The 10 Year Plan

Before I read Kate and David Marshall's My Life Map: A Journal to Help Shape Your Future I would have told you that 10 year plans give me hives. One of the most dreaded questions in a job interview for me was always one about where I saw myself in five years. I still may not be exactly eager to plan out my life in 10 year chunks, but at least I know how that it's possible to do it in a way that doesn't cause me panic....more
I think I've often felt that it hardly mattered what my plans were, since I was constantly being ... more

Charting a Path With "My Life Map"

When we embark on a trip, we're far more likely to make it to our destination easily if we know our starting point and plan a route to our destination. We plot our chosen path and, if necessary, directions for any side trips we want to take. That same line of thinking can be transferred to life paths as well -- it's easier to figure out how to get to where we want to be once we figure out where we are starting from. And it's easier to figure out our starting point once we figure out where we've been. That is the theory that Kate and David Marshall apply in their new publication, My Life Map: A Journal to Help Shape Your Future. ...more
I think the questions and mapping process really help to bring perspective and clarity.  I'm not ... more

What Does Service Mean to You?

As I've confessed, I'm not one for making life maps or vision boards. That said, I really appreciated how Kate and David Marshall's new book, My Life Map: A Journal to Help Shape Your Future, made me take a good hard look at some aspects of my life that I really had been neglecting. One of those aspects was service....more
Almost all of my jobs have been service- related. I enjoy giving to others through actions.  I ... more

Lifelong Learning For The Win

My favourite parts of Kate and David Marshall's new book, My Life Map: A Journal to Help Shape Your Future were the subject maps. I loved the subjects they chose to focus on and I really, really loved that one of the subjects they consider a key to happiness was learning. I am going to let my nerd flag fly and say I truly love learning new things. ...more
Oh, SO many things!  This year I have been exploring art, but if I could do just one thing, ... more

Making Play A Priority

I know I've said this but my favorite parts of Kate and David Marshall's My Life Map: A Journal to Help Shape Your Future really were the subject maps. I liked the service map because it made me examine the role charity plays in my life. I liked the learning map because I'm a big nerd....more
I have just started taking ceramics classes, and I have had so much fun throwing pots on the ... more

What Would You Do If You Couldn't Fail?

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly made me think a lot about failure. When we make ourselves vulnerable we open ourselves to a lot of things, some good and some positive. One of the things that we make possible when we do this is something many people, myself included, fear -- failure. When we make ourselves vulnerable we risk failure and that is a heady, wonderful, terrifying thing. ...more
I think the answer to both questions (if you knew you couldn't fail, or if you knew you'd fail ... more

Plan B Parenting

In no other area of my life have I found myself as deeply vulnerable than as a parent. And that's why -- when my daughter was very young -- if you judged my parenting, I would jump down your throat. Then I would go home and cry and Google parenting websites and hold myself accountable for my daughter's milestone progress, her sleep habits, my mood, her nutrition and the state of foreign wars....more
@From Tracie Tracie, I definitely cried all the way through that chapter, too! more

Plan B Parenting

In no other area of my life have I found myself as deeply vulnerable than as a parent. And that's why -- when my daughter was very young -- if you judged my parenting, I would jump down your throat. Then I would go home and cry and Google parenting websites and hold myself accountable for my daughter's milestone progress, her sleep habits, my mood, her nutrition and the state of foreign wars....more
Yes, I pretty much cried through the whole parenting chapter.  Becoming a mom is one of the ... more

The Vulnerability Hangover

In Brene Brown's Daring Greatly, she talks about what happens after you allow yourself to be vulnerable. She says, with a little help from Leonard Cohen, "often the result of daring greatly isn't a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue." She sometimes refers to this as the vulnerability hangover. ...more
I think that blogging is a pretty vulnerable thing.  I don't usually write about 5 Tips To Save ... more

What Will You Miss When the Kids Go Back to School?

With school approaching, what is the one thing you will miss most with the children gone for the day? I'm going to really miss the freedom to do anything whenever we want! Your turn: Tell me what you'll miss this year. I want to know!...more
I will miss doing lemonade stands with my daughter.  It's been a really fun way to get to know ... more
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