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Lessons: Life, Learning & Leadership

In This Moment

In This Moment

#InTheMoment #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I’m paying attention, yet detaching. I’m preparing more, yet letting go. I’m watching other’s more, yet closing my eyes more. I’m sharing more, yet...

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See For Yourself

See For Yourself

#SeeForYourself #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #GGGGG #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Just received this text from a friend in the Tampa, FL area. Based on my recommendation to “see for yourself”, he did and has a whole new...

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Level 1

Level 1

#Level1 #KnowMoreStuff #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ChemTrail #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Level 1. 50 “good-to-know” questions that I put together for a friend. The feedback I received was that they found it super helpful - maybe...

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Sight for Soar Eyes

Sight for Soar Eyes

#ClearSkies #KnowMoreStuff #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ChemTrail #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN This is the first time in the last 3 weeks that there were ‘normal’ looking clouds and it’s quite the sight for “soar” eyes. A beautiful...

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Salsa Verde: Tomatillos

Salsa Verde: Tomatillos

#WholeFoodsPlantBased #PickYourOwn #FreshIsBest #SalsaVerde #Tomatillo #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn  #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN 3 years ago we started with a single tomatillo plant and a bit of hope. Today, we have 15 super-healthy, wide-bottomed sprawling...

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Leveling Up

Leveling Up

#StateChamp #GirlsGolf #Stress #PlayingUnderPressure #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Breaking70 #HighSchoolAthlete   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Yesterday was the 2A State Championships in Owensboro, KY and it just so happened to be a big deal. You’ve probably seen...

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Cold Brew In the Afternoon

Cold Brew In the Afternoon

#ColdBrew #AfternoonCoffee #LittleThings #DIYCoffee #Cooking #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Last week, while traveling, we ended up with a cold brew at a coffee shop ONLY because their regular coffee machine (for hot coffee) was down. We...

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When the Topic Matters

When the Topic Matters

#TimeCrunch #TheClockIsTicking #Stress #WhatIsImportant #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ImportantStuff #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN There was a time when I had to make & set agendas. Every topic had a time limit, or if it was people, each person had a...

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What IS That?

What IS That?

#WildThing #GrowlingTire #CountryLiving #EyesOpen #Awareness #MysteriousSound  #Lesson #Learn  #Nature   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN *Read the short story THEN watch the short clip.* “Grrrrrrrrrrrrr” - that’s the sound that made me jump as I walked past my left rear tire. “WTF...

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This Could Get Heated

This Could Get Heated

#HotTopics #VerifyYourSources #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #WhoDoYouTrust #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Although this could get heated, it needs not get this hot (see yesterday’s ridiculous unedited pic after we completed a round of...

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Something Extra-Ordinary

Something Extra-Ordinary

#SomethingExtraordinary #HoleInOne #BigDeal #HailMary #HugeMoment #ReadyForIt #Athlete #GreatGolf #Learn #CanIGetAWitness #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I’m not a huge fan of witnessing things first-hand that end in injury, humiliation, death, destruction, etc. I’ve...

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I Don’t Think..Or Do I?

I Don’t Think..Or Do I?

#SmoggySkies #ChemTrails #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #SomthingBigIsGoingOn #Lesson #Learn #Preparedness #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN I don’t think there’s something going on we should worry about. I don’t think there’s something to all these chemicals that...

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The Sky is the Limit

The Sky is the Limit

#TheSkyIsTheLimit #NoLimits #Stress #OptimumPerformance #Awareness #CompetitiveAwareness #Choices #Lesson #Learn #SportsTraining #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Is the sky the limit or are you limited in some fashion? If you feel limited as a coach or athlete, this is...

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Radiant Blue Skies

Radiant Blue Skies

#EMF #BlueSkiesAbove #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #ResearchRadiation #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Can you see it? I took this picture of our sky a moment ago to use as the basis for what we can’t see. My response here is based on a comment I...

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But I Didn’t Know

But I Didn’t Know

#ButIDidntKnow #PickYourBattle #Stress #YouNeverSaid #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Parenting #TVOff   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN “Good news! Your youngest has been located!” - Joanna I took a screenshot of our FaceTime conversation just seconds after it started....

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Big Stories on the Green

Big Stories on the Green

#FirstEagle #MakingPar #KidsGolf #EyeOnTheBall #Coaching #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Big moment today. Two firsts for these two, and it happened on the SAME hole. A short 281 yard Par 4 where Paxton’s high and perfectly straight drive...

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High of 79

High of 79

#Breaking80 #OnlyGolfInThe70s #EyeOnTheBall #Goals #Progress #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #Golf #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN Huge Congratulations to Breanna! For two years now she’s scored in the 90’s and then 80’s and has flirted with the 80 mark time and time...

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Can’t See The Forest

Can’t See The Forest

#CantSeeTheForestForTheTrees #PickYourBattle #Stress #EyesOpen #Awareness #Options #Choices #Lesson #Learn #ChemTrail #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN What’s riskier… Arguing about something or just letting things go? Depends, right? Are we talking a brief 20 second...

