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3 Simple Strategies to Keep the Desire for Learning During the Summer

June 17th, 2020Posted by Madeline

The 2020 Pandemic has challenged you to rise to new levels of creativity and flexibility for you and your family. Many school districts have had their teachers in Zoom virtual classrooms teaching your school age children for 4 to 5 hours a day! Also, some parents have homeschooled their children to maintain a learning environment for […]

When You Emerge From Your Home, Will You See Your Shadow?

May 23rd, 2020Posted by Madeline

Most people are discovering a “new normal” and have changed habits and goals. While every day may seem like the movie Ground Hog Day, you can pull several excellent lessons from this 1993 classic.  The movie Ground Hog Day stars Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman and Andi MacDowell as Rita Hanson, news producer. Phil […]

How Blessings Pull You Through Difficult Times

April 14th, 2020Posted by Madeline

During difficult times do you count your blessings?  Start your day by remembering and writing down your blessings. Think of one person who has made a positive impact on your life and do something nice for them. Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I am thankful for a wonderful caring mother, grandmother, mother-in-law and Aunt […]

“Make Gratitude Your Attitude”

March 21st, 2020Posted by Madeline

Zig Ziglar said, “The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more things you’ll have to express gratitude for.” He also said, “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.” As a new high school violin student in the 11th grade, arriving in […]

Connecting from Protégé to Leader to Mentor

February 6th, 2020Posted by Madeline

We stand on the shoulders of our mentors. No matter what your occupation or interest; there have been people who have “taken you under their wing” to help you grow. When you begin something new, it is your mentor’s belief in you that keeps you going until your own belief in “you” kicks in. I […]

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