8 Tips to Go From Burned Out to Badass

Around this time last year, I was totally exhausted; I had spent the last two years working 60-70 hours a week. I was often up at 5 a.m. with a cup of coffee in hand, answering emails, solving problems, and generally just getting stuff done before ...more

Is Your Time Worth More Than You Think?

Time is our most valuable resource. Yet, we are all guilty of driving further down the road to get gas for five cents cheaper, taking on a time-consuming home improvement project, or going from store to store just to snag a few sale items. We ...more

5 Things You Should Know Before You Start Working From Home

A while ago, we wrote about tips to get your boss to let you work from home. But working from home isn't always roses and butterflies. ...more

Being a SAHM Is My Financial Contribution to Our Family

I'm certain I'm one of those stay at home moms you would hate. I complain about my kid regularly, about how I don't have much time for myself, and how I shouldn't be spending money on this or that. Hate me if you like, but while I confess to my ...more

5 Things You Must Do After a Car Accident

I never want to get in another car accident, but if I do, I will be prepared with my 5 Things You Must Do After A Car Accident post.  ...more

Getting Lost is Our Family Tradition

There have been so many roads not taken, or mistaken, or taken wrongly—also highways, freeways, even hallways. Born without a sense of direction, like everyone else in my family, I turn left when I should turn right, can't tell the difference between east and west, and have been known to panic in hotel hallways. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost," he was not talking about the Clark family. We wander, all right, and we are lost....more

Heartbreak Has No Expiration Date

The first time I had my heart broken was in 1980. The last time was yesterday. I've been sitting here trying to decide if they feel any different. They kind of don't. I was 15 when I finally succumbed to Jeff's charms. One night at the grocery store, my mom and I were in the meat section. Do you remember how they'd divide the kinds of meat, and inexplicably decorated those dividers with something that looked like plastic parsley?...more

My Life Isn't What I Thought it Would Be. It's Better. 

If someone had told me when I was a peace-loving, bead-wearing hippie chick that as a middle-aged woman I would be married to a Republican, watch not only CNN but Fox News and frequent a bar at a Disabled American Veterans facility, I would have called that person batshit crazy. I was a free-spirited, liberal girl out to change the world. I could never sleep with someone who owned a gun and voted for Nixon. But life doesn't always turn out as we imagined....more

The Princess With A Heart Of Gold

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"Young Woman with Ibis" by Degas

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Degas made sketches of this composition in a notebook he used during his second stay in Rome in 1857–58. Originally conceived as a depiction of a pensive woman, the picture assumed a mysterious air when Degas added the imaginary Middle Eastern cityscape, the pink flowers, and the two red ibises around 1860–62. About the same time he also considered adding the brilliant birds to his large historical painting Semiramis Building Babylon (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) ....more

Shopping on Etsy: Travel Cityscape and Skyline Jewelry (Rings, Necklaces)

It is no secret at all that I love traveling. I also love anything that has to do with travel and I’m in particular, enamoured […] ...more

Invention and Exaltation

From artist Daniel Mitsui: The Apostle Paul commands all Christians to stand fast, and hold to the traditions they have learned. But where is a religious artist to stand when he has learned, in one sense, nothing at all? There is not now any tradition of sacred art that is handed down with a simple and ingenuous faith ....more

Lost your Inspiration? It Might Be Where you Least Expect It…

When I was 13 years old, I wrote a book called, My Life in 15 Years. It was a 30-page clip-art riddled manifesto, detailing every element of my future 28 year old life. It included such predictions as:...more

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden fruit by any other name . Mamacita says: ...more

The Rain Is Raining

The ground is saturated. There’s nowhere for the rainfall to go. If the wind comes up, it will be prime conditions for downed trees ....more

A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

From Reading Treasure: In 2013, over 300,000 visitors graced the gilded halls and magnificently designed gardens of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte; it was a record-breaking year for the estate, which has become one of France's must-see destinations since it was first opened to the public in 1968. A Day at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, written by the brothers Alexandere, Jean-Charles and Ascanio de Vogüé, is an exceptionally intimate at the culturally significant Vaux-le-Vicomte estate, which has a compelling history. The château's origins are anything but humble ....more

How I Got Off the Bench and Into the Game

I was an all-star bench warmer in high school. Basketball was my game. If they had given an MVP award for riding the pine, I would have surely won. Looking back now on my days on the bench, I realized how it impacted my career and leadership path....more

When to Say Something and When to Learn Something

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is what it also takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill...more