Leadership and Mentoring

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I first learned about Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs over twenty years ago. I immediately was drawn to the concepts and excited to utilize them to understand people better. Basically, Maslow suggested that every person gets their needs met in a certain order. If the “lowest levels” of needs are not met, then

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I spent years lying to myself about who I was. These days, I’m shocked at the lies I used to believe. See if you recognize any of these lies: I’m not good enough I’m too ________ to enjoy that experience I don’t deserve ___________ It’s silly to try so hard to reach goals when I

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Last weekend, I drove “home” to my parents house. My mother had open heart surgery and was home from the hospital. I decided to go help out for a few days and headed there. About an hour outside of Portland, the air became very smoky. I began to be a bit concerned, because it was

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I am so excited to share 3 books with you that have helped me to achieve more. I especially love it when a book helps me put plans into action, make better decisions, or set amazing goals. These books can help you do just that. The Compound Effect After I read The Compound Effect several

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Have you ever noticed that the way you handle situations often seems to rub off on those around you? Several years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a growth mindset at a conference. I loved the concept in theory immediately. However, implementing a growth mindset takes time and practice. I learned that you

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“Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.” I often repeat this refrain to myself when things get difficult. Because if there is one thing that is certain, it is that tough times will happen to us. That is just part of life. Some days will be a bit difficult and some will be over the top

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Reflections on 4 Years of Co-op Leadership

As we have been transitioning out of our homeschool co-op, I have taken the time to think about and ponder what it has meant to myself and my children. I have also given a lot of thought to how it felt to serve and lead the group. I have pondered how I can improve in

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It is official. I recently resigned from our homeschool co-op board and let them know that we won’t be returning in the fall. It was with a lot of agonizing thought that we reached this decision as a family, but I am at peace. My children and I have had many positive educational experiences and

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When is a Weed Exactly What You Need?

For the last several years, I have learned a lot about herbs and herbal medicine. I am not an expert, but I’ve learned enough to use some of the medicinal herbs with a little bit of adeptness. One of my favorite herbs is comfrey. I have used it successfully on burns. A friend of mine

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Mother's Retreat

This past weekend was our annual mother’s retreat. This year we had 9 ladies up for the weekend, and we stayed in a small cabin in Karney Lakes, Idaho. The view from the cabin was fabulous, but the weather was a bit chilly and we did have some rain. However, we were good company for