The Power Behind Your Words

The Power Behind Your Words

In the third grade, I was a sassy little know-it-all. I flaunted my intellectual prowess over the other students like a lord over his plebeians. I honestly don’t think I meant to be so elitist, I just hadn’t learned to reign in my enthusiasm. But there was one girl—let’s call her Tonya—who was about to call me out on it.  Continue reading “The Power Behind Your Words”

Five Qualities Every Mom Should Have

Five Qualities Every Mom Should Have

First, let me set the record straight. I’m not here to give any parenting advice. In fact, I welcome advice from those seasoned in the field. With a 20-month-old daughter and a baby boy still hibernating in my belly, I’m still very much a rookie mom—with the only major dramas in my life to date being blowout diapers, spit up and the occasional tantrum.

But I do have something to say about mothers. I had an amazing mom. I am a mom. I have friends who are moms. But none of that qualifies me to be a mom.
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Remember when your teacher said there’s no such thing as a dumb question? Same principle applies to ideas. There’s no such thing as a dumb or bad idea. Actually, wait. There is. There are lots of bad ideas out there.

But here’s the thing. Have the courage to share it. You’ll never know if your idea could change someone else’s life…or your own for that matter. Giving yourself the opportunity to fail also means you’re creating an equal and perhaps even greater opportunity to succeed.

So what are you waiting for? The world is your oyster…and it’s ready to hear your ideas. Well maybe except any that involve sharks and tornados. Or snakes on a plane, for that matter.

How Well Are You Loving Others?

How Well Are You Loving Others?

On a crisp, cool, rainy day in April, my husband and I made vows to love each other for the rest of our lives. Our theme, like so many couples, came from the famous “love” chapter from the Bible—1 Corinthians 13. We read an excerpt at our ceremony, engraved it into our wedding bands and had it framed by an etsy artist, which now hangs beautifully above the dresser in our bedroom.

Recently, on our anniversary, I felt it was time to take inventory. Was I loving him—really loving him—the way I promised I would? If I substituted my name every time the word “love” appears in this passage, would it still ring true?  Continue reading “How Well Are You Loving Others?”