Practical Ways to Be More Productive

My wonderful fiance taught a workshop today that I was able to attend.  The byline to the workshop summary?  "Are you running your life or is your life running you?" Most of the time, I feel like my life is running me...ragged!  That was until I learned what it took to be more productive!  My secrets?  Keep reading!The Personal Day...more

The space between: motherhood and otherhood

Many years ago, when I was an angsty teen plodding my way through high school, I spent too much time making construction paper sunflowers to turn my bedroom walls into a garden of cheerfulness I didn’t always feel. I was also heavily committed to keeping a journal of quotes I found inspiring or meaningful, those that seemed to perfectly encapsulate just how I felt. In retrospect, quite a few of those were so totally cheese-tastic that I can’t bear to read them today....more

I am my Mother's Daughter

Since May 7 of this year, when I launched RedOstelinda.com, my Canon camera goes wherever I go.  I am not a photographer and a camera was something I would reluctantly take only on vacations.  I wouldn’t even think of having a camera on me at all times.  You see, my mother is a photographer. Having to pose and to force a smile many times as my mother’s model/guinea pig, I grew a total distaste and dislike for all things related to photography....more

The mom, The Artist, The Whole Person

Sometimes I like to peruse the internet for other marriage or kid blogs to check out and glean ideas and inspiration from.  A few that I personally enjoy and get a lot out of are :http://spiceandlove.wordpress.com/AND...more

Keeping My Sanity (On Most Days Anyway)

I am a busy (ready for this...) wife, mother, high school teacher, college professor, writer, consultant, club adviser, and case manager. It seems as though with each school year, the list simply grows. I am one of those people who cannot seem to sit still. For that reason, I am all about balance. I firmly believe in the concept of the harder one works, the harder one must work to ensure balance in their life. All work and no play...NO WAY! I have several strategies that I use to keep my life in balance. For me, faith is very important....more

Dear J: It's Your Turn

Originally posted at Damaged Calm....more

May Blooms in You

by Myla YeeImage Courtesy of www.freedigialphotos.net...more

Giving Up the Idea of Living a Balanced Life

Yesterday I attended a webinar where the speaker talked about getting to the core of what your passion is. Then once finding it, giving up the idea of trying to live a balanced life. The idea being that when you find your passion, it should then just meld in with your life. I love this....more
@SaigeSawe So true, Saige.more

Balance Work and Home to Avoid Excess

It is fantastic to balance obligations at home and work by avoiding concentrating on either area to excess. Excess is commonly defined as an amount that is more than necessary, permitted, or desirable. It is not ideal to live in excess.   Balancing our obligations to home and to work is a balancing act. When I think of it I always think of a seesaw with the things I need to do for home on one side and the things I need to do for work on the other side. A reality is that many women work at home and outside the home....more

Balance Work and Home to Avoid Excess

It is fantastic to balance obligations at home and work by avoiding concentrating on either area to excess. Excess is commonly defined as an amount that is more than necessary, permitted, or desirable. It is not ideal to live in excess.   Balancing our obligations to home and to work is a balancing act. When I think of it I always think of a seesaw with the things I need to do for home on one side and the things I need to do for work on the other side. A reality is that many women work at home and outside the home....more