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Be Unwavering (Week 3) Featured Article

My DreamsMy RealitiesNow before you think that I’m on a specific roll (bold, direct, unwavering), today I want to talk about dreams. When I dream, I dream BIG! Big, audacious, exciting dreams.

And then I start to question myself. Can I really do this? Is this the right time? What about this? What about that? In the litany of questions that arise, I have to remind myself that we dream for a reason. Our dreams remind us of the possibilities… possibilities that can be realities if we work for it, strive for it, pray for it and live for it… and share them.

So here is the challenge for this week. It’s a two-parter so try to do both, but if not, do at least one. My best friend shared this idea with me.

First:

Create a dream journal. Have a dedicated book where you only list your dreams. No thoughts, no complaints, no cheers or jeers. Only list your dreams.

Second:

1137814689-10935Take one of your biggest dreams and write it down on paper or find a physical photo of it. Place it in a stamped envelope that you have addressed to yourself. (You may want to use a forever stamp.) Send it to someone that you trust, who is accountable, with instructions to mail it back to you later this year. Do not ask them when they are going to send it and ask them not to tell you. When you get it, open it and see where you are on achieving it. 

So why do this?

We need to put a foundation to our dreams so we are resolute in achieving them. When we put something on paper it is more than words in the air, it is a plan. It is when we plan, that we become unwavering and we achieve our big, audacious dreams!

Dream big and BE UNWAVERING!

“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.” ~ John Updike

(And if you need someone to send your letter to, let me know!)

Be Direct (Week 2) Featured Article

JANUARY 2013As women, I think we are taught to temper our directness. We are coached to be genteel, soft spoken and to wait for the right time (i.e. our turn) to speak. But when we suppress our voice, we are left with a bunch of could haves, should haves and next times that take up space in our minds and our souls.

Who wants that type of clutter taking up valuable mind space? I need that space for more productive activities! Think about it.

Now, I must admit, I have a very passive aggressive nature. However, that does not include my very direct and undeniable facial expressions… (that’s another post). When I choose not to stay true to my feelings, I end up feeling bad about it or working to make it feel right.


You probably feel the same way, right?

This week, call it “leaning in,” speaking up, shouting out or creating your own “Norma Rae” moment… whatever you name it, its time is now!

So BE DIRECT.  Let’s speak our minds, share our thoughts, divulge our opinions and stay the course.

Be unwavering in decisions, unapologetic for desires, uncompromising in dreams and secure in decisions.

Let our yeses be straightforward and our noes absolutes.

And our spirits shall be at peace.

Be Bold (Week 1) Featured Article

fortune-favors-the-bold-virgil“Fortune favors the bold.” – Virgil

Whenever I think that I can’t do something, I think of my grandmother. My grandmother, Alivee Harper, raised me. She was my first example of what a strong woman was. After raising her six kids, she and my grandfather took on the responsibility of raising a six-month-old.

It was my grandmother who sent me to college, who bought my first (and second) car and who kept every certificate and report card that I ever had. She was there when I received both of my degrees and when I became spokesperson for my first municipality. In 2001, I lost my grandmother to ALS. I was with her the night before she died. It was the most significant moment in my life.

Today, when I am faced with a challenge or possibility, I stop to think about what advice would she give me. I think about what great things would she achieve today had she had the opportunities that I have… opportunities that weren’t open for women in the 1960s and 70s. I think about what more she could have accomplished had she had more time to live her best life.

I am the heir of the strength, the wisdom, the grace and the spirit that she possessed. I cannot squander those valuable gifts that she entrusted to me. Therefore, I make the decision to be bold when opportunities present themselves. I will take road that may not be the easiest. I will go after that goal that makes my stomach jump. I will turn my deepest dreams into my most vivid realities instead of simply dreaming more dreams.

I will BE bold!

After all, fortune favors the bold.

52 Weeks of Being Featured Article

“According to most studies, people’s (2)February was the celebration of my birthday. I say February and not a specific day because I celebrate all month long. (Note: birthdays ending in 0 and 5 are milestone birthdays and they are celebrated all year long; this was not one of those years). At one point during the month, I was having a reflective moment.

What did I want to achieve this year?

I pulled out my journal and starting writing adjectives — various adjectives that I wanted to define my 44th year. Things I want to make sure to be. The list was long. When I was done, I had 25 so I decided to keep going until I reached 52.

So I’m starting this week. I welcome you to follow along. The adjectives will appear in the order that I wrote them. So tune in tomorrow for the first adjective.

See you soon.

Sincerely,

LT