Endurance

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I’m not sure why, but recently I’ve spent a lot of quiet time musing about endurance.  In my twenties and thirties I was a distance runner and always associated endurance with my running and competition. I studied it based upon the foods I ate, sleep patterns and resting heart rate.  Constantly trying to figure out what contributed to greater or less endurance on my long runs.

Now that I’m nearly 50, I see endurance much differently than I did when my ...

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Baptism, Love Pangs and Letting Go

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Over the Easter weekend, my son, Will, was re-baptized.  When he called to tell me about it on Tuesday (yes—Tuesday) I was confused and curious about why he would be going through baptism again.  I immediately thought some outside influence had to be involved so I asked, “What inspired you to want to get baptized again?”  His answer was better than I could have imagined.
“Mom, I have been taking a small group class on Tuesday nights, with a group ...

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Life. Unplugged

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As I’m writing tonight, the rain is pouring outside and making the most interesting sound on our pool cover.  My big chicken dog, Husker, is curled up on the bed beside me.  There’s no daylight between the two of us.  His side presses into my thigh every time he breaths.  My youngest daughter, Isabelle, is curled up on the floor—camped out because the rain freaks her out and according to her, “Mom, you make me feel safe.”  Max, my other ...

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When it Rains

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The electric light show on the way to the office was amazing today.  Seems the lightning split the sky in two and is letting ALL the water out.  I had my usual heads up that the storm was coming around 5 a.m. when my dog, Max (soft coated wheaten terrier mix), ducked for cover under my bed and Husker (golden retriever)–much too big to fit under the bed–jumped on top of me and curled up like a lap dog looking ...

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Life Looking FUBAR? Look Again!

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Originally published on ClarityCafe.com, March 11, 2013.  Reprinted with permission.

Growing up a perfectionist overachiever is hard work and even harder on the emotional bank account.  The world doesn’t have to tell you what a screw up you are because you constantly find reasons to berate yourself.  Right? Then, you actually DO screw up.  Maybe it’s in college or you buy a business that isn’t a good investment.  You create an impossible situation inside your marriage or you sabotage a project ...

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Lift & Drag

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Recently our youngest daughter, Isabelle, turned 11 years old.  Seems like time marches swiftly on.  We celebrated with a trip to SkyZone with two of her friends, Steak ‘n Shake for dinner and a sleepover complete with pranks that they pulled on one another.  They awoke with “secrets” and lots of giggles as well as silly sayings marked all over their faces.  The cupcakes and snacks mysteriously disappeared and oddly, we found a lot of frosting in strange places so ...

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Recommit

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Late January and early February is usually the time of year I begin feeling defeated.

I’ve already “failed” to meet my own unrealistic expectations for New Year Resolutions like reading for 30 minutes before bed every night and getting up 15 minutes earlier to get a short workout in before getting ready for work.  I caught a germ of some kind and was home sick for a couple of days.  Had to cancel my exercise for a week–doctor’s orders.  I stepped ...

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Best Year Yet

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I will tell you that for the first time in a long time I struggled this morning!  It was one of those days…the alarm was set incorrectly so it went off too late; Isabelle woke up on the wrong side of the bed; oatmeal bubbled over on the stove; the dog tripped me up because he was hungry and was “informing me” with a nose nudge as I was walking across the kitchen; I was out of soap in the ...

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Wealth Beyond Measure

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t’s the kind of morning that takes your breath away as the frost crystalizes in your lungs upon the first breath drawn.  It’s also stunningly beautiful outside; the sun is casting sparkles across the ice and snow from the weekend while the barren trees touch the cerulean blue skies.  Takes my breath away all over again.  I love nature’s gifts.

As I was driving in to work this morning, I was reminiscing about my weekend activities from a couple of weeks ...

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Get in Touch with your WHY

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I hope each of you had the opportunity to make a snowman yesterday or just sit by the fire with your feet up sipping your favorite hot beverage.  Personally, I “undecorated” my Christmas tree because my dog was eating all the ornaments off of it.  Weird.  I now have a naked tree, with lights, and an angel.  I’m enjoying the symbolism, however, still irritated with the dog.  I must admit, yard clean-up has be festive!

I always become reflective at the ...

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