Christmas 2012: Exchange Serving for Impressing

We want people to think that our cookies are delicious, our present-wrapping is creative, and our tree is decorated beautifully. ...more
You've made great points on the joy of moving away from doing things to impress.    Pride. Ow. ...more

Stress: The Final Inappropriate Frontier

Stress is a funny thing. Half the time I have no idea how stressed I actually am because I try not to pay attention to such minor details. I lecture my clients about it all the time but when it comes to myself, um...let's just say I suck at taking my own brilliant advice. ...more

How to Manage Holiday Stress


Farm Friday - Stress Relief

Anne KimballLife on the Funny FarmWhenever I'm in the middle of scratching 42,000 things off my to-do list, and I remember I have to run out to the barn to feed or water or fix or clean or shut in or let out, I think to myself......more

Simply Being

 Simply Being ...more

Motivation in yucky weather

I love the month of October. I'm obsessed with pumpkin EVERYTHING (candles, wallflowers, pies, coffee, candy, etc. etc.) I love wearing tights and boots and men's sweaters with leggings.But with October comes midterms and stress and essays and cold weather.I like the slight temperature drop, but I hate what it does to my motivation.Can I be honest with you guys? This past week I didn't go to the gym at all. And forcing myself to go today was a battle. I did arms for half an hour and then I did cardio for ten  ...more

Entrepreneurial Spirit or Stress

High energy and optimism drive entrepreneurs to overcome the daily challenges of starting and running a business.  It is drawn from the spirit of achievement.  A belief in winning.  The achiever reflects on the vision supplanted in the back of their mind that reminds them they can do it.  Entrepreneurial spirit motivates. Unfortunately, entrepreneurial stress can be harmful....more

Freak-Out Friday

I called in sick from work today. It's not that I don't have anything going on at work. I have stacks of files to review, affidavits to draft. I just needed a day off from the usual. I hope my boss, who sometimes reads my blog, will understand. (Hi Jane!)  I had every intention of going into the office and plowing through my work. I rose at my usual 6:00 a.m, rallied the troops, packed lunches, and while I took my shower I started going through my mental checklist of Things to Do Today and Things to Do This Weekend....more

I Broke: I'll Never Forgive Myself for Hitting My Autistic Son

I'm on the floor of the bathroom with my fingers in my ears. I'm not sure it was even necessary as I wouldn't be able to hear the cries of my child over the cries of my own. I'm crying so hard that my body has started to shake with exhaustion, and I'm sweaty from the exertion. In the other room Casey screams from his car seat that I ripped from the car to buckle him in because I did not know what else to do. He's safe. Safe from himself, and so much worse, safe from me. I hit him. I hit my six-year-old autistic son. ...more
You are not alone. You.are.not.alone. I am the mother of a 6.5 year old very big, very strong, ...more

The Pebble In My Shoe