With Just a Smile

It’s often been said that you can change a life with just a smile. We may never know how our actions impact those around us, be it within our family, co-worker, or even a stranger. The ripple effects of giving a simple, genuine smile touches, not just the person that you smile at, but it…

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What’s Your Label?

Here’s My Label I want to be authentic and real with you. I’ve placed a label on myself for most of my adult life. I perceived myself to be uneducated, in the academic sense. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve owned successful businesses; I’ve been a leader in business and community; I’m a dramatist, inspirational…

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Why, When Cookies Crumble

I initially wasn’t quite sure what I wanted my next book to be about. It wasn’t until I saw a clip by Paul McCartney, and something he said piqued my interest. He spoke about why he wrote the song, Let it Be. In essence, it was about not needing to know all the answers, and…

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Just Say Yes

We’ve heard, “Just Say No,” a thousand times. No, to things that can harm us. No, when being asked to volunteer when our plate is already full, as we’ve learned our limits and acknowledge that sometimes the word no is necessary and warranted. Have you ever considered saying Yes Yes is a powerful word. It’s…

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Joyful Giving

Have you ever had anyone in your life that is a giver? You know, that kind of person that brings you the proverbial chicken soup when you’re not feeling well. That friend in your life that wants to buy you that item that you loved in the store, but didn’t want to spend the money,…

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Dream Fulfillers

Years ago, my husband wanted a motorcycle; he’d talked about it often, but he honored my wishes to not own one. You see, I worried too much for his safety, and we had small children to raise together. I’d see his eyes light up when one would go by; I knew he was picturing the…

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Dream Instillers

Jealousy of others can be a dream killer, but the reverse is also true. When we are jealous of others, we set ourselves back by comparison, and not living up to our own expectations. Competitors can be your friends. It’s a paradigm shift of sorts where instead of resenting their success, embrace it and learn…

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Dream Killers

Please don’t be like this Life is hard enough, don’t you think? But, have you ever had a dream of doing something and the second that you get the courage to bring it up with your friends and family, it’s brushed aside as if it were silly, unattainable, impractical, too costly, and the list goes…

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Why, Hope from Daffodils:

I didn’t set out to write a book about the meaning of a flower—the story did that. What I discovered is the meaning of the daffodil: a new beginning. Sophie Anderson, the main character, is a florist who suffers a great loss. The love of her life unexpectedly dies, and she is faced with a…

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Embracing Hope

Waking Up to a New Beginning: It isn’t often that I beat myself up. Who am I kidding, I beat myself up all the time! Sure, I know I’m not perfect or some kind of wonder woman, but it would be nice if I could just accomplish what I’d set out to do for the…

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