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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Now or never

What are we waiting for? We have to be willing to do something NOW! I have said from the get go that it starts today, and there is a saying that says, “There is no time like the present.” What about now? Right now? Not a little but later in

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Practice what we preach

Yesterday, I was preached to about something I really didn’t believe and want to talk about. In fact, I am pretty sure I was not doing what I was being told I was doing, but I am trying to look at it from their point of view. Sometimes, getting something

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What is given must be accepted

I am sure that I have written on this before, but someone (L) reminded me of this as I was visiting with her yesterday on the phone. She complimented me and I dismissed her, without even thinking about what I was doing. But she reminded me that I need to

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What is really important

Yesterday, I visited a friend who was in the hospital. He did not know I was stopping by, but it was important to him that I take time to say hello, hold his hand, and wish him a speedy recovery. His wife did not know either that I was going

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All we ever hoped for…

Have you ever hoped for something, not even really sure that it will come and when it does, that it is actually more than you ever thought it could be? I remember when my husband was first thinking about moving us from Southern California to Nebraska and what that life-changing

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When the tears come

Has this ever happened to you? When you crumble and weep and hope that there is someone there to hold you? When for whatever reason, you find yourself ready to cash it all in and not even sure how to stop it, but it comes anyway? When something you hope

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Evolution

This is my 300th post for this blog. Evolution means “the process of growth” and I am evolving every day. Aren’t we all? If you don’t think you are, don’t you want to? I cannot even understand or comprehend how this all happened some days. Part of it seemed planned

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Let me choose

I used to be very good at choosing for others. My track record was long and not really something to boast about, but I felt that it was the only way. I had conditioned myself to live my life in that fashion. I chose when people came into and out

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Holding back

It was shared recently that I used to hold back when something upset me, but now I share my true feelings. Sometimes those true feelings get me into trouble but at least I am being honest and say what I need to say when I need to say it. But,

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Reflection

How many of us like looking at ourselves in the mirror? Not me. I would gladly look at my insides in a mirror – I like what I see there. I have a giving heart and love deeply. I sacrifice so that others can receive. If I had to describe

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More than I thought I could be

I keep pushing myself further. I have to. Not to please others or to accomplish some great feat. More for personal satisfaction. I have to. Every day, I become more than I thought I could be. Today, I didn’t argue or give someone attitude even though we were doing something

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Impossible to fake

Have you ever seen it? Have you felt it? I am talking about true inspiration – when it moves you to tears, laughter, and everything in between. That is something that cannot be faked – ever. In a couple of weeks, I have to inspire a group of 400 people

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It just is

I ask a lot of questions. A lot. I think even more. Yes, I have been known to over think. There have been times when I have questioned this whole thing…what it was…why it was here…how am I supposed to do anything with it…and so on. I have questioned my

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When life changes you

We get comfortable in our lives and settle into what we know. We like familiarity and being close to home. We are sailing smoothly and just riding the water, with no real danger or obstacle in our way. That does not usually last for long. But life changes, and therefore,

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How do you keep from being discouraged?

I think I am in the middle of a big test right now. Lots of things are coming my way, all at once and I am handling them. But don’t you ever notice that it always seems that way? I know things happen in three’s, so I guess when one

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Wake up call!

So, I am driving home for lunch for a few minutes ago and have a green light and am slowly making my way across the intersection and out of no where comes this little black SUV going about 45 mph across the same intersection. She never braked or slowed down or

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Happy amongst the chaos

Two friends were hanging out this weekend and one asked the other, “Are you happy?” The second friend replied, “I don’t know. Maybe when things settle down.” Even when we are right in the thick of it and we are not even sure which end is up, are we happy?

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Is it enough?

