Inspired by Get on Up

Everyone has a story to tell: The cashier at the grocery storeThe transient walking the streets with a backpackYour loved onesYour lonely AuntYour grumpy UncleYour neighborThe schoolteacherYour co-workerAnd all the supporting characters in your life Everybody is significant and everyone matters to someone – in one way, some ways, or all ways. Everyone has just … Continue reading Inspired by Get on Up

Beginnings & Endings

Why does it seem like our energy is spent focused on beginnings and not so much on endings? Is it because the start of something new is fresh and exciting? Is it because beginnings hold mystery, and the unknown heightens their excitement? Maybe. Let’s explore a couple of scenarios where the ending gets snubbed. New … Continue reading Beginnings & Endings

Making Memories

"God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December." James M. Barre “Making memories”, what a curious phrase. I see it captioned all over social media alongside pictures of enjoyable activities and family traditions. This obvious proclamation contradicts reality because we generally can’t predict which moments will go on to live in … Continue reading Making Memories

Homage to “Talladega”

Have you ever heard a song that instantly and mysteriously stirs your emotions like your morning coffee? The voice, the music, and mainly the lyrics of Talladega by Eric Church causes my throat to form a tender lump, only to be relieved with tears. I love the song but can only listen when I need … Continue reading Homage to “Talladega”

If Words Came Easy

If words came easy, “thank you” would be the first, but not the only, thing I’d say. If words came easy, I would ask to be included and not feel left out. If words came easy, I’d gently promote my accomplishments, so they no longer go unnoticed. If words came easy, your inspiration would be featured … Continue reading If Words Came Easy

Carol’s Blessings

“I’m never coming here on a Sunday again!” An older woman said to me as she made her way to her car in the Shoprite parking lot. I was getting a cart and being the courteous gal that I am, I acknowledged her and said ‘Oh, is it crowded in there?” “It’s terrible! A man … Continue reading Carol’s Blessings

Moment to Moment

As I was making a right turn into the TGI Friday’s parking lot, a silver car was about to make a left turn out of the same lot. Just before turning, the young man, with a pleasant, but determined face, looked in my direction, presumably to ensure that the coast was clear before proceeding with … Continue reading Moment to Moment

Motivation, In My Humble Opinion, It Matters

Does motivation matter? Motivation lets us know how to behave. It’s our why. Some of us are motivated extrinsically, inspired by other people or outside events (awards, achievement, peer pressure), and some of us are motivated intrinsically, inspired from within (need for acceptance, FOMO, need for respect). Either way, motivation keeps us moving forward and … Continue reading Motivation, In My Humble Opinion, It Matters