Thoughts on failure

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”  Maya Angelou I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately.  It’s so easy to…

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Empowering our daughters to be who they truly are even when society says something else

Being a mother means constantly having your heartbroken at the same time as it’s being filled to the brim with so much love for your child.  Every day we are bombarded with messages about who to be.  As adults, we do better at filtering through those messages (although not always perfectly), but our daughters need…

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What really happens when you lose your mother – a look at loss from a daughter’s perspective

I’ll never forget the day.  It was early April.  And it had begun to snow (which, in Minnesota, was a little late though not improbable).  I was tending to my children, being a mother to them, when my sister came to get me.  I remember running through the hospital corridor.  I needed to confirm the…

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Living an authentic life

For the past few years, one of my goals has been to live an authentic life. That’s one goal I seem to always have. But I’ve never really been sure of what it means to be authentic. In all my soul-searching trying to discover who I truly am, I’ve only been left with more questions.…

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