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Kiss Me On the Lips!
by Cheryl Demas

My little girl came home from school the other day and demanded, "Kiss me on the lips, Mom."

"But Dani," I said, "I can't kiss you. You know I'm sick. I don't want to make you sick too."

"I know Mom, that's the point. I want to catch your cold."

It turned out that her school's mile-run was the next day, and she was looking for any way to get out of it. I managed to keep her healthy through the night, gave her a pep talk the next morning and sent her off to school.

She was surprisingly upbeat when I picked her up that afternoon. She had finished the run with a good time, and agreed that it wasn't so bad after all. In fact, she was pretty proud of herself.

Thinking my pep talk had done the trick, I pressed for more information. "So, as you were running, were you thinking about what I told you this morning?"

"No, Mom, you didn't help me at all. The pacers helped me finish."


"The big kids, 5th and 6th graders. They ran beside me when I slowed down, talked to me, and kept me going."

Pacers. What a great idea. Who couldn't use a pacer every day? Not just for exercise encouragement, but for encouragement in everything.

Do you have a pacer in your life? Do you have someone who "runs beside you" when you slow down, or need a little extra encouragement? Do you have a pacer who keeps you motivated to reach your business goals when you feel like you just can't go on? Is it your spouse, a good friend, or a business associate?

If you don't have a pacer in life already, visit the bulletin boards at
you will find many friendly moms there who will be happy to give you advice and encouragement.

With a pacer, you may find that your goals are a little easier to reach, and you won't have to do anything drastic (like kiss on the lips!) to reach that finish line.

Cheryl is the founder and publisher of She lives and works at her home in California with her husband and two daughters. She is also the author of The Work-at-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business"

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