Siobhan Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Month: June 2017

The beauty of childhood

The school year is coming to a close and it’s time for talent shows and play days and graduations and vacations.  Although it’s a wild time, it reminds me of the beauty of childhood.  When anything is possible and squeezing the most fun out of each day is the way things roll. Continue reading

The high school football team

My brother, Seamus Kelleher, is an amazing high school drama teacher.  He writes original plays for his students and coached the high school football team for many years.  He recently shared a story with me about one of his students that was very inspiring. Continue reading

They took action

I saw a quote the other day that made me stop and think.  Business coach Brad Sugars said, “Right now someone far less qualified than you is living your dreams.  All because they didn’t just talk about it.  They took action.” Continue reading

The Treasure You Seek

This was a very exciting week.  As some of you know, I decided to publish a book in the year 2000 and made a goal of 100 rejection letters because Dr. Seuss got 43 for his first story.  To date I am at 32 rejections for various manuscripts.  Then on January 1, 2016 I started a weekly blog which gave me a reason to write consistently and I turned the first year of that blog into a book entitled The Treasure You Seek.   Continue reading

Anne Frank

Seventy-five years ago this week, a little girl turned 13 and her dad gave her a diary as a gift.  It was June 12, 1942.  And the girl was Anne Frank.

She wrote about her life as a teenager and all the things her family had to endure while hiding from the Nazis during World War II.  Sadly, the family was discovered and she died in 1945 at a concentration camp. Continue reading

You’ll get run over if you just sit there

Actor and social commentator Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Action is everything.  Take a small step each day.  And don’t be afraid to fail.   Continue reading

Fight for our freedom

Seventy three years ago this week was D-Day.  On June 6, 1944 allied troops landed on a beach in Normandy to fight for our freedom.  This was the beginning of the end of World War II.  There were 10,000 allied casualties that day including 4,414 who died. Continue reading

Life is what happens when you are making other plans

Life is what happens when you are making other plans.

All three of my kids are competitive Irish dancers and it takes up much of the oxygen in our lives.  As I’ve said before, I don’t pay for dance but for the life lessons it teaches including perseverance, dedication, getting up when you fall, and winning and losing with grace.  In a month, my two boys are registered to compete at the North American Irish Dance Championships in New Orleans.  Planes and hotels booked.  Practices and workshops on the calendar. Continue reading

It’s who you think you’re not

I saw an anonymous quote the other day that said, “It’s not who you are that holds you back.  It’s who you think you’re not.”

Who you think you’re not.

You might think you’re not smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, rich enough, connected enough, successful enough.

The thing is, you are.  You have all you need right now to make your wildest dreams come true.  You just need to take action.  Ask questions.  Be willing to fail.

You can spend your whole like thinking about what you want to do.  Or you can spend your whole life making it happen.

And the second option makes jumping out of bed in the morning a lot more exciting.

Will people think you’re crazy?  Some will.  Will people say no?  Many will.  But you only have one life.  Why not live it in a way that makes your heart sing?

As Mary Oliver once said, “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

You’re not the kind of person who can’t do anything.  You’re the kind of person who can.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until she died in 1901.  I heard a story about her recently that made me stop and think. Continue reading

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