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Never Too Late to Bloom

When I was getting ready to go off to college and deciding what to study, I found myself torn between the two things that most interested me. As a young child, I loved building houses for my Liddle Kiddles out of shoe boxes and odds and ends. When I got a bit older I bought a subscription to Metropolitan Home and began dreaming of unique and elaborate houses. I spent hours imagining myself as an architect, drawing floor plans of the houses that were in my head. The other thing I really enjoyed...

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Blending of Diversity: A Life Lesson from Coffee

One of the (many) things I love about my husband Ben is his enthusiasm for coffee.    Since meeting him, my knowledge and appreciation for coffee has grown greatly.    Gone are the days of medium Dunkin Donuts with French Vanilla cream!  Gone are the days of sipping cup after cup of diner coffee, blissfully unaware of how terrible it was!  No, Ben opened my eyes to really good coffee and there’s no turning back. Most people won’t give much thought to their coffee other than the taste of the final...

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The No Make-Up Day

I had a birthday recently—my 56th. Not a milestone. No zero in it. Not at all traumatic—even though I am now officially closer to 60 than 50.   All-in-all, it was a fine birthday. Celebrating another year of my life reminded me of something kind of funny that happened to me a few months ago . . . It was a rainy day. Shopping was on my agenda—the kind of shopping that would have me in and out of the car all day. I got up, got dressed, styled my hair then got sidetracked by little tasks around the...

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Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride

Within the past nine months, I received two speeding tickets on the roadway near my home.   It infuriated me, not only because of the hefty fine, but also because they forced me to drive more slowly. Those that know me will tell you that I am a stickler for efficiency, focusing on the quickest way to get things done.   I evaluate the order of how I will do things to make sure that no time is wasted.  I’ll load the laundry into the washer, then pop the chicken in the oven for dinner, then focus...

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The Reality of Escapism

This week, Kathryn is taking a break to celebrate her birthday, so we are happy to introduce a new guest blogger, Amy Wilson.  Enjoy! The Reality of Escapism, written by Amy Wilson  Recently my toddler son and I fell sick. For 3 days, not much happened at our apartment but couch sitting, nap taking and movie watching. Needless to say, self-care, such has hair brushing, fell by the wayside. Each morning I just threw my hair into a bun. By Friday, I noticed quite a large knot had formed in the hair...

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Stamina: The Key to Success

The other day, I was driving in my car humming and bopping along to the song The Greatest Alive by Sia. As I sat at a red light, one word stuck out to me: stamina. Oh-oh, I got stamina, oh-oh, I got stamina.  Don’t give up, won’t give up, no no no. Until that moment, it was just another pop song on the radio to me, but I then realized the empowering message behind it.  I already liked Sia, but I gained more respect for her that day. She first intrigued me with her appearances in face-covering...

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Then Bake Me a Cake

I’ve been thinking a lot about a story my mother used to tell me. She told it to me often enough that she must have thought it was important—that it might be of value to me in the future. Although it didn’t involve people she knew personally, she seemed to believe it was a true story. This is how it goes: A woman sat nervously across from her husband as he was drinking his morning coffee. She gathered her courage and quickly said, “I don’t love you anymore.” She watched him intently as she waited...

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Pearls: The Treasure of Our Adversity

Over the holidays, I had the pleasure of spending a lazy morning with my father-in-law, augmented with craft coffee and good conversation. For three generations, his family ran a seafood store, which serviced the Boyertown PA community. The store is no longer in business, but it’s fun to listen to him reminisce about the ‘regulars’. One of my favorites is Mary Monk, who earned her nickname from frequent monkfish orders.  Instead of leaving after paying, she would linger to spread the news of the...

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A Journey Continues

About six months ago I wrote a story entitled A Journey Begins.* If you read it you may remember that I lost my temper with a neighbor and had to face the fact that I had some big anger issues. The soul searching that followed made me realize I needed professional help to find out why I was so angry and what I could do to feel less so. I had just begun counseling when I wrote that story; today I’ll share an update on my progress so far. I feel incredibly grateful to have been matched with my counselor,...

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4 Simple Tips to Overcome Your Fear

At College Plus, when we interview potential students, we ask them what they feel their biggest challenge will be in school. Many times they’ll express nervousness about being new and not knowing what to expect in the college environment. When they do confess it, oftentimes sheepishly, I tell the student that it’s very common to feel that way and reassure them that we are there to help them through it. It makes me wonder, though, how many people are stopped right in their tracks when they come...

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