Encouragement · Hope · Sow Kind · wisdom

Mother’s Day Experiences

Mother’s Day evokes a wide spectrum of emotions–from deep satisfaction to inexplicable sorrow. For as many mothers there are in the world, there are that many varieties of experiences with a mother and as a mother. While I never imagined I would be a mother [for fear of not being a good one], I cannot…… Continue reading Mother’s Day Experiences

Encouragement · wisdom

Moving Beyond Fringe-ships

Relationships are both work and reward. Without the work {which often consists of a mix of vulnerability and humility}, the reward of growing deeper in love and compassion is often missed, but sometimes the cost of the work appears greater than the reward. I have experienced a lot of “fringe-ships” over the years. I’m generally…… Continue reading Moving Beyond Fringe-ships

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Just Below the Surface

Although I was born and raised in Illinois, I moved to Texas to complete my student teaching experience. It felt like a study abroad opportunity, but it carried a smaller price tag. I expected tumble weeds, cowboys, and lots of wide-open spaces. While I wish I could tell you I am exaggerating, I most certainly…… Continue reading Just Below the Surface

Encouragement · Faith · Hope · wisdom

Bent Low to Stand Tall: An Easter Reflection

Sometimes an unexpected storm becomes fertile soil for insight and breakthrough. Although we were on Spring Break, we knew it was a distinct possibility. Looking at the surprise of the morning, a blanket of white covered the terrain for as far as the eye could see. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were…… Continue reading Bent Low to Stand Tall: An Easter Reflection

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Wisdom in the Weeds eBook

You might be thinking why an eBook? Why now? Well, those are both fair questions. Here is the deal; the most common thing people tell me when I finish speaking at an event is that I put words to how they felt but did not know how to articulate. I have ruminated on that feedback…… Continue reading Wisdom in the Weeds eBook

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?