From Fear to Celebration: 5 Strategies to Transform Your Approach to Rejection

Fear of rejection and putting yourself into the world limits your ability to learn and grow. Celebrating rejection, instead of fearing it, transforms the person experiencing rejection from a victim of others choices, to the courageous chooser of opportunity. You can learn to change your mindset about fearing rejection to celebrating rejection.

As with most celebrations, celebrating rejection will make you happier. And if it still sounds impossible, there are at least five practical steps that you can take to get better at being rejected. You can choose to transform your relationship with rejection to allow yourself to bravely pursue your goals as you ask hard questions, try new things, and do what matters. 

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Book Review: Slow Homeschooling by Milva MacDonald



Slow Homeschooling:Essays About Mindful Homeschooling

This is a small but mighty book.  Just 64 pages, it contains a powerful collection of 23 essays that touch upon a range of issues that parents grapple with as they explore the decision about homeschooling, and more issues that arise once they start on their homeschooling journey.

Take a look at the table of contents:   

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Solstice End of Year Reflection: What’s Really Important?

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This has been a hard year.

My mom was diagnosed with ALS in February, followed by two feeding tube surgeries, a move back east and rapidly progressing symptoms. One sibling had a bad fall with complications. Another sibling needed a brain surgery and still needs a different surgery.

And yesterday, the longest night of the year, I’d started my year-in-review that often morphs into  me beating myself up about all the things I didn’t accomplish that I intended to, like:

  • only 16 blog posts/28 newsletters instead of 52
  • no speaking gigs
  • just a few books sold and no marketing plan
  • still piles and piles of mama’s files to be gone through
  • my messy, messy house

The list of what didn’t get done, or done well, could go on and on.  

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Travel and Learning: 12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks

Travel and Learning:12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks, photo of marble section from the Roamn Forum,

Breathing in the air and aromas, walking in the footsteps or examining firsthand what I have studied or read about is thrilling.

I get goosebumps just remembering the first time I:

  • stood under the towering, majestic Redwoods I’d studied in Botany
  • had a slow meaningful conversation in Spanish about education with a woman in the Dominican Republic
  • imagined mama’s tending their children while hiking along the the cliff dwellings in Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • the visceral experience of erosion you get when visiting in Bryce Canyon
  • was joked and teased in Italian as I stopped in to get my morning latte at the cafe near our campground in Florence.


These tiny memories don’t do justice to all the learning that can take place when you travel.  Of course lots of learning that happens will have nothing to do with topics you may want to study.

Here are the first twelve subjects that come to mind when I think about taking learning beyond the textbook into the land of experience by seeing, hearing and doing in the the place of origin.

Foreign Language





Cultural Studies


Environmental Science

International Relations




I made myself stop at 12 – what would you add to the list?

What has been your favorite topic to study or learn by or while traveling?

What trip are you ready to plan? Why?

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Thanks, Lisa