Things to Think About and Do Before Getting Married

Recently, an old friend asked me what were some things she should think about and do before getting married.  She thinks her long-term boyfriend is preparing to ask THE question. Her biggest fear is not a lack of trust or love - it is a lack of positive relationship role models in her life. She comes from a family that has a history of divorces, settling, adulterous relationships and just plain unhappy couples. ...more
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Why I Support The Race Together Initiative

Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks,  recently announced the company's newest initiative. Starbucks and USA Today have partnered to "stimulate conversation, compassion and action around race in America".  The initiative has been widely discussed, debated, supported and thrashed in the media and in various social media outlets.  ...more

Race, Depression, Reflections

I have been unusually quiet when it comes to recent events in the news. Not due to lack of knowledge or an opinion. So many have so poignantly said what I felt that the words I thought of didn’t seem to compare. I’ve liked, shared, retweeted, favorited and reflected.From the senseless murder of Mike Brown – an unarmed African American male  in Ferguson, Missouri – to the death of Robin Williams bringing talks of suicide and depression to every day conversation....more

One Word 2014

If you had to choose one word to describe your focus and intentions for the coming year, what would it be? A few years ago, I read a novel entitled Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber. Rather than resolutions, the main characters each chose a word for the year. The word was to be something they wanted to focus on, strengthen or embrace.  I loved the idea and for the past 3 years as part of my yearly goals I have, also, selected one word for the year....more

Teaching Our Children Gratitude

As parents, teaching our children to be thankful is not always an easy task to do.  This time of year, especially, when there is often an expectation of gifts and over-indulgence it can be even more difficult....more

6 Ideas for Spending Quality Family Time