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

Month: December 2021

The person I was

When I think back to December 31, 2019, I don’t recognize the person I was.

I had just signed a contract to get back into the corporate world, after spending 17 years freelancing and being CEO to my three kidlets.

I took for granted travelling when I wanted. The freedom to visit friends. And even the ability to see people’s faces.

Have a hundred years passed since then? Continue reading

The one thing

As 2021 comes to a close, I have been examining my life and what to do next. I’m reading The One Thing: The Suprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. They write that when Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten, the teachers told his mom that he would never be able to focus. But then they write, “Phelps became a person of selected discipline. From age 14 through the Beijing Olympics, Phelps trained seven days a week, 365 days a year. He figured that by training on Sundays he got a 52-training-day advantage on the competition. He spent up to six hours in the water each day.” Continue reading


As I approach my 49th birthday, I think the word for my next year will be courage. Courage to change. Courage to start fresh. Courage to accept. Courage to believe.

As French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on — it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” Continue reading

Santa Claus

There is a little town in Illinois called Santa Claus. Years ago, the town was called Santa Fe. But when the town tried to register a post office, the name Santa Fe was taken. So they called themselves Santa Claus.

They receive thousands of letters to Santa from all over the world each year. One of them included a key and the young letter-writer explained that they didn’t have a chimney so Santa would need to come in the front door on Christmas Eve. Continue reading

When the world stopped spinning

When the world stopped spinning due to COVID-19, all our Irish dance competitions did too. The North American Championships, the Worlds and all the local feises. The teachers quickly pivoted to Zoom classes and kids around the globe were doing their jigs and reels on little squares of plywood in basements and kitchens and hallways for many months.

So, it was great to see things start to return to ‘normal’ recently as competitions opened up again, with all the safety protocols in place. Continue reading

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