What do you HAVE to do?

A friend of mine had a rough week recently.  Here was the week in no particular order: Lost parent Made arrangements for funeral Drove 4+ hours to the funeral Went through/packed the parent’s things Drove 4+ hours back Co-conducted a 4 day intensive seminar Visited with clients Decorated/furnished new business offices Shut down/moved her old […]

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Are you going broke?

I was talking with friend last night.  She talked about how it’s hard to keep priorities this time of year (Christmas time).   She’s busy going to 47 Christmas parties, buying gifts, spending time with friends, and somewhere in there … she works.   We talked about weight gain, staying on budget, and sticking to […]

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Are you tipping enough?

Jen and I met our twins two months ago.  Our priorities were redefined.  Things like showering, blow drying of hair, eating food while hot fell to the bottom of the list.  Feeding babies, remembering to eat at all, finding 2-3 hours to sleep shot to the top of the list. The babies are kicking our […]

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Who are you laughing at?

When you can laugh at yourself, others laugh with you.  When you can’t, they laugh at you.  They can only laugh with you if you’re laughing, too. So … who are you laughing at? Related articles Want to Know What Your Employees Really Think? (inc.com)

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Hard work vs. Work Hard

I looked like I had dengue fever.  I was ready to drop.  I just finished a 9 hour training event.  The new twins were kicking my ass. I slept 2 hours the night before.   I worked hard the entire day.   I gave 110% of my energy.  The training event did not go well.  It […]

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Thank, God. I am home.

I walked in the door.  I said, “I’m home, Cheech (Chi-chi’s one of our dogs).”    A rush of emotion swept through me.  “Thank God, I’m home.” I’ve struggled with my house being my home since I moved here.  It was Jen’s house before we met.  There’s a lot of history in the house.  There’s […]

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Setting the mood

Elli awoke screaming.  Again.  It was clear she did not know that it was night time.  We decided to set the mood. The lights dimmed throughout the house the next day at 7pm.  TV off.  Laptops closed.  Phones away.  Faded lights and lullabies.  Babies and bottles.  The girls fed.  We laid them down.  They slept. […]

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Winning the War

Never, never, never give up

The final piece of paper left my hand.  My signature in place.  The condo was sold.  It was on the market over two years.  We got beaten on price and concessions.  I played this hand poorly.  We did not win this battle. I bought the condo for the wrong reasons.  It was what I thought […]

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Idiot’s Delight

I’m learning that faith isn’t about fantasy or foolish superstition.  It’s a matter of choosing an attitude of grace, optimism and humility. Grace – Letting things go.  We free ourselves of the pain of anger for transgressions – real or perceived – against us.  Does the other person deserve to be let off the hook?  Who cares?  […]

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Double the trouble

Double the Trouble

  The Warheit Twins joined us last week.  Today they are 1 week old.  Sleep has been at a premium.  Jen and I are adapting. We talked with another mom in the waiting room for the babies 48 hour doctor visit.  We talked about when it gets better.  Her observation, “I’m not sure that it […]

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