Monday Morning Boost: Finding the Joy that Lights the World

Monday Morning Boost: Finding the Joy that Lights the World

I had a December where life threw my biggest heartbreaking challenge ever. I felt trapped and alone. Discovering what I could control and what I could not control became one of my saving graces through that most difficult time. One specific tool I consistently focused on was finding joy in my journey. I could control this. Even in the most trying circumstances, I could choose to find joy. Sometimes I would find joy in bleakest days by seeing the slight…

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Monday Morning Boost: Sometimes the Holidays are Hard

Monday Morning Boost: Sometimes the Holidays are Hard

Traditionally the holidays are a time for coming home. That desire for gathering with family seems to be instinctive in most people. But for some, the cheerful and fun-filled holidays are not so cheerful and fun-filled. Sometimes they’re hard. Sometimes they’re lonely. Sometimes they’re difficult. Sometimes coming home can be hard. ROB FROM NEW ENGLAND Rob was a good friend from several years ago who came to school at Utah State from the New England area. Rob called me late one…

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Monday Morning Boost: Thanksgiving Homecomings

Monday Morning Boost: Thanksgiving Homecomings

Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, delicious meals, and celebrations. Thanksgiving is also a time of homecoming. Three times over the course of my life, Thanksgiving has been a significant time of homecoming for me. COMING HOME FROM WAR  I remember first my homecoming from Iraq on November 18, 2005. The day was the Friday before Thanksgiving that year. The year I spent in Iraq was challenging, heartbreaking at the loss of life, rewarding for the bonds of friendship. I grew to…

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Our Perfectly Imperfect Crew

Our Perfectly Imperfect Crew

I am most grateful on this Thanksgiving Day for the perfectly imperfect crew I call family. OUR PERFECTLY IMPERFECT CREW By Les Patterson Giggles, grins, and goof offs Sometimes even a scowl or two They are who we call family Our perfectly imperfect crew. Pictures are never perfect Nor are family meals Sometimes we fight and argue It’s all part of the deal. We signed up before we were born Getting what we knew not But change we never would Not…

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Thanksgiving Gifts of Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gifts of Gratitude

We can give the gift of ………….an outstretched hand of hope ………….a word of kindness ………….a smile of peace. We can also give the gift of receiving such gracious acts of love with gratitude. REMEMBER… “The story you most consistently tell yourself will be the story to most consistently come true in your life.” Discover how you can “Gain The Red Edge” by focusing your efforts, clarifying your message, sharing your story, and creating impact with a complimentary Gain the Red Edge…

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How To Fund A Business Venture

How To Fund A Business Venture

Finding the right funding as an entrepreneur can be challenging. Do you self-fund, seek venture capital, or secure an SBA or tradition financing? There seem to be more questions than answers. At least to start with. The Logan Chapter of Silicon Slopes hosted a discussion panel Wednesday afternoon at Vivint Smart Home in Logan to help entrepreneurs find answers to some of those perplexing questions. The discussion was moderated by Chase Anderson, chapter lead, and featured a panel of local and state…

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Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Major Brent Taylor

Monday Morning Boost: Honoring Major Brent Taylor

I started out the morning of Saturday, November 3rd, focused on our military veterans at the Run To Remember 2018. It was while at the Run I first heard of an American soldier being killed by an insider attack in Afghanistan. What follows are my thoughts shared on Facebook over the last two weeks, from the time I heard Major Brent Taylor was that American soldier. NOV 3 – HEARTBROKEN Brent Taylor was a friend. I’m heartbroken. NOV 3 – “WAR AND…

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Patriotic Voices of the Next Generation

Patriotic Voices of the Next Generation

I wrap up this Veterans Day with gratitude for the voices of the next generation as expressed by the students at Sky View High School and North Park Elementary. Each group of students, from the youngest to the oldest, showed respect and appreciation for the group of veterans assembled. I was quite touched by this kind letter I received from one of the 5th-grade students at North Park. Note the wisdom expressed by this 5th grader! It will be my…

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Monday Morning Boost: They Stood To Defend

Monday Morning Boost: They Stood To Defend

I’m honored to be part of a family of veterans. My dad Ed “Sonny” Patterson was a veteran of the Air Force and the Utah Army National Guard. My mother’s father Forrest “Corky” Christiansen was an Army veteran who fought in World War II. My brothers Robert and Marc are both veterans of the Utah Army National Guard. I have uncles, cousins, and extended family who are veterans. My greatest honor comes from my three veteran sons: Cody is in…

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Monday Morning Boost: I Don’t Like Feeling Hatred

Monday Morning Boost: I Don’t Like Feeling Hatred

My heart ached when I heard the news Brent Taylor had been killed in Afghanistan. Brent was a friend who was a major in the Utah Army National Guard as well as the mayor of North Ogden in Utah. My sorrow quickly turned to anger and hatred when I heard Brent was killed by one of the Afghan soldiers he was training. Brent had a compassionate love for the people he was helping. He truly believed he was making a difference….

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