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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…

Easy Life

Who Wants an Easy Life?

Is life supposed to be easy? I don’t think so. I think it should be a challenge. After all, accepting and accomplishing challenges is how we grow. What we earn through hard work—studying for a test in school, pushing through a tough workout, or persevering on a project at work—is never going to be for…

Power

I’ve Got the Power

One of the concepts I learned about when I was earning my Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership was the concept of power. In a business context, power is mostly talked about in relation to other people, as in, who has power over whom? But I like to think about power in a…

Winners

What Makes a Winner?

This was the big week in the public speaking class I teach at Georgia Southern University. After eight weeks of learning the theory of public speaking, like audience analysis, opening and closing a speech, and supporting a thesis with research, and after getting up in front of the class at least once every period to…

Moment

Every Moment Matters

When I was younger, it seemed like the hours in the days, the days in the weeks, the weeks in the years, and the years in my life were infinite. I had so much time to be bored, and so much time to waste. As I entered my 20s and started working full-time after college,…

Challenge

What One Question Should You Ask When You Face a Challenge?

What do you do when you face a challenge? Do you spend time wondering if you should take it? Instead of considering whether you should take the challenge, consider asking yourself, “How high can I rise with this challenge?” Reframing the question this way will provide a new perspective and give you a chance to…