The Storm

“We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some have yachts, some canoes, and some are drowning.” – Adapted quote by Damian Barr As I managed my own stress and anxiety, sometimes I do not show enough grace to others, and I can compare my burden to others.  On […] More

Concise Messages

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Blaise Pascal Sometimes it is easier to share a lot of words quickly, rather than to say something briefly but to the point with more meaning. Brevity forces us to cut ambiguity and conditional language. A concise message […] More

Opportunity

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein When I read this quote, I think about “Mushrooms”. You know where mushrooms grow, right? Sometimes we need to grow through a layer of CRAP before we really get to see the light of day. I am optimistic that everyday can be better if I chose […] More

The Right Direction

“The right direction in life is determined by choice, not chance. If you are going to pedal like crazy, make sure you are going in the right direction! ”- Tom Ziglar We can’t always anticipate what’s around every corner, but there are often signs telling us of things that will get in the way of […] More

Grace

  “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”- Paul Coelho I had hoped to swim out of the 2020 funk like an Olympic swimmer when the calendar flipped to a new year, but I may need to just “tread water”. This is still better than drowning! We need […] More

Positive Self Talk

“What would you attempt to do, if you knew you could not fail?” – Robert Schuller Have you noticed the little dare devils children can be, seemingly “fearless”? The possibilities are so much more attractive than considering the fall. Watching my son on his skateboard is both terrifying, as well as inspiring as he repeatedly […] More

Judgement

  “Do not judge others by your own standards, for everyone is making their way home, the way they know best.” – Leon Brown I have a secret… this Thanksgiving I went to Hawaii with my family for vacation. I was afraid to post a single photo on social media because of the judgement of […] More

Disagree without being Disagreeable

“You can disagree without being disagreeable.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg With the election results looming, this seemed like a fitting reminder for all of us. We do not need to agree, we don’t even need to debate, but we should try for a bit more civility. I don’t agree with most of my family on political […] More

Lifting Others Up

  “A rising tide lifts all boats.” -John F Kennedy This quote was shared with me after our last sponsor breakfast call, and I think it really speaks to our efforts surrounding case management week, managing COVID updates online, and postings about Fire resources this past month. When we all work together- every one of […] More

People Cry

“People cry, not because they’re weak. It’s because they’ve been strong for too long.” -Johnny Depp This weekend I had a minor (very, very minor) miscommunication with my husband about dinner, followed by my uncontrollable crying. Needless to say, he was confused! I wasn’t really crying over what was for dinner- as it may have […] More