Staying organized with a timer

Seriously! All I’ve ever needed is a timer? Once the clutter is gone;once the stuff has been taken to Goodwill, apparently 15 minutes a day with the help of your kids will keep it that way, FOREVER! Just set the timer and go! At least that’s what Mary says. We’re going to give it a…

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Climb uphill this year

I feel lucky to start the New Year in Colorado Springs, climbing The Incline with old friends. The steps go one mile up at a 45 degree angle, plus you’re climbing with the added challenge of altitude! The reward is the view and the accomplishment. So step out of your comfort zone this year and…

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Your year in review

This is the last Wednesday of 2011, another year in the history books. When I was in college I had a professor who said that World History is our country’s homework. If we learn from it, our future will be better. If we don’t, we’ll suffer the fate of the Roman Empire and crumble. He…

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The devil is in the details

This time of year, I think about the magic of the season; I think about how important life is; and, I think about how grateful I am for my family and friends. To me, Christmas is a holiday for all faiths. It’s about a Jewish baby who grows up to be a Jewish man who…

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What consumes you?

In the process of living through the ups and downs of life, we often get complacent. We’re so distracted by the routine of getting through the day that we forget about our goals, our mission, our dreams. If we don’t pay attention, tomorrow becomes “just another day”. Even when we’re surrounded by examples of people…

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Define your destiny

How do you define yourself? What’s the purpose of your life? What do you want to accomplish? In the business world, these questions are answered with a mission statement. For example, Disney’s mission is to “create happiness by providing the finest entertainment for people of all ages, everywhere”. Its how they define themselves. The mission…

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Build your franchise

It’s extremely rewarding for parents to watch their children succeed, especially when success comes from years of disciplined effort. But disciplined effort is only part of the equation. At 6’8″ plus, my 15 year old has the gift of height. He’s also been blessed with great coaches and mentors over the last four years who…

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Four ways to bullyproof your kids

I grew up with the rhyme: “Sticks and stone can break my bones but names will never hurt me.” We were taught that rhyme at a young age because kids are mean. However, the rhyme isn’t true. Names do hurt us and sometimes they hurt us more than the sticks and stones. Our schools do…

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Should Thanksgiving be about the big meal?

Once upon a time, the pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for helping them survive when food was scarce. They celebrated with a big meal, something rarely enjoyed. Today we continue the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving with a big meal. The average person consumes 4500 calories during that gluttonous experience. But why? Food is anything…

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Define yourself!

Please don’t become a great version of what someone else thinks you should be. Don’t get caught up in the mistakes or adversity of your past either. I’m living my life one mistake at a time and I’m proud of that. That’s not to say I’m proud of the mistakes but I wouldn’t be where…

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