Last week I was on my afternoon walk, working up a too-soon-for-summer-sweat and wondering where the magic was. It’s spring, and it’s already hot. I forgot my sunscreen. I am not ready for sleeveless. It wasn’t the mind clearing, creatively nurturing excursion I had hoped for.At the park, there were two young men practicing their balancing skills on colorful tightropes, which were attached to the trees....more
Until recently, I was pretty clear where I stood and why— firmly and proudly with Team Make it Happen. There’s another team, Team Meant to Be. We’re the doers, they’re the believers. They accept, we activate. They hope. We hike. And obviously, we’re the superior team.A funny thing happened on my way to judging and dismissing Team Meant to Be. I realized they might have something. Something I wanted, and maybe even needed. Perhaps it was time to change the way I play....more
A Rural Education“Wake up!”The lights in our small country house were flashing on and my parents were already dressed, although it was still dark outside my bedroom window. My little brother and I, 14 and 10 respectively, wanted to stay curled up in our warm cocoons of blankets and pillows, but my parents moved with such an urgency that it wasn’t long before we wandered with sleepy eyes from our bedrooms to find out what was happening....more
It’s a tough thing, staying dedicated to your art while also holding down a job. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get through your commute, make dinner, get the chores done and just catch up with your loved ones at the end of the day—maybe if you feel ambitious getting a workout in.Nope, we’ve gone and made everything even more complicated by throwing apassion in the mix. How can one ever manage to keep a life in order and also chase a passion?...more
This was a long winter, as everyone knows, except for you lucky devils living in places that didn’t get repeatedly body slammed by snow and/or subzero temperatures. Through the better part of the winter I kept pushing the kids to stick to a relatively active schedule of activities, errands, and playdates. We got out of the house just about every day and I thought this was good for us. But at a certain point, Miles slammed on the brakes. Getting him out of the house to go anywhere became such an unbelievable struggle that eventually I had to STOP and reconsider....more
I've seen a lot of posts lately on blogs or in comment threads discussing "finding balance."
"How do you find balance as a blogger?"
"How do you balance your work and family life?"
"How balanced is your social media vs. face-to-face interaction with people?"
I'm supposed to be taking a break from my blog and social media but here I am. Plus, my class was cancelled because of the snow. I'm not complaining. I'm going to be taking a nap, and maybe doing a little work later on. So, why am I here?1. Writing gives me the release that I need to function, to help me be mentally healthy. It is also my passion and what I know I am supposed to be doing. Unfortunately I missed my last 2 writing forum meetings, so that is not making me feel in the loop at all....more
Ever thought about what your life would be like if you had balance? According to ABC News, The Hay Group a global consulting firm, conducted a study and found 39% of employees worldwide said they do not have it. What is that Work-Life Balance that we keep hearing so much about about? Work-Life Balance is a concept – splitting time and energy between work and other important aspects of people’s lives....more
There is so so much that goes into a life. So many things to sort through. So many things that keep life going. For many people, at some point there's a melding of two lives into a rather singular one.Either way, removing only one name or one person leaving the home could mean the difference between keeping the electricity on, cancelling an insurance policy, or access to funds that the other earned and deposited. It's a wonder how separations can end amicably even without emotional attachments.It takes work, but I do stay, by choice....more
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