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“Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.” Forrest Gump What’s your analogy for life? Is life a race to be won? Maybe a marathon to be endured? Or a rollercoaster ride to survive? How you see life, even sub-consciously, affects how you approach life. About eighteen months ago I signed up for a course by Gary John Bishop on called Stop Making Excuses. In the course he teaches that by the age of twenty-five we have all come to three conclusions: A Personal Conclusion: what we believe about ourself A Social Conclusion: what we believe about other people A Life Conclusion: what we believe about life These conclusions show up as...

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No one wants to admit to being lazy but putting things off has been in my nature for years. “I Can Do That Later” is my anthem. I’m not lazy though. Getting up at 4:30 am to drive one hour to an extremely difficult job, is not what a lazy person does. Working ten hours a day, then driving an hour home again, is not what a lazy person does. Logging in from home on Saturday, or driving into the office, is not what a lazy person does. Seriously, this is not how a lazy person behaves. Is it? I believe lazy is not who you are but how you behave. It’s part of your character. And it’s a difficult...

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I lost my momma when I was a little girl. She was 27 years, 11 months, and 13 days old. She was strong. She was courageous. She was nurturing and loving. Full of grace. She was an encourager... even when she was so sick. Her faith was active and unwavering... even in the face of death. Her example instilled and inspired a fierce faith in me. When my momma realized her battle on this earth was not going to have the outcome she hoped for, she somehow prepared me for her death. She spoke candidly with me about going to heaven and how I would see her there someday. She confidently shared that she wouldn't be sick anymore. And she...

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When I started my Oola journey, one of the first things I did was the Oola Wheel. I answered the questions for Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, and Friends. Then I came to Fun. I paused and took a serious look at that topic. For a long time I didn’t feel like I had fun or even knew how to have fun. Fun was for my children. Fun was for my single friends. I was too busy to have fun. Too busy taking care of kids, house, career, husband, yard…all the things. But maybe it was my definition of fun that was off. The Oola Affirmation for Fun is: I AM PURSUING THE JOYS OF LIFE The dictionary defines Fun as...

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I find it incredible how something as simple as a smile can impact the world. October 2nd is World Smile Day and it commemorates the commercial artist Harvey Ball and his creation of the iconic yellow circle smiley face. This well known symbol makes a statement about the power of smiling and is intended to demonstrate goodwill and good cheer. It’s now a common addition to our digital communications and numerous advertising campaigns. There’s an old saying: If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. This is a mindset I have had most of my life and is a concept I put into action in the 6th grade when I found myself called upon to be...

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