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Greatfull: What I Learned by Misspelling

I have created a word that helps me see a clear picture of what it means to live richly: GREATFULL Greatfull is my vision of a life full of greatness, achieved through learning the power of gratitude. Read that again – using gratitude to accomplish greatness. Can we learn how to harness gratitude as the primary fuel to live the life we choose; to live a great life? I learned this lesson over a cup of coffee. Normally, before going […]

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Risk Taking – Tips on Making Decisions

Life is full of influential moments, they happen everyday. There are fewer moments that define who we are. Even making the decision to NOT let a moment define you can, in turn, be a defining moment. These moments are etched into our story as a necessary part of our experience. Can you define your moments? For me, making the decision to move to Florida after college was one of those moments. In hindsight, it changed everything. I want to share […]

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A Blind Man Taught me About Vision

I’m not a fan of the dentist, at all. Before you label me as an anti-dentite, just hear me out. It’s not the dentist himself or his hygienist, it’s the process. My impatience meets people messing in my mouth and I get freaked out. Last week, that dreaded visit came. As I pulled into my parking space and jumped out of my car, I was admittedly focused on the fact that I didn’t want to be there. I took no care to engage in […]

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My Kid Has Two Hearts? A Twin Story

Someone recently asked me: “Do you have any advice for someone expecting twins?” The transcendence happened immediately. Rather than being the one asking for advice, now, I was the one giving it. Not that I assume I’m in a position to give any advice at all, but this is my attempt. For the first time, I stand on the other side and look back on our craziness. The last three years of my life rushing by in reverse, memories pouring in like water […]

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Wake Up

I pulled the following excerpt from my journal. It was from my first few weeks of college. I was homesick and miserable. I had just moved away from my family and was searching for life on my own. “I feel so far from life…I’m so in between and it’s confusing…I’m too old to be a teenager, I miss those days, but I’m past that now. I’m too young to be an adult…I don’t know if it’s the fear of being […]

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My Basketball Story – Dealing with Can’t

Michael Jordan and I have a similar story. Except the part about six NBA Championships. It’s hard to grow up in the Michael Jordan era and not love basketball, especially when you share the same hometown. However, Jordan’s basketball domination didn’t start in the spotlight. When he was a sophomore at Laney High School in Wilmington, he was cut from the team. “You can’t play” That moment became a the driving force behind one of the greatest champions sports will ever […]

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What I Learned From an 18-Year Old Version of Myself

Known for its rich history, the Bahamian island of Bimini has been a temporary home to such great influencers as Earnest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legends of the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth still linger in the salty Bahamian breeze as the culture speaks of its past. It was a mission trip with Young Life to this beautiful island that changed my life. I now know that this trip was the beginning of the story I am penning […]

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