Life

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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The Act of Giving

This time of year, there are gifts being given and being received.  I realize that the act of giving for most people is heightened because of the time of year, but it saddens  me that we only seem to pay attention this time of the year.  Do people give out of

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Far from over…

We all started somewhere…it doesn’t matter where.  Some of us grew up in one place and never left.  Others moved around a bit, hoping to find a place to settle down.  But all of us can admit that along the way, we have received some bumps and even given some

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Hit me with your best shot

Life is tough.  No doubt about that.  Life is going to kick you and then when you are still on your knees, it is going to kick you again.  And life does not care if you are struggling already.  Life is not fair so forget about that too.  There are

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What’s the view like?

What do you see from where you are?  Can you see for miles or is there a layer that prevents you from seeing far at all?  This week, I was talking with someone about possibility and was surprised and his outlook with his “predictable” look on life.  I get it…you

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Keep your hands up!

I just finished reading a book written by Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, titled, “Lean In” and it mostly dealt with the experiences she had while moving up the corporate ladder.  She shared a lot of statistics and business ventures, with some personal “mis-steps” that had come to her along

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Get off that ledge!!

It is high up there, isn’t it?  Standing all alone, deciding over and over in your head if you should do something or not do something.  I know…I do it too.  Sometimes, I regret it after I do it, too.  As much as I don’t want to live with failure, I

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The Juggling Act

We are all circus performers and we didn’t even know it.  We are all jugglers…jugglers of life.  We are wives and husbands, parents, siblings, friend, co-workers, with many responsibilities assigned to us.  And we do our very best to keep the “balls” of life from falling to the ground…ever.  Birthdays

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Trudge ahead

Are there days when picking up your feet and holding up your heart are difficult?  Getting through one more day is all you can think of right now and as you wipe away the tears, you know if you stop that you will never get going again? Can you feel lost and

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Are you a puppet?

Maybe you don’t think you are, but if you had to really take a hard look at your life, would you think someone else is pulling your strings?  Maybe you are ok with not having to make any decisions because your choices are made for you.  If something goes wrong,

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Enough is enough!

I’m done.  Not just maybe or just for today.  DONE.  Are you done?  Have you drawn that line in the sand that cannot be crossed…or else?  Where tiptoeing around something is no longer an option?  When you must make a decision?  When you have had enough.  You are not going back

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QUIT! Why don’t you!

Quit.  Right now.  Not tomorrow.  Not later this week.  Quit.  I am not telling you again.  Whoa…whoa…whoa….wait…Michelle tells us to “never give up” and to “keep moving forward.”  Why would she want us to quit?  I want you to quit… giving yourself a way out finding the loopholes excusing what

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Make one person’s day!

Ever done that?  When you left a note on someone’s desk to wish them “good luck” as they get ready for an upcoming marathon? Or maybe sent a card in the mail, just to say “hi”? Or maybe your action requires a little more thought, but costs you nothing?  Yesterday,

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The price of being vulnerable

Everything comes with a cost.  It doesn’t matter if we think it does or it doesn’t, but there is always a price to pay.  I started reading a book that is reminding me what it is like to be vulnerable and to live with no fear.  It is hard, that

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What a feeling!

We have all had moments where we have expected something and then it still knocks us off our feet when it happens for real.  I will bet that this has happened to you.  I know it has happened to me and it makes me speechless.  Yes, it actually stops me

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How big is your brave?

Recently, being “brave” has come to mind lately — so much that I think there have been situations that have purposefully that are making me courageous.  Not overly big things, but things that gently (not really) push me outside of my comfort zone.  Maybe my being brave is something you never

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The sanctuary of the shower

It is about to get real.  Real quick.  I never used to look at the shower as a sanctuary but it is for me and maybe for some of you as well, if you would admit it too.  I will be the first to admit it…I have used the shower

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No mistakes

There is no such thing as a mistake.  Everything happens for a reason.  Whether we like it or not, every person, every experience, every moment serves a purpose.  Would you ever agree that life sometimes needs a little chaos so that we understand what order looks like? I know what

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The masquerade

Who you pretend to be is wearing on you…I can see it.  Can you feel it?  You know you can.  You just don’t want to admit it.  The fake smile you give is a dime a dozen and people would rather not have it at all.  Yesterday, I was out

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Most difficult question.The easiest answer.

