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There is a time for everything and until we have qualified for the Olympics, I will be saying no to a lot of things for the first time in my life.  For a time, I must separate what I want from what I need in order to make my dreams come true. Below are the five things I need every day: 1. To spend time with God.  That may seem weird but think of it as yoga.  When you do yoga, you take time from your day to be present on your mat and sweat in the name of meaningful things.  When I spend time with God, I take time from my day to study the Bible and pray in the name of what I believe is the most Meaningful Thing.  Why do I do this?  Because of love, because I believe, because I become the person I long to be, because it...

I know it's happened to you before because it's happened to me before. You live through an experience.  You live through an experience with someone else.  However, the way you perceive the experience sounds different from the perception of the person you lived through the experience with. What the heck?!?! When someone's perception of your shared experience is different from your perception, you begin to wonder. You begin to wonder at the mystery of the fact that people see things differently.  And how so?  And why so? But you might also begin to wonder if one person sees it better, clearer, truer than the other. And this is discernment. Discernment: the ability to judge well. I have no words to describe how valuable it is. ...

Today, I discovered the unifying element of the things I love. WORDS. The words I hear.  When someone speaks the right words to me, it helps everything. The words I read.  My life has changed from the pages of a book. The words I sing.  Melody + words = heavenly experience. The words I write.  I love to share what I learn through writing. I love, love, love words. (12 hour flights--Beijing to Toronto-- yield simple yet amazing discoveries!)    ...

Two days ago I made a commitment to one of my coaches.  A vocal commitment.  You see, I know myself, and I know that when I commit to something vocally, it gives power to that commitment.  My word is my bond. But there was a problem. I committed verbally to something I couldn't guarantee.  And it was like Lady Wisdom needed to teach me a lesson because I broke the commitment within one day. I was mad at myself for a bit, but (because I'm growing up!) I paid more attention to the lesson that needed to be learned. When you look into someone's eyes and commit to something, make sure it's in your power to control. Certain things we definitely can commit to.  Other things, we cannot. For example, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I can commit to not eating a delectable slice of Rockaberry's apple pie (heated up, with vanilla...

I just finished watching Country Strong and mannn, it was great. It was so human--that's what I appreciated the most.  It didn't really have a thorough story structure with a protagonist overcoming conflict to achieve a goal.  But it portrayed the mess of marriage and love affairs, of addiction, of baggage, of talent, of fame, of pain.  It was all there. A main message in the film was that you cannot have fame and love. This message got me thinking. I am trying to unwrap what Kelly, the country music star of the film, meant when she said it.  I wonder if it's that we chase fame when we don't get the love we need.  Fame becomes a placebo, yet the road to realizing it doesn't work the way love does mars us and sometimes even incapacitates us from loving and being loved.  It can actually do the opposite of our heart's true desire....

We arrived safe in China. We sat on the hotel lobby floor, thousands of miles from home, waiting to get our room keys.  Gracefully and casually, a Chinese girl walks by and sits down at the grand piano to our left.  She opens her music book and begins playing music for us.  Beautiful music.  Music that awakens me from the lethargy of long flights. I look at her, with her cute shoes and head-band, and wonder what it took for our worlds to collide in that moment in that hotel lobby in Tianjin, China. The answer I found for myself was simple yet somehow mysterious and magical. Hours in the pool and hours at the piano created this intersection of lives. Worlds so far apart became worlds two meters apart because of some talent, some hard work and a lot of acquired skill....