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In Others’ Words: Never Walk Back

In Others’ Words: Never Walk Back

  Progress is not about how fast you are going, but it is most definitely about forward motion. We almost always equate progress with success — although sometimes that is debatable — and sometimes we also believe success has to happen quickly. Hence, the term “overnight success,” which is an oxymoron in itself.  I’ve achieved some successes in my life and I’... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

I’m in a “not writing” phase at the moment. Except the moment has stretched over a number of days. And, while I’m not on a hard deadline, I do have things to write. I have written blog posts … my In Others’ Words posts and other blog commitments. But that’s one type of writing, as opposed to working on fiction ideas. I’m a novelist. I write stories &... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Small Joys

In Others’ Words: Small Joys

Just for today, let’s set aside the word “goal,” shall we? Just for today, let’s also set aside the word “happiness.” (Although I had an interesting discussion about happiness while I was in Breckenridge this past weekend. Another blog post.) Small joys. I want to talk with you all about small joys.  So often I laser in on the goal — whatever goal I think ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Do It Right or Do It Over

In Others’ Words: Do It Right or Do It Over

  Sometimes a person says something and there’s just no arguing with them.  I mean, former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden says it straight up, doesn’t he? If we don’t have time to do something right, do we really think we’re going to find extra time for a do-over? Do it once. Do it right. And be done with it.  I understand there are some things you can’t do on... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Beneficial Opposition

In Others’ Words: Beneficial Opposition

  I’m not the best when it comes to flying kites.  The whole process of running and releasing a kite up into the air behind me? It’s just a bit beyond me. I want to look ahead of me and make certain I don’t run into something, or that I don’t trip and fall. At the same time, I want to look back over my shoulder and see if my efforts are successful. Has the kite taken f... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Getting What You Want

In Others’ Words: Getting What You Want

This quote has languished in one of my quote files — yes, I have more than one — for months. I read it over and over. I liked it every time I read it. Truth is, I like a lot of Mark Twain quotes. He’s one of my go-to quote guys. But when I read it yesterday, it “pinged” and I knew it was time to dust it off and publish it in a blog. “I can teach anybody how to g... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Becoming Someone of Worth

In Others’ Words: Becoming Someone of Worth

  Goals. I’ve read articles about goal-setting. Sat in workshops about goal-setting. I know that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. : SPECIFIC MEASURABLE ACHIEVABLE REALISTIC TIME-BOUND   All good tips for helping me (and you) break down goals so that we can reach them. But all too often we focus on the goal — where we want to go — and we forget about who we are and who we beco... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing the Goal or the Obstacle

In Others’ Words: Choosing the Goal or the Obstacle

  I apologize for missing Tuesday’s post. I was traveling back from Washington, DC. after spending several days there while my daughter’s volleyball club competed in a tournament. On the way back, I finished reading From a Distance, a historical romance by best-selling author Tamera Alexander, and the source of today’s quote. It’s always fun to read a good book —... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Smart

“Work smarter, not harder.” ~Ron Carswell, writer Sometimes I get to the end of the day and I think, “Where did the day go? And what did I do all day?” I know I did something. But it feels like, despite a lot of hard work, I’ve accomplished nothing. It’s Friday, the time when I throttle back (a bit) and focus more on family and less on writing. But I know Monday... Read More »

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