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Eating oranges

When company’s coming, I normally tidy up the house hurriedly, clearing up clutter quickly. Everything must find its home--James’ smelly socks sitting in the middle of the mudroom floor, Maggie’s tiny pile of clean laundry atop the dining table outside her room, the four coffee cups on the kitchen counter. Even if I don’t have… Continue reading Eating oranges

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Plenty to be grateful for

To call Kristi Gray my friend feels like a misnomer. We share more than one secret connection, and I know God has bound us together for the rest of our lives. I couldn't be more thankful for her. Kristi, you matter to me. When I first saw my friend Bethany’s request for people to submit… Continue reading Plenty to be grateful for

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A new vision

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” My spiritual mentor has told me this on numerous occasions. The saying proved true in my journey to finding my spiritual mentor, and it proved true when finding my career mentor, too. In 2005, I attended the Arkansas Association of Colleges and Employers conference. In addition… Continue reading A new vision

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Dear Rhonda

Dear Rhonda, Thank you for helping me find my house. I resisted liking that house since it was more my ex-husband's preference than mine. You might even say that I resented that darn house for a long, long time, actually. Slowly but surely, the longer I lived in it (particularly the longer I lived in it… Continue reading Dear Rhonda

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Being the dish

Giving back, paying it forward, passing it on. . .  these are concepts I live by—partly because other people have done these kind of good deeds for me and to me. A friend and mentor of mine once gave me her family’s tax refund to help pay for a mission trip overseas. Their donation funded… Continue reading Being the dish

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Give them their flowers

Today's beautiful post is written by Latresha Woodruff Johnson, one of the most encouraging people I know. Latresha, thank you for continually pointing me to God and reminding me that there is always hope in Him. My grandmother was named Jewel, and how fitting, because she always gave us little pearls of wisdom.  She also… Continue reading Give them their flowers

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Day 17: Chère Madame Douglas

*Day 17 comes to us from my friend, role model, and mentor Samantha Hartley, Founder/President of Enlightened Marketing. I'm thankful for her letter today and even more for her willingness to spend time with me and to share her insights and experience. Samantha, the answer to the question you ask in your letter is a… Continue reading Day 17: Chère Madame Douglas