Seven Wonders We Take for Granted

This incredible video is so worth watching. I found it on Facebook and I thank the authors/creators for making such a profound video. It goes like this: A teacher asks her classroom to come up with the seven wonders of the world. In the end, she takes the most popular ones and creates their own…

Thank You, Olympians!

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended Sunday after seventeen days of intense competition between more than 10,900 athletes representing 206 nations. And what a display these Olympians gave! I loved tuning into their stories and learning more about what brought them to this point. I wondered how they stayed out of their head and kept…

Do It Anyway

This is an excellent reminder for me right now. It is attributed to Mother Teresa. “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may…

Daddy’s Girl: Michelle Carter’s Gold

Is there anything better than one-upping a family member? Let’s see what Michelle Carter has to say about that after winning her first gold medal for Team USA in the woman’s shot put last Friday. Check out the video here. “Of course, I can’t wait until I get the medal and I can walk around…

Helen Maroulis Wrestles with Gold

Check this out: Helen Maroulis was the first woman to take gold in wrestling for Team USA! You read that right, Maroulis who hails from Rockville, Md. won gold. In wrestling.  USA! USA! At just 24-years old, she took down a legend, beating out three-time Olympic champion from Japan, Saori Yoshida. This was Maroulis’ first…

TEAM USA SWEEP!

This next ditty is simply awesome. For the first time in the  women’s 100m hurdles event, TEAM USA got greedy and doled out a 1-2-3 punch taking all three medals.  Brianna Rollins captured the gold, looking flawless with 12.48 seconds on the clock. She was followed by Nia Ali who handled her business at 12.59…

Sportsmanship is Alive and Well at Rio

This must-watch video is a beautiful and kind act that exemplifies good sportsmanship. It shows Abbey D’Agostino of the United States colliding with Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand in a women’s 5000m qualifying race. After the collision, Hamblin seemed dazed and said in an interview that as she laid on the ground she didn’t really know what…

A Golden Reaction

Hello Simone Manuel! If we didn’t know Manuel before this duel in the pool, then we surely know her now. I loved this 20-year old’s reaction when she won gold in the 100m freestyle Thursday. It was almost like she shocked herself! It was a genuine, sweet moment indeed. Check it out here, if you…

Beyond the Dream…

I just read this awesome article on The Players Tribune entitled, Letter to Olympic Medalists. (Shout out to the incomparable Derek Jeter for starting this amazing site!) This article is relevant to anyone who has a dream and goal, like say, writing a book. It ponders the deeper meaning of our motivations asking the question:…

USA! USA!

WOW! These games sure have been sweet. I was traveling (South Carolina) during the Opening Day Ceremonies and first weekend of the Rio Olympics but I did try to watch as much as possible. Here are a few things that stood out to me so far: USA Gymnastics team is on a tear! The Final…