A long, hard haul

It has been five years since Gabby Giffords, a U.S. congresswoman, was wounded by a gunshot that nearly killed her. During those five years, Giffords has hiked the Grand Canyon, gone skydiving, raced in a 40-mile bike ride and become an advocate for gun control. “It’s been a long, hard haul, but I’m getting better,” […]

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Play the long game

I wish I could lose the six pounds I gained between Thanksgiving and Christmas immediately. But it’s never that easy. You’ll never lose a pound a day, but you’ll win if you play the long game, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietician. “Think balanced nutrition, adequate sleep—seven to nine hours—and exercise.” Scritchfield was quoted in […]

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The remedy for your problems?

Here’s another quote from Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers. It’s just what I needed to read after the holidays when I’m trying to lose the six pounds I gained in between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Nidetch says: “Food is not your remedy for problems. Food is not going to change your life…. If […]

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Think first

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote at my local elementary school, where I mentor a student. A poster says, “Before you speak, think: Is it true? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind? And, of course, the words—true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind—spell THINK. –Joy

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Choice, not chance

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote during my monthly visit to Weight Watchers: “It’s choice, not chance that determines your destiny,” says Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers’ founder. –Joy

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Mediocre at housekeeping

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote while browsing at Barnes & Nobles: “I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty mediocre at housekeeping.” That inspiration about what’s most important comes from Anne Taintor’s 2016 engagement calendar. –Joy

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A resolution to have fun

We asked the preschool children in our Sunday School class if they had made any “goals” for the new year. The first three to raise their hands announced these resolutions: To ride a pony. To carve pumpkins. To play more video games. I was amused at first. Not a single child made a resolution to […]

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More wisdom from Cheryl Strayed

“This is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities,” says Cheryl Strayed in her new book Brave Enough. “You’ve earned the right to grow.”

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It’s not too late

“Time is not running out,” says Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, in her new book Brave Enough. “Your life is here and now. And the moment has arrived at which you’re finally ready to change.”

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Wisdom from Cheryl Strayed

“Inhabit the beauty that lives in your beastly body and strive to see the beauty in all the other beasts,” says Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, in her new book Brave Enough. I couldn’t resist buying the small green book filled with quotes from Strayed. I knew it would be good inspiration for the new […]

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