Author Archive | holley


Start Where You Are

It’s a new year and with that comes all the hope and anticipation of something “new”.  We set our goals, choose our word, dream big dreams, and maybe even put some new habits in place to accomplish our new plans.  Some goals never even see February 1st.  If you are like me (a self-diagnosed procrastinating […]

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Hate is a heart condition

I love and hate this picture all at the same time. While it was not taken during the events in Charlottesville this weekend… it was taken at another “white supremacist rally” somewhere. This man is a patriot. He understands the constitution and democracy. He stands and protects the freedom of another … one with whom […]

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Two Decades of Momming

When Isaac Woodard was born so many moms told me ” it goes so fast” or “don’t blink, he’ll be grown”. In the moments of sick babies and sleepless nights or toddlers and teething… it seems endless. Then you hit the ages where is smooths out a little, and just when you think these humans are not […]

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Water and Words: Part 1

“Water and words are easily poured, impossible to recover.” -Chinese Proverb  These words on a cute Mary Engelbreit illustration hung in my classroom most of the time I worked in the school system.  I like the word picture that this proverb shows.  It is very easy to demonstrate to a child… we can’t take back […]

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Customer Service

Recently, I had to make the very difficult decision to change dermatologist’s offices.  This was hard because I really value relationships with those whom I trust my health, my hair, my home, etc.  I will go out of my way to stick with someone who has proven herself to me to be trustworthy, reliable, skilled, […]

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It’s May… and so it begins!

It’s May… you may be thinking … “we are winding this puppy down!”  But for me, it’s beginning a count down… Last week the junior parents were summoned to an assembly to discuss… SENIOR YEAR!  What?  Already?  Didn’t she just start kindergarten?  Actually, no, she didn’t just start kindergarten, and yes, the junior year is […]

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40 somethings: What we need to tell our children about elections

I really wanted to move on to Thanksgiving posts, but I just can’t leave this one alone. This post is not for college age students… it’s for their parents… my age group. I am quite dismayed at the number of protests I have seen around college campuses in the country following the election.  It seems […]

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A Birthday at 46

I’m writing this post (my first) tonight, October 31, 2016.  Its Halloween and the eve of my 46th birthday.  I promised myself that I would launch this blog tomorrow.  I set a goal, I set a date, and by golly, I’m going to finally do what I have been dreaming of for a couple of […]

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Top 10 Observations From Thirty-One Gifts National Conference 2013

National Conference is an awesome experience and each of my 9 conferences has left me with some key impressions or observations that are particularly powerful. I’d like to share these from this year.   Top 10 Observations From National Conference 2013 10. 15,000 ladies in one place is a whole lot of awesome until you have […]

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Let the Blogging Begin!

I’ve been away from blogging for awhile now… well, let’s be honest… I never really got started! I love to write!  I have had a passion for the written word most of my life.  I love words and language and vocabulary.  That is why I am known as the “word nerd”.  Blogging seems to be […]

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