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Getting from A to Z

Getting from A to Z

I have been thinking a lot lately about progress. When I set my mind to something, I want to only move forward and never backwards. But it never turns out that way. It seems that for every step forward, I take two steps back. When I am trying to eat healthfully, I do well for…

Energy and Movement

Energy and Movement

I had a very exciting event this past Saturday—I ran in a local 5K and WON MY AGE GROUP (50-59)! I was so happy when I crossed the finish line. At least I was when I could catch my breath. It was hot and humid—just what you would expect when you are smack dab in…

Message

Turn Your Mess Into a Message

“Turn your mess into a message.” I have heard this phrase before, but for some reason, when I heard it on a podcast recently, it really resonated with me. The people with the strongest and most inspiring messages are usually the ones who had to go through some sort of mess, problem, or dysfunction to…

Decision Ice Cream

The moment of decision is the moment we all must learn to master. We constantly have to make choices, so we must learn to master the moment of decision when it arises. One way I have done this is by thinking of my future self and how I will feel based on this decision. For…

No Challenge No Change

No Challenge? No Change.

It is so easy to slip into complacency and float along doing the same things over and over again. We stay in the same dead-end jobs, go to the same restaurants, and do same workout routine every time we hit the gym. I have done this so many times in my life that I have…

Natalie and Ed Heading to California

Whose Dreams Are You Making Come True?

It has taken me a few days to be able to write this blog post. Our daughter Natalie left Sunday with her dad to drive to California to start her first job after graduating from Georgia Tech in May. I have been weepy and feeling sorry for myself and generally having a hard time of…

Stand Out

Why Fit In?

Why fit in when you can stand out? What is the point of being like everyone else? History does not remember the folks who fit in—it remembers those who stood out and stood up for what they believed in—Leonardo da Vinci, George Washington, and Martin Luther King Jr., to name a few. The list is…

Amateur v Professional

Amateurs v. Professionals

Our children’s middle school band director used to tell her students that amateurs practice until they get it right; professionals practice until they cannot get it wrong. What a difference! If you treat everything you do as if you are a professional, you will work harder and longer than practically everyone else because you want…

Focus and Energy

Focus and Energy

It has been a busy month in our house, with children coming home from college and then leaving again for trips and internships. My focus has been on spending time with them when they are here and trying not to be too sad when they leave. This busy month has shown me once again that…

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I remember many times in my life when I felt out of place, like I did not belong, like I was not where I was meant to be. When I was young, it seemed like I could not grow up fast enough. I wanted to be an adult, on my own, working and earning my…