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Noun: Attrition  (ah-TRIH-shun) Definition: 1. A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death. 2. A gradual decline in numbers or strength. Example sentence: The company’s attrition rate was quite high, causing the value of their stock to fall sharply each year.

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Life is not a path of coincidence, happenstance, and luck, but rather an unexplainable, meticulously charted course for one to touch the lives of others and make a difference in the world.

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Adjective: Kindred  (KIN-drud) Definition: 1. Of a similar nature or character: like. 2. Of the same ancestry. Example sentence: Jessica found a kindred songwriting spirit in Brigid, and soon the two women were collaborating on a new album.

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

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Noun: Zydeco  (ZYE-duh-koh) Definition: Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues. Example sentence: The restaurant, with architecture that looks like it’s straight from the French quarter of New Orleans, features authentic Cajun cuisine and live zydeco music.

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Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

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Adjective: Brusque  (BRUSK) Definition: 1. Markedly short and abrupt. 2. Blunt in manner or speech often to the point of ungracious harshness. Example sentence: On her first day of work, Diana’s new boss gave her only a brusque greeting before showing her the place where she would be working.

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Don’t be afraid to go where you’ve never gone and do what you’ve never done, because both are necessary to have what you’ve never had and be who you’ve never been.

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An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So, just focus and keep aiming.

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Noun: Pseudonym  (SOO-duh-nihm) Definition: A fictitious name; especially, a pen name. Example sentence: Instead of using his real name, Edward signed his letter to the editor with the pseudonym “Jack Cramer.”

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