Category Mentoring Heroes

Life-Time Friends

How many friends does it take to change a light bulb? Five. One to change it and four to see if they do it the same way. We evaluate our progress by our friends. From weight loss and money to hair styles and home décor, we look to our peers to see how we measure […]

Learn by Doing

Toddlers instinctively know that if they want to learn how to do something, they have to do it themselves. Try to help them, and they exclaim, “I do it!” The process is slower for us initially, but soon, they can zip and tie. They can care for themselves. That’s what mentors do. They coach and encourage. Mentoring […]

Our Stories Are Our Gifts

On the way down to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for my first class in my Masters degree program, my father’s doctor called to tell me that my dad had terminal cancer. Thoughts of my dad and caring for his needs along with my siblings dominated that class. It became part of my story. In that cohort, […]

Spiritual Role Models

My step-son, Marshall, says that his pastor is his spiritual role model. Marshall uses him as an example of the Christian man he wants to be. He says that his pastor’s enthusiasm and love of Christ is contagious. He lives his faith through words and actions. The power of spiritual role models is far-reaching, and therefore, presents tremendous responsibility for […]

Teach to the Child Not the Class

In elementary and high school, I wasn’t the best student. My grades were mostly Bs and Cs. In college, I got all As. The variety of classes, teachers, and formats offered classes that aligned with my learning style. We don’t all learn the same way, and good teachers teach to the child. Young students can […]

Equal Pay

We’ve heard it before, but undoubtedly, not often enough. The fact is that women do not earn equally in the U.S. The current statistic is that, on average, women earn only 79 cents to every man’s dollar. That 21 cent hourly difference not only makes a significant yearly income difference, it lowers pension, Social Security, […]

What to Do?

From our flavor of coffee to accepting a demanding but rewarding job, we are bombarded with decisions 24/7. Most decisions are minor. Others are life-changing and will effect us and our families from this point on. There are 3 steps to decision-making. These steps sound simple but actually can be stressful. When making the greater decisions, writing […]