Remembering Nelson Mandela

On Thursday, December 5th, the world lost a great man.  Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away, leaving a legacy of courage and strength.  Fighting against and dismantling the South African system of apartheid, Mandela led a nation, impacted the world, and provided inspiration for many along the way.   This Nobel Peace Prize laureate preached peace and reconciliation in spite of having been imprisoned for 27 years for fighting for what he believed in.

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Thursday Thanks: Thanksgiving Gatherings

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If there is one thing that I am thankful for is family. Thanksgiving is the major family get-together holiday. Many people love this time of year, while others hate it. Some folks are fortunate enough to have families that can come together and enjoy each others company, and then some are not so fortunate.  I’ve known folks where one section of the family doesn’t get along with the other, and it’s cause for a Thanksgiving filled with tension.
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Thursday Thanks: Extended Family

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The one thing I am thankful for is family.  Many people have certain criteria when it comes to who is considered to be a part of their family.  For some, it’s only immediate family, or only blood relatives, or those who married into their family.  For me, family is not just blood relatives or those related by marriage.  Having lived away from home for so long, family now includes the friends I’ve made along the way.  And for them, I am truly thankful. (more…)


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Hey You… 16 Year Old, Listen Up!

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Growing up, I learned a lot by trial and error.  There are so many things that I sometimes wish I could go back and do over.  A few years ago I decided that going forward, I would no longer have any regrets.  As a result, I’ve been taking more risks, doing what makes me happy, and enjoying every minute of it!  In the fourth installment of 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me, I am sharing today 10 things that I would tell my 16-year-old self if I could.

  1. You are perfect just the way you are.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way you look, so stop hiding.
  2. Enjoy your teenage years, this is the last time you’ll be bill-free.
  3. Don’t be afraid to take chances, you’ll never know the wonderful opportunities that await if you play it safe all the time.
  4. Don’t change who you are to accommodate other people and their insecurities.
  5. Don’t be in a rush to grow up. (See #2)
  6. If someone doesn’t like you for no apparent reason, it’s okay.  There’s probably something about you that they wish they had.
  7. Don’t be fooled by slick talkers who can quote bible scriptures at the drop of a hat.  The devil goes to church on Sunday too.
  8. Don’t allow fear to hinder you from reaching your goals.
  9. True friends aren’t going anywhere.  They’ll always be there for you, no matter how many miles separate you.
  10. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.  Just because they can’t doesn’t mean it applies to you.

What about you?  What would you tell your teenaged self if you could? 


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