I know a secret…..want to know what it is?  I know the question and the answer.  A couple of months ago, the question that was asked was, “How do you motivate someone who wants to be different?” Now, “be different” could be replaced with “give more”, “be successful”, or “be

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It is an epidemic!

It’s becoming rampant again and is showing up everywhere!  Have you seen it?  Or heard it?  Just when I think we have made progress or have the upper hand, it shows its ugly face again.  It is seen and heard but never taught.  It is something that is learned…and therefore, can

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The Dungeon

Living in a dungeon, are you?  “What?  Nah, not me.  I’m good.”  Guess what?  We ALL have one.  Some are small enough for one person and others have room enough for a large group of people.  Closing yourself off to others, spending way too much time alone, is even a

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Make life a special occassion

Do you have any plates or some wine that sits there, waiting for them to have life when a special occasion comes along?  You know what I am talking about…that dress that never gets worn…the vacation that never gets planned…the flowers that never get sent…just because.  What is more of

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The thrill of life

Are you tiptoeing through life?  You know, like people do…hoping no one hears them?  Isn’t life supposed to be lived?  And what makes you feel more alive than when something exhilarates you and your senses?  Can’t you just feel the excitement?  This past week, I have downplayed an important passage

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Shooting star

You are a shooting star — you just have to shine for us to see.  I know what you are thinking — you’re thinking I’m not talking to you.  But, guess what, I am talking to YOU.  Yes, you.  Don’t turn around or look for more fingers to be pointing

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Maybe it’s time to change

Better late then never….wouldn’t you say?  Maybe I think too much or just want too much to be different.  Maybe I have too much hope or see what no one else chooses to see.  Do you believe that it is too late?  That nothing can be done?  NOTHING? Maybe it’s

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What it took to believe

What does it take to believe?  To believe in what, you may ask?  Does it matter what the “it” is?  And I am not talking about a guess either.  Have you ever been stunned into silence when someone comes into your life and instantly sees something in you that no

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How would you grade your life?

Can you do life half way?  Would you want to?  If you are, why?  Have you ever turned in a homework assignment, thinking you had done really well, only to receive it back with a grade lower than you expected?  If you had to grade your life – based on

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“It’s Time: Changing Your Life Starts Today”

For three and a half years, I have travelled a road I never saw me on.  I have stumbled, fallen to the ground, wandered aimlessly, and come to dead ends.  I have also worn a new path, gone around detours,  built bridges, and saw the light at the end of the tunnel. 

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Who are you?

Have you ever asked yourself that question?  Maybe…maybe not.  And if you have, have you answered it?  When people ask your name, do you follow that up with, “I am so-and-so’s mom” or “I am married to so-and-so”?  I know many of us are identified that way and we become

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HAL Creative Writing seminar

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting with five young writers.  I have no doubt that they will share their characters and stories with us and we will see their words in a published format one day.  It is not a question of “IF” — it is “WHEN”.  Thank you to

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Don’t stay inside the lines

Sitting at a football game recently, I saw two little girls occupying their time by coloring in the bleachers as their (probably) older brother was down on the field worrying about much more important things than what color red to use for the chimney.  And that got me thinking about how

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The soul of a woman

There is nothing more vast, more mysterious, or more vulnerable than the soul of a woman.  It is like an ocean…deep and dark, stretches for miles, and can drown you in her love.  Her pure existence is clear by the waves she tosses onto the people she meets, and as she

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Making mistakes means I am trying…

Ever made a mistake?  Ever wish you could do something over?  Yeah…me, too.  But I can’t change what happened in the past and when I have chosen something and made a decision, it is only after that decision has been made that I feel like something was a mistake.  I

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Fail. Fail. Fail. Fail. Succeed.

