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Gratitude Challenge Day 12 : Flex Your “Hustle Muscle”

When I was growing up I used to like Alexander the Grapes. It was a kind of candy that I used to buy from off the ice cream truck and from the “candy lady’s house.” If you grew up in the south, then you know about the candy lady’s house. Nobody ever knew the name of the “candy […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 11 : The Valleys

Hi there- Today was a tough day. I planned on going fishing with my son. While driving to the charter boat location, my tire blew out. I called my roadside assistant service for help and called the charter boat company to let them know that i couldn’t make it and needed to reschedule. My son was […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 9 : Caddies

Ive been in and around sports for my whole life. I’ve done them at the highest level and have coached them at the highest level. I have also coached and taughtat the lower levels as well. And I must say that both levels require a level of exception teaching and coaching to deal with the exception students […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 9 : The “Tighten Up”

When I was younger I was horrible at coloring. I remember some of the girls in grade school who used to make some of the best pictures when they were coloring. They would trace the image first and then color in the lines and then choose the right colors and their coloring book drawings used […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 8 : Being An Olympian

Side note: I started this gratitude exercise and I was just going to do 7 days, but then some remarkable things have been happening in my life and I’ve gotten so much feedback from all of you all that I think I’m just going to keep going until I get to day 21. ========== Introduction […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 7 : Trees and Shade

========== Introduction ========== I was at the dojo the other day finishing up practice for my homeschoolers. I have a program where those who homeschool come in the middle of the day to fulfill their physical education requirement and also to learn martial arts without being streamlined in with the students for which they have “chosen” […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 6 : Music & Dancing

This weekend was spectacular. I was super tired and worn down from the week and just wanted to sit on the couch and catch myself. A friend of mine recommended that I go to a salsa dancing bootcamp and take my kids because it’s free and I’d have a good time. I really wasn’t feeling […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 5 : Food in the Fridge

Okay this may seem simple and not serious but it is. But on this last day…my 5th day of my gratitude exercise I want to say that I am thankful for having food in my refrigerator. My children are very blessed. They have not grown up without having food in the fridge. Every time they […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 4 : Time

If you are reading this right now… I mean, RIGHT NOW. Then that means that you still have time. You still have time to say the things that you want to say to do the things that you want to do and to make amends if you need to make them. You. Still. Have. Time. And […]

Gratitude Challenge Day 3 : Family

I have 2 children. Their names are Rufus and Rhadi. My son Rufus was named after my father and my daughter Rhadi was named after me. At the time of this writing Rufus is 13 and Rhadi is 9. And I love my kids very much. But unlike most parents, my life is not all about […]