‘Tis the season to be jolly

The Power of Gratitude

Yes, it’s Christmas time. Schools are preparing to close, people are scheduling their vacations, and the malls are full of people trying to buy the perfect gift. It is time for cheer, gifts and celebration.

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At school, everyone is buzzing around, humming Christmas songs. The air around school is filled with laughter and smiles. The faculty, staff and students begin to count the days until winter break. As our annual holiday party draws near, presents are wrapped and the spirit of giving is in the air.

Everything You Want in Life Requires Intentionality

The 7 Day Experiment: Day 7

Graduation is a very important day for students, families, friends and school personnel. It is recognition of success. Graduation validates our hard work and commitment. It is especially important for high school students.

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While some students enter high school focused on graduation, for most students it’s four years away and not on their radar. However, during the next four years it moves from the bottom of the list to first on list. Why do you think that happens?

Surprise People with How Much They Matter

The 7 Day Experiment: Day 6

Are birthdays important in your household? When I was young, my sisters and I would count down to our birthday. We would make a list and remind every one of the big day.

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As I have grown older, celebrating my birthday has taken a back seat to children, work, school, and the challenges of life.

Intentional Mealtime Conversation

The 7 Day Experiment: Day 5

When I was a little girl one of my favorite activities in the summer was making ice cream at my great grandparent’s house.

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The days were hot and we would run through the sprinklers giggling and laughing to cool off. When my great grandparents would announce we were going to make ice cream, we would scream and cheer!

Intentional Acts of Kindness

The 7 Day Experiment: Day 3

When our children were young, we would remind them to be nice to others. I would use the same quote my mother would say to me, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Of course, children will be children.

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As you can imagine, our five children didn’t always get along with each other. Unfortunately, they didn’t demonstrate many intentional acts of kindness. There were times when our children would say or do things to intentionally cause pain to their siblings.

Be the First to Help

The 7 Day Experiment: Day 2

I recently went to the doctor because I was suffering from a minor ailment. Now, before I go any further let me explain something; I don’t like going to the doctor.

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Since I raised five children and treated their many different aliments over the years, I believed I could treat myself. So as you can imagine, I was feeling pretty bad to make a doctor’s appointment, before my husband asked me to do so!

Serve Your Family First

The 7 Day Experiment: Day 1

When our children were young, we established routines to help our household run smoothly. As you can imagine, managing the schedules of five children and two working adults can be challenging.

Day 1 - Family PrioritiesOne phrase my children heard frequently was “do what you have to do first, and then you can do what you want.”

How to Attract Others to Your Purpose

4 Ways to Start Creating Your Significance Story

How to attract others to your purpose, by John C. Maxwell
~ Adapted from John C. Maxwell’s new book Intentional Living

Most people want to live a success story, and that’s a good thing. Success can bring you money, accomplishment, power and invaluable experiences. But success still falls short.

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Success alone cannot bring lasting happiness or deep fulfillment. Success, by itself, does not inspire others to remember and share your story long after you are gone.