Hope In Unlikely Places

I believe in second chances. Well, not at first, there was a time when I’d give something a go and if it didn’t yield the result I wanted right away, I’d toss it aside. I’m flawed. Last week, for some reason, I was reminded of the time I tried to grow yellow roses in my […]

Hiding In Plain Sight

I was alarmed and a bit irritated. “Do you know why I stopped you, ma’am?” the officer prompted. “No,” my response was clipped, but I honestly had no clue. “What’s going on, Cece?” said a voice from overhead. I was driving home while engaged in a hands-free conversation with my mother. Her voice boomed through […]

A ‘Dream’ Not Deferred and A Chip Off the Old Block

“I’m getting tickets for the Atlanta Dream when the season restarts,” I say to my sons as we had lunch last Saturday. “The Atlanta who?” my 8-year old inquires with a hint of smugness and sarcasm in his voice. He’s quick-witted and a bit of a smarty pants, a chip off the old block. “The […]

Watching The Ocean Breathe

I saw this picture on a Google+ post the other day, and I keep going back to it because I loved the question posed: If you could sit on this bench and chat for 1 hour with anyone from the past or present who would it be? For me it wasn’t hard to decide, it […]

30 Rock Redux

“No one forgets the truth, they just get better at lying.” – Revolutionary Road There are nuggets of truth everywhere you look.  In innocent conversations with children, in watching elderly couples hold hands during their morning walk, in selfies (self-portraits), and even in the Starbucks drive-thru. Venti, non-fat, no foam, no water, 6 pumps, extra […]

Our Season of Silence

I’m teaching my children about gratitude. This has not been easy. Practicing gratitude during a season where they are consistently bombarded with images and messages telling them to ask for more has been challenging. That’s putting it mildly. It’s been downright impossible. There, I said it. I couldn’t quite nail it at first. It felt […]

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Yes! You Should Live Above Your Means

I’m learning a lot about patience, especially now since it’s harvest season. Now don’t get me wrong, the virtues of patience weren’t completely lost on me, I’ve gone through the motions of sowing and reaping before.  But then it was more about the result. I did something deliberately with the expectation that my hard work […]

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Purposeful Pause

Do you realize there’s value in experiencing drama in your life? My grandmother would call it a valley experience. When you encounter a life situation that takes you off your intended path, often it presents as an opportunity to learn something new about you or the world around you. Now, we don’t initially see it […]

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Regret Free Week

It’s so easy to have regrets about your past and worry about a future that is yet to unfold. The truth is the only way to be free of regret is to be fully present in the moment. It’s so human to think that we can manipulate time and events around us so that we […]

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One Small Step Forward

So I’ve been a little busy this month…writing. Below is an excerpt from the introduction of a book I’m writing. I’d be honored if you share your thoughts with me. Who do you think you are? Picture it: you and a group of friends are sitting around having dinner when one of them announces that […]