Thank you, teacher…

Thank you, teacher … you have guided me to grow.

Thank you, teacher … you have “seen” me and nurtured my unique soul.

Thank you, teacher … you showed me the way to my confidence.

Thank you, teacher … your classroom is my second home where I have felt safe.

Thank you, teacher … you have given me wings to fly.


Thank a teacher.

Two words. Simple. Powerful. Meaningful. Lasting.

Thank you.

Take me where I am at…

Today, I will take her where she is at … I won’t wonder why she made that decision or question her motivation.

Today, I will take him where he is at … I won’t conjure up a fake story to try and explain his actions.

Today, I will take her where she is at … I won’t argue just to try to prove I am “right.”

Today, I will take him where he is at … I will be filled with pure happiness for his accomplishment and not use my life as a comparison.

Today, I will take her where she is at … I will compliment how far she has come and recognize her struggles.

Today, I will take him where he is at … I will take a breath, walk away, and let it go.

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Today, I will take ME where I am at … I will laugh at my follies, take joy in my imperfections and know that I am enough.

Today, take me where I am at.

Lesson learned…

Strong female tribe…

My 10-year-old daughter ran a 10k this morning.

Let me state that another way….my 10-year-old daughter ran 6.2 miles this morning, which is the farthest she has ever run in her life. And she didn’t quit.

I did not accomplish this feat until I was well into my 30’s.

And I didn’t think she could do it. Sigh.

i had given her every reason to back out…it is hard…you have been sick…you haven’t trained for this…there won’t be many kids doing this.

Let me state this another way…these weren’t her reasons. These were my fears.

She wasn’t afraid. I was.

She knew she could do it. I didn’t.

She knew she was supported by a tribe of strong women out there. I forgot this.


Children have a remarkable ability to tune out fear. Somewhere along the road to adulthood, we lose this. We start telling a story of what we are not capable of doing (Hello FEAR!), and we forget that we are the universe.

My daughter had everything she needed inside of herself. My daughter also had everything she needed outside of herself…a strong female tribe supporting her today.


As she crossed the finish line this morning, and eagerly tossed back the bottle of water, my daughter said to me unprompted, “I am so proud of myself.”

Let me state this another way…lesson learned.

Plastic anyone?!?

Did I go for a walk, or did I save OUR earth? Both.

The above picture is the result of a 15-minute walk with my dog the other day near our home. We live quasi-country or as we like to say, “city-country.” We feel we have the best of both worlds by being just a little bit out but not too far away.

The fact that most of the bottles and cans that I picked up were beer containers…that is a conversation for another day.

But the volume of plastic that I shuffled home that day caused me to go, “Huh?!?!”

Fact is…the plastic bag that you receive in stores to carry home your purchases is used an average of 12 minutes, but it takes 1,000 years to decompose.

Fact is…about 500 million drinking straws are used daily in this country. They are a one-time use. They have a 200-year lifespan when you toss it out the window.

Fact is…91% of plastic isn’t recycled. Guess where it mostly ends up? OUR water.

I can save OUR earth everyday. I can say “NO” to a straw. Opt fora reusable cup or just drink from the open top.

I can save OUR earth everyday. I can say “NO” to a plastic bag. Carry your items or bring reusable bags to the store.

I can save OUR earth everyday. I can say “NO” to throwing my trash on the ground. Walk two more steps to the garbage or recycling container.

I can save OUR earth.

YOU can save OUR earth.

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Lean in

Today I want you to LEAN INTO what scares you.

Today I want you to LEAN INTO what you don’t know how to start.

Today I want you to LEAN INTO the uncomfortable feeling.

Today I want you to LEAN INTO what you have pushed away.

Today I want you to LEAN INTO your fear.


There will never be a perfect moment, a perfect setting, a perfect opening. You only have to start.

Go ahead…LEAN IN.

Aspire2Grow today!

What is your compass saying?

You have something in common with sea turtles. Can you guess?

Sea turtles have an excellent sense of direction. They can detect the magnetic field of the earth and use it to navigate through the water. They listen to their internal compass.

Do you?

You have an internal compass…that whisper…that gut feeling…that voice that prods and pokes. It reminds you of your passions, and it tries to steer you toward your purpose and path.

Follow your compass. Stand today in your own authentic self and be guided by that pull.

A sea turtle has everything it needs inside. So do YOU!

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Are you listening?

Not every problem needs a solution…sometimes problems just need to be let out into the air.

As I listened to the problems come forth from a loved one this week, my mind was immediately turning with solutions.

This is how you should feel.

This is how you should solve the problem.

This is how your need to move forward…

Pause.

A gentle reminder that he did not want a solution…he just wanted me to listen.

The listening space was far more useful and valuable than any solution I could possible offer.

Ask yourself today…

-Am I listening?

-Can my love be shared with a smile and nod, rather than words or a strategic plan?

-Is listening what I also need?  Don’t be afraid to ask for it.

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Wipe away the barriers to your success!

A brief story-

I was cleaning the bathroom the other day.  As I glanced in the mirror preparing to wipe away many month’s worth of grime and gross, it dawned on me that I hadn’t been seeing myself clearly for a very long time.  My daily time in front of that mirror was always clouded, never clear, and certainly not a true reflection of myself.

With extra time and way more elbow-grease than one should have to apply (it had been a long time!), I had a open visual field.  I smiled.  I liked what I saw…imperfections and all.  I was free and clear to see myself.

Apply this to life.

The barriers or self-created stories that we conjure about people, situations, work and life cloud our vision.  We have an opportunity each and every day to clean away the grime and gross and truly see our perfect selves.

Ask yourself these questions today:

-Can I see this situation from a different perspective?

-Can i rid myself of something or someone who does not help me to see a clear image or path?

-Are the stories i tell myself true?  Real? Or just a way to keep my fear of moving forward at bay?

Clean off your mirror today.  Check out this short video (by our creative manager Daryl Byklum) for inspiration.

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Fill up on LOVE

We fill up and add “things” to our lives.  We welcome in new items, self-help objects, technology, and “stuff” of all kinds.  We do this in the belief that these new objects will get us to where we need to be…happiness, success, more money, weight-loss, etc.

The opposite is true.

 

We need to REMOVE these items and objects to get us to where we need to go.

When you remove, you create more space – essentially for LOVE.

Love for yourself.

Love for others.

Love for life.

Love for nature.

 

Love for a higher being.

Love for family and friends.

 

Check out bentmaps.com and discover real-life stores of how one family choose to REMOVE the unnecessary “things” in life,  creating more space for love and allowing them to live the richest life possible.