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  It is a fresh new year – full of hopes, dreams, and challenges. Many of us will use the new year as a launching pad for personal improvement and an opportunity to accomplish important goals. Maybe yours is to advance within your department, to finally run that extra…

Something to chew on… GAP – Day 247

Today’s GAP post is for gratitude.. (for lack of a better category) I heard someone say something earlier this afternoon that I have been chewing on ever since. The context of the quote was a conversation about figuring out ways to spark people in our community to live at a higher bar… to be more … Continue reading

All in the bed: GAP – Day 215

Today’s GAP post is for gratitude. Sleep. It’s so nice. It’s even better when you are able to rest comfortably and wake up without being stiff. Of course, there are all sorts of health benefits that result from a consistent good night’s rest. Getting there really is all in the bed. After sleeping on a … Continue reading

Synergy: GAP – Day 144

Today’s GAP post is for gratitude. One of the sales managers I’ve had at a prior job kept a suggestion box outside of his office door with a sign that read “none of us are as smart as all of us.” I love the implied message behind that statement: the collective value of the team … Continue reading

Worth the view: GAP – Day 138

Today’s GAP post is for gratitude. Today we hiked in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area. The trails were snowed over; good thing Melisa is smart enough to make sure we packed our snow boots! The hike was totally worth the view! As you can see in the above photo, the lake shore heading … Continue reading

Almost home: GAP – Day 131

Today’s GAP post is for gratitude. I’ve had a very eventful week. Attending a 3 day conference and networking with colleagues I see only about once per year has been both energizing and exhausting. I have learned a lot, established new relationships, and deepened those that have been existing for several years. But, I’m ready … Continue reading

Parenting is hard: GAP – Day 109

Today’s GAP post is for attitude. Parenting is hard. Step-parenting is harder. Or, is it harder being a part-time parent? It seems that I am all three of these in one. Frankly, it’s trying on many fronts. A lot of times, I find that I can be my own worst enemy in this department. After … Continue reading

Always Valentines Day: GAP – Day 89

Always Valentines Day: GAP – Day 89

Today’s GAP post is for gratitude. For almost 3 years now, I have been married to the most amazing woman I could ever ask for. To this day I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but I can tell you that I can’t imagine life being any other way. Melisa is a great partner: she … Continue reading