Inspiration Corner, Personal Growth

5 Life Changing YA Books to Accelerate Your Growth

Do the words "young adult book" make you cringe? That's always been my immediate reaction. "YA" brought to mind crushes, vampires, and clunky writing. Besides, who wants to be reminded of their awkward teen years? Luckily, working with middle-school students has forced me to reexamine this limited point-of-view. As it turns out, YA books can… Continue reading 5 Life Changing YA Books to Accelerate Your Growth

Personal Growth

How to Get Off the Treadmill of Life and Actually Enjoy Time Off

Have you ever tried to reward yourself with a trip to the beach or the spa, only to be bombarded by a nagging feeling that you should be doing something productive? And whenever you are working on something, you're haunted by the thought that you should be working on something else? Learn how to get off… Continue reading How to Get Off the Treadmill of Life and Actually Enjoy Time Off

Personal Growth

How to Keep Calm When Things Don’t Go Your Way

The other day, I received an email from a client with the word "insurance" in the subject line. "Oh great," I thought. Already, I was imagining the bad news in that email and the heated conversation that would follow. You see, a few months ago there had been a sticky situation involving this same company… Continue reading How to Keep Calm When Things Don’t Go Your Way

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Locating the mystery in the mundane

I grew up in a small town and hated it. So many days I’d be bored out of my mind, wanting desperately to live in a big city. I’d beg my mom to take me to Corpus, which wasn’t exactly a big city but was the closest one to us, with a mall, 3 movie… Continue reading Locating the mystery in the mundane

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Spiritual Spring Cleaning: How to Sort Out Your Mental Clutter

The other day, a ray of sunlight poured in through the window, illuminating my desk. I was horrified to discover that it was covered with dust. Not just a fleck here and there, but entire sheets. As unpleasant as it was to see all the dust, this moment of illumination (in both senses of the… Continue reading Spiritual Spring Cleaning: How to Sort Out Your Mental Clutter