This story has been in the news the last couple of days and I thought it would be applicable here as well.  A 64-year-old woman swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida.  Ok, that’s pretty good, right?  She also became the first person to do so without a shark cage. 

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Chasing that itch

Ever feel an itch coming on, and the only way to make it go away is to scratch it?  Sometimes, when I get an itch on my back, I reach for it and as I near it, I feel like it moves away from me and then I end up

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That’s a cop out…and you know it!

How many of us have found a way to make an excuse about anything?  Yes, I said…ANYTHING!!!  Then, yes, that means ALL of us!  At one time or another, we have chosen the easy road.  It is ok…we all know.  Quit pretending.  How many of us have not attempted something

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The runt never quits

Some of us never know what it is like to have to fight for what we want because it for the most of our lives, things have been pretty easy.  Mostly speaking anyway.  Then, there are some of us who know what it is like to fight for everything we

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A new path

This weekend, I found myself driving the roads of my home town as I ran around doing errands, and came across an old path that I used to only see in the dark.  I was instantly transported back to years ago with many treasured memories that I still hold close,

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Planting the seed and walking away…

Over the weekend, I have a very interesting conversation with a complete stranger who happened to be seated next to me on an airplane as he traveled home and I snuck away for a few days.  Trying to make the three hours flight go a little quicker, Mr. V and

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Quit being so predictable!

Parts of my life are very predictable — most mornings, I am up at 4:30am.  I am at work by 7:45am and take my lunch at noon.  Most weekends and evenings, I can be found at one of my boys’ events or functions or I am reading or writing something. 

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Falling off the trapeze

How many of us have ever wanted to climb something to get a better view-point or to challenge yourself?  Most of us.  Now, I understand some of you may be afraid of heights, and I understand that.  That is why they tell you, “Don’t look down”!  Have you had moments

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The girl who gave up on herself

You know that girl, don’t you?  Maybe you don’t want to admit it, but you know who she is.  You have seen her, talked to her and know her face all too well.  The girl who never thought she was worth it…never deserving of more.  Up until this moment, no

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Accessorize your life!

For those of you that know me personally, I do not shop well and don’t really know how to accessorize an outfit.  It makes me nervous beyond belief and mustering the courage to do it is quite the feat.  I have made myself physically ill and wanted to disappear.  I can

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Make the inside match the outside

Are you a giving people a false impression of who you really are?  Do you pretend that everything is perfectly fine, when inside you know you cry yourself to sleep every night, wanting it to be different?  Maybe you know someone that puts on a good show for everyone else,

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Book cover!!

Here is the front and back covers for my first book, “It’s Time…Changing Your Life Starts Today”.  To be released in September 2013! Michelle Homme 2013 ©

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Wild hearts cannot be broken

It seems almost unthinkable at time — trying to process the endless possibility that brings excitement instead of fear.  I want everyone to know that it is possible.  What kind of mixed message is sent if you talk about it but don’t believe it?  It is easier to tell someone that

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What feeds your soul?

After a meeting this past March, I caught up with someone who I usually don’t see except but that time of year and I found myself using this term to describe those special moments when we truly LOVE what we are doing.  I am reminded of it when I think about the

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Right train, wrong track

Have you ever felt like you knew where you need to go but also came to the conclusion that the way you were going about getting there, was never going to get you where you needed to go?  I jumped tracks many years ago and have never looked back.  Although,

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20 seconds of courage

Hey, you…got a second?  Yeah, YOU!  Got a second or two?  I have something to tell you that could change your life.  Now are you interested?  Have you ever been in a moment when you had to control your breathing because if you didn’t, you would hyper ventilate?  Maybe a

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Imagine a world…

As is typical, I can’t sleep.  So instead, I began to imagine a world of possibility that you can wake up to this morning.  A few years ago, I remember telling someone that I did not have the ability to change the world because that task seemed too big for little me

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You’ve got this!

