The #1 Question You Should Ask Yourself Every Morning (that will change your life)

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. I’ve been struggling with an underlying (and overwhelming, if I’m being honest) sense of discontentment. Discontentment doesn’t sit well with my heart. For lack of a better word, discontentment feels icky to me.  Here’s why: I’m healthy (my husband too), our kids are doing well, I … Read more

Adjectives and Nouns and Verbs, Oh My!

A few weeks ago, I subbed in a third-grade classroom teaching language arts.  I was in “teaching heaven” because that’s my favorite thing to teach in school. Vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and parts of speech – they’re all subjects that make me smile! Words. I love reading them. I love writing them.  I’m a bookworm. … Read more

Turn Your Face Toward the Sun: How to Survive the Storms in Life

I’ve been fixated on the sun lately. Probably because spring has finally sprung and I’m seeing a lot more of that beautiful glowing sphere in the sky! While most of us have been going about our busy lives these past months the earth has been actively tilting toward the sun. Yay! All thanks to the … Read more

Three Cheers for the Underdog!

Much to my family’s surprise, I’ve become a fan of college sports. Except for soccer. All you soccer moms out there please don’t hate me.  I just don’t understand soccer, the time clock counting up and not down throws me off, and good grief,  those red, yellow, and green cards confuse the heck out of … Read more

Life is Too Short to Be a Cynic

I made the mistake of watching the national news the other day. High crime rates, rising gas prices, climbing interest rates, the war in Ukraine, and Netflix coming down hard on unauthorized shared accounts (gasp!). Geez, how is it that a measly 30 minutes of prime time TV can be filled with 25 minutes of … Read more

Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty in Imperfection

The other day the topic of struggling with our imperfections came up in conversation. My friends and I volleyed back and forth the things we’ve wrestled with over the years regarding our flaws. Disorganization, lack of punctuality, the tendency to be moody, impulsiveness, control-freak behavior, overspending tendencies, and highly emotional outbursts were a few that … Read more

Less Busywork, More Contribution

This year I’m “snowbirding” in Florida. It was either work from my home office in Missouri and be a part of the “cold-warm-snowy-warm again-icy-warm-again” rollercoaster weather we have in the midwest or sit in my makeshift office on our back deck in Florida and do my work from there. Hmmm….stare out my office window at … Read more