The other afternoon I texted a friend. I'm not sure where I'm headed right now career-wise, I shared. Ugh. Are you feeling discouraged? Do you want to talk it through? She immediately responded. Sure! I'm always up for a chat. I thought as I readied to reply. But discouraged? I paused to consider her word choice. Not at all. Later, as I transitioned from speedy to slow, I seized the ... Continue Reading
The Elder Statesman of Kidville.
Today this one starts middle school. When I began working in social media in 2001 she wasn't born yet. When I launched this thing she & I were newly home from Guatemala and she was a year old. This summer whizzed past (I know I know. It will be different next year) in what seemed like a weekendandaBLINK. She worked. I worked. There were camps and canine-time and trips ... Continue Reading
I am adventurous. I adore Wayne Dyer. He taught me about being squeezed. He reminded me to stand on my head. He enlightened me about the fact all creativity emerges from silence and stillness. I gift his books to people. I quote him on the regular. I'd thought he provided a sort of backdrop to my life. These days I forget Dyer-teachings more often than I remember them. How are ... Continue Reading
Tips for Creating the Perfect Daycation.
Home is where the...STAYcation is. Once upon a time, in a blog-galaxy far far away, we debated the relative merits of staycations. We blogged about money saved when we had no airfare or hotel costs. We proclaimed shock as we discovered myriad things we'd never made time to do until we played tourist in our hometowns. We luxuriated in the benefits of unhurried vacations at home versus ... Continue Reading
I am your second best friend.
A few months ago, I had what felt like a momentous conversation with a friend. We were messaging fast & furious on the Book of the Face (something I rarely do as I envision a Zuckerberg-glitch suddenly making all those secret tidbits public) following a long discussion-thread on my personal wall. I'd started the thread in an effort to find a yoga retreat and, as a result of poor phrasing ... Continue Reading
You do not offend me.
Once upon a time a friend invited The Child and me to a concert with her family. I immediately said yes and set a reminder in my calendar for the following weekend. The next morning I received a text from my friend: There's been a change. I need to make the concert family only. I hope I don't offend you. Her text perplexed me. My first thought? I hope everything is OK! My second ... Continue Reading
Lessons learned from a first summer job.
The BEFORE. My first job was as a babysitter. This was typical among my peers the only stark difference being most of my friends who babysat adored kids. I did not love children. I liked them just fine (I ended up teaching Sunday school, swim lessons and babysat through college), but was definitely the sitter you hired when there were only a scant few hours left before bed. I was ... Continue Reading
Ive embraced childlike-adulting.
CLICK ME! CLICK ME! I no longer lament adulthood. Instead, at long last, I've discovered 5 ways remaining childlike can make adulting easier. And my latest musings over at Live Strong were born... ... Continue Reading
Moving from scarcity to abundance.
my success does not equal your failure. For decades I've beaten to death the notion there's room enough for us all to rock. For close to 17 years (!) I've shared online how one woman's success does not equal another woman's failure. Only recently, however, have I been repeatedly reminded it's not enough to feel brazen and unstoppable if beneath it all lurks a scarcity mindset. What is a ... Continue Reading
My 10 Commandments.
Once upon a time, while deep in the throes of graduate school, I invested time defining my core values. With the wide-eyed life excitement the young possess and the older covet, I spent countless hours brainstorming my fundamental beliefs in effort to create a foundation for my personal and professional life. 2+ decades later these beliefs haven't shifted much. Other than a few tweaks (I was ... Continue Reading
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