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4 Things I Learned From 3 Olympic Sisters

The entire world is watching the Olympics. This is not breaking news. So I’m sure everyone and their dog has heard about the Dufour-Lapointe sisters who dominated in the freestyle moguls – two of them claiming gold and silver, and the third placing top 12.

Watching them compete mesmerized me.

Their strength of speed.
Their strength of technique.
Their strength of posture.

But no one could have prepared me for the inspiring words of Maxine. Her strength of character said this: “There’s no rivalry. It’s about values and how you support each other.”

Maxine reminded me that success is not about the pathway to perfection, it’s about the process of your progress. Someone give her a medal for THAT.

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28 Acts Of Love

Love is not just about feeling, it’s about choice.
It’s not just something you say, but something you do
It’s not just something you feel with emotion, but something you live with devotion
It’s not just something you practice at convenience, but something you purpose through commitment.

It’s February. The month of love. The appearance of love is everywhere. But is the depth?

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Why I’ve Chosen To Focus On Authentically Inspiring Others

A few weeks back a good friend of mine challenged his readers to identify a three word mantra to live by in 2014. Identifying mine came naturally as it’s something I’ve been doing the better half of this past year.

Authentically inspire others.

I realize I can’t hang out and go to movies with everyone who reads my blog, but what I can do is write about my experiences in a way that’s authentic; in a way that will make you feel like you’re not alone, and that we’re somehow going through life together.

If I can lead by example, and help a few people along the way, then I know my gifts are being used and that I’m doing the work that God has asked me to do.

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1 Year Commitment To Never Use “Busy” As An Excuse

The last year has been a blur. Living through sickness and death in some close friends, an evolving business, an active 2-year-old, a 4-year-old who talks non-stop, and a wife who has been purposeful in reshaping her career.

Life has taken a toll.

As a result, those close to me have hear a lot about my new friend, “busy.” Daily I use this friend as a crutch.

So my challenge this year is to spend one whole year never using “busy” as an excuse, so I can look carefully at how I walk while making the best use of the time.

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The Facebook Version of Our Lives Is Not The Real, Better or Only Version

If I went about my days with a pocket-sized mirror dangling in front of my face, I’m betting I would reflect way more expressions than just a smile. But these faces don’t make for very cute profile pictures now do they? Best foot forward, right?

But we must remember, there are two sides to every story.

Every FACE smiles and cries.
Every BOOK has conflict and a happily every after.

The Facebook version of our lives is not the real, better, or only version.

The imperfection of life IS what makes it perfect. The ebb and flow IS the beauty. The struggle IS what makes us stronger. The smiles, the tears, the good, the bad, the cute AND the crap are all equally important because you need both sides of the story to have a really great book.

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