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“Tim never wanted me to go to college.”

My friend Sherri had just returned to our campsite after retreating to attend a Zoom class.  I did not envy her having to leave the fun to attend her course, but she was beaming.

“I have finally found my people.  I love my...

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The Cost of Fitting In

It’s 1980 something and I am a bookish, half Asian, 15 year old girl, surrounded by blonde haired blue eyed girlfriends. The running joke is that I would rather be at home reading the dictionary than go out and have fun. They aren’t entirely wrong.

One summer Friday, my friends invite...

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Seeking To Be Heard

I was ten years old the first time it happened.

I was sitting on a bench outside the bank as my mom when in to do her business.  An older lady sat down next to me and started talking.  I didn’t really understand what she was saying, but I politely nodded my head and tried to...

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Control Yourself

Kate never expected her 24-year-old daughter would still be living at home.  She is frustrated that her daughter has no ambition to work, does the bare minimum at home, and needs to be hounded to pay her bills. 

Kate has had it with the arguing.  She has had it with the...

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Right Tool for the Job

Do you know which knife is the most dangerous knife in your kitchen?

The dull one.

When your knife is not sharp, it doesn’t work properly, leading you to force it and use it improperly, causing injury.

This weekend, my husband and I went for a creek walk with his family.  Everyone had...

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Little Fish, Big Pond
 

I had been feeling discontent for quite a while but dismissed my feelings without analyzing them too deeply. 

I had the sense that it was time to move on from a mentorship group I belonged to for several years.  This group provided me with tools to help me grow and...

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Will You Meet the Challenge?

What happens when you have no other choice, but to change?

I was working out yesterday and eavesdropping on the ladies next to me.  We have been meeting at the local high school track, exercising six feet apart, since our gym has been closed since March.

One mom asked another how her son and...

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Failure is a Gift

How do you respond to failure?

When you make a mistake, face a setback, or encounter a roadblock, how do you handle it?

A toddler might throw a tantrum.

A scientist might do research.

An engineer might take apart the machine and rework it.

We have all had challenges, large and small.

I have been...

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Are You a Victim or the Master?

If this were a normal year, my social media feed would be filled with the typical prom and graduation photos you probably took when you were a teenager.

2020 is anything but typical.

This year my feed is filled with two different types of prom and graduation photos, highlighting two different...

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Where is Your Focus?

It is so easy to get distracted these days.  Everything seems to beep, buzz, and ding as a way to get our attention.  Add in the kids, the dog, the list of obligations hanging in over your head – it is a wonder we get anything done at all.

Once a month, I have a standing...

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The Two-Sided Coin

What does it mean to take Personal Responsibility?

Personal responsibility is a two-sided coin. 

One – you must take ownership of your own thoughts, beliefs, feelings, behaviors, opinions, emotions, and outcomes.

Two – you must allow others to take ownership of their own...

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Be Present Without Resistance

So, I’ve been sitting in front of my computer screen for about 30 minutes.  I have so much to say, and at the same time, nothing is coming to mind.

This doesn’t happen often, but I am human after all.  We all have moments when things just aren’t clicking.  It used...

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