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Friday, March 10, 2017

Are you called to walk the path less traveled?

The problem. I sat cross legged in the floor of our rental house in Nashville and tried not to cry. Maybe the wine was making me weepy. Or maybe it was the fact that I felt like quitting again. A dull ache had been gnawing at the corners of my confidence longer than I cared to get clear about. I’d failed to hit...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can’t believe everything you hear.

You know that thing you’ve always heard is true about you? Maybe it’s not.   My son started 6th grade at a very unique school in the fall. They follow the college model. Students attend class two days a week to get instruction, receive assignments, and take tests. They work at home the other three days to follow up their learning. It gives a...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to Life as usual. Or is it?

Christmas break is officially over and it’s life as usual. Or is it? We had a happy holiday. Family. Food. A trip away. No set schedule. All is mostly well. Except that… I didn’t know how much I was dreading “life as usual” until last night. I woke up to a wet kiss on the cheek at 12:30 a.m. My son stood over and...

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Friday, May 20, 2016

10 Ways To Examine Your Life (If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing)

I have a confession to make. It’s really weird. (Or at least I would have thought it was if you told me you were doing it.) Ready? (You may or may not suddenly imagine Charlton Heston as you read this.) I’ve started reading the 10 commandments out loud every morning. I bet you’ll have one of three reactions to that statement. “How archaic and weird.” “Oh...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hope For That Hill You’re Climbing

I’ve been riding a mountain bike for a few years. I use the term “riding” loosely because my experience often includes “pushing” my bike over boulders, “walking” it down steep slopes, and “scooting” across narrow bridges like a toddler on a toy. So more accurately, “I’ve been ride-push-scoot-walking a mountain bike for a few years.” My eleven-year old son, Sam, rides too....

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Some Small Things You Don’t Do- If You Want A Big Life

I used to think BIG changes happened in BIG chunks. Since I didn’t have BIG chunks of… time, money, smarts or self-confidence… I placated myself by saying, “Big changes are overrated. I’m fine without them.” Secretly, I’d see someone else experiencing a “big change” I wanted in my own life and turn all green and grinchy inside. I would continually make excuses as to why other...

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Friday, January 22, 2016

How To Stop Worrying and Start Winning in Life

Take a moment to consider your day. Has your stomach churned? Your heart raced? Have your shoulders seized up like there’s an orangutan on your back? That full body clench that comes from clutching the hot wire of worry. Yuck. I get it. AND… Worry doesn’t move your life along. It just keeps you stuck. Imagine your favorite vehicle, decked out and detailed. You’re cruising along,...

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Monday, July 13, 2015

I Wrote My Own Eulogy

(first published on the Elephant Journal, July 13, 2015) I opened my inbox to the find the following email, “Thank you for your submission to elephant journal!  It’s official: your words have somehow inspired our hearts and we’re accepting your piece for publication.” I busted a beat with my lips, “boom, boom, boom… boom-boom,” slid my shoulders side to side,...

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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Most Important Step You Can Take To Discover Your Purpose

I was sitting, but only on the very edge of my chair in the ICU waiting room. I didn’t expect to be here; this wasn’t in the plan. In efforts to stop the heart attack, they unleashed something much worse. The blood thinner they administered at the small city hospital broke loose a clot in her brain. They rushed her...

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