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

When Getting Burned Out 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 on the opportunity to live a truly incredible life. Rather than running from feelings of burnout, you should follow them....more
Thank you. You put this list together so clearly. It is just what I need to be reminded of this ...more

How My Daughter Made Me Feel Better About Going Back to Work

So, I'm going back to work. Full time. ...more
Thanks so much for your kind response and words. I definitely feel myself simultaneously ...more

Empty Nesting Milestone: the first summer home

Whoa, can that be right? It’s nearly the end of April and fast approaching Spring semester finals week, which means the end of the academic year is right around the corner. And college students everywhere, steeped in independence and friends and dorm life and cafeteria eating, will beeline to their childhood bedrooms and parents’ presence and healthy fridges filled with a finite amount of non-magically-appearing food. ...more

THE BEST LAID PLANS......

WHERE WILL LIFE TAKE US….When Things Happen…. Sometimes we simply do not know where life will take us….Sure, we can set a great plan in motion….Do all the right things…..and yet, there are no for sure bets in life…..I like to think that life will ultimately work out in our best interests if we keep being persistent and making great decisions…..Life is about decisions….one right after the other…. Not all opportunities are equal….Some opportunities simply should be avoided....more

Pink Tea Roses

  Sometimes, the most beautiful gifts are not readily apparent....more

The Stylish Mom

Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.  Audrey HepburnHow do you dress for your child's dance class, recitals, wrestling tournaments, or taking the kids to school?  If you're like me your attire depends on the day. If I forget to set my alarm, wake in a panic, well, I'm driving the kids to school in my pajamas and a hat.  No joke.  I've humiliated my children with my attire on numerous occasions.  This is life....more

APOLOGIES and FORGIVENESS....

APOLOGIES and FORGIVENESS…… I always say “Forgiveness is a Way of Life” for me……..That I forgive before even what was done was done…….That doesn’t mean I accept what happened in all circumstances or even allow that person back into my life…..It simply means I forgive as a lifestyle……I don’t like carrying around excess weight....more

GRATITUDE.....

GRATITUDE…. I am truly one of the most grateful people I know…….I am grateful for everything wonderful in my life…..I am sort of a detail type of person....more

Caution: Road Humps Ahead!

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

Throw It Away

Too many of us make this crucial mistake: We tend to replay what has happened in our past. We continue to look in our rearview mirror instead of staying focused on the road ahead. And by doing this we develop a victim mentality as opposed to a victor mentality....more