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The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us
The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us

20 years ago, I had a big list of ideas and a whole lot of ambition.  I knew that I wanted to help students transform into learner...
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A timeout could be just the thing we all need
A timeout could be just the thing we all need
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

A timeout could be just the thing we all need

We’re encouraged to always say yes to more. And with technology—it’s easier to do more, to have bigger and better dreams. But I th...
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps

Imagine that black pair of boots that keep showing up on your Facebook feed. The ones that would go with everything you own, inclu...
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What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt
What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt

A lot of people ask why we at Yellow Parachute talk so much about self-doubt.  If our intentions are to inspire, then why focus on...
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When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are
When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are

Our rescue dog Allie’s middle name is Grace. Hers is a story of where the light gets in. But it wouldn’t be a story about where th...
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How To Disarm So You Can Be All In
How To Disarm So You Can Be All In
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How To Disarm So You Can Be All In

Where would we be without the incredible research and life-giving language of Brené Brown and Ann Voskamp? Well, for a start, the ...
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How To Know Your Best Is Enough
How To Know Your Best Is Enough
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How To Know Your Best Is Enough

Last weekend my sweet and beautiful rescue dog Allie was the roughest, meanest dog at the dog park. She instigated scuffles, chase...
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How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
Personalized Learning

How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words

And How YP Is Cleaning Them Up When I mention “personalized learning,” to my ACT students eyes roll, jaws clench, gum snaps, arms ...
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“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
Personalized Learning

“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal

“There’s nothing really that great about being cool. Cool is, by definition, self-protection.”  - Brené Brown I heard it again thi...
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Learning Coaches Change Lives
Learning Coaches Change Lives
Personalized Learning

Learning Coaches Change Lives

When our self-images get warped, we need relationships—the vision and kindness of caring friends and mentors—to correct them. I’ve...
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How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money
How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money
Parenting

How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money

As promised in last week’s post on conquering the self-defeating stories we tell ourselves, what follows is an honest and thorough...
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What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Learning How to Learn

What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Click. How many times a day do you feel the lenses of other people trained on you? Do you imagine what they notice—the coffee stai...
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Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work
Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work
Learning How to Learn

Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work

“She’s a natural.” You’ve heard it a million times regarding a talented athlete, academic, artist, musician—anyone who performs ab...
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Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
Holiday

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your partnership. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.
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Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka
Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka
Parenting

Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka

These past several weeks, we at Yellow Parachute have been thinking deeply the big themes of the holiday season: family values, gr...
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