Rediscovering My Ground

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It’s been 19 months since our son had his stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia and yesterday he texted me:

“How am I alive? Was just reflecting on everything we have been through.  It’s crazy.”

I occasionally look at the photos and videos from that timeframe and frankly, I don’t know the answer to his question.  Some will want to invoke God’s will; some will recognize Will’s innate drive ...

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Giving Makes a Life

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Amy and I were sitting cross legged on the floor in my room.  You can probably picture the 70s shag carpeting and wooden carpet rake leaning up against the wall.  My Jenny Lind bed and wild modern purple swirl bedspread were the centerpiece of the room.  It was very cool to be 8 in the 1970s.

Our eight year old selves were deeply engrossed in our Barbie play and the Barbie camper was ...

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Ho-Ho Whoa!

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I don’t know if the rest of you live by silly group text messages or not but sometimes there’s a gem that just has to be shared. Our family has a “Family” group that we use to share funny things, logistics about who is where, travel status etc. It’s not really a conversation string—however, last week Isabelle sent out a serious S.O.S. to the family.

“we need to buy our Christmas presents NOW ...

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Creating a Community of Safety

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Last week I was in the chiropractor’s office hoping for some headache relief after a quick crack of the neck.  As I waited my turn in the waiting area, a young woman signed in and sat down.  The woman who entered the facility immediately after her signed in and came to sit across from her in a chair.  She asked the first woman, “Does he get mad like that a lot?  He was really mean towards ...

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Lean In

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You ever get stuck in a rut and after a while that rut feels uncomfortable enough that you want to break free?  I’m in one now in my personal life and it’s getting really uncomfortable.  Days feel monotonous and at times like you’re just going through the motions.  Things you set as rituals begin to feel less meaningful.  It’s the wash, rinse, repeat of life.

I’ve been here before and I know that ...

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When You Know Better, You Do Better

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A signature statement throughout all of Family Service Society is “when you know better, you do better.”  This is how we challenge ourselves to always be learning and improving.  Our continuous improvement path leads us to seek the best possible solutions for clients including those from Hands of Hope who are domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault victims and survivors.  Five years ago we set out to learn more about how to better serve this population as we could see ...

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Start with Why

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This week our organization hosted a virtual fundraising event and our keynote speaker, Lee Prosenjak, from Simon Sinek’s organization, led us through “Start with Why”.  This provided us with the opportunity to think more deeply about WHY we do what we do.  At Family Service Society, Ed Pereira put it best when he said, “We work because every child deserves to be guaranteed these five rights:

  1. To have sufficient food to eat
  2. A physical and emotionally safe place to live
  3. To have sufficient ...
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Every Action

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It starts with the micro-decisions.  Make your bed first thing in the morning or don’t.  Read or don’t.  Exercise or don’t.  Spend time with family and friends or don’t.  Each decision has an impact on who you are becoming.

James Clear was being interviewed recently about his book, Atomic Habits and said, “Every action you take is a vote for the person you wish to become.”

BAM!  Truth bomb.

I have been wanting to write a book for the last 18 months.  I’ve ...

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Reclaiming Time

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This morning I took my early morning coffee out onto the patio and savored the cool air, steam rising from my mug doing its swirling dance with the light breeze.  The pollinators were busy amongst the abundant squash flowers in the garden.  I found myself mesmerized by their efficiency and inspired to tackle my day with the same level of tenacity.  I began to plan my day.

I used to try and plan out every minute of the day.  I loved ...

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29,000 Days

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I’ve been doing some thinking.  Always erring on the positive and doing “Lisa Math”, let’s assume we each live for 29,000 days.  That’s 80 years.  Pretty good long life and 29,000 days seems like a lot, right?  To put in perspective how short this timeframe is, the earth has been around for approximately 4.5 billion years.  Oh, and did you know your chance of being born and reading this right now was 1 in 400 trillion?  So, those 29,000 days ...

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