As I coach, I passionately believe that games are won in practice. The mental and physical preparation that a team goes through when the gym is empty conditions them to perform well when the gym is full. Practice is the means of creating automatic responses by the athletes, so when the pressure of competition comes … Continue reading Sweat Equity
Years ago when my oldest daughter was in middle school, I decided to apply her to an academically rigorous magnet school. I was thrilled when she got accepted. However, the feeling was not mutual and the news was met with tears because she wanted to attend a neighborhood school with her friends. Now that she … Continue reading Where are You Going?
No matter how many places you have lived, you always remember your first apartment. I got my first digs back in 1996. I was totally into sunflower print, and really cheesy slipcovers that didn’t look anything like the picture on the package. The walls were that awkward white you only find in apartments, but I had … Continue reading Rental Rehab
What do you picture when you hear the word “wisdom”? Does someone like this come to mind…. Or maybe more of an intellectual…. If you’re into animals, wisdom could remind you of this……. But wisdom is not just about experience or intellect, and it’s definitely not about mythology. Wisdom … Continue reading Connect the Dots
There is no such thing as a free lunch. This was one of the few principles that I remember and actually understood from my college economics class. It’s a principle that basically means nothing is free; everything has a cost. Let’s look at marriage. Many of us only count the cost of the wedding and … Continue reading The Economics of Discipleship
I married my husband Albert 4 years ago and people often ask how we met. It’s not a romantic story, but it usually gets a little chuckle. We both referee basketball and were working at the same gym one night. Our courts were next to each other, and Albert came over during halftime of one … Continue reading Caution: Friend Zone
We make hundreds of decisions every day and most of them concern ordinary and everyday events. But what do we do when an important decision needs to be made, and neither choice looks like it’s good. Some friends of mine had to choose between taking a job in a city where they did not want … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions