When Burnout Is a Good Thing

As strong, driven women who are bold enough to step into leadership roles, we work our butts off to succeed. But as time goes by, we often fear that if we pause, we’ll fall asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, this attitude can cause you to miss out ...more

5 Tips To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

My husband and I have made a big decision— we’re selling our condo! I’m lucky that my father is a Realtor, so that process is easy. But the condo market  is tough, especially given our location. Being marketers, and growing up with a real ...more

I Usually Only Run When Chased

When I was a freshman in high school, I went out for track. I hadn't actually run at all before I did it. It was sort of a lark. The first day of practice, the coach told us to run an easy mile. All the other girls headed out, talking to each other ...more

Help! I'm Drowning in Lists!

My son and I are at the grocery store and a family passes us. The family has this conversation:"What do we need again?""I don't know —I think cheese.""Don't we have cheese?""It might not be the right kind."My son hears all this and says to me, ...more

3 Tips for a Successful Office Baby Shower

Earlier today, our office held a baby shower for one of the members of our team, Dana, who is about to head out on maternity leave. This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to throwing baby showers for team members expecting either —not to ...more

Me, A Hot Glue Gun, Too Much Time, and Some Peeps.

I stopped in my tracks, stared at the Peep on the dining room table, and fully realized something I should have thought of years ago: Peeps are the cockroaches of the candy world. That Peep had been sitting there for weeks, slowly turning into a rock, but otherwise staying unchanged. No bugs cared about it. Mold stayed away. EVEN THE DOG IGNORED IT. ...more
FireMom p.s. We don't eat them either.more

SURVEY: What Would Your Dream Work/Life Balance Look Like?

We all feel the stress of too much to do and not enough time—and possibly the most time-pressed of us all are parents with full-time jobs. Some companies are attempting to address these work-life challenges to make more productive employees who stick around longer. Sabrina Parsons, the CEO of one of these companies, will be featured in a segment of Al-Jazeera America's program America Tonight on Monday, April 24. ...more
My company has a "Work Your Way" policy which is quite nice - no set hours but most people ...more

The Secret to Embracing Overwhelm

Birthdays are the perfect time for thought. I turned 34 on Saturday. No trumpets. No fancy cake. Just a lot of reflection....more
KathyBoutin  Thanks for sharing, Kathy!  Today, I was feeling that overwhelm creep up, so I ...more

Caution: Road Humps Ahead!

Photo by Nathan Weithers | nathanweithers@hotmail.com ...more

Why losing your mom is so hard

Beautiful mommy smile Five years ago todayWe couldn’t make you stayNow a flower in God’s own garden...more

A Senior's Emotional Life: How Letting Go Helps

We get stuff and then we don’t want to let it go. By the time we’re in our senior years, we’ve accumulated a fair amount of things....more

Q is for Quiet.

It's the A to Z Challenge, where every day I share my favourite book or book series that starts with the day's letter.Quiet Strength:...more

Make New Friends, Keep Good Friends

Research conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish and others shows that the happiest and healthiest people are those who are well-connected to friends and family. But, in our mobile society, keeping friends is not always possible. Long-term friendships are wonderful and valuable, but if you don’t make new connections as you get older, your group of friends may diminish due to death and relocation. If you haven’t made new friends in a while, updating your definition of friendship and increasing your skills at meeting people will be worth your while. ...more

Contemplating Female Friendships

Remember how easy it was making a friend and being a friend when you were a child? You said hi to another student on the playground, shared the cookies that your Mom packed in your lunch at noon, and went to playdates. Now, however, it's not so easy. The older I get, the more challenging it becomes, especially because the labels that I use for myself are (in no particular order): shy, awkward, and boring. Fun friend, hmmm?...more

It's a Thin Line

I've decided this week that there's a thin line between "working from home" and "living where you work."...more

April 19 - Money

The coin jar, from above ....more

{Happy 4th Blogiversary Today's Letters!}

It's hard to believe our blog turns 4 years old today! I remember thinking blogs were these weird online diaries that no one but yourmom and old friends from high school creeped in on from time to time.I couldn't have been more wrong!The friends and community our blog has allowed us to make have been life changing. Thank you for supporting Tim, River, and I {and soon to be babe!} over the years.You've watched us grow, struggle, move across the country, buy our first home,...more

Be YOU tiful

When Maegen reached out to me interested in collaborating on her "Creating Confidence in Women" project, I became giddy with excitement. It makes my heart so happy when others share the same passion as myself and I wanted to do everything in my power to help make her project a success. Take it away Maegen! ...more