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In Others’ Words: Personal Investment

In Others’ Words: Personal Investment

Warren Buffett’s net worth is $75.6 billion — he’s #2 on Forbes’ list of “The 12 Notable New Billionaires of 2017.” Bill Gates is #1, if you’re curious.  And yet, here’s a billionaire recommending investing in yourself rather then investing in stocks or bonds — even saying this investment is the best kind. This past Sunday, my husband and I too... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

In Others’ Words: The Problem of a Fast-Paced Life

I had a lunch date with my husband yesterday. While we were talking, he mentioned the year anniversary of someone coming to work at his office. I stopped him and said, “Has it really been a year? That time went by fast.” Life moving fast? That happens a lot.  I start counting down to something special, something weeks or even months away — like a writers conference or visiting a ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Ignite!

In Others’ Words: Ignite!

It’s back to school time, friends. Not for me … no, no, no. But it is back to school for my youngest daughter — who is a junior in high school — and a gazillion other people, of course. My daughter is finishing up her required summer reading. (Three books. And papers.) And we’re also doing all the necessary prep. Shopping. Filling out school forms. Her sports physical... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

In Others’ Words: Unexpected Celebrations

Our perspective affects our outlook on life. And author Robert Brault’s mindset makes me smile. We all know the traditional, here-they-come-again celebrations. Birthdays. Independence Day. Thanksgiving. Yom Kippur. Christmas. Weddings — and the subsequent anniversaries. Graduations. But what other special occasions can we celebrate besides the ones already prewritten on most calendars?... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Looking Past the Plan

In Others’ Words: Looking Past the Plan

So, I’d like y’all to do something for me today, please. Raise your hand if your life has gone according to plan.  Um … okay, we all know I can’t see your raised hands, but I’m also willing to bet that not a single one of you raised your hands. Am I right? Of course I am. Life rarely lines up with our plans. Maybe some of our plans come true, but usually we’re p... Read More »

In Others’ Words: New Year, New Start?

In Others’ Words: New Year, New Start?

I’ve missed you all, although I did enjoy my social media break. It helped me achieve more of an “all is calm” attitude the past couple of weeks. I hope each one of you found comfort and joy during the holiday season. We’re three days into 2017, and I’ve seen so many blogs, Facebook posts, Instagram photos, and tweets proclaiming excitement about the new year. I enjoy... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

In Others’ Words: Revved Up or Relaxed

I experienced the whole “stuck in overdrive” ordeal  for real yesterday. I was driving on the highway when my car started revving up and, even when I tried to brake, the car wouldn’t slow down. I was coming up on my exit — and a red light — in a minute or less, and praying my car would stop even as I imagined my car driving straight into the intersection and oncoming ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: It’s a Mess

In Others’ Words: It’s a Mess

One of the great truths that I’ve embraced is that life is messy. Really, really messy. And I’m okay with that. When I say I’m okay with life being messy, I don’t mean I like the messiness of life. Not at all. What I mean is I’ve stopped pretending life isn’t messy … that life doesn’t hurt … that things don’t get way out of my control ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: First Step, Last Step

In Others’ Words: First Step, Last Step

Starting something and finishing something … I have to agree with today’s quote that those two steps can often be quite challenging. Yes, the first step can be exciting, enticing even. The thought of embarking on a dream, pursuing your passion, is exhilarating at first — during the pondering stage. But then comes the moment when pondering must become doing. When thinking must tra... Read More »

In Others’ Words: All the Other Ages You’ve Been

In Others’ Words: All the Other Ages You’ve Been

Today is my birthday and I’m embracing it by playing hooky and spending the day with my husband. We’re planning on enjoying the Colorado sunshine — maybe going for a hike in Garden of the Gods. For me, birthdays are when I stop and think about the 364 days since my last birthday and I count all the reasons I have to be thankful. Yes, I’m older. I hope I’m wiser. And I... Read More »

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