Reaching the Summit Together

Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams...we have become not just a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams...we have become not just a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

While I am not one to get all political and stuff, I wanted to highlight the “BEER SUMMIT” today. Now, no matter who you think was right, and what should have happened with this whole ordeal, in my opinion the beer summit is a teaching moment of how we can deal with things. When we work together, conflict often arises, how could it not? We are all different people, with different opinions, style, work ethic and values. But instead of taking conflict and letting it become ugly, or in this case uglier, taking a step back and maybe grabbing a drink with your coworker, or a friend, and taking a step back and seeing what you can do to change or how you can mitigate the situation, or seeing how you can best work together in the future, could be just what the bartender ordered.

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Mariah Carey vs Eminem needs to end!

The calm at your core fuels the fire of ambition.

The calm at your core fuels the fire of ambition.

I know they say imitation is the best form of flattery, but COME ON Mariah, enough Eminem, we are OVAH it!!!! This rift between these two music scions has been going on for years now, and frankly I am just bored of it. You are both talented musicians and have sold millions of records, and have seen unseen wealth, can’t you draw inspiration from somewhere else. While I hardly think these two are the best examples of learning life lessons from, I think it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone that we should find motivation for our work and our actions from the positive and not let competition be the thing that makes us create great things. Let’s focus on the good and the future on this Friday morning and not let rivalry and pettiness, get in the way of greatness.

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Look Ma No Hands

Fly high... higher than anyone thought you could!

Fly high... higher than anyone thought you could!

No I am not being totally tacky when describing Jessica Cox who decided to overcome her fear of flying by earning her sport pilot certification in October. Cox, who was born with no arms completed her certification says that she looked to her parents and other important people in her life for inspiration, and says” Instead of saying you can’t do something, I prefer the phrase I haven’t figured it out yet.” She also has a sense of humor about her situation, donning a t-shirt with the famous phrase, “ Look Ma No Hands.” How many times have we given up before even trying? How many times have we said, “I just can’t do it?” Jessica’s story should be an inspiration to us all, that with the right attitude and looking to others for support anything is possible.

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Setting the Bar High…

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.

Today marks the first of what I hope will be many features of motivational and inspirational moms. There are so many of you out there with incredible stories, of how you do it all, and how you get through each day with the toughest job on earth, caring for children. Whether you are an expecting mom, a working mom, a SAH mom, a grandmom and everything in between, this blog is for you. I want to share your stories and hopefully spread some inspiration, encouragement, and hopefully some laughter to all the moms out there…because god knows there are days when we ALL could use a little inspiration.

With that being said, I am so pleased to introduce you to our first MOM, Heather Spohr. I came across Heather, actually yesterday, when I was spending my day procrastinating and following the buzz around the Blogher convention on Twitter (bosses please don’t be reading this blog today). She has an incredible story, one that I have been reading for the past 24 hours, and one that inspired me to start writing this blog TODAY, after weeks of putting it off (wow, maybe procrastinating is more of a regular occurrence than I thought). Ok, enough about me, Heather who is a popular blogger and web personality was at the Blogher convention to speak about the unthinkable, the unexpected loss of her child Maddie. After a difficult pregnancy, Heather and her husband Mike welcomed a beautiful baby girl, who was their life. Heather chronicled every special, funny and memorable moment with Maddie on her blog, and gave us a glimpse in to her life as a mom. After, Maddie’s passing, when most of us would shut the world out, Heather has let the world in, and continues to shares her life, her pain, her process of grief, her commitment to supporting parents and babies in the NICU, and most importantly continues to share Maddie with us. Heather does this all with all with grace, candor and even humor. Heather’s courage is what makes her our pick for our first Motivational Mom profile. I encourage all of you to read her blog and see perseverance personified.

Are you a Motivational Mom? Or do you know one? If, so let us know , we want to share her story and her inspiration.

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Gotta Keep It Rowling…

With the new Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince) out in theaters I thought this was a perfect time to highlight JK Rowling a person who by any standard has a truly inspirational story. Before penning the now cult phenomenon series of Potter books, Rowling was a single mother living on welfare and had her books rejected time after time. But a resilient and determined Rowling managed to do what most of us dare not try, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a published author and as we all know reached astronomical levels of fame and fortune. So this afternoon think to yourself, what lifelong passion have you not pursued? What dream have you not tried to become reality? JK Rowling’s story should inspire each of us to try to attain some of those goals, go after those dreams and never give up

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