Encouragement

YES—>It is ALMOST Time!

I have spent the better part of the last nine months birthing something to share with you! No, this is not a twisted attempt at telling you I am expecting, but after the year we just had, that would seem like the worst kind of choose your own adventure ending. Several years ago, I dedicated…… Continue reading YES—>It is ALMOST Time!

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Happy New Year: Lessons from 2020

A new year is ripe with fresh possibilities. Clean slates are synonymous with blank canvas beginnings. Turning the page, moving forward, reaching for new heights is often the theme of a new start, and the prospect of being different is rich with anticipation. The opportunity for something new seems to be welcomed this year like…… Continue reading Happy New Year: Lessons from 2020

Encouragement · Hope · wisdom

Christmas: A Mix of Wonder and Sorrow

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Despite difficult relationships, unusual circumstances, and unruly emotions, the season offers a renewed sense of hope and wonder. There is a mix of mystery and whimsy that begins budding and stirring before the Thanksgiving meal ends. I delight in remembering the time at my grandparent’s house when…… Continue reading Christmas: A Mix of Wonder and Sorrow

Encouragement · wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Integrity: soundness of moral character; honesty.Integrity: how you behave when no one is looking.Integrity: choosing right when no one is there to hold you accountable. Several years ago, my youngest cleaned out his binder, and the result was an enormous stack of papers piled on a bar stool and a little bit of personal anxiety.…… Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom

Encouragement · Hope

Be The One Time

It was an inarticulate sorrow that came in waves every other year, but if I am honest, it was one that I had known all my life–not just when I began sharing custody of my children. Loss is difficult. Change is excruciating. Growth hurts. Healing takes time. Establishing tradition was desired and difficult with a…… Continue reading Be The One Time

Encouragement · Kindness · SowKind Movement · wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

There are bound to be big feelings following an election. Some will be thrilled with the outcome, but others will be deflated. It is wise to lead with kindness in both directions. That is not easy; I know firsthand, but doing what is right is not always what is easy. Choose kindness. Kindness is not…… Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom

Encouragement · wisdom

Who Told You That?

Have you ever considered the bedrock of your long-held beliefs? Where and how did you learn some of your deepest convictions? A few years ago, things I had always known as right began to unravel. Who told you that became a mile marker question and check point on my journey of dismantling and rebuilding. When…… Continue reading Who Told You That?

Encouragement · wisdom

Wisdom in the Weeds: Exercise Integrity

My relationship with exercise has always been fickle. The treadmill might be a top priority for 2 days, but then I keep my distance for 2 weeks. I wish I was exaggerating. I assure you, I am not. During my senior year in high school, I was in “contract PE.” We created an agreement that…… Continue reading Wisdom in the Weeds: Exercise Integrity

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Wednesday Wisdom: Let it Unfold

Her words hung in the air between us and lingered in my mind long after the appointment ended. Not only had I never considered the practice, I was not even sure I knew how to proceed. Let it unfold. She said it was a common saying and practice in her culture, and she was perfectly…… Continue reading Wednesday Wisdom: Let it Unfold