Author archives: Tracy J. Nicholas

My #1 Tool for Goal Setting

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It's that time of year again. Everywhere I look on social media, people are talking about their goals. I am one of those people, too. My current mission is trying to find the perfect planner to make a list of the goals and dreams for the whole year that I long to accomplish — which includes keeping track of my busy family. As the starting date was nearing[...]

Here's Why Outdoor Play is the Best Way to Keep Your Kids Focused

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How many times have you watched your kids become frustrated with their homework? I can certainly relate to their frustration of finding it difficult to focus on homework at the end of a long school day. Parents have long thought of outdoor play as the reward for finishing homework, but we might want to start reversing that trend. A growing body of research s[...]

I'm Walking Across Spain!

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“You’re doing what?” I could only imagine the shocked reaction my family would have to my announcement that I was going to walk across Spain. It was October 2014, and I had finally decided to fulfill my long-held dream to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago. Also known as the Way of St. James, the Camino is an ancient pilgrimage along the field of stars[...]

Travel Planning: Advice from My Daughter

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Though I love to travel and enjoy the adventure, I must admit that I am not fond of the challenges that can pop up when making the arrangements. It was my 8-year-old daughter, Allie, who had the answer that I needed to solve my dilemma. I was preparing for my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. I would be walking over 500 miles beginning in the Pyrenees of[...]

Planting a Family Garden of Gratefulness

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This is the time of year that I love to watch the leaves race down the driveway like a group of excited children running to see a new attraction. I feel grateful to live in a part of the world where we get to enjoy four seasons. Each season holds its own gifts. Years ago, during the busy fall preparations for the holidays, I found myself becoming frazzled an[...]

Help Heal Bullying — Start at Home

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As a mother, I am always seeking new ways to encourage my family in this busy world. I discovered that two of my children were being bullied, though they told me they were “fine.” Research shows that over 60 percent of kids who experience bullying never confide in anyone. Where do we start to gain our children’s trust to confide in us when they experience ch[...]

Making Time for YOU — Rock Your Day in Five Minutes

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Can you believe the calendar already says September? If you are a busy mother or caregiver like myself, your “To Do List” is filled with things needed to help your children make a smooth transition into their new school year. But let me ask: do you put yourself anywhere on that “To Do List?” In my own experience, there were many days that I never even con[...]