Category Archives: Things I wish I would have known when I was 15.

The best example of what a real alpha male should be

During a long overdue family vacation last week, my daughter and I were walking up a steep hill back to our vehicle. We had been boating all day and would be returning the next, so we left my sister’s boat … Continue reading

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Where is your focus?

‘The world in which we live can be dark and very cruel at times, but joy can still be found. It’s not always easy to see. Let’s face it, everything wrong in this world sticks out like a soar thumb, … Continue reading

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Second Chances

Over the years I’ve learned the importance of giving people second chances. Not every second chance has ended up in friendship but more often than not my first impression of that person has been altered. So I’m constantly counseling my … Continue reading

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The truth most teenagers don’t realize

Over the years I’ve been to many youth campouts. These campouts have happened in different states–sometimes with only girls and sometimes with mix company–but without fail there is always at least one defiant youth who doesn’t want to follow the … Continue reading

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What is so hard? It’s just a “date.”

This week my daughter was asked on her first date, not “hey, how about we hangout at somebody’s house,” but a real date. She was beyond excited, so excited she straightened her hair even though they would be going paddle … Continue reading

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Stubbornness for the sake of stubbornness

Refusing to follow the crowd isn’t always a bad thing, especially if you can see the crowd is about to go off a cliff. However, being stubborn just for the sake of being stubborn isn’t smart either. This weekend we … Continue reading

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Even hard work won’t get you everything you want

The brutal truth about life is sometimes you’ll never win. My daughter learned this truth last week, and it broke my heart. She’s been trying to get on the competing ballroom team at her high school for three years now. … Continue reading

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George Orwell’s 1984

Teachers, just like all people, aren’t perfect, but I love it when they understand the importance of letting a child discover for themselves. Recently, my daughter came home with George Orwell’s 1984 novel. I walked upstairs and saw her reading … Continue reading

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Be careful how you talk about others

Everyone makes mistakes, everyone at one time or another has let someone down. But both the wronged and the perpetrator in every instance have an opportunity to take these moments and turn them into something positive. If you are the … Continue reading

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The power of choice

I don’t know about you, but I’m surprised at how social media has become an never-ending experience of walking on eggshells for some. Heaven forbid you don’t agree with every single person your friends with. I hate to break it … Continue reading

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