Inspiration from Rio

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Growing up, my family had a tiny, and I mean tiny, black and white television that mostly lived in the closet. Assuming all went well in a week, we were allowed a whopping hour of TV – an hour my siblings and I chose very carefully! And then there were those years when the Olympics were on and the TV came out of the closet for an extended period of time. And yes, I say years, because when I was a kid both the winter and summer Olympics were held the same year. I have fond memories of watching the … Read More

Sustainability – The Key to Avoiding Dashed Dreams

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These days, we hear a lot about sustainability and living a green lifestyle. Being wasteful is frowned on while being efficient is celebrated. The driving force behind sustainability is a better future. Sustainability applies to your dreams too! It is a significant factor when it comes to pursuing your purpose, big dream, or giant goals! In order to accomplish what you have set out to do, you must do it in a way that is sustainable. When you set out on a new adventure, you don’t intend to overcommit yourself or hope that you will end up overwhelmed.  No, you … Read More

What is Your Soul Feasting On?

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What are you feeding your soul – that part of you that makes you, you? I have a hunch – you have not thought about that question in a long time, if ever. So let me ask you this: Are you feeling energized and ready to take on the world? Or are you feeling zapped, overwhelmed, and empty? Is your soul bogged down by extra weight? Perhaps you have been feeding it too much junk food – things like TV, Facebook, web surfing, or the news? Don’t worry – I am not saying you can’t ever indulge in TV, Facebook … Read More

What Climbing Pyramids Taught Me About Goals

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Graphic with the words "My Goal" over a pyramid

Reaching goals is challenging business, especially if you are attempting to reach a stretch goal! Whatever stretches you will be outside your comfort zone. Breaking out of that comfortable place is no easy task! A couple of years ago my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Ek Balam – a recently opened Mayan ruin located in Yucatan, Mexico. Previously, when we visited Chichen Itza, a more well-known Mayan ruin in the same region, we could only view El Castillo, the massive step pyramid, from afar. However, at Ek Balam, we were able to make our way to the … Read More

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

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It’s a new year and a plethora of opportunities lie ahead. As a driven person, the prospects are energizing! If I am honest, there are also some unresolved challenges lingering in my life. While I have made significant strides and I am inhaler free, I have not yet arrived where I want to be with my breathing. I have been blessed with a difficult person to deal with, and I must confess I took on more than I should have over the holidays – still catching up! Like you, I am still a work in progress! While these difficulties are … Read More

7 Steps to Making 2016 Your Best Year Yet!

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What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. – T.S. Eliot How you bring 2015 to a close matters as much as how you welcome 2016. With the Christmas hustle behind me, I have begun contemplating the new year. In some ways a year feels like a long time and it is easy for me to forget how far I have come. Sometimes the challenges linger in my mind. The dreams and goals still left to be reached loom large. Yet, when … Read More

Driving Stick and Chasing Dreams: 6 Lessons Learned

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Learning to drive is a liberating and slightly terrifying experience. It is one of the first steps on the road to adulthood and future freedom. Like many teens, I eagerly went to the DMV on my 16th birthday to get my driver’s license. And, yes, I did go home with the treasured temporary card in hand! I learned to drive in my mom’s automatic station wagon, but several years later I was forced to learn how to drive a manual transmission. It was like learning to drive all over again! Initially, there were many jerky and erratic moments – definitely … Read More

5 Things I Have Discovered In My “Blue Sky” Season

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Blue Sky Puzzle

It finally happened! After months of intense focus on remodeling our new home while keeping up with work, I was able to enjoy a little down time with my family during the holidays. One of the things I enjoy doing in my spare time is putting puzzles together. It is relaxing, challenging, and a delightful way to be with those you love. While happily chatting, my daughter and I quickly assembled the edges of a lighthouse puzzle. Next we pieced together the lighthouse and the building beside it followed by the grass in front of the lighthouse, which took a … Read More

The #1 Reason You Never Reach Your Goals

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New Year's Resolutions: 1. Lose Weight 2. Get Organized 3. Spend less money, save more 4. Enjoy life more 5. Find a better job

By a significant margin, the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. This doesn’t surprise me – exercise, eating well, and time with God seem to be the first things people let slide when their schedules get crazy. The sad thing is that they are the things that would benefit them the most! Unfortunately, this focus on losing weight diverts attention from the bigger, more important issue – we don’t value ourselves. Mothers exhaust themselves taking care of their children, but fail to model the healthy habits their children need to see and learn. Fathers work crazy hours … Read More

6 Giants You Might Encounter on the Path to Your Dreams

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Brimming with possibilities – that’s how a new dream makes you feel. Even before you have it completely fleshed out. As the details come together, it is motivating to keep moving forward. Your dream captures your thoughts during unexpected moments during the day. Creativity oozes out of you and your energy sky rockets. You want to press forward with urgency. At times, it is even a bit consuming and overwhelming. Things continue in that happy invigorating place, but then all of a sudden things begin to shift. In spite of all your plans and action steps, things don’t turn out … Read More