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

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

Heartaches and Hallelujahs

Heartache, crises, and chaos have hounded me the past several weeks.   I’ve attended a funeral for someone very young, heard the news that a friends cancer has spread, grudgingly quarantined (again), watched someone close to me relapse with an eating disorder, had long-awaited plans abruptly canceled, and did a 180° pivot from the plans … Read more

11 Reflection Questions to Help You In the New Year

Well, 2021 has come and gone. The year, for many, started out with high expectations of good health, reunions with friends, and carefree living and ended with sour attitudes of “Will this virus ever end?”, “Good riddance 2021!”, and “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!”.  If I’m honest, my attitude wasn’t … Read more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in a Family Tree

I’m the unofficial pictorial historian of our family. When our dad passed away a few years ago, my siblings gave the OK for me to take the old framed black and white family photos.  Nothing excites me more than to see the faces of my long-gone relatives adorning the wall at our cabin. I see … Read more

Lifting Others up is Great Strength Training

I’m one of those people who enjoys going to the gym. For me it’s never been about losing weight or fitting into a certain size. Nope, my goal has always been to become stronger and healthier and increase my endurance. I’ve been trying to do wide-grip pull ups for a long time now (they’re harder … Read more

The How, What, and Why of Auditing Your Life: Figuring Out Where You Are and Where You Want to Go

I had a conversation with a banker friend of mine a few days ago and she mentioned her bank was going through an audit to make sure they were operating in line with regulations. Needless to say, she was working extra hours and was a little stressed out. The auditors were pouring over her bank’s … Read more

Overcoming Your Identity Crisis: Answering the Question “Who Am I?”

Playing games is one of my favorite pastimes. Aggravation, Sorry, Uno, Clue, Trouble, Rummy. I love them all (except Monopoly…ultra meh to me.) To kill some time on a recent long drive my husband and I played 20 Questions. On a side note, I was thrilled to be playing because most of our long trips … Read more