This past weekend, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at a high school commencement ceremony. Below is the transcript of the speech. Enjoy and be inspired!
My toilet overflowed this morning. I’m not talking about a little bit of moisture around the edges of the bowl. It was absolutely flooding the room. By the time the water had been stopped, my bathroom and hallway were sitting in a quarter inch of water. A good part of the water had even been… Read More The lesson of the clogged toilet
The year after I finished my master’s degree was one of the hardest years of my life.
I recently found myself watching an episode of “Undercover Boss,” a TV show in which executives of huge companies go undercover as entry-level workers within their own organization to get an idea of their employees’ views of and experiences with the company.
I love writing. It’s always been rather therapeutic for me. My writing usually parallels pretty closely with my stress levels – the more I write, the less stressed I am. I have been writing for years. I’ve written in journals, submitted to online academic magazines and newsletters, posted notes on Facebook, created a year-long… Read More The only 2 types of real failure
Skiing is a popular pastime in mountainous areas. In the western United States, for example, or plenty of other areas worldwide as well, it’s not uncommon to meet people who own their own ski equipment and hit the slopes every other weekend. In Georgia, however, it’s not such a popular pastime. There are many Georgians… Read More A lesson in humility on the slopes of Colorado
I recently read an article by Jeff Goins encouraging writers to listen to critics of their work. Criticism, said Goins, is what helps us to grow and improve our craft as a writer. It is what molds and shapes us into even better versions of ourselves, if we are willing to listen to it with… Read More The life-changing tool that no one wants to use
Three years ago, I found myself bruised and battered and lying handcuffed to a hospital bed.
The fall and winter of 2015 were nothing short of manic for me and my husband. Between planning for a late September wedding, a plethora of birthdays and anniversaries, and making the three hour drive to see my folks no less than 3 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas, by the last week of the year… Read More Why you should run away
My birthday was last Sunday. I woke up with such anticipation. I was going to snuggle with my husband, have a nice breakfast with him, go to church together, and then have some friends over in the evening for a potluck and outing to go see the last bit of Christmas lights in downtown Atlanta.… Read More How to never be disappointed again