Just Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

    The morning did not start out well...at all.  To be fair, our coffee pot broke yesterday and the new one wasn't up and running yet. We are getting ready to leave for spring break, but clearly the kids do not understand the rules that every self-respecting person from the Midwest is taught before you leave on a trip: 1. Wear your best underwear. If you get in an accident, you don't want the paramedics to see your dirty, … [Read more...]

Craving Unity

Balance has illuded me lately. Peace and hope seem to be hanging outside the walls of my heart. I'm troubled. Dis-eased. Restless. But why? Glancing at my mantle, freshly undressed of its Christmas finest, I see it. What I have been missing. Two simple logs resting on one another for 19.5 years, not misplaced or thrown away despite eight moves, four countries and three states.  These twin logs are one (they are one entity in my mind) of my … [Read more...]

I’m Done Being a Hypocrite

By Hilary Bilbrey I’m a hypocrite.  I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that.  Integrity is my core virtue.  I live every day working to try to get my beliefs to match my actions.  I am failing in my mission right now, and here’s why… Like many people, Robin Williams’ suicide hit me hard last week.  I believe in compassion and understanding for people with mental illnesses.  I don’t believe that having a mental illness makes you … [Read more...]

Three Gifts I Give My Kids: Part 1 of 3

Written by: Hilary Bilbrey I’m not going to lie…I am pretty sure this post is going to be controversial, but I still believe it, so here goes… I was privileged to spend the last school year consulting at a K-8 public school in Arizona on the topics of respect, bullying, conflict resolution and kindness.  It is truly thought-provoking to consider how much my consulting has changed as I grow both as a mother and an educator.  One thing most … [Read more...]

Defining Family

fam·i·ly  - noun \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\ What is family? The Webster definition we  love - and what prompted our name, Inspired by Family is: : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship Could it be a Dad, Mom, Child? Could it be a Grandmother, Grandfather and grandchild?  Could it be really close friends? Absolutely. Could it be aunts, uncles, cousins? Could it be co-workers? Sure! The important … [Read more...]

My Brand: “Codadiva” By Liysa Callsen

My brand is codadiva.  I am one woman with three cultures.  I live them daily.  I bounce among the worlds of the hearing, deaf and CODA.  For those not familiar, CODA means child of deaf adults, and specifically refers to hearing children of deaf parents.  For me, CODA has a deeper meaning.  It is part of what defines me…the true ME. People have told me for years that my story is fascinating.  I went from taking phone calls for appointments at … [Read more...]

Politics, Personal Branding and Ethics

Yesterday’s article in USA Today’s online app about the Presidential hopefuls meeting their fatal flaws head on, inspired me to really reflect on how personal branding relates so closely to this topic.  As I read how each candidate is tackling their character flaws and addressing them to the media before the media has a chance to give their own spin, I thought of two things:  classic persuasion and personal branding.  Let me explain. First, to … [Read more...]

Politics, Personal Branding and Ethics

Yesterday’s article in USA Today’s online app about the Presidential hopefuls meeting their fatal flaws head on, inspired me to really reflect on how personal branding relates so closely to this topic.  As I read how each candidate is tackling their character flaws and addressing them to the media before the media has a chance to give their own spin, I thought of two things:  classic persuasion and personal branding.  Let me explain. First, to … [Read more...]

Lessons from But for God Author, Debra Evans

Last week’s interview with Debra Evans was such an inspirational and humbling experience.  Although her book is one woman’s journey through neglect, abuse and heartache on her way to her current path with God, there are many lessons to be found for all of us. The premise of this book is that women, especially, are tricked into believing that life should be a fairytale and when it is not, they are lonely, depressed and confused.  Debra found … [Read more...]

My Brand: “codadiva”

My brand is codadiva.  I am one woman with three cultures.  I live them daily.  I bounce among the worlds of the hearing, deaf and CODA.  For those not familiar, CODA means child of deaf adults, and specifically refers to hearing children of deaf parents.  For me, CODA has a deeper meaning.  It is part of what defines me…the true ME. People have told me for years that my story is fascinating.  I went from taking phone calls for appointments at … [Read more...]