I was wondering about this today. Is it enough? Should I do more? Could I do more? I know I second guess some things, but not all things. I don’t think it is enough. It can’t be enough. Can it? Do I devote enough time to my husband? Is my

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Looking for magic

Do you look for magic? I used to never think that magic would find its way to my doorstep. Wasn’t going to happen. Wasn’t meant to be. Not for this girl. Then, something happened and I cannot fully explain or understand it myself. Magic entered my life in many different

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Be grateful

We forget this sometimes, as we become focused on what can bring us down. We allow that to happen. It is easier to do it. I have a few things on my plate right now that I did not plan for or ask for, but they are here anyway. I

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When people don’t see it

It really isn’t that hard. It is quite simple. Maybe that is why I don’t get why people don’t see it. The “it” I am referring to is different things on different days. Maybe “it” is when people say one thing and do another. Sometimes it is when saying the

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In your heart

That is where I find peace and calmness amidst the craziness of life. I also find comfort, love, and joy. When I doubt, I look there too for the confidence I need to muster again. It solidifies everything I believe to be honorable and true. It grounds me when I

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You were born for this

Maybe you are not sure what you are supposed to do with this life you have been given? So, what do you do? You wander. You wait for something or someone to give you some directions, but then reality sets in. You think it will never come. It is different

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Out live your life

I spent Friday evening with KR and LL and LL leaned over and whispered to me, “Out live your life.” She said, “What does that mean to you?” I have been thinking about this since then, not quite sure how to answer her. I am not really that sure I

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How will life surprise you today?

Well? Do you have an answer? Maybe you should ask yourself this question every morning, but maybe it is not just a question for you. Maybe I need to ask myself this question every morning also. Since I love surprises, that word alone makes it just more exciting to see

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Find your tribe

I have often wondered where I belong, never really believing that it was ever right. It never felt “right”. Maybe you are not sure either. Listen…we all are there at one time or another. Where we are the orange in a bag of apples. But you KNOW it when it is

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What is grace?

I love this word, but sometimes find it difficult to use it daily. It has a special meaning as someone told me once that “your grace amazes me”, but I did not really understand what that meant. I am just me. I am certainly not graceful – have you seen

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Missing someone

My dad posted this quote on Facebook and I love it…“Missing someone isn’t about how long it has been since you’ve seen them or the amount of time since you last talked. It’s about that very moment when you find yourself doing something and wishing they were right by your

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When things get dropped in your lap

Isn’t it funny how things happen? Things that don’t really seem that significant but then set off a chain of events that become so eerily connected that you cannot ignore them? It would be impossible to do so. I think events that happened one day to KR has her attention.

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I saw a rainbow the other day…

after a storm came through that morning as I was headed to work. I remember feeling upset because I could not get out and run. My day just does not feel the same if I am off my routine. Do you guys ever feel that way? Yes, I got a

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It’s happening….

and I don’t even know it. I do, but never in the ways that I would have planned it. That is when I remind myself that I can’t plan it. Even if I try t, it will not work out the way it actually does. We all know that. Last

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Good morning!

This is the name of my new favorite song by Mandisa. I’m telling you, you will not be able to help yourself with clapping your hands and moving your body. Since I found it, I have to listen to it on my way to work and during my morning walk/run.

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Life is about…

I was thinking yesterday about what great knowledge I was going to share next month and some talks I will be giving come up. I also remember telling some wonderful women that in reality (and,at least hopefully) that if my life is about half over, what would I say I

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Atta, girl!

This is from a movie called, “9 to 5” where when these three ladies stand up to their boss, one of the their co-workers says, “Atta girl”. It just makes me smile and she says it a couple of times one right after another. Rocky has her chamber ribbon cutting

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TRY!!!

