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The Other Side of the Bridge – Did we all make it?

A personal story of self-care  We got an unexpected day off from school Thursday, thanks to winter storm #Hunter as it moved through Kansas. I decided it was time to spend some serious quality time on the t-shirt quilt I’m making for my oldest son, my marathoning Airman. I admit – I’ve been avoiding that …

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Minecraft Is My Happy Place

  Let’s be honest – we all have that “happy place” we go to in our minds when we’re stressed, scared, bored, super mad, or incredibly frustrated.  It’s our cool off – get your mind off your present circumstances – I’m going to be ok in a minute place that almost instantly calms us and …

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2Min2Coach: #2- It’s Not About You

The Why Coaching to me means anytime I'm mentoring, teaching, leading or coaching someone in order to help them attain the growth goals they have for themselves.  So if Rule #1 in Coaching is to Get Yourself Right First , then Rule #2 is about getting yourself out of the spotlight.  Coaching is NOT about YOU as …

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Could Arrogance Be the Dark Side of Experience?

Arrogance of assumptions has been popping up a lot in my world lately.  People assuming they know all the facts, know exactly who you are, or just assume what other people tell them is the absolute truth.   These folks are already finding answers before they’ve even asked a question.  What brings that on?  I’ve been …

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Do the Damn Job. Period.

Gotta give some credit here – Cristian Mihai over at  The Art of Blogging  got me inspired this week into “punch the damn keys”.  Thanks Cristian!  So here we go . . . . This school year has been a marathon with some bootcamp-style obstacle courses thrown in once in while, just to keep it interesting. …

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Why is Commitment so Hard!?

Data is the best thing to motivate and inform a person on what’s happening now, what needs to happen to get better, and to get a plan in place to set a target and hit it. However, the problem is not trying to figure out what to do; the problem is actually following through with it …

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MIA – The Update in Song Titles

I know - I’ve been MIA for over a month and yes, there’s an explanation.  As Allen Saunders said, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” and that has been exactly my story. Let me try to catch you up through the songs on my playlist that tell the tale since this …

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The Gut Check – Kirk vs. Gibbs

  If you spend even 5 minutes with me you probably pick up pretty quickly that I’m a total data nerd, maybe bordering on freak. I LOVE data and stats!! (Hey, somebody has to!)   I love it for the same reason I love Math – it doesn’t lie, not in its raw form. When people …

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Summertime Peace . . . year ‘round?

I’ve taken a wee break from just about . . . everything! The school year finally came to its official close, (I survived!) and now I’ve just been filling the “happiness bucket” that got emptied out over the past nine months. I’ve done some gardening, read a bunch of books that have nothing to do …

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Gratitude CAN be my New Attitude

Let’s be honest – there’s a lot to be negative about on any given day. Some of it’s legit and some is just invented drama that adds to the chaos and noise that seems to have become our new “normal”. We all have legitimate concerns – health, family, financial stability, safety, and just plain survival. …

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The Teacher’s High – Unicorns or Easter Eggs?

Most teachers know the feeling – that elusive mixture of pride, elation, joy, and surprise – when a student you’ve been working with for quite a while finally has the breakthrough. The light bulb goes on, the student has that look of “I’m doing it!” and all feels right with the world. It’s the Teacher’s …

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