Every Day Is A Pop Quiz – Do You Know the Material?

The pop quiz. They caught us off guard, disrupting the normal routine and creating anxiety and fear—and inciting the collective stares of thirty irritated students. What made the test so intimidating was the element of surprise. Even more nerve-wracking was I never felt prepared. But I knew I had to score well.

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Your Mental Crystal Ball Has More Power Than A Spreadsheet

We write them on a blackboard, in a journal, or on a napkin. Sometimes we memorize them, but mostly, we wonder how long it will take to accomplish them. It’s not always easy to know which of our goals have the highest priority, because when the mood strikes, everything can seem important …

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My Sister’s Journey Through Life Inspires Me to Embrace the World

Last year, my younger sister visited Peru with friends to make the trek to Machu Picchu. Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. I learned about my sister’s adventure only a few days before she left, which is typical of the way she likes to roll.

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Are You Giving Out the Wrong Signal?

Ever find yourself saying or doing things that send the wrong signal? It may not be intentional, but deep down, you know it’s not who you really are. Agreeing to attend an event, join a club, or organize a social function when none of those things interest you sends a conflicting message to others …

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Switch Your Life In A New Direction

I remember one particular Christmas from my youth when my brother received a train set. My father thought he was old enough, and building the layout would give them time to spend together …

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Getting Back in Sync

Have you ever felt out of sync with the universe? It’s the sense that something, or everything, isn’t quite right. You might feel edgy, or depressed, or unclear about yourself and the future …

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What Does Your Tomorrow Look Like?

Not an easy question to answer. Yesterday, you didn’t know what today would bring. Yet every day, we make decisions—choices—that will make our tomorrows better, worse, or leave them exactly the same …

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The Calm In the Storm

Recently, my husband and I were getting ready to return home after a weekend business trip. After packing our bags and loading the car for the drive, we decided to check out the free breakfast included with the hotel room. We found the basic “continental” selections—donuts, sweet rolls, and coffee—offered little in healthy choices …

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Look For the Thorn

We meet them every day—people who are unhappy, unfriendly, rude, and sometimes, downright mean. Approaching others from a perch of arrogance and entitlement, they view life with a dismal perspective, often living a distorted sense of reality. We tend to avoid these unpleasant souls …

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