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We Need to Read More Children’s Books

The world needs more children’s books.  And more adults need to read them in this uncertain, disturbing society that we often live in. As I read book after book to my kids today, I heard all the important messages that we adults need to remember.  I felt uplifted and hopeful after hearing simple reminders of: …

Personal Growth | Writing

Only Takes One

Only takes one… One word One expression One smile One thought One heart One beat One resolution One you One me One million odds One world One love One step One leap One push One fight One victory One moment One pause One breakthrough One tear One laugh One life One blessing One chance One gift One need …

Business | Personal Growth | Work

Pick and Choose the Advice That Fits

A few days ago I had a one-on-one meeting with a very influential, powerful female leader. I respect her immensely. We talked casually and openly.  I shared my aspirations, current graduate school studies and future career ideas. This leader gave me her no-filtered, blunt advice. She does not hold back. I appreciated that. But as she …

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Shut Up and Get to Work!

“Shut up and Get to work!” I yell at myself. That’s right. I can talk to my inner voice like this.  And sometimes I need to. I doubt I’d appreciate anyone else being so blunt with me.  But I often need to stare my whiny self in the mirror and tell me, “Enough already!  Plant your butt …

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The Power of Words and how to Talk like TED

I gave the below speech today to the Gulf Power Engineering Society and my fellow Toastmasters group on May 26, 2016. I wrote this in March 2016 and finally had the opportunity to deliver it for a crowd in the way I wanted. This was my final speech to complete the Toastmasters Competent Communicator manual. …

Parenting | Personal Growth | School | Work

Remove Maybe As an Option – Just Be Yes or No

A few days ago I was asked to be part of a project. I said “No” right away. I’ll be honest…it felt really good to say No!  I gave a strong, quick answer.  I was decisive. I felt empowered. Damn, I really meant it too.  I said No and Wow, I was relieved.  I took myself out of the …

Home Life | Parenting | Personal Growth

What Will They Remember?

“Why did you call yourself a bad mommy at the doctor?” my eight year old asked me two weeks ago, sounding surprised. “Because I ignored my instincts about you being sick.  I thought you might have strep and it turns out you did.”  I replied back. “But why does that make you a bad mom?” she …

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Bee-lieve in Local Business Impact

Over a year ago I wrote about Bee movie and how bees may be small creatures but their contributions to our community make a huge impact. The film I saw with my children was the perfect metaphor to describe how important the contributions are that small businesses make in our economy.  Today I had the great …

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My Experience Teaching Second Graders Business Tips for Upcoming School Market Day

Eighteen pairs of eyes gazed at me as I explained the term entrepreneur. I gave a 45 minute lesson plan on business tips for second graders to Denise Moore’s class at Beulah Elementary School on April 6. I give presentations often for my employer, the Florida SBDC at UWF, but I was most nervous about …

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Slower Pace

Our family took its first real vacation in nearly a decade.  We traveled to Sevierville, Tennessee (located near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg) with another family–our very good friends.  This spring break getaway was the the most relaxed my husband and I have felt in a year or longer. We rented a cabin in the Smoky …