How one pilot inspired a planeful of people leaving O'Hare

Over a year ago I began a project to paint 100 portraits. The reason? At the time I had only been painting landscapes as part of my new watercolor hobby, and thus faces felt really difficult. …

And other questions that arose while deep cleaning my childhood bedroom at age 30

While in Texas at the end of November I noticed my Google Drive was above 85% full, so I began a digital spring winter cleaning. …

It all began in high school. A bagel and cream cheese had been my Saturday breakfast routine for years, until one day freshman year when it really upset my stomach. This happened repeatedly, so my mom suggested I might be becoming lactose intolerant. …

Reflections on 12 years post-spinal fusion

“Smile on three: One, two— stop leaning Rebecca,” said my cousin.

It was Homecoming of my freshman year in high school, and I was having my first of many pictures taken in my black dress.

“I’m not leaning,” I replied.

“Then why is your hip sticking out?” she asked.


From September 15, 2016 to January 9, 2017 I made one hundred mind maps, as a #The100DayProject project. All mind maps can be viewed here.

How the Project Began

On August 15, 2016 I wrote on my blog “I’m pretty convinced that it would be really good for me to do a 100-day project…

This was written for the following True Life Poetry prompt (#TLPoetry):

Your words matter, and you can use them today.

I never would have thought an email from a college Teaching Assistant (TA) would stick with me for nearly a decade. But one has, and remains memorable to this day.

Nine Easters ago, in 2008, I was in the second semester of my freshman year at UW-Madison. College was a…

Behind the scenes: How tapping into courage brought not one, but two projects to life

In the fall of 2014, I spent about a month walking the Camino de Santiago 500 miles across Spain.

To set the scene a bit, I had two outfits: one inside my backpack and the other on my body. After each day's 6–8 hours of walking, I'd shower and hand…

Your future self will be so grateful you started one

Image by Ryan McGuire

It can be surprising what you can do when you're expected to meet a challenge or are assigned a project with a due date.

So what if there were an assignment that would give you a result you're proud of, teach you new skills, gift you with more pleasure in…

Rebecca Rose Thering

VALUES: Creativity, Gratitude, Growth Mindsets, Kindness, Mindfulness.

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