The No Excuses! t-shirt exercise.

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 It’s tee-shirt time.  Again.  I’ve got an eight year old sidekick who’d *love* to SHARPIE-up a tee and a college BFF who’s nothing if not honest.  Today’s my day.  Is today YOUR day? Ok, People. I’m passionate enough about this exercise I’m willing to put my *misfit heart* on the line & admit I really [...]

When is it ok to lie to your child?

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Once upon a time, Mulan married Ken. Since we’ve moved the Husband’s work-hours have been long. Unpredictably long, mixed with travel, yet I don’t mind. There’s nothing we can do to change the situation, so I’ve shifted my perspective and discovered a glittery, silver lining. These stretches of solo parenting are a gift of time. [...]

Don’t compare you to…YOU.

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These musings are an outgrowth of the comment above. Sort of. These musings are an outgrow of posts such as this one by a DoodleLovingBloggerIAdore and a BAD*SS squatter I admire. Kind of. These musings are an outgrowth of how I lead my life and something I recommitted to a few years ago. Completely. I’m [...]

Travels with Charming: equine-style.

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The post below is sponsored by KURGO.  The fact I cannot stop myself from handing the reigns over to Charming *and* my LOVE of their stuffs is all my own.   When last we spoke I was getting used to my new harness.  I cant lie–please don’t tell my owner roommate–I love my harness.  I feel [...]

Aging without fear.

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A few weeks ago I shared the picture above on Facebook. It was sunny.  Charming was happy.  It was sunny.  I was happy.  It was sunny (did I mention that?). I felt content.  And, in a way I can’t capture in words, I felt like myself. I’ve experienced this so rarely lately I shoved my [...]

If at first you don’t succeed—quit!

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PRE-SOCCER GAME MONKEY BARS TIME!   I’m here to announce the Tornado has quit soccer. (collective gasp!) And I encouraged it. (louder gasp!) The thing is I’m a big believer in quitting. A quit’advocate if you will. A woman who’s BRAZEN enough to stand up and say she DOESN’T agree with the adage: A quitter [...]

Two steps to a bathing suit body!

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As this time edges near I think of last yrs sentiment: 2 steps 2a BATHINGSUIT BEACH BODY. #1 Put on suit #2 Go 2beach #stopthemadness — carla birnberg (@carla_birnberg) March 2, 2014   Ive thought about the above since I tweeted it close to three weeks ago. Ive skimmed magazines, read twitter, checked out Instagram, [...]

Creating a personal mantra.

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When I first began meditating I mocked the notion of a mantra. I now *cringe* at how I made fun of what I perceived to be jibberish syllables—the thing is back then I simply didn’t understand. And then I meditated. I attempted to quiet my monkey mind and quickly realized I needed more tools than [...]

Which of these friends do you have?

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I brought my funky friends dress shoes! I spent the past few days at a conference. The focus was learning & networking–but ever the misfit attending sparked me to consider my larger social experience. To ponder my introvert status and realize how much I need my community. Meeting so many amazing women served to highlight [...]

What if it all went away?

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Gratitude is a tremendous part of our duo’s day-to-day living. A constant focus. It’s not so much the child has gone through an ungrateful stage (yet?)—-I just believe in focusing before the…fall. On prophylactic gratitude if you will. We have a lot for which to be grateful. A lot. Not so much even “stuff,” but [...]