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Verb: Matriculate  (muh-TRIK-yuh-layt) Definition: To enroll as a member of a body and especially of a college or university. Sample sentence: A spokesperson for the college said the school is expected to matriculate approximately 1,000 students for the fall semester.

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Every time you feel yourself getting pulled into other people’s nonsense, repeat these words: not my circus, not my monkeys. It is so easy to get sucked into someone else’s drama. Take a deep breath, count to ten and then walk away.

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Noun:  (FREE-gun) Definition: An activist who scavenges for free food, such as in waste receptacles at stores and restaurants, as a means of reducing consumption of resources. Sample sentence: Josh is a vocal anti-consumerist who lives as a freegan and works to develop community gardens in urban settings.

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The best things in life are free. Hugs, smiles, family, friends, kisses, love, sleep, laughter and good memories are some of the best things.

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Noun: Stoic  (STOH-ik) Definition: One apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain. Sample sentence:  Deidra is truly a stoic, having finished the marathon despite a painful pulled tendon in her knee.  

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It’s not where you get your education, but what you do with it that matters. You may have all the degrees on the wall, but if you don’t do anything with them, they are hardly worth the mention.

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Noun: Crowdfunding  (KROWD-fun-ding) Definition: The practice of soliciting financial contributions from a large number of people especially from the online community. Sample sentence: In the age of digital storefronts like Etsy and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, inventors and designers can go  from an idea to high demand for their product in very little time.

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Intense belief in a cause or goal is one of the most powerful forces on earth. No matter what the odds may be, belief dictates that there is a way.

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Noun: Ambrosia  (am-BROH-zhee-uh) Definition: 1.  A food, or the ointment or perfume of the Roman  and Greek Gods. 2. Something extremely pleasing to the  taste or smell. 3. A dessert made of oranges and shredded coconut. Sample sentence: The company drew criticism for advertising the children’s medicine as if it were ambrosia.

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Be thankful for all those people who said “no” to you. It is because of them that you learned to do things for yourself. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to your children. They too will learn to do things for themselves.

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