Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the United States, and because it’s 2020, many of us are planning for celebrations that will look very different than in years past. My family, for example, will be eating in separate houses with Zoom running, then meeting up in my sister’s backyard to have a socially distanced dessert (made …

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Happy Father’s Day! Last year, I shared a story about the lessons my dad taught us through home remodeling and vacation planning (you can find that post here). This year, I wanted to share two very important things he learned during a significant portion of his life (long before I was born), that he has …

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Last year, I wrote a Mother’s Day post that highlighted some of the most important things I’ve learned from my mom. It’s one of my favorite posts, and if you haven’t read it (or want to revisit it), you can click here. This year, I’d like to add two more important lessons that I’ve learned …

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When I was a teenager, I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Mark Scharenbroich, an award-winning motivational speaker, author, and filmmaker. It was a powerful experience at the time, and many years later, when I was struggling with depression and negativity, I looked him up, read his book, and was reminded of the …

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Every year, the week before Christmas, my parents meet me and a few coworkers for lunch. My parents enjoy catching up with my friends at work, and my colleagues are huge fans of my parents (because Mom and Dad are awesome). It’s become an important tradition, and something I look forward to every year. Today …

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As I mentioned last week, during the holidays I plan something special for each of my three nieces. Cassidy, age 9, is developing quite a love for show tunes and musicals, and has probably become the second biggest fan in our family (the first being yours truly). So last Saturday found us at the Fox …

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National Cat Herders Day is actually tomorrow, but I have something else planned for tomorrow’s post, so I’m saluting chaos coordinators a day early. I’ve loved the expression “like herding cats” since the first time I heard it, and there are so many situations where it applies (my nieces’ birthday parties, my friends on a …

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During the holidays, I always plan a special day or evening with each of my three nieces. This year, when I asked four year old Carly what she wanted to do, she said, “Eat spaghetti”. I suggested several more unique activities, but she was set on spaghetti (like I said, she’s four). So last night …

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