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To Another Year

To Another Year

#HappyAnniversary #19Years #CheersToAnotherYear #Mindset #Rebound #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman It just so happens today’s our 19th anniversary. I could go on and on about life as we know it and have lived it, but it’s probably best to...

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Independent Thoughts

Independent Thoughts

#IndependenceDay #4thOfJuly #Mindset #Freedom #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman O say can you see? Bright Stars. Broad Stripes. Bombs bursting in air. Proof through the night that our flag was still there. Happy Independence Day! Share...

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Time Under Tension

Time Under Tension

#TimeUnderTension #Router #FathersDay #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman I think I’ve got it. “It?” Yep. But “it"’s not what you think. If ever there was a post that everyone should read, it’s this one. It’s going to...

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Being Duped

Being Duped

#Duped #LookingFromDifferentAngles #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Admitting I’ve been duped on something is really tough for me as it is for most people. And, it makes sense. Even when presented with...

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Are You With Me

Are You With Me

#AreYouKiddingMe #Checkmate #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Choices   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman “You’ve gotta’ be f*cking kidding me!” That’s the exact phrase I’ve joked about for years saying that it’s going to be the last thing I say...

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Hiss & Herss

Hiss & Herss

#Check #Checkmate #PhotoBomb #Mindset #Awareness #Options #HealthyEats #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Hiss and herss. The other night we made pizza and bread sticks. Joanna left the room right when I started to cut everything (not the...

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Lady’s Stinky New Friend

Lady’s Stinky New Friend

#StinkyDog #HappyEaster #Skunked #Mindset #Awareness #Options #SkunkStink #Lesson #Learn #Life #Clean   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman > Easter dinner this year with my parents was extraordinarily delicious and everyone and everything looked amazing. Oh and the...

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Plumbing, Filtration, Cutting Granite

Plumbing, Filtration, Cutting Granite

#Projects #Problems #Stress #Mindset #LittleThings #Success #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman This is SO COOL!! After 8 days of plumbing nightmares, burnt cartridges, stripped screws, cracked filters, clogged pipes, cutting granite,...

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AT-AT in the Yard

AT-AT in the Yard

#AT-AT #StarWars #BlusteryDay #PointOfView #Awareness #WishISawThat #Perspective #Lesson #Learn #Life #Laugh   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman I thought for sure we were about to be under attack from one of those Star Wars AT-AT Walkers when I walked out my front door...

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Not So Welcome

Not So Welcome

#tolerance #diversity #dunedin #Mindset #SmallTown #MakingADifference #NotSoWelcome #Lesson #Learn #Life #Change   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman This sign is on the front door of a restaurant just over a mile from where we lived in FL. 4 years ago we moved to a...

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F.E.A.R.less

F.E.A.R.less

#Fear #FEARless #Stress #Mindset #Anxiety #Options #Dance #Cooking #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman What FEARs do you have? I mean, real FEAR? Fear is natural and is critical for survival. Fear keeps us alive as it promulgates action and...

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Infringement 101

Infringement 101

#FiveSenses #ThreeOptions #Infringement101 #SeeHearSmellTasteTouch #Connect #Divide #Choices #Lesson #Dance #Partner #Connection #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Can you make sense of this? Any one (1) of the five (5) main senses has the...

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Grading on a Curve

Grading on a Curve

#GradingOnACurve #RealLife #Success #Mindset #Awareness #Options  #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman What would life be like if we were graded on a curve? Would the room where we painted 3 of the 4 walls yesterday suddenly be complete?...

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Who is That in the Mirror

Who is That in the Mirror

#Self-Image #Reflection #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Like-Point #Strong #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see your own beauty or do you immediately look for flaws? Do you see and own the...

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People are Like Golf Balls

People are Like Golf Balls

#GolfBall #GolfWisdom #Diversity #Mindset #Awareness #Inclusion #PerfectShot #Lesson #Learn #Life    by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman People are like golf balls. Different colors. Different styles. Different brands. Different strengths. Different flaws. The more you...

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The Birthday Gift

The Birthday Gift

#BuildingThings #BirthdayGift #SoManyLessons #Mindset #Teamwork #Options #HomeSchool #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman This one’s worth the read (and the video’s good too, but don’t do one without the other). --- --- Versions 12.6 and...

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Self-Love… Taking Care of YOU

Self-Love… Taking Care of YOU

 #SelfLove #Stress #Mindset #SelfWorth #SelfEsteem #SelfCare #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health #OxygenMask #Confidence #InputOutput   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman An interesting discussion yesterday about self-love took place in our house. It started with me basically...

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Masks and Critical Thinking

Masks and Critical Thinking

#CriticalThinking #Research #Mask #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Wait, what?? I spent the last 6 hours today at a college campus. I observed students, by the hundreds, and watched as they walked to and from...

