so little effort. Here is the secret to being

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Can’t wish for what you want

You can’t hope for it, either. Doing all the wishing and hoping doesn’t get you any closer to what you want…it can leave you empty. Only if you let it. What do you want? What are you willing to do to get there? Are you willing to take night classes

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Happy New Year!

As we embrace this new year and all of its ventures yet unlived and views yet unseen, we take time to also reflect on where we have just come. 2011 was full of wonderful memories, precious times, and people who I love. I treasure every snapshot I can recollect and will

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The winds of life

Today was the first day in about a month that I went out for my walk. I know, I am not at my running pace, but I needed to get outside and enjoy the sun. But as I was walking more normal route, I encountered the winds. But I found

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Ignite!

We have all seen something catch fire, to become totally engulfed, and then become tiny particles of ash. But, my most favorite part is just to see something being ignited….to see just the spark to get its life at the starting gate. When you know that going back is not an

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Where you don’t belong

Have you ever felt uncomfortable when you were some place and you knew you shouldn’t be there or not sure if it mattered if you were there? I am sure we all have. I remember going to a then-friend’s son’s graduation party and feeling like everyone had their eyes on me

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When you transform

At Thursday night’s meeting of the G.I.F.T., I was talking about reflection and asking the women if 2011 went the way they thought it would. I mention that I change every day and my co-worker, DM, mentioned to the group that, “Homme has changed a lot” and she has known

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Never too late

I have to believe that there are some situations where it is never too late. I tell people to never give up and you only believe to never give up if you also believe first that it is not too late. There is one situation that I am dealing with

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What’s your word?

Is there a word that would describe you? I think at any given moment, we have a feeling that would describe us. Maybe not the only word, but one that just pops into our head. Usually, we can find an emotion that will describe how we feel during a particular

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