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How I Built This

Setback or Setup?

I have been listening to the podcast “How I Built This with Guy Raz” for some time now. Their tagline is spot on: “How I Built This” weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.” It is fun and educational to listen to stories of successful entrepreneurs and the journeys…

Great Wall of China

The Infamous China Trip

Seventeen years ago, when Ed and I had been married for 10 years, we were living on Okinawa, a small Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean. (Ed was stationed there as a Navy pilot.) Since we were living in Asia, I thought it would be a great opportunity to travel a bit and see that…

American Flag

Proud to Be an American

And I’m proud to be an American, Where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, Who gave that right to me. And I gladly stand up, Next to you and defend her still today. ’Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA. Every…

Graduation

Who Were You Created to Be?

Our son graduated from high school this past Sunday. In the blink of an eye, he went from a cute little boy attending pre-K classes a few days a week to a handsome young man, ready to go off to college to discover who he is. Will he become the person God created him to…

You Get What You Get

You Get What You Get

How many times have you heard a child say, “It’s not fair!”? How many times have you said that yourself? It’s not fair I have to study so hard to get good grades. It’s not fair I gain weight just by looking at desserts. It’s not fair she makes more money than me for doing…

Definition

Who Defines You?

When I was growing up, I did well in school. My parents expected me to work hard and get good grades, so I did. I saw myself as the kind of person who did well in school, so my behaviors reflected that self-perception, and I got good grades. I knew plenty of people whose parents…

Time Hourglass and Calendar

The Best Time to Do Anything

When I was a teenager and young adult, I said I did not want to get married and have children. Then I met Ed, and not only did I want to get married, but I also wanted to have children with him. We got married when we were 27, and we both wanted to have…

Strength

Strength

What do you think of when you think of the word, “strength?” These are some of the things I think of: Muscles Strength of character Stamina Fortitude The word, “strength” can apply to many different situations, but the basic word just means to withstand pressure. What does it mean to withstand pressure and have strength?…

PMA

How Three Little Letters Changed My Life

Imagine a group of teenage girls in a volleyball huddle, arms outstretched, excited and bouncing around a little, each one ready to give her best, whether playing in the game or riding the bench. The excitement is palpable. The coach is in the middle of the huddle, settling the girls down or hyping them up,…

Tea

Tea v. Cocktails—Who Wins?

A few months ago, I watched this short TED Talk by Matt Cutts titled, “Try something new for 30 days.” I have done this for a few months and am hooked on 30-day challenges. I spent the month of March with this challenge: “Make tea before bed.” This was a random pick out of my…