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Using Your Past

Some people use their past as an excuse for why they cannot be successful. Some people use their past to fuel them to success. Which are you doing?

Farrah Fawcett

That’s What You’ve Got to Work With

When I was a kid, my dad was fond of saying, “That’s what you’ve got to work with.” I particularly remember him saying this when there was something I couldn’t afford with my allowance or when we got photos back and I didn’t like the way I looked. “That’s what you’ve got to work with,”…

Laundry

Living Inside Out

As a mom of three children, I have done my  fair share of laundry. The rule in our house was that however our children put their laundry in the basket was how they got it back (except it was clean). So, if they put a shirt in the basket inside out, they got the shirt…

Gifts

Are Your Gifts a Responsibility or a Burden?

Do you consider the gifts you have been given to be a responsibility or a burden? Some people look at the gifts they have been given—like natural intelligence and athletic ability—as burdens and do not do anything with them. Others take the same gifts and view them as responsibilities and use them to make the…

Yes and

Are You a Creator or a Destroyer?

The other day I watched the movie, “Father Stu,” and it got me thinking about how people are basically either creators or destroyers. In the movie, Stu’s father starts out as a destroyer. He was a destructive force for himself and everyone around him. He criticized his son and belittled his ambitions and almost destroyed…

Success

Most Likely to Succeed

When I was a senior in high school, I was voted, “Most Likely to Succeed” by my classmates. Back then, I thought success was making a lot of money and becoming the first woman president. As I grew up, I started to consider a different definition of success—a career, sure (but not in politics), an…

Comparison

What a Horrible Half Marathon (and My Friend Lori) Taught Me About Comparison and Joy

I did a half marathon yesterday, and it was one of my worst performances ever. I started out strong, but at about mile 10, the wheels fell off. My legs were killing me, I could hardly breathe, and every step was basically torture. I started to compare this run to previous ones where I had…

Hologram

No More Hollow Space

I have been listening to the book, “Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel, and there is a passage set in the future where the characters are communicating as holograms. They are in the “holo” space. I think the narrator is saying “holo” space, as in short for hologram space, but to me, it…

Your Best Self

Your Best Self

Whenever I am trying to motivate myself to do something, I think, “What would my best self do in this moment?” If I ask this question often enough, I make better choices and become a better version of myself. If I ever get to the pearly gates, I do not want Saint Peter to show…

Thinker

What Happened v. What You Think Happened

When my girls were in Girl Scouts and I was their leader, we were working on a badge—I cannot remember exactly what the badge was, but the point is that it was something about noticing things around you. We met in our house, so at one meeting, I had my son run into the room…