I was cold. I was nervous. I was surrounded by people I barely knew. But I knew it was exactly where I was supposed to be. On a crisp evening, I found myself in front of a house in a neighborhood I’d never even set foot. I was handing out hot apple cider to parents […]
The verb persevere is my favorite word. It encourages, commands, and stands alone as a complete sentence. Persevere. From the Latin persevero, the roots are ‘per’ (meaning ‘through’) and ‘severus’ (meaning ‘strict’). If you searched Google for persevere, the resulting definition packs a punch: “continue in a course of action even in the face of […]
Dear Matthew, Pick up your gaze, hold your posture up straight, walk with purpose and face the world confidently. You have been blessed. Be thankful. Be humbled. Life is not supposed to be fair. A good life is supposed to be hard work. Evil is not God’s fault; it is ours. But evil isn’t a […]
“Life begins at 30.” Of the many valuable things I have learned from Mike, the counselor I’ve seen over the last two years, this bit of wisdom is my least and most favorite. When he first dropped that truth-bomb on me, it hurt. My heart couldn’t accept it. The very idea went against my entire […]
I have often said that if I laid out the bare facts of my life, it would look unbelievable, and maybe even overwhelming –for you and me.
So In order to get over a (self-imposed) hurdle, and to share it with anyone who may need to hear it, I’ll tell my story as concisely as I can. And then move on.[....]
If Mike Rowe’s strategy was to get the buzz started before the weekend so it would hit the news cycle on Monday, then he did a fantastic job; it’s everywhere, today.
The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge is what has grabbed my attention, and that of many working people around the country. It is a truly inspiring document, made up of twelve hard-hitting declarations that seem to be aimed directly at my work-averse ‘Entitlement Generation.’[....]
We regret what we don’t do, not what we do. We never regret trying, even if we fail. But we always regret not even trying.
So, do that good thing your heart is telling you to do. Do it and don’t look back.[....]
It sounds crazy, but as I kept watching, I was gaining the perspective and validation I needed to process through what I was feeling. It helped me re-frame the anxiety I carried around with me for that first semester. It reminded me, through stellar TV writing, that there were real people out there in the same predicament, going through the same stuff. It reassured me that we weren’t alone.
Laugh all you want (after all, it is a comedy): Boy Meets World re-runs pulled me out of a rut, and warmed up what could have been cold feet before my wedding.[....]