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Happy Easter

Christ is risen! May the grace of God go with you today as we begin this Easter season together, celebrating His resurrection. All of creation rejoices in a reflection of the new birth He has promised to those who believe in Him and are faithful to the end.

Postaday: Generations

Today’s daily prompt is “Generation“. I’m the child of Baby Boomers and when my parents talked about remembering where they were when JFK was assassinated, it didn’t resonate with me how one moment could imprint itself so indelibly upon the mind and soul as to never be forgotten. My grandparents spoke of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in that same context. These were both historical moments that deeply impacted our nation and left no-one untouched, save perhaps the generations that followed, the ones that didn’t live through it. And then came 9/11. There’s a new generation growing up, teenagers now, that didn’t witness 9/11. In a few years, they’ll be graduating high school and in time, they’ll be the ones making decisions and leading our country. It’s hard for me to imagine, having lived through the horrific events of that tragic day, how it could be possible that anyone did not live during that period, and I realize, I have switched perspectives. Now, I understand my parents and my grandparents, and to an extent, the generations …

Good is the enemy of best

Author’s note: When I have appropriate content, I’m going to be trying to post on Tuesdays about my favorite tea I’m drinking and about subjects that I am finding worth discussing — whatever is topical at the moment, or maybe a life lesson that I’ve recently come to learn.   I’m definitely not trying to be preachy with any of this but I do believe in lifelong learning and so, wanted to use this platform to share some of my experiences with you all. If it helps one person, it’s worth it. Did you ever try out for a sport you thought you might be good at and discovered it wasn’t really your thing?  Growing up, I was rarely in the same school for two years straight and I remember trying out for various sports at the urging of my parents: Gymnastics. Soccer. Cheerleading. Basketball. Football. I actually did okay in gymnastics, if a bit too chubby in build, and that somehow gave folks the idea that I was athletic (ha!). But, as the post …

Lauren's List (New Feature!)

Lauren’s List is inspired by digest and lifestyle posts.  I ♥ lists! This periodic meme is my opportunity to talk about what’s going in my life lately and highlights what I’m currently digging or find inspiring. Hey guys, I’m starting a new feature on my blog called “Lauren’s List” which I’d like to try to publish at least bi-weekly, possibly more frequently depending on how much time I have available. Anybody who knows me knows I ♥ lists. I’ve always got one going — usually several!  What kind? Well, what I want to read, listen to, watch, to-do’s, what’s inspiring me, and much, much more! I’ve been inspired in the past by weekend digest posts like In My Mailbox, Showcase Sunday, The Sunday Post, and lifestyle update posts like Sitting at Starbucks, but I wanted to try to come up with a meme that represents me. (Apologies if you’re a blogger named Lauren and already have some sort of list — I don’t claim exclusive ownership to the name, but yay you! We’re twins!) So in these occasional posts, I’d like …

2014 Year-End Review (Overview)

 For the past few years, I’ve been an avid follower of Chris Guillebeau’s blog and probably more interested in his annual reviews than in some of his travel adventures. I first heard about the concept of doing regular reviews from Michael Hyatt, who has a few great posts on weekly reviews and quarterly reviews. If you’re a spreadsheet kind of girl, I recommend both Chris and Michael’s spreadsheets on time management (Chris: annual review tool), Michael: annual time block tool). Thinking ahead to the possibility of doing a review on my own website, I asked friends/followers on social media whether they’d like to see more transparency/vulnerability from bloggers and the answer was a resounding “Yes”. I’ve spent a few weeks pondering everything that’s happened this past year and I’ve decided to break my ‘Year-End Review’ into two posts — a “Writer’s Edition” and a “Reader’s Edition”. Check this space later this week for both posts — if the writing edition gets to be too long, I may break it into multiple posts (we’ll see!). Have a great …

What I Learned From Ben Stiller (as Walter Mitty) About Life

Name your favorite Ben Stiller movie. That Zoolander movie? Classic. That’s one of my favorites. Ben Stiller is a pretty funny guy. Recently a copy of one of his newer films, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, passed through my hands. I missed the original version but thought I’d give this remake a try. A quick sum-up of the plot for those of you unfamiliar with the original or the remake: Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a quiet guy who has a big imagination and an office job who’s never really been anywhere or done anything. When his job is threatened, he has to take extraordinary measures/lengths to try to save his job, opening him up to the world beyond the corporate world. And there’s a romantic thread too. What surprised me most about the film was that it took me to a place beyond a romantic comedy and touched me as a person, and as a writer.