Leslie had the seminal experience of testifying to the Tennessee Legislature on the lynching of her great grand uncle and voting rights activist Elbert Williams and its effect on subsequent generations of her family.
Resolutions or no resolutions? How do you start a new habit, a new mindset...how do you start over? Gain valuable insight and perspective to answer these questions and more from exclusive interviews I have conducted as well as a few guest posts. Some of the posts are new, some are repeats of my favorites that have … Continue reading Tru Story Series Begins in January
Quit Telling Yourself No How many times do you tell people no in the course of a day? Once? Dozens? Or..never. Recently, I was speaking with a friend about my current projects. Specifically, about how I need to back pedal on some of the volunteer and non-profit projects I have going on. She said something … Continue reading Who Do You Say No To the Most?
I couldn't sleep so I went to the gym this morning at opening, which is 5 a.m. I got on the Elliptical machine and tried a new program which simulated going up a mountain. Every so often, the prompt on the screen would say "Prepare to stop". Several seconds later, the prompt on the screen … Continue reading Knowing When to Slow Down
One of my generation's most widely used clichés is "how are you?" I have noticed a lot of people use this as a greeting instead of hello. Consequently, if you are naïve enough to answer with something other than "fine" or "okay" then people may look at you like you are from Mars. That is, … Continue reading I Feel Good
One of my favorite skits on the Rickey Smiley morning radio show is "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That". Using Sweet Brown's viral description of a fire that she shared with news reporters (http://youtu.be/C4gTQbTxDhw), the show allows people to call in with ridiculous things they saw throughout the day or things they don't want to … Continue reading No Time For That
Friday, I used my lunch break to explore downtown Charleston, West Virginia while at a convention. After a few steps, I noticed smoking was apparently the norm. Outside the back door of the hotel, there were a dozen employees talking and smoking. Walking along the street, employees were seen forfeiting minutes from their lunch break … Continue reading Butts and Guts
A couple years ago, my water bill started to increase a little bit each bill cycle. Last summer, my son noticed a leak in the basement. When a family friend came over to inspect, he said it was because of the toilet. He fixed the leak, and consequently the water bill, but said eventually the … Continue reading Slow and Steady or Complacent?
Getting Connected Sometimes I think it would be cool to go on a reality show about weight loss where I could just focus on weight loss for a couple months. A few years ago, my favorite show used to be Celebrity Fit Club. Each season, 8 overweight celebrities were taped over a course of 16 weeks while … Continue reading Staying Connected
"People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous... Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain." - Jim Morrison Jim Morrison died before I was born but his words … Continue reading No Pain No Gain