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Planted or Buried

Are You Planted or Buried?

When my friend Barbara moved to Texas, she asked me to watch over some of her plants while her family was making the transition. I was happy to oblige, and during the time I was plant-sitting, I cut off some of an ivy plant (with her permission!) and re-potted it to start my own plant.…

Heck Yes

He*#, Yes!

Over the years, I have learned a few tricks so that I do not overcommit myself. My favorite way to determine whether I should do something is if I respond to the request with a, “He*#, Yes!” If it is anything less than that—like, “Well, I guess I could,” or, “Maybe I should,” I try…

Consistency 2023

Consistency Is What Matters

The new year is well underway, and I don’t know about you, but I already feel like it has been 2023 for quite some time now. The excitement of a new year and the determination to practice healthy habits every day is already waning. I started wondering, “Does it really matter if I do something…

Stretch

Show Up As Your Strongest Self

I love this time of year, when life slows down a bit, and I finally have time to think and dream and make plans for the new year. For the past few years, I have been picking a “word of the year” as a way to help me focus on the aspirations I want to…

Past

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…