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Getting What You Paid For

Getting What You Paid For

#GettingWhatYouPaidFor #DeliveringOnPromises #BirthdayEarrings #Tenacity #Awareness #Options #Balance #Lesson #Learn #Life #Parenting   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Here’s a story about getting what you paid for (getting what you want), delivering on promises...

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Job Well Done

Job Well Done

#JobWellDone #CheckYourWork #AsLongAsItTakes #Mindset #Awareness #Homeschool #LearnToLearn #Lesson #Learn #Life #CleanKitchen   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Y’all have no idea how big this moment was for me. “What’s going on?” you say. Well, this is my youngest,...

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Tackling Big Projects

Tackling Big Projects

#BigProjects #GettingItDone #KidPower #CrownMolding #GoodbyeAvocado #ItsGoingToBeHuge #ElbowGrease #Lesson #Learn #Life #TeamWork   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman For the first time in nearly 4 years we actually enjoy looking out this set of windows!    Over the...

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Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction

#JustForLaughs #SomeAssemblyRequired #WinterFun #SnowDay #Balance #IKEAAdventures #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman We got a notification from UPS that our Igloo, Snowmen & Snowballs were all delivered from IKEA. This is NOT what we...

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Is Seeing Actually Believing?

Is Seeing Actually Believing?

#SeeingIsntAlwaysBelieving #Truth #FakeNews #Mindset #Awareness #TrustButVerify #ChallengeBeliefs #Lesson #Learn #Life #ReadTheFinePrint   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman I believe what I believe is, for the most part, correct.  You believe what you believe is, for...

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Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence

#PowerfulSilence #TooMuchNoise #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #QuietThoughts #Resilience #Lesson #Learn #Life #Creativity   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman A moment of silence.  Perhaps for our nation? For our current leaders or future administration? Perhaps on two...

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Participation at Its Finest

Participation at Its Finest

#ParticipationAward #PresentToWin #PresentNotPresent #ParticipationFail #DistanceLearning #HomeSchool #RealLife #Lesson #Learn #Life #ProudPapa   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman We had a first yesterday.  And, before I share the story, let me say I’m not a fan of...

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Quality Time Worth Remembering

Quality Time Worth Remembering

#QualityTime #Mindfulness #LovedOnes #Mindset #Awareness #SharedExperience #SharedGoals #Lesson #Learn #Life #TeachingKids   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Spending time versus spending quality time. This looks like it could be me just tuning out, but It’s merely me...

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A Neat little story about cards

A Neat little story about cards

#ThankYou #NeatStory #CustomerAppreciation #ArtBiz #LifeLessons #LearningTheRopes #Lesson #Learn #Life    by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Here’s a neat little story... I watched, on-and-off, as my two eldest  girls spent nearly 20 hours hand writing Christmas wishes...

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Dance, Music & INSTRUCTION

F.E.A.R.less

F.E.A.R.less

#Fear #FEARless #Stress #Mindset #Anxiety #Options #Dance #Cooking #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman What FEARs do you have? I mean, real FEAR? Fear is natural and is critical for survival. Fear keeps us alive as it promulgates action and...

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Infringement 101

Infringement 101

#FiveSenses #ThreeOptions #Infringement101 #SeeHearSmellTasteTouch #Connect #Divide #Choices #Lesson #Dance #Partner #Connection #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Can you make sense of this? Any one (1) of the five (5) main senses has the...

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Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

#Lead #Follow #Balance #Leadership #Lesson #Role #Dance #Life #Team #Family #Disaffiliate by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman A leader cannot lead followers who won’t follow. Think about it. But, first, what is a leader? What is a follower? What about those who are...

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Etiquette (Dance Partner / Dance Floor)

Etiquette (Dance Partner / Dance Floor)

Partner Etiquette When you are dancing, the two most important people on the dance floor are yourself and your dance partner. The following rules will make your joint dancing experience, especially during the learning period, much more enjoyable. Do Not Give...

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What kind of person are you?

What kind of person are you?

As those that know me know, I am passionate about helping people learn new things and dancing has been a huge part of my life…. but it’s because I love the social ends of dance and helping others, not because I love “dancing”, as a standalone activity.  This is...

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Rhythm & Music for beginner dancers

Rhythm & Music for beginner dancers

     Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to know much about music to be a great dancer. Assuming you know very little about music, I'll get you started here with the essentials that will have you feeling like a pro in no time. I’ll briefly describe what you...

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Introduction to Social Dancing

Introduction to Social Dancing

Social dancing is the bomb-diggity.  Social dancing, in and of itself, though, encompasses a wide variety of couples dances, as well as various styles of dancing. So what all is it? In general terms, social dancing includes everything from the salsa to the two-step to...

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How & Why these videos rock

How & Why these videos rock

1) The layout is a perfect setup for *****
2) We include ***** that make learning SIMPLE
3) Unique ******* format allows you to dance along with instructors
4) Includes ***** unlike “Date night” programs designed for quick “Show off” moves…

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