How many times have we wondered if we were capable of more?  Or do we just settle in, hoping no one would pay attention to us?  Have we spent our entire lives, playing the wallflower part, standing off the to side as we let others take the stage?  It’s like watching people

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Fall in love with who you are

For many years, I didn’t know who I was.  Since I was younger, I knew who I didn’t want to be, but that didn’t help me much.  So I searched around doing what I loved to do, taking care of myself, and constantly searching for something I did not even know

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It’s Time!!! — The book is being designed!

Almost can’t stop smiling!! Just got off the phone with the design team for the book!!  I will get to see a sample in 2 weeks with another week after to see the proof as it will appear!! So much is going on with possible venues to share this book

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Leave ’em speechless

Yep…TODAY.  Leave ’em speechless.  Have them turning their head around, wondering to themselves, “What just happened?”  You know where they look for witnesses to make sure that what they just saw wasn’t a figment of their imagination.  Surprise people every day with the strength you find from nowhere — blow

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Find the courage!

On this 4th of July — the day we celebrate the birth of our nation — I started to think about courage.  For most of us, this day is one where we eat and drink way too much, light off some fireworks, and hang out with family and friends.  But

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En Fuego! (On Fire!)

My heart breaks for the firefighters and their families who lost their lives in Arizona fighting something that was so overpowering that eventually the fire won.  Thank you for your service.  Speaking of service, we still have that flame, burning inside us.  Not because it’s the 4th of July, but we

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An Absolute!

I have been thinking about faith a lot lately, but not in the religious way.  More about what true faith means to me.  One of my new favorite songs is, “Have a little faith in me”, by Joe Cocker.  It reminds me of the faith I need to have in

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Don’t plan your life!

Your life will never be the same than it is right now.  This moment will never come again and can never be repeated.  “Prepare for the unexpected” is a quote I find quite humorous and makes me smile because of its irony.  For so many years, I had planned everything

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What really matters most

There are times when we forget, but not on purpose, what really matters most.  Sometimes, our reminders come at us like a head-on crash and others are more subtle.  Coincidentally enough, I had started this post some time ago and never finished it.  Now, it calls to be finished because

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Chase your thunder!

How difficult is it to chase thunder?  Or when you hear it, do you really even know what direction it came from?  Isn’t some of it a mystery?  Dreams are like thunder — they are hard to track down, seem to appear out of nowhere, and can leave us baffled all

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Being worthy of compliments

The other morning, my husband said to me, “I love you” and my normal response would be “I love you”; however, I instead said, “Why?”  I think he was surprised by my response, knowing it was out of the ordinary for me to reply in that fashion.  Even with the slight

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Never get off that horse!

You know which horse I am talking about, don’t you?  Life is like a horse.  Sometimes, you can hurdle every obstacle that comes your way…other times, the horse wants to buck you off…even others allow you to just enjoy the ride.  We all have moments when these things happen to

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Book submitted to publisher!!

Not sure if I what I am feeling is relieved or sick to my stomach.  Probably a little bit of both.  “It’s Time – Changing Your Life Starts Today” has been uploaded and given to the publisher for review.  Although I missed my original deadline, I still expect a release date

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Loyalty

I have thought about loyalty lately.  What does loyalty mean?  What does it mean to be truly loyal?  Why are some people loyal and others aren’t?  In the same way, I have also been thinking about betrayal.  Why do we betray each other?  Why do we forego trust someone’s trust with something of

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The gift of time

I have heard it said that water is our most precious resource and yet I believe time is our most valuable asset that is overly wasted or forgotten.  Science can recreate water, but time cannot be altered or stopped.  It is never manipulated to be different in any way.  Time

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Unconditional love

I have thought about TRUE, unconditional love is about this week and thought it would be a good time to give us all something to think about.  First, let’s start with the basics.  What is unconditional love?  According to the dictionary, unconditional love is defined as “affection with no limits

