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    Book Review: Start with Why ~ Simon Sinek

    Inspiration is defined by the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. We live in a world focused on finding inspiration in everything we do or say. We look to be inspired for what to cook for the day, what clothes to wear, the career that has total fulfillment,  the exact sport or instrument for our child to play that will make them accomplished, or the ultimate handbag to inspire us to take on the world. However, it is not inspiration we should be looking for….it’s why. In Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why he truly gets to the heart of our…

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    Christian Learning Options for All Ages

    As we have navigated many unchartered waters over the last few months, I have been so blessed that my son has had the opportunity to be part of a private Christian school that has allowed him to be better equipped for the uncertainties that have come with COVID. He has been given a much grander Biblical worldview than I had myself growing up and he has provided me and my spouse a way to develop a greater understanding of what Christian education offers.  We wanted to take a moment to look at what Christian education looks like. Notable it is not just one thing…private, Christian school doesn’t entail the only…

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    Conflict Communication-Pt. 2: Conflict Styles

    In order to better understand conflict, it is helpful to recognize the different styles of conflict management. Everyone uses all the styles, but we tend to have our favorites based on personality, life experiences, and situational factors. In addition, any conflict may require the use of several conflict styles as the conflict moves forward. One of the keys to getting better at conflict is recognizing which style is needed given the circumstances and how to work on the styles you feel least comfortable engaging. Avoiding The avoiding style tries hard to avoid conflict at all costs. Avoiders do so by changing the subject, denying the conflict exists, engaging in passive-aggressive…

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    Gluten-Free: How to survive in a “glutened” world.

    I don’t have celiac disease, an immune disease that causes damage to the small intestine. But, I do have gluten sensitivity which causes many of the same symptoms but stops short of damaging the small intestine. When the doctor told me I should limit or completely eliminate gluten from my life I had a bit of a temper tantrum. I LOVED breads, baked goods, and pasta. Rather than curl up in a corner and admit defeat, I embraced the challenge and created an adventure. How did I do it? It’s mostly attitude. Accept Accept that some things will never be the same. Gluten-free flours and pasta have some limitations. Once…

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    Handling the Big Unexpecteds of Life

    As I reach out to you today at 45 years old, I would like to think I have seen and handled all the unexpecteds in life. Yet I know the good Lord always has a bigger, greater plan! I know I have not had as many as some but have had more than others. Yet I feel my experiences give me something to share. My most life-changing experiences have been my parents and to be in-laws splitting for a time a few weeks before my wedding. Shortly after my wedding, we lost my father-in-law unexpectedly. Additional unexpecteds have included facing infertility, my spouse facing a potential terminal cancer at 34…

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    80/20 Rule for Business

    As a child and young adult I would often hear how time goes so fast and yet I felt it was moving at a snail’s pace. I couldn’t wait for summer breaks, my driver’s license, and to be off to college. Now as an adult, I totally understand the speed of how life goes. The first five years of my 40s have felt like one year of school waiting for summer break. With that being said, I want to make my time and tasks count–including work. I recently read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss and it was a great eye-opener. He broke down how the busy work of our…

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    Coffee: Good, Bad, or Indifferent

    In my opinion: GOOD, LIFE SAVING, CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT. These are the only words I can relate to the subject. With that being said, not everyone agrees. Some people experience side effects such as not being able to sleep at night, upset stomach, being jittery, or feeling sluggish. Others, like my spouse, aren’t affected by coffee in any manner and laugh when I can’t sleep after a good cup of coffee with dessert at the evening meal. However coffee may be contributing to our health in ways we don’t even realize. Over the last few years my family and I have discovered natural health treatment. In this journey we have…

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    The History of Labor Day

    Labor Day, to most, marks the end of summer and the start of back to school. It also starts my favorite time of year…fall. Hearty meals, crips mornings, apples, pumpkins, and the changing leaf colors just can’t be beat. As with many holidays, we look forward to the day off and rarely think about why we observe the holiday. So we wanted to take a minute to look back at why we observe the holiday. The U.S. Department of Labor states Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the…

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    School Activities: How many are too many?

    School activities are always fun–time with friends, cheering for our team, concession goodies. Our schools today offer many extracurricular activities, including music, sports, and clubs. Some activities we participate in, some we audition for, and others we are elected to. Depending on the type of activity and how we participate, the time requirement can be fairly minimal to reasonably significant. As parents, we want the best for our kids. We want them to pursue their passions and to succeed in all they do, whether that be in school or activities. We also want them to know that we support them, so Mom, dad, or both try to attend as many…