Captain Steady – The Real Life Superhero That Makes a Difference

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Superheroes are wildly popular these days, which explains why there are more than 25 superhero movies coming out in the next three years. As a culture, the idea of being able to swoop in and instantly accomplish something unprecedented and remarkable for good is incredibly appealing. The superhero concept is not new. While many believe Superman to be the oldest superhero, Mandrake the Magician debuted four years before Superman hit the scene in 1938. Mandrake the Magician’s superpower: he was able to make people believe anything, simply by gesturing hypnotically. Many superheroes have followed Mandrake the Magician and Superman. No … Read More

What A Difference Hope Makes!

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Hope is a fragile thing. It is not stagnant. Hope swells. Hope shrinks. What I put my hope in – that makes all the difference! As believers, hope is a strong confidence in God – the One who has unlimited power and resources; He is the One who is able to make profound changes in me and produce results far beyond my imagination when I cooperate with Him. When my hopes are dashed, I know that my hope has been misplaced. Hope is choosing to see my present circumstances from God’s perspective. In order to do that, I must get … Read More

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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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

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

7 Ways to Have Victory in Obstacles

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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