Michelle Homme 2011 © Don’t you have to at least do this? Sure, it is easier not to, but really? Don’t you want to be able to say, “I did that!”? Even if falling on your rear while you descend the 40 foot rock wall can be a lot of

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Rollercoaster ride

Ok, since we are on this rollercoaster of life, how are you on this ride? For a long time, I held onto the bar with both hands, with my knuckles turning white when situations or people caused stress and disappointments. The more I held on, the more I didn’t feel

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When we fall…

This comes to us all from time to time. When we fall short or just stumble for a little bit. Then there are those times when we feel that we have fallen so far that there is no way we could ever get back up. We are afraid to reach,

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When we fall…

This comes to us all from time to time. When we fall short or just stumble for a little bit. Then there are those times when we feel that we have fallen so far that there is no way we could ever get back up. We are afraid to reach,

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Resistance

Yes, we know it exists, but that does not mean that we like it or that it will last long. Most times, we do not know how long the resistance will be in our lives or why it even came up to begin with. But, understand this. We still have

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Fate

Do you believe in fate? That you have a destiny that was already preset for you? Sometimes, things happen to us and we are not sure that “fate” had anything to do with it. But how can some other things explained? They cannot. Do we choose fate or does fate

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Aftermath

This weekend, I drove up to see our oldest son play baseball and surprise him. In order for me to do that, I needed to use an interstate that had been closed most of the summer due to the flooding from the excess releases of water from a dam further

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People can change

Some people are very cynical and do not believe that people can change. I am here to tell you that they can. Not just on the outside, either. People can choose to change what they want to change. And it is not just a one time choice, either. It has

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My own little world

My own little world used to consist of a few people. My immediate family, my not so immediate family, some co-workers, maybe an acquaintance here and there, a neighbor, etc. Not any more. My little world does not seem so little anymore. It is bigger than I can even imagine.

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Making my day

As you may have previously read, one of my favorite things to do is to surprise people. I love to see their face and the smile that is usually on it. A couple of weeks ago, I was the one with the smile as someone surprised me by just stopping

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Starting a ripple

Many times, I do not realize or really comprehend the effects of something I say or do and how those good things can positively impact others. In fact, I probably dismiss it more than I should. I am getting better, though. I was visiting with someone Friday and although the

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Surprise Yourself

Have you ever done that? Where you did something, maybe got caught up in the moment and where it was taking you and then after it was all over, you took a step back and said to yourself, “Did I just do that?” I do that ALL the time. Not

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When we let fear win

I really dislike fear, but we all have it. Yes, even I do. Next to FEAR in my back pocket is its usual sidekick, DOUBT. And boy do I hate it when they tag team me from time to time. This week, I started the G.I.F.T. and yesterday I struggled

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And here we are…

Many months ago, I started on a journey I did not anticipate on taking, nor did I know how I would get there. Needless to say, I took chances in places where I had only run from these same opportunities in the past. I found it interesting today that Rocky

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Be impressive…

I am not one to try to impress others merely to get them to notice me. In fact, I would be the one trying NOT to get people to notice me. But something happens when you are noticed for the right reasons…you be come impressive and not just for viewing

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Maybe a little nervous

Who are you now? Who do you want to be? What can YOU do about closing that gap? Tomorrow night begins a new adventure for me and it is one that I was not sure I even wanted to pursue. Maybe I downplay it because I do not want to

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Not in the driver’s seat

Yesterday, I was driving to one of my son’s football games and in the car next to me was this cute boxer sitting in the passenger seat. As I smiled repeatedly to myself, as innocent and carefree this act was, it grew into something that I needed to post here. Here

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What a week!!

It seems likes yesterday, but also feels like I almost could not tell you what happened because it seems like it was so long ago. It the midst of this craziness right now, I did take some time Thursday night and visit with a friend who I have not known

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Stop…look…listen…

I was completing my morning ritual today and I was reminded of something that we do, we teach our children to do, and came up with the title for this post. This comes when we are teaching our kids how to safely cross the street to avoid being hit by

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Are you frustrated yet?

Do you sometimes feel like you are that little hamster running around inside your cage on your little plastic wheel and wondering why you are never getting anywhere? Those hamsters run around for maybe a variety of reasons: they like exercise, they like not going anywhere, their brains are not big

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I LOVE my life!

