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time for a change in habits

Habits. Why We Need Less Stick and More Carrot

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."~Aristotle   I'm the queen of beating myself up, I've got the award certificate on my wall. For most of my life, in my own eyes, I always fell short and never accomplished enough. But you know what? It's taken a long time to get there but I've been wrong. It's always been...

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Five Peas to Pick When Overwhelm Overtakes You

I had the great fortune of spending bonus time with our grandkids this weekend and feeding them! It's something I love to do. Food has always one of my best love languages. Wouldn't have traded it for anything but I ran out of time to write.   Spring is coming fast and and the pace of life always ramps up about this time of year. So, I...

Tip the Refrigerator Soup

“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” Julia Child   I have a secret. You know one of the best teachers? Doing without. Yep, the old adage "necessity is the mother of invention" was born, I think, in the kitchen. At a time when money is low, or there's no time to run to the store. Mealtime comes around with startling regularity and when...

For Christmas Yule Need Some Tools

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."~Erma Bombeck   When you're a kid, Christmas is the Super Bowl, the Indy 500, the World Series, the pinnacle of the year. It's pure adrenaline and it takes forever to arrive. Yep, it's great being a kid at Christmas. Second best is having kids at Christmas, especially little ones. Especially freshly bathed ones in...

New Eyes See Right Through Old Obstacles

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”~ John Lubbock   It's really easy to get discouraged. Life can feel like a losing game of chutes and ladders. All downhill slides and no rungs headed back up. Other times, our world can seem like one big round of whack-a-mole and it sure appears that the moles are winning. We've all had a turn like that. Just...

Integrity and Character. Two Tickets to Legacy.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ~ John Wooden   People with impeccable character and integrity fascinate us. Folks who have it become epic, larger-than-life and timeless.  Maybe it's because it's become so rare. Perhaps it's the way a shiny veneer peels off, revealing major flaws beneath the...

calm water

Calm. The Very Best Superpower.

(A 3-minute read)“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” ~ Pema Chödrön   Have you ever watched time-lapse photography of clouds? An entire day, captured in mere minutes. It's fascinating to watch clouds come and go. See how they thicken and grow dark? Just as quickly, they become pale and thin to nothing. Their shadows glide quickly over the face of the earth below,...

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Looking for Remarkable in All The Wrong Places?

"Be genuine. Be remarkable. Be worth connecting with.~Seth Godin   Sometimes, we just get lucky don't we? A close parking spot on a rainy day, no line at the car wash, or cracking open an egg and finding it's a double yolker! This week, I scored big time in my reading. Joshua Becker is one of my favorite writers and I eat up his blog Becoming Minimalist. It's...

September thoughts

September is the New January. Give It a Try!

(Read in about :03)"Every moment is a fresh beginning.” ~T.S. Eliot   September has burst upon us. Beautiful, glorious, blue-skyed month that she is. Full of promise and new starts. Vacations are sweet memories, school is well into the first quarter, and Labor Day, the second bookend of summer, has come and gone. Routines, so wonky all summer, have gotten more normal and the wheels of our everyday activities are humming along smoothly...