#WishfulWednesday- A personal wish for conversations not condemnations

Yesterday, I logged onto Facebook mid-afternoon to see a barrage of bad news. ?Two Australian citizens put to death in Indonesia. ?A fight at the Supreme Court over the definition of marriage. ?Riots in Baltimore after a young man is fatally injured by police. I don’t need to give my political views on any of these. ?And ultimately, I’m not sure I have enough details/facts on any of them to even give a thorough opinion, so my personal Facebook status …

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My 5 Favorite Travel Experiences in Australia

I’m blessed to have traveled to Australia not one, not two, but THREE times! ?The first time was for my year as a Rotary Exchange student (and my first ever time in an airplane- yikes!), the second time was in 2006, and the third was in 2008. ?As my 4th trip to the Land Down Under approaches, I wanted to recap my 5 favorite experiences of my favorite place on earth. Driving the The Great Ocean Road, Victoria Probably the …

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Kids will be kids- a talk on character v. behavior

Last week we were at a friend?s house and Olen climbed up into a chair with his shoes on. ?He wasn?t trying to jump around, just literally get his body into the chair. ?I immediately told him to sit down and reminded him we never climb on any furniture with our shoes on. ?I was probably a little embarrassed when one of the ladies (who is 89 by the way) said to me, ?All kids do that. He?s just being …

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Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum. ?Located just outside of Newark, Ohio?and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy drive from Columbus or Zanesville, and a gem of Central Ohio. Our first experience at Dawes Arboretum was as a couple when we went on one of their night hikes. ?After Jackson was born, I would take him for walks in the stroller and sometimes meet up with a girlfriend for a long chat during our stroll. ?Once our family was …

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#WishfulWednesday- The “Oh Canada” edition

                                                      I shared in my Bucket List for 2015 that I have been wanting so badly to go to Canada. ?I think the country to our north won’t win a popularity contest amongst US travelers, but it definitely does among overseas travelers. Here are some places that I’d like to visit – and what …

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A Conversation about Retirement

I know that most of my readers are in the 25-39 crowd, but I think retirement, or our vision for retirement should really be in our minds from the onset of our careers.? While retirement can seem ions away, we should have have a conversation about retirement at the onset of adulthood. I know some people wake up everyday living for the paycheck, and others wake up everyday living for retirement.? From what I have encountered, the younger you are …

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The #3 Must-Do for Financial Success

I think most financial experts will tell you that 90% of success with money is really just behavior. ?You can make very little and leave something for the next generation if you are very wise about your spending and how you invest. ?Even my previous posts (here and here) were nothing about financial strategies but more about your overall outlook on life.   I heard this quote recently and it kind of wrecked me. ?Really, this quote about legacy could …

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The Destination Always Beats the Path

I’m currently sitting on the next to last row of a Southwest Airlines flight. ?Sometimes when flying domestically I wish I could look out the window and see below a “Welcome to Kansas” sign instead of seeing only?dry soil and lots of farmland and thinking, “Hmmm, Kansas?” Isn’t this true in life, we know the final destination, but we can’t see the path. ?As a believer in Christ, I know my destination is Heaven. ?But as far as the path-what …

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