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An Unknown Path…

Two years ago I went by myself to a workshop called Brave. It was April 2017. I admitted that I was unhappy with my career/work to a group of strangers and a woman who would become my coach (but I didn't know that yet). I was just there because I had to do something...

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Menu Planning CAN be Easy!

It typically takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to menu plan for our weekly dinners for our family of four. Do I do a plan every week– yes! Do I follow it exactly – no! Having a rough plan in place allows me to consolidate my grocery shopping, so I don’t have to waste...

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Do you play the long game?

I had written another post for today, but I heard something this week that I absolutely HAVE to share, which is ironic because this topic is all about playing the long game... basically how often do you go for instant gratification over something long term? How...

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Are you all or nothing?

A week or so ago, I was knocked out with a cold. I was forced to rest and relax and recuperate. I’m not going to lie; it was hard for me. I’m much more comfortable moving and doing and thinking and taking care of things. I kind...

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Do you cook with color?

Last night for dinner I was going to make turkey meatballs in a coconut Thai curry sauce, but we had Asian the night before, so I wanted to change it up! Since I enjoy cooking, this was a chance to get creative (and didn't stress me out at all). I ended up...

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The doors are open for business!

I had this shirt made when I coached Evan’s soccer team when he was in kindergarten. It’s always been my favorite. And now I get to wear it because it’s my new job description. One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was admitting I was unhappy. But I...

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Lessons from the Lake

I jumped. But first I simply stared off the 14 foot high dive; looking down nearly 19 feet. My mind said no. And I found myself gripping the rails of the platform with white knuckles... my heart rate speeding. It took 45 minutes to go over that edge into the abyss of...

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Reclaiming-myself

Name something that brings you personal fulfillment that's not related to your family, your job, your volunteer commitments, your church ~ something that is so personal to you and you alone that you would be kind of lost without it. It doesn't have to be something big...

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Red Thread of Fate

The thread connects me to you. Friends chosen as family. Lifting up encouraging. A deep laugh, a shared tear a warm hug. Bonds of choice that may not need to be spoken of or always acknowledged. Just there. Through time. Despite distance, Regardless of constant use or...

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What do I eat?

Food. We spend so much time thinking about it, preparing it... resisting it. I think the goal is to relish it... and know that we're being kind to our bodies at the same time! My relationship food through the years has been one of stuggle and frustration. I'm a...

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Thought Bubbles

My 10-year old son, Evan, was struggling with his story writing assignment, even though he's so creative and loves to read. Everything he was saying about the project was negative. It was heartbreaking to hear him talk about himself like this. Plus, I know he can do...

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Intersection

We live next to each other. But a text message isn't being with someone It's a mode. Where's the crisscross of laughter? Where's the contact of a hug? ... the calm that comes from a kiss? It's so easy to ride along side, motoring through the day. The stuff of life...

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I bombed.

I intended to share some thoughts about conscious breathing today. I gave a speech on Tuesday on that topic and it was well received. But then Wednesday happened. I had a really important meeting with my biggest design client that had been on the calendar for a couple...

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