encouragement

A Love That Shows

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There’s a sweet older couple I used to see walking near our neighborhood. Sometimes I’d see them in the morning. Sometimes in the afternoon. They walked slowly and close together. They looked happy and in love. Every time I’d see them, I couldn’t help smiling. One time, as I watched the man gently hold onto […] Read more…

A Teacher Is…

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This past weekend, I went to my niece’s high school graduation. Because the school had such a small graduating class, the ceremony was very personal. It was an emotional thing to see all the graduates so filled with hope and promise. So ready to take on the world. And to see how much they appreciated […] Read more…

Keep On Dreaming

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We all know that having a dream–having something we’re passionate about–is important. But how many of us, once we reach adulthood, lose sight of the thing that once stirred our hearts? Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we should stop wondering about the possibilities in life. Or about the possibilities in ourselves. It doesn’t […] Read more…

Failure Can Be Sweet

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I attended a writing conference last weekend and was inspired by talking with the Kirby Larson, Newberry award winning author of the incredible book Hattie Big Sky.   Kirby’s writing, and her own story about her path to success, made me even more determined to stay focused on my goals. And after the privilege of having coffee with her after […] Read more…

Life is a Kick, Never Give Up

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For my son’s birthday, we bought him a pet mouse. Not long after, my daughter talked us into getting her one too. After all, “they get lonely by themselves, Mom.” And I have to admit, the mice are cute (minus the fact that we need to clean their cage every other day to keep it […] Read more…