Goals & Resources: May 27–June 7, Happy Memorial Day 2013 Edition

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As you enjoy a day off with family and friends, don’t forget to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this day: fallen American troops.memorial day

If you click on the image above you will be taken to an infographic designed by the Huffington post. It gives some history on the holiday and a reminder to take a moment to reflect at 3 PM.

In addition to celebrating our troops, I’ll spend most of the week reflecting on my own life. I was born on May 31, 1976—a Memorial Day.  On Monday’s I typically set set goals but that would be counterproductive since most of my energy is going into packing and spending time with my family.

On Friday, May 24 I received news that one of my great-uncles passed. We called him Preacher and Boo. He was my maternal grandmother’s brother. Being the oldest grandchild, I’ve been fortunate to have relationships with my great-aunts and uncles. They’ve been the connection to my grandmother, who died when I was only 12 years old. As I grow older, I realize how important that one’s entire family is and not just one’s nuclear family. Aunts, uncles, great aunts/uncles, cousins and grandparents can impart things that mothers and fathers cannot—especially history. As you reflect on the fallen  troops, don’t forget to reflect on your family and friends who have transitioned into the afterlife. Take a few minutes to share some family history with your children as well.


  1. Finish packing.
  2. I’m sure I won’t get much creative writing done over the week but I plan to write in my journal.
  3. Spend some time with the boys.
  4. Reflect on where I’ve been, make note on where I am and revise my plan for where I’m going.


In the process of moving I stacked up all of my pillows to toss. Most of them were extremely dingy. While looking at furniture on Pinterest I came across a blog post by Jillie over at One Good Thing titled How to Wash and Whiten Yellowed Pillows. The instructions worked. I only had to toss two of the 20 pillows I had in the “throw away” pile. I also learned that you should wash your pillows about two times a year.

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on Amazon.com.

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