A Good Life

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I grew up in Nebraska during a time when our state slogan was “Nebraska…The Good Life.”  No matter where you went, you would see this slogan on billboards and smattered around on a variety of tchotchkes and pamphlets intended to remind locals and visitors alike that a good life could be had by all in our great state.

It wasn’t until adulthood that I really started to question what makes up “a good life?”  And to be ...

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The Power of a Friend

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I’ve just returned home from the Grant County YMCA after doing 45 minutes in the pool with one on my friends.  We get up at an hour that is usually reserved for emergency services, shift workers and bakers and take ourselves to the local pool to work out our aging joints—oh, and our mouths.  We talk and laugh and share advice as we stretch, walk and swim through our workout.

I’ve traditionally been a more solo exercise individual—until now.  I am ...

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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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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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