I’ve been reading through Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are.
Ann Voskamp experienced great tragedy that scarred her for most of her life. Later in life, as an adult with 6 children, a friend challenged her to write a list of 1,000 things she was grateful for; 1,000 things that had been gifted to her. Her book is the result of that challenge, the story of how her pursuit of gratefulness changed her life completely.
All of life is a rhythm. Seasons come and go; the sun rises every morning and sets every evening; children are born, grow old, and die.
Like the grand scheme of life, our individuals lives also have rhythms. We wake up every morning, go to bed every night. In between we’ll go to work, or study, or perhaps ferry kids around. It’s easy to get lost in the repetitive monotony of our day-to-day lives, to be drowning so thoroughly in our duties that we never have the energy to look beyond them.
There’s an anecdote that Adam Grant tells in his book Originals: How nonconformists move the world that I really enjoyed.
He recounted the story of Lewis Pugh, a long-distance and cold-water swimmer who swims to bring attention to the plight of vulnerable oceanic ecosystems.
I just finished reading a fantastic book – Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World, by Adam Grant.
Towards the end of the book, Grant describes an experiment that was conducted at Harvard Business School by professor Allison Brooks. She gave her students 2 minutes’ notice to perform a persuasive speech in front of a packed auditorium.
How good are you at rinsing your cottage cheese?
An odd expression to be sure, but one that I’ve found myself thinking about more and more often lately.
I recently went to the theater to see Hacksaw Ridge with my husband.
I should preface this article by saying that Hacksaw Ridge’s R rating is well-earned – gory, violent war scenes left me with my eyes closed for much of the movie.
However, the movie also held an extraordinary message that I absolutely loved.
This month’s story of significance comes from Ntiusha (pronounced in-tee-yu-sha) Chumanya, a high-schooler in Zambia, Africa. He tells us about his love of drawing
, his parents, life lessons, and how he altered his course to find a new path to his dreams. Read on for his full story!
My name is Ntiusha Chumanya, and I live in Zambia, Africa.
There are a few things that this time of year always makes me think of.
The flowers remind me of South Korea and the beautiful cherry blossoms that blanketed my city in the spring.
The fresh strawberries make me nostalgic for the day trips we used to make to self-pick strawberries in my elementary and middle school days.
And the coming of Easter always makes me think with anticipation of my family’s traditional celebration of Passover.
The air is warming, the flowers are blooming, and the stores are filled with chocolate rabbits and marshmallow peeps. That can only mean one thing – spring is here! I’m so looking forward to shedding all those extra layers and enjoying the weather before the sweltering southern summer comes upon us.
At the conference I recently attended, one of the speakers, Dan Christofferson, spent a good bit of time telling us about a museum he visited with his family during their vacation to Washington DC.
They decided to go to the Smithsonian Museum. Their first stop in the museum was the national portrait gallery.