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Don't Wait

A little over 20 years ago, I discovered that I really like red wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. For months I tried every winery and blend that I could get my hands on. I found one that was spectacular, Navarro Correas. I loved the 1995 vintage. The years before and after were good, but the ‘95 really nailed it. It was the perfect blend of flavors and acidity for my palate. Naturally, I did what any fan of a wine would do: I drank some and stowed some away for “later.” Over the course of the next 20ish years, I took the bottles out several times and almost opened them for one occasion or another. Inevitably, I always decided to wait for “just that special time.” After all, these were t

Tough, But Done

Is there a better feeling than crossing an item off your list? And how about when that something was particularly difficult to succeed at, but you ended up accomplishing it? I bet not only did you feel awesome to check it off, but you are better for having done it. I trained for a race this past fall. The week I had to run 9 miles was especially hard for me. When I finished, I wanted to scream, “That was really tough, but it’s done!” One of my favorite authors, Lysa Terkeurst, writes about going through tough times in an analogy that I absolutely love and have shared with many people since I first read it. The parallel is to olives. Olive trees can only grow under very specific conditions. C

Why Connect

When you find something that works you keep going back for more. It’s like your favorite tv show, that restaurant that has your favorite dish, or the comfort of an old sweatshirt. For Mary Norman with Harris Ranch, the thing that she keeps going back to is Connect. A software programmer, Mary Norman has been at Connect since our early years, and she doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. Back then, Mary and her team were offered the chance to come to the event. The only catch – it was starting the following day. So, they hopped on a plane and flew out to join us in Greenville the very next day. At the time, they had no idea what they were in for. Each year brings new surprises and experienc

Lessons from a Snake

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like snakes at all. If I see one, I go the opposite direction, even if it’s just a garden snake. Sorry to the snake lovers out there, but you won’t catch me near a snake any time soon. But I recently stumbled upon a story about a snake that had a great message. The story goes like this: A man saw a snake in the road in the path of traffic and decided to move it out of harm’s way. When he picked up the snake, it bit him. He dropped the snake and then proceeded to grab a stick to move the snake the rest of the way out of the road. A bystander saw this and said to the man, “That snake bit you. Why are you still trying to save it?” The man replied, “The nature

Keep Your Eye on the Lane

When Michael Phelps went for gold in the 200m butterfly at the 2016 Rio Olympics, we were all cheering and yelling at the TV. If you are like me, you watch with one eye on the imaginary “record line” and the other on the clock. As a swim parent, this is a familiar posture to me. I spend a lot of time cheering, encouraging, and watching the clock. If I am not careful, I can spend too much time watching that clock and put too much emphasis on the outcome. Do not get me wrong, swimming is about speed and getting faster; however, getting to that new personal record requires emphasis on techniques. As an engaged parent, I cannot simply say, “Try harder,” or “Swim faster.” I must be able to observ

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