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

6 Reasons to Ban the Word Busy

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Illustration of a hummingbird

Hanging over our kitchen table are three red pendant lights. They accent the contemporary vibe of our kitchen nicely, and they attract hummingbirds like a magnet. It is not unusual at our house to be interrupted during a meal by a hummingbird flying smack into our kitchen window! At times, they make a second attempt to reach what they perceive to be a hummingbird feast, but are actually our striking pendant lights. As persistent as they are small, the hummingbirds will linger, frantically flapping their wings at our window, in hopes of getting to that nectar. Hummingbirds are remarkable little … Read More

Driving Stick and Chasing Dreams: 6 Lessons Learned

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Hand on the shifter of a manual transmission

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

7 Ways to Have Victory in Obstacles

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Illustration of a man leaping over obstacles

The blissful fall day was calling me! The temperature was delightfully comfortable, especially in the sun. The leaves in vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow were fluttering in the breeze against the brilliant blue sky. A quiet calm hung in the air; just a few leaves rustling. It seemed like the perfect day to take my laptop outside to write a blog. Anticipating an eventful weekend ahead with family coming into town, I was eager to get it done while savoring the fabulous weather. I dutifully began writing what had been on my heart for days. It was nearly … Read More

7 Things That Lurk Beneath Excuses

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Illustration of a cartoon girl drying her hair

Back when I was in elementary school, I was invited to a slumber party to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Most girls love slumber parties. I am not most girls. In spite of my outgoing nature, I actually appreciate solitude, and quiet, small groups – all the things that a slumber party is not. So rather than decline the invitation, I gave my friend the excuse that I needed to wash my hair that night. I can’t explain why that was my excuse, but it was. My mother performed a complicated nightly procedure to turn my fine hair into a fluffy … Read More