Posts tagged "Inspiration"

Life outside the lines

I’m a rule follower. I was a child born into violent chaos. Since escaping that life, I’ve thrived on rules. On absolutes and routines. Life in the lines is safe. Routine and predictability soothes me. Sure, I’ve experimented in gray. I’ve dabbled outside the lines from time to time. It was fun and exhilarating and... Read more »

Naperville Marathon Results: I won

Naperville Marathon Results: I won
On Sunday, I ran my first marathon, and it was awful. It was awful and amazing, frustrating and exhilarating. It was one thousand times worse than all of my training runs, even the 18 and 20 mile ones.re I puked twice before reaching mile 10. Around mile 14, I was convinced I was indeed going... Read more »

An Easter Lesson for my Children: When Faith and Forgiveness are Tested on Easter

An Easter Lesson for my Children: When Faith and Forgiveness are Tested on Easter
My life is in upheaval. My world is a carnival funhouse, and I struggle to navigate my way through the path of distorted mirrors and uncomfortable darkness. I’ve been placed in a snow globe, vigorously shaken; and as soon as the hard, white plastic pieces of faux snow fall to the ground, my life is... Read more »
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So, This is Summer

So, This is Summer
I grew up riding horses competitively. Every summer was horse show season, so I had to limit my sodium intake to make sure my boots fit (my legs swell) and pump up my protein intake to ensure I was performing at my peak. The hotter the days, the earlier I woke up to work all... Read more »

Getting Inspired in the Midst of a Busy Life: How Do You Do It?

Every morning, promptly at 9 am, I sit down at my computer and write. Sufficiently rested from an uninterrupted night of sleep, creativity pours out of me like hot syrup on golden pancakes. As the daydreamy mist fades from my ideal working scenario, I look around at the reality of my life and confirm I... Read more »

Giving a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out

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Inspired by a few amazing people in recent months, I am committed to writing about local and global individuals who are dedicating their lives to change the lives of others. From nonprofit organizations to super parents, a ripple effect of kindness is making a significant change to the whole world. But what can we do... Read more »
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Are you up for a change? Stop making excuses and start now!

I get excited when people tell me they want to start something new or change something in their lives. I see change as a life-altering experience, good or bad. Over the years I have had numerous conversations with friends who have been in search of a new career. This post can apply to anyone, but... Read more »

Four weeks to a stress free holiday gathering

November means the start of family gatherings and the holidays.  As the chic housekeeping magazines begin to fill my mailbox and suggest that I start making crepe paper center pieces and piping tiny turkeys onto homemade petit fours, a sense of urgency to hit my local craft store kicks in.  I am a notorious list... Read more »