Getting Off The Porch

Aiming High…

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“If I stop to kick every BARKING dog… I am not going to GET where I am GOING.” –Jackie Joyner-Kersee October 2016 a friend of mine that has followed my work invited me to the I AM Woman Conference in Atlanta.  She had invited me the year before, but scheduling conflicts kept me from going. […] Read more…

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No Room for Judgement…

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” –Mother Teresa I’ve confessed to being a “recovering perfectionist”, and in recovery you must own your stuff. I was once a very judgmental person. Not by choice, but it is something I did without even realizing I was doing it. In my quest for […] Read more…

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Choosing the Path that Leads to Peace…

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Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. -unknown This time last year I was feeling very restless in my life.   Two weeks before my 47th birthday […] Read more…

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Push the Pause Button

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“Feel your emotions, Live true your passions, Keep still your mind.” ― Geoffrey M. Gluckman I recently visited Cancun, Mexico with my sister and two childhood friends.  It was an amazing time and a great escape from the routine for a few days.  Upon returning, I was hit with two major issues dealing with my […] Read more…

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Choose Extraordinary…

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“until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.” ― Stephen R. Covey I recently attended a training workshop.  The facilitator said to me that I need to get in touch with my humanity.  She said […] Read more…

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Believing in the Possible

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin As I watched President Obama give his farewell speech, my heart literally ached.  I began to remember how I came to know him.  Initially I was supporting Hillary Clinton […] Read more…

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Own Your Part!

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“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” ― William Hazlitt This past Saturday I watched an episode (for the third time) of the new drama This Is Us on NBC.  This time I watched it with my kids.  This episode explored a secret that a mother kept […] Read more…

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People Color

I wrote about this topic in undergraduate school, but edited it and posted it during the 2008 election.  I just edited it again for the 2016 election, because it is still so relevant…. At about age 4, when I first realized that skin color was quite important to a number of people, I was asked, […] Read more…

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Recovering Perfectionist

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“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard Everyone has a vice.  Sometimes it is super apparent because drugs, alcohol, caffeine are actual substances that people tend to use to cover pain, insecurity, sadness…you name it.  Vices […] Read more…

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Rest Daddy…

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The last two months have been the most challenging I’ve experienced in quite a while.  On the same day that I was letting my daughter go and moving her into college, I got the call that my dad passed…I think it is impossible for me to put into words just how emotionally confused I was […] Read more…

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