Tag Archives: Goals

Practicing Courage Every Day

May 2, 2016

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“You can’t test courage cautiously, so I ran hard and waved my arms hard, happy.” Annie Dillard I worked my way through college by giving summer swim lessons.  I loved this job because not only did I have a fabulous tan (note my wrinkles now!), but I was able to give kids a skill they […]

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Lists I Make

April 27, 2016

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“The only thing more important than your to-do list is your to-be list. The only thing more important than your to-be list is to be.” Alan Cohen In the past two days I’ve come across no fewer than five paper lists, three electronic lists, two flip pad lists, and one white board list.  I usually […]

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Putting Fear In Its Place

January 4, 2016

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“…to face unafraid the plans that you’ve made…” For a year I’ve had those eight words on my screen saver. I almost always hum the next line, “walking in a winter wonderland.” And although naturally linked to the quote, it has nothing to do with why I am drawn to this thought. Nope. Tucked in […]

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The One-Resolution New Year

December 30, 2015

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Everyone is writing about their resolutions this week and I’ve read many of the articles with interest and have decided to stick with my tried and true approach: keep it simple. I’ve explained myself before, but here’s a reminder in case you missed that post. I’ve never been a person to make many New Year’s […]

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You are not who you are becoming

October 27, 2015

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Albert Einstein once said, “Time is an illusion,” and in this fascinating TED talk, Dan Gilbert argues time isn’t the only illusion.  Add self-perception.  Gilbert presents some pretty compelling data that we underestimate who we are becoming and fail to imagine all of the ways we will be different. “The person you are right now […]

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An expression of hope

September 23, 2015

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“A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith, the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise.” Russell Page We are just back from our first trip to Haiti, and I understand why so many people love that country. There are dozens of adventures I could share from our […]

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Seeing the forest AND the trees

August 6, 2015

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When I use the expression “he can’t see the forest for the trees,” I mean a person is so detail-oriented that he misses the big picture. I use this frequently at work because I enjoy seeing forests more than inspecting trees. I would rather not focus on branches, twigs, and leaves when I could take […]

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What Stops You From Living Immediately?

June 18, 2015

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I’ve been reading a bunch of Seneca lately.  As in the Roman statesman, born in 4 AD and philosopher, Seneca. Why? Well, it’s a long story, but I have to say he’s fascinating. Yesterday I came across this nugget which stopped me in my tracks.. Read it slowly: “Putting things off is the biggest waste […]

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Slow Down Already

May 12, 2015

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In the 16 months since I walked away from my job, life has been interesting. I knew my pace would change, but what strikes me is how subtle the shift has been; how unexpected. I thought my calendar would open up, but instead I see I’m addicted to a fast pace. I anticipated more breathing […]

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Three Steps To Reaching Your Goals

March 25, 2015

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I collect wisdom wherever I find it. And I mean wherever. I love bumper stickers and think “sandwich boards” in front of restaurants deserve a closer look. I love twitter quips and instagram quotes, but mostly I love to learn from my kids. Last year my son was asked to set a learning goal and […]

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