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Entitled

We are entitled to nothing.  No one owes us anything in this life.  We are not entitled to a good life or one where we have no worries.  We are not entitled to being a part of someone’s life just because we want to be…they have to allow us to

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Be on the lookout

Ever cautious and careful girl…that was me.  Most times, too cautious and too careful.  I was constantly on the lookout for everything bad that could happen from any situation.  I saw the negative every where.  If it didn’t exist, I found a way to make sure that I set it

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Rejection comes

There are some things that come to us as a part of life that we wish would never come.  Rejection is one of them.  And there is not one of us that has not experienced a rejection in our life.  Maybe it was because we were picked last to play kickball

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Be obsessive about your dream

What is your dream?  Is it just a dream or is it something that pulls at you like a three-year old toddler hanging on your leg, wanting to go into the toy section at the store?  Is this you?  Is it someone you know?  “A dream you don’t fight for

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The key

A couple of years ago, I was given a key to something so valuable, I was unsure I was worthy enough to have it.  In fact, I was surprised at the ease of the giver and yet humbled because of the responsibility it bestowed upon me at the same time. 

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God winked at me

I have believed for some time that EVERY thing happens for a reason.  Whether we understand or like the reason is irrelevant.  It has a purpose.  But up until about 8 months ago, I didn’t know the term, “God winked at me” but adopted it after reading a book with

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The appointment you were meant to keep

I read this phrase in a new book I read by Mark Nepo called “Seven Thousand Ways to Listen” and found it very intriguing.  We live our lives by a schedule every day of our lives, but we seem to not be putting the most important one on our calendar.  It

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Making it up as we go along

In case you were wondering, we all end up making it up as we go along.  There are no Rules of Engagement, no Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), or a handy guidebook lying around somewhere for us to use as a reference as we go through life.  In fact, most of

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Another chapter ends

Last night ended a chapter for our oldest son as he walked off the field for the last time as a baseball pitcher for his college team.  As I stood there waiting for him, I saw his teammates hugging each other, each knowing that it was over.  Some of them

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Make the BIG gesture!

This invitation is not meant to exclude any one of you and never will you forgive yourself when you miss the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life.  One of my favorite things is when I can see videos or hear about stories of complete strangers being kind

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What’s at stake?

What is at stake if you DON’T?  What are you willing to risk losing?  Have you done EVERYTHING you can to change the way things are right now?  Or have you given up?  We all have moments when we wish we could be better than we were.  There are always

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Your defining moment

Here it is.  It is RIGHT now.  I know what you are thinking…”I am not ready for this”…”Are you kidding me?”…”You are crazy!”  But, I am here to tell you that you have to push through that fear so that you can remember this moment…this VERY one.  Why?  Because this

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The crooked roads we take…

Do you know where you are going?  If not, you will never know how to get there, that’s for sure.  Sometimes, I am not sure that I really know where I am going and more ideas and suggestions from friends keep me up most nights.  Maybe it is fear.  Maybe

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But what if you forget?

In the next few weeks, our oldest son will graduate from college and will move into his new apartment and begin his new life in a new city, three hours away from home.  I remember just a few short four years ago, when we were doing some similar things like

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Get busy living!!

We are all busy in our lives.  It happens.  Sometimes, we are busier than others and are not even sure how we get from one day to the next with everything going on.  I know I look back and in a blink wonder how I got through three months.  But

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Happiness comes from within

When we do not feel good about ourselves, people pick up on it.  Even  if we try to hide it.  Even if we think it is never going to be seen.  We all have moments like that, but always don’t like to admit it.  It can be difficult to take personal responsibility

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When love calls…

…do you answer?  Do you wonder if it is a wrong number?  Do you accept what is given freely or question its very existence?  I mean, you can’t see love.  You can show someone you love them by doing something for them or with them, but you have to FEEL

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Lost inhibition

I cannot remember the last time I was in a room full of women, some that I just met, where I felt more safe, more encouraged, and more welcomed than I did over the weekend.  And yet, we all were very vulnerable and (some of us) were very uncomfortable with

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