Mastery Requires Patience

"Mastery requires patience. The San Antonio Spurs, one of the most successful teams in NBA history, have a quote from social reformer Jacob Riis hanging in their locker room: 'When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it--but all that had gone before.'"  Excerpt from Atomic Habits by James Clear

BIGGER PICTURE - The Rescues (Forte A Cappella)

I came across this amazing a capella group out of Centerville, Ohio today!  Forte A Cappella Definition of a cappella : without instrumental accompaniment The song is called Bigger Picture and is by The Rescues : The Rescues are an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2008. Their music can be classified as indie pop/rock, and is notable for its use of three and four-part vocal harmonies. Here are the lyrics: All of the oceans Drops of rain Each one is different All are the same All of the mountains Stones unturned Dreaming of sunlight To once more burn All of your memories Haven't yet happened All of your battles Already been won All of your questions Will be answered Every possibility Divided by one There's a line drawn through time There's a face You're gonna recognize Though you've never looked Inside their eyes You'll say you've waited You'll say there y

Piano (Wo)man!

Today was my first piano lesson EVER! I am taking lessons through The Piano Preparatory School in Beavercreek, Ohio! My instructor's name is Hanna Rinehart and she is wonderful! We had our first duet today and I was overcome with emotion in that moment... I felt like crying...  I thought to myself, "I'm doing it! I'm really doing it!" More to come on my piano adventure! Here is Hanna's bio: Hannah received a Bachelor of Music degree in Keyboard Pedagogy from Cedarville University.  During her time at Cedarville, she performed three recitals, was a member of The Piano Ensemble, accompanied for The Concert Chorale for three years, and collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists on numerous occasions. In 2015 and 2016, Hannah received The Love Pedagogy Scholarship in Music from Cedarville. She also won the University’s Concerto Competition in 2016 and performed a double piano concerto

Recognize the Immense Good

"The more you recognize the immense good within you, the more you magnetize immense good around you."  - Alan Cohen

The Magic of 18 Finishes

Great morning everyone, Laura here! Gerald asked me to share some things on the call this morning and I wanted to discuss “The Magic of 18 Finishes.” So what does that mean? It refers to a specific situation that I was in a few months ago and I’ll share that in just a little bit. As many of you know, I am currently training for my very first IRONMAN triathlon with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in October of 2019—the year I turn 40. An IRONMAN triathlon is an event that encompasses 3 disciplines… swimming, biking, and running… the event itself is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run… also known as a marathon. I did not anticipate that this endeavor would be an easy one. I’ve always considered myself to be athletic but I knew I wanted to give myself a challenge as I approached my 40 th birthday… something to get me in shape, something to commit to, and something I would have to work hard a


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"Imagination is the eye of the soul." - Joseph Joubert