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Grit. It’s a Buzz Word right now…and rightfully so! Angela Duckworth, the author of “Grit. The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” defines Grit as - “Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Grit isn’t luck…or talent…or short term…or a moment of intensity. Grit is having a goal….a goal that you care so much about that you organize your life around it. Grit is consistently and steadfastly working toward that goal. Even when you experience a failure. Even when you find roadblocks in your way. Even when you screw up!...

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It's All About Mindset The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Mindset as: 1: a mental attitude or inclination 2: a fixed state of mind The Oxford Dictionary defines Mindset as: 1. a set of attitudes or fixed ideas that someone has and that are often difficult to change Carol Dweck (author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.) defines Mindset as: “Mindset is a self-perception or “self-theory” that people hold about themselves.“ There are essentially TWO types of Mindset: Fixed and Growth. An individual with a Fixed Mindset believes that what we...

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Let’s have a little chat about OPTIMISM. First off, let’s define optimism. Optimism is defined as: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome (Merriam-Webster) OR a feeling that good things will happen and that something will be successful (Oxford). Nowhere in the definition does it state that optimism means that “Life is going to be nothing but RAINBOWS and UNICORNS from here on out.” What is does state is that you take a positive outlook. The antithesis of...

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Here is as typical scenario in my household: (post bath-time) Daughter - “Daddy I need help getting dressed.” Me - “No, honey, you don’t need help. Now please get dressed.” Daughter - “Yes I doooooooooo! I NEEEEEEED your help!” Me - “No. Actually, you don’t neeeeeeeeed my help. Now, pleeeeeeease get dressed.” After a little explosion of not getting her way…she is dressed and downstairs. Our greatest goal as parents should be to raise RESILIENT kids. I’m sure we have all heard it said before, but we should make us...

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10 Reasons to Avoid Sugar While nutrition experts tend to disagree on a variety of topics, they all seem to agree that we’re consuming far too much sugar. Besides contributing to the obesity epidemic, sugar in its various forms is causing diabetes cases to skyrocket. Sugar, in its many forms, is an increasingly common ingredient in processed foods. Many of us eat the equivalent of 53 heaping teaspoons of sugar every day! Many experts now agree that reducing sugar intake is essential for better health. Here are ten reasons to...