The Little Engine That Could

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As a child my brother’s favorite bedtime story was “The Little Engine That Could”. I would listen as my mom read it every night when it was my brother’s turn to choose the bedtime story.

It wasn’t until now as an adult that I truly appreciate the story of “The Little Engine That Could” and have decided that that particular story book is my new mantra.

A mantra, or attitude, that anything is possible if we put our mind to it and ...

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The Price of Living in a Future that Hasn’t Come

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Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take a few long walks with Husker and really give some thought to my gift and curse of being a futurist (Futurist–that’s what Gallup tells me is one of my top five strengths).  I’m always looking ahead. Dreaming. Thinking about what could be.  That’s great if you’re creating a vision and setting incremental goals to achieve it.  It’s not so great if it makes you look at your present as though it’s ...

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Seeing with New Eyes Through Loss

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While I was out on leave, my 11 year old dog Max took a turn for the worse as his cancer came out of remission and he began to have difficulty breathing.  At the same time Max’s condition was worsening, our 20+ year old cat, Frank, was succumbing to his feline renal failure.  I made the call to our vet, Dr. Denise Pearson at Pipe Creek Animal Clinic, and we made our final plans for an at home euthanasia for ...

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The Space Between

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I’m recovering from a hysterectomy.  I am a terrible patient.  As a lifelong overachiever and eternal optimist, I tend to believe I can defy the laws of nature and heal overnight.  Well, as usual, nature wins.  Some really smart women warned me of the “good day” when I would feel pretty great and then go and do too much which would be followed by the “hit by a truck day(s)”.  Yep.  It’s all true.  They were right.  So, this week ...

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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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