Ripples

Continue the Ripple of Kindness

I recently received an email after one of my FOCUS emails from someone who signed-up at one of my workshops this summer. My FOCUS message was about the ripple effect of kindness and what I did to start my ripple. (In case you are wondering, I sent a greeting card with a gift certificate inside […]

Are You in Debt?

Over the last year, there has been a lot of talk about our spending habits and how we were living on credit and how that’s bad and five-step plans to get yourself out of debt and get the creditors off your backs and how to make sure you have a good mortgage and ways to […]

Dream Big Dreams, Take Small Steps

This is a guest post by @SamDavidson of CoolPeopleCare. Someone said (either Victor Hugo or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, depending upon where you look online) that small dreams aren’t worth dreaming because they have no ability to stir the hearts of others. I agree. Dreams (the kind you have when you’re awake) are fun. You […]

3 Cups of Tea, We Are Family

I’ve been wanting to read, Three Cups of Tea since I picked it up last Christmas and I finally was able to work it into my schedule and I’m glad I did. Tea is written by Greg Mortenson (the guy who the book is about) and David Oliver Relin, and the story begins when Mortenson […]

FOCUS: One Stream! (v2n21)

This Week’s Lesson You will never be truly happy and successful unless you do things for other people. -Less’s life lesson from Minot, North Dakota Richard’s Thoughts… Community service has often been called noble service. I started volunteering back in 1999 and now, ten years later things have changed. Not only can I volunteer in […]

We are One Stream

We live in one world. Just one. Oftentimes it however it seems we live in many and can only affect the world nearest us. We live in our neighborhoods, then communities, then cities, then states, then nations, then our continent and then the world. But alas, it is one world we live in. What I […]

Feel v. Believe

In life, you have a choice how you feel about things and what you believe. While I was campaigning for mayor of Mason City, one of my advisers had a tip for me when answering questions and sharing my vision. She said I couldn’t use the word “feel.” She said it is more powerful and […]