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
My plans for the future were always a bit vague. So I learned to clarify and nail down some of ... 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 tons of hobbies, probably too many. But some of the main ones are reading, photography, ... 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
I would love to learn sign language better. My mom, brother and I are losing our hearing and I ... 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
I had to really think about this one. I think it's a combination of both. I give time, but money ... 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 love maps, lists, charts, and questionnaires so I thought this was going to be so much fun. It ... 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 would write a book and run a marathon. Right now time constraints and knee issues are keeping ... 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
 @Rita Arens Those hugs and snuggles are some of the best parts of being a mommy. more

Brené Brown Dares Us to Dare Greatly

In Brené Brown's new book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, she asks us to take the common view that vulnerability is a weakness and throw it in the trash. She asks us to consider instead that vulnerability is necessary. When we show up and allow ourselves to be seen and heard, we are being vulnerable. We are daring greatly. ...more
 @Bridget Magnus So glad that you were "brave" enough to post this. I was thinking I was the ... more

Brené Brown Dares Us to Dare Greatly

In Brené Brown's new book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, she asks us to take the common view that vulnerability is a weakness and throw it in the trash. She asks us to consider instead that vulnerability is necessary. When we show up and allow ourselves to be seen and heard, we are being vulnerable. We are daring greatly. ...more
I was beginning to think I was alone in the thought that this book really wasn't a good fit for ... 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
I'm a pretty open person so I've just carried that into my parenting. If I make a mistake I ... more