I know that seems like a given, but I am not sure I could’ve said it a few years ago and really meant it. Sure, there are things that don’t go my way or I wish were different, but I love where I am and where I see myself going.

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“Anything worth doing…

…is going to be difficult.” This is something from a movie that always reminds me of how things SHOULD be, not necessarily the way things ARE. This movie is centered around a character who does not like following the rules. He is surrounded by people telling him, “That is the way

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When dreams come true

Dreams are awesome. They take us to places we only wish we could go. But not all dreams end there. Some dreams want a life of their own…a living, breathing life. It nags at us, when we are trying to carry on and ignore it. Those dreams are fueled not

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The G.I.F.T.

In less than two weeks, The G.I.F.T. will begin a new chapter not just in my life but in those lives that come to experience what the G.I.F.T. has to offer. For those of you that don’t know, I created the G.I.F.T. (with lots of help from friends – thanks,

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Nothing matters if…

“Nothing matters if you don’t believe in yourself.” – from “Rocky III” struck me last night as I was relaxing at home after a busy day. How can you sell someone something that you don’t even believe? Seriously? Really. I have told one of my sons more than once, “If

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What direction are you headed?

People always say, “Your compass points north.” I have never really understood that phrase. Why north? What is wrong with pointing east, west, or south? All of the directions are equally important, don’t you think? Sometimes, the quickest way to get to the Far East would be to head west,

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Gone fishin’

Don’t ask me why this came to me today. Someone told me that there is going to be a full moon tomorrow and with the way our computers have (not) been working today, who knows that I was thinking. Rock gets nervous when I say those words…”so, I’ve been thinking…”

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Remind me…

I believe that God works His way into funny, little bits into our lives without really getting a lot of attention. But those little bits when put together can mean something more. One of my new favorite songs is, “Remind me who I am” by Jason Gray. When I shared it

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It’s not about…

In catching up with someone today that I just love to see and love to get hugs from – some of the best, EZ, she said something about another friend that got me thinking. Yes, I know, that happens a lot. Hence, the blog. Ok, but seriously, there are so

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“There are good times still to be had”

As I was flipping through the channels today, I happen to hear the above phrase and thought it was most appropriate. Do you know that it is ok to be happy? One friend I saw today said she has laughed more recently than she has in a long time….I am

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Admission

This morning, I admitted something to someone that she probably knew, but I never really accepted yet…fully. I was afraid to say it out loud – to let her see and make it more real. Hiding it and dismissing it was easy, but I needed to go there and trust it

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Never settle

I always find it interesting where inspirations for this blog come from. Sometimes, it comes from a song I hear (I have a collection of “Songs to inspire”, some of which are listed on my home page), or a phrase I heard. Many times, it comes from something that is

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Feed your soul

How many times do we forget or neglect to do that? I do. I get caught up in the daily grind of work, my family, responsibilities, and laundry. Yes, laundry. Then, I run out of energy and get lethargic. I need to be rejuvenated and then I am ready to

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Being “gooey”

I was watching a movie this weekend and there is a line that I could not help but think about and needed to remind myself to write about. One character says to another, “…on the outside you are tough, but on the inside you are quite gooey.” Yes, she said

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Carpe Diem

Sieze the day! Do you know how? Are you taking advantage of everything that is in front of you, when it is in front of you? Sometimes, it is scary. It is so scary that you are not sure where to start and once you find the courage to start,

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Simple things that mean the most

I love giving to others. It is one of those things that I do best. And my favorite way is to give without others knowing it was me, even though I know. I was smiling the other day when I was remembering leaving enough money at the coffee place for

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Take time to remember….

