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What It Means to be an American Woman

By | Being the Change, Courage, Gratitude, Inspiration, Life changing moments, Why wait? | No Comments

I asked him, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” His eyes sparkled, and he passionately replied, “I want to make music!” I applauded my crush and encouraged him, even though we were in school to become doctors, lawyers, and business people. Who was I to negate someone else’s dream, especially a boy I liked so much?…

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Love Letter to the World

By | Gratitude | 14 Comments

I was particularly moved by a comment I received today from OlyTrinity on my lastest post Vision + People = Dreams Come True, so I decided to write a love letter. Because as More Love Letters aptly states: “The World Needs More Love Letters” and gratitude! June 29, 2013 Dear World, I am astounded by your beauty. By the incredible people, plants, and…

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Vision + People = Dreams Come True

By | Gratitude | 7 Comments

When speaking with friends and reflecting on my own experiences, there are 3 main reasons BIG dreams come true: Be Clear on Your Dreams Persistence–Don’t give up! and by far, the most important: 3. People, people, people As Laura Watts talks about in her recent guest post, The Power of Connecting, our connection with people makes an incredible impact in…

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Jimmy Stewart Moments

By | Gratitude | 12 Comments

Every Christmas season I make my movie rounds. Tradition dictates that I start with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving, followed closely by Scrooged, Home Alone, The Santa Clause, and of course, It’s a Wonderful Life. No matter how many times I watch It’s a Wonderful Life, I am touched by the idea that we each make a difference.  What, if…

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By | Gratitude | 136 Comments

My grandmother turns 100 next week.  I’ve had the privilege to know her a quarter of her life.  When I was born, I had an apgar score of 1 (10 is a perfectly healthy baby and 0 is a dead one).   Needless to say, my parents were stressed.  My grandmother and the rest of the family drove down from Kentucky…

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Day 75: Simple Joys

By | Gratitude | 11 Comments

Some of the sweetest moments in life are the simplest. At the start of another week (2 months and 2 weeks into the experiment), it seems fitting to write 22 of what I consider to be life’s simple joys. 1. A stranger’s smile 2. Songs that are too beautiful to contain words 3. Climbing trees 4. The feeling after finishing…

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