If I give you $5.00, will you be happy?

This question came from my seven-year-old son, as he watched me struggle with sad news about an old friend. My knee jerk reaction was to say, “no, of course it won’t,” but that would have been callous. To my son, five dollars was so much more than a monetary value. Five dollars was how he…

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A letter to my younger self

Introspection is single handedly one of the most power self-reflection tools we have. It costs us nothing, but ultimately earns us everything. When I reflect on my life, I often have moments of introspection followed by clarity. They are sometimes chased with regret and remorse, but those are two emotions I don’t shy away from.…

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Where were you when 9/11 happened?

I was sitting in my mother’s van, outside my high school, listening to the radio beside her. We both sat in silence, forgetting everything about the immediate world around us. Between tears, horror, extreme sorrow, and fear, we both left that van different. My mother drove away and went home to spend time calling those…

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When missed opportunities bite back

One Christmas season, well over a decade ago, I found myself working at a local Chapters Book store. The holiday rush and spirit was intoxicating, and as a book lover and writer, there was no better place to work. I was surrounded by bookies & coffee lovers – the combination was heaven sent. No task…

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When all else fails, do this

Productivity. A word that encapsulates so many opinions and experiences. How do you manage productivity? Are you a goal setter who can set a goal and do it without procrastination? Or are you someone who plans out every minute of your day to maximize productivity? Or are you like me, someone who occasionally flies by…

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A 2020 lesson worth its’ weight in gold

I think we can all collectively agree that 2020 has almost been a write off. Write off mentally, financially, emotionally, and physically. When I look back at the year, I spend more time scoffing and begrudging its’ existence than appreciating the positives that happened. Many positives did happen, but we are humans, and it can…

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How do you measure up?

“Why would I read this article? Who does she think she is? I’m way more experienced and qualified. Plus, I’ve never heard of her before. She won’t have anything valuable to say.” vs. “I’ll never have the courage to publish one of my articles for others to read. She’s so brave putting herself out there.…

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Sharing tragedy

When I started my copywriting business, I made a business plan. Part of that business plan was determining what I wrote about or what I was willing to write about for my own content. For those who might not know, along with being a writer, I am also a paramedic. The two careers work well…

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Why “embracing change” is toxic

Kudos to whoever makes these catch all terms that the general public absorbs without any hesitation or thought. They are poignant, powerful, catchy, and seem like great advice. But are they? Take the term, “embracing change.” There isn’t anything more pushy, overbearing, or high with expectations than to tell someone to simply embrace the change.…

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I’m still waiting

As a whole, we are not a thankless race. There are far more of us who give thanks than those who do not. When I do something for someone, I can boldface lie and state I do not need thanks, but as mentioned, that would be untrue. I need it. I want to hear that…

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