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Starting a business was the scariest thing I had ever done- until now. This is my declaration that I am a writer.

This past week I attended a community luncheon. Settling into my chair for the presentation, I prepped my mind to drift, I had pen and paper ready to start jotting a to-do list, grocery list and make a plan for the afternoon. Rather than drift, the speaker captivated my attention as he launched into stories of the strong women who shaped him, of the lessons he learned from his mom, and how he would not be who is today if these women had not taken the time to invest in him.

Somewhere in his speech, he shared a favorite saying…


Have you ever heard the saying, “The devil is in the details?” It is one of my favorite sayings, especially in business. Yet it took me years to truly understand what it meant. Early on in my career, I learned the art of good enough. I knew that if I stressed over every little detail, I would never complete any task or event. No one knew what things were supposed to look like, as long as the general idea, theme, and feeling of the project were communicated everyone was happy and the project was a success.

A few years later…


How many of us are half-empty glass people? How many of us choose to see the bad, the challenges, and not the potential of a challenge, the opportunity to grow? Depending on how we see the glass defines who we are as a person, how we think, what our perspective is. The good news, if we find we don’t like how we see the glass, we can change our perspective.

In May, my husband gifted me with a puppy. To be honest, I was less than thrilled. Work was keeping me busier than ever, I was hardly home, and I…


Nothing kills our motivation more than the plateau of a long journey. The beginning and end of a journey are exciting, filled with challenges, growth, lessons learned, and excitement. But the middle, the middle is well, boring, long, and unmotivating. How can we maintain our motivation in these moments of dryness? How can we continue to move forward, when it seems like our endpoint is moving away from us faster than we can trudge forward?

The short answer is through sheer willpower and determination. But these strengths will only last so long during periods of drought. In these moments, other…


No matter how we try, plan, and prepare disaster, or plain old disappointment, strikes. In these moments, it is very tempting to allow the weight of the loss to weigh us down, forcing us to see nothing but what we lost. In these moments we feel loss, anger, hurt, dejected, and more often than not are tempted to ask, “Why me?” Well, regardless of what anyone may tell you, things just happen, life happens, it's cruel, unfair, and more often than not there is little to no rhyme or reason why the event happened.

Spending time pondering the disappointment is…


How many times have you heard the phrase, “stay in your lane?” Or maybe, you have heard the phrase, “find your lane?” Regardless of the version of the phrase you were told, at some point or points in your life, you have been told to stop overstepping your boundaries.

I do this regularly. I overstep, push out, race, and switch lanes faster than people can blink. My mind never stops, I am always reading, and lately, my creativity has been at an all-time high. I feel like a wild bird who was caught and kept in a tiny cage who…


Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything that could go wrong goes wrong? And on top of things going wrong, you seem to inadvertently hurt people’s feelings and upset friends? I seem to be in one of those weeks. No matter how hard I try to shake the feelings, to move past the feelings of blah and fight back the tears always promising to spill over, the week won’t change.

I find weeks like this so frustrating. Normally, I can talk to a friend, work through my feelings, make a plan, and move forward. No matter how…


In a world that preaches unity and acceptance of all, I am continually amazed at how differences are highlighted. I love celebrating different cultures, races, abilities, and talents. But I don’t always like that we focus on them. Allow me to explain, differences are what make us amazing and unique, they are our superpowers. How we identify sexually, the strength of our ancestors and race, our culture, make us who we are and give us a unique perspective on life, and enhance our abilities. But they are not all that we are.

We are so much more. We are the…


So often in life, we become obsessed with always being right, of winning every little battle and skirmish which presents itself. We become so focused on what we perceive as a right that we lose sight of others’ perspectives as well as the value of our own peace. Learning to have internal peace means not having the need to always be right.

Let me explain. Years ago I learned to look at every decision based on the consequences attached. Every decision we make, every choice, has both positive and negative consequences. I learned that by looking beyond the choice itself…


Earlier this week I stumbled upon a Ted Talk featuring author Luvvie Ajayi Jones. Ms. Jones is described as a writer, speaker, truth-teller, and professional troublemaker. Her self-proclaimed title of professional troublemaker drew me to the interview, I was intrigued by someone who would positively and proudly declare themselves to be a troublemaker.

Her interview was worth the time, I was in awe of her thought process, her ability to articulate what she saw, felt, and heard into beautiful sentences crafted to draw you into her argument. In a world where we say we value different, but in truth seek…

Sara Orellana-Paape

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