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The Dream is Worth the Investment

February 4, 2015
My Seattle Seahawks were almost there...just 36 inches and mere seconds away from a consecutive victory at Sunday's XLIX Super Bowl. But almost wasn't good enough. To put it simply, one bad offensive decision from the Seahawks and the New England Patriots danced away with the Lombardi trophy and that's the end of that for this year in the NFL.
Coach Pete Carroll's face summed it up pretty well.

But like I said in my last post, as passionately as I felt about wanting this win for my team, it's only a game, and I recovered am in progressive fan recovery LOL along with zillions of other fans. 

More importantly, I'm continuing to play for much higher stakes in my personal Super Bowl pursuit. I'm making decisions every day of every week of every month of every year that are taking me to my playoffs so I can win the prize I'm aiming for. 

We all have dreams, and dreams are worth the investment it takes to get us there. If the dream is in your heart, you will find the time and the resources necessary, somehow, some way to move yourself forward to the goal. 

I didn't say we all have 'wishes' because wishes aren't necessarily the same as dreams. Wishes can be fleeting fits of fancy..."oh I wish I had an In 'n Out burger, oh I wish I could go to Hawaii, oh I wish I had more money," but a DREAM is seated deeply within your heart and gut and spirit, driving you daily, driving you CRAZY until you achieve it, compelling you to choose between this or that, urging you forward to make the sacrifice, do the research, find the money, skip the excessive Facebook time, turn off the phone, sweat, give yourself to it, and like Nike says, Just Do It!

I've been digging through and organizing boxes full of files as I continue to write more books and articles. I'm a save-that-paper freak about things and as I bump into particular documents I'm reminded of my journey, my race, my battle to WIN the past three-plus decades! I'm reminded of the dreams, the sacrifices, the commitments that were worth every ounce of my strength and every hour of my day to get me and my family where I saw us going.



When you're in the process of pursuit, you don't often have the benefit of personal trainers, life coaches, money rolling in or fans cheering you on. You may not even have goosebumps. It is mostly just You. Your quiet faith. Your silent dream. And if you're lucky, someone walking with you who shares your dream. 

Just because you walk alone, doesn't mean your dream is not legitimate or worthwhile. Your dream is worth the time and effort it will take to get you there.
Don't stop dreaming.
Dream big but start small.

[Oh, and don't forget the jeering voices of doubt. Silent, imagined or real. They will always be there if you have a worthy dream.]

Until next time, keep the dream alive!



 

My Super Bowl

February 1, 2015

I sat on my couch, watching the big game unfold on my 50 inch screen and with each play I not only sunk deeper into the cushions, but a sinking (or shall I say ‘stinking’?!) sense of doom began to fill the room…and my heart. 


This was the final playoff game of the National Football League season between the Green Bay Packers and my home team, the Seattle Seahawks. The hoopla was deafening, electric anticipation had built with each subsequent game, week-by-week throughout the football s...


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How to train your budding little athlete...

May 4, 2014
It's that time of year again when city parks will be teeming with hoards of little people in matching uniforms, along with tired dads and moms hauling bags of bats, bases, and water bottles early Saturday mornings. Clusters of shouting parents will be found vying for the trophies...these thoughts conjure memories of years gone by for so many of us. It seemed like a good time to share this (somewhat controversial) article I came across a few months back.

I live quite happily with lots of men, a...

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It pays to listen to your husband.

May 2, 2014
"Why?" you ask.

I've had many seasons when I sketched out my weekly or 2-weekly meal plan. It was effective. But for the past couple of years, I've been in the midst of a lot of activity and transition (not unusual for me LOL, but somehow it increased!) and this habit went to the wayside.

I began to shop somewhat haphazardly, grabbing stuff I liked, shopping the aisles by memory, buying what I 'knew' (or intended) I would use, and relying on my favorite habitual recipes and the cow I have in t...
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If MY man loves this lentil soup...it's good!

May 2, 2014
So in my last post, I gave you some tips to save on groceries - the single largest expenditure I make on a monthly basis! It can get a girl down when she happens to be a foodie and watches the numbers tally at the end of a long day of planning, driving, shopping, deciding, fighting for aisle space at Trader Joes, yada yada... 

Anyhoo-when I scavenged my cupboards and fridge and freezer to create my week's worth of meal plans BEFORE I hit TJs last week, it changed EVERYTHING. (which I shall enl...
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Grocery prices gotcha down? No worries....here's HELP!

May 1, 2014
Confirmed today. Food prices are SOARING. My best tips: 

1. Don't waste a morsel. Take inventory of your cupboards, fridge and freezer, and create something out of what's already sitting there. Get online and in your recipe box to jog your memory of recipes. I did that today, then cooked it up: a Mexican lentil soup and a chicken-mushroom-spinach-fresh basil dish with a sour cream sauce over gluten-free pasta. SO yum and almost free because I used what I had on hand that could have gone to was...
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I'm back, and delighted to say....

March 26, 2014
THE NOC STUDY GUIDE HAS ARRIVED! This handy manual has been a work in progress over the last year, and I must say, she's a dandy! My editor for No Ordinary Child: Unlocking the Leader Within Your Child, Gwen Ellis, formerly with Focus on The Family, had her gifted hands on this project as well, and I think you'll agree, it's been worth the wait!

Loving parents have everything they need to parent successfully...but so many haven't yet realized it! My passion is to empower dads, moms, foster par...
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Friends, thank you for your patience with my production! Stay tuned for updates...

April 10, 2013

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Mama, think again.

March 13, 2013

I’ve been pondering (Yeah, I know. I do that a lot...) my five sons. I’ve just happened to have had some significant exchanges with each of them lately, and was reminded of their unique and diverse God-given strengths and gifts.


Honestly...as I sit here at my desk even now, listening to some of the music they’ve produced, I’m in awe of the genius in each of them. It’s not just musical entertainment. It’s intelligent thought, heart, and soul ordered in such a way as to grab our at...


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Diffusing bombs.

February 28, 2013
As I busily ran in and out of our parking garage, squirreling away items in our mini-storage and checking on my car battery that had been dead the night before, I glanced at the clock and realized it was time to go! I hadn’t played tennis in 3 weeks and I didn’t want to be late.

Usually, every noise is amplified in the cavernous garage space. The repetitive creak of the rolling entry door, the hum of car engines, etc., warn of ‘incoming’... but this time, I didn’t for the life of me ...
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