Life happens so fast. I remember one of my sons saying that his present life is like a video or DVD – happening in real-time and his past are composed of snapshots of what his memory affords him. Some things we remember, others we do not because we were too young or

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Whatever…

I was told today that I needed to remove this word (whatever) from my vocabulary. I am not going to like admitting this, but the person that said this is right. She says what I need to hear, even if I don’t want to hear it. We kind of do

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Listen…

Really listen. Do you hear it? I heard it 20 months ago and I still hear it. I listen to it on the solo runs I take when my feet carry me along my normal route as I finish my 5th mile. I hear it when I find new music

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We are all tarnished

We all have been broken at one time or another. We all have scars, some deeper than others, that may never ever go away. We all have some bit of tarnish on us that may be caked on so thick that we think it will never be washed clean. Guess

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So, I was thinking…

I know that is a scary thought. Please do not be too alarmed. In hindsight, I have posted about wondering how I got to “here” and how my life has changed. But today, I was thinking if I could even imagine what my life would be like if it had

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And so it begins…

Some things just take on a life of their own, without really any planning or attention. Things present themselves without giving us a heads up that they are coming our way. We call that “PUMA!” But isn’t that the best way to experience life? Without knowing what comes next and

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IGNITE the LIGHT

IGNITE the LIGHT!!! I met up with a colleague last night at a community function and we visited a little about work. He was catching me up on the one young man we mutually work with and pointed out some changes he had decided to do. Now, this young man

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Life happens in a blink

Where does time go? And why does it feel like it goes by so fast? I have been here for 43 years – couldn’t really say, “I’d been alive for 43 years” because I didn’t really begin living until 41. Even if I tried to name ONE thing that was the

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I love surprising people!

Sending a little card in the mail…supplying a friend with Fun Dip (it is Fun Dip Wednesday, after all)…texting a little note that says, “I am thinking about you.” I do not like being surprised…but take it all in stride when it comes my way. Don’t you have to just

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Groundhog Day

Some routines are good. Other routines, not so much. My morning routine is pretty consistent…get up at 4:30am, run/walk with Rock, shower, eat breakfast, go to work, get to boys’ stuff in the evening. But we can also use those routines as a reason as to why we shouldn’t change

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Invoking Change

You have been called this morning to invoke change in your life. Yes, I am talking to you. Don’t turn around thinking I am talking to someone else. I mean YOU!! Here is where it begins…your new life. Today. Quit stalling and taking the easy road out. That gets you

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Can’t see in the dark

I realize that this statement is somewhat redundant. But, this came to me as I was driving near where Rocky and I walk/run near her house. There is a trail that is about 2.5-3 miles and we go around it twice. I am so used to seeing the “creepy forest”

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Be your own hero

It is great to have people we look up to and admire – those people inspire us to be better. If you were to create that list right now, would your name be on it? That is hard for most of us I can imagine. There are people who I know

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LEAP!!!

There really is not a big message with this post, but in reading some journals, I came across some things I wrote over a year ago. When this was all still so new and I didn’t understand it. I can’t really say that I understand it better now, but things

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Here we go!!!!

Can you yell, “WHEEEEEEEEE!”? Yes, I know I need to tell you more. Ok. Sorry….just trying to catch my breath and hope my thoughts and typing skills can keep up. Today, I took a BIG chance in pursuing my dream of being a motivational speaker for teenagers. This is one

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What we stumble through…

How many times have you done that? Stumbled your clumsy way through something, hoping and praying it would be over and your biggest worry is that you hope no one sees you? Here is the little secret…we all stumble. We all lose our balance and are just doing everything we

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What are you capable of?

Seriously? Yes, it is early and I am on a roll already. Although this comment was made to me in a different context this morning, it sent me here. Again. I pose these questions not just for my benefit but really to get you think…to ignite the light…to really question

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Reassurance

Who doesn’t need this from time to time? I needed that today. I am unsure if I can even pinpoint big enough grounds for my desire to have it. For whatever reason, I am not even sure that I got it. Reassurance can mean so many things and be given

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New doors

New doors keep opening and showing themselves to me. Doors I wasn’t looking for anyway. But new ideas and perspectives are showing themselves in places I have never looked and from people I never expected. Sometimes, I seriously need to just take a look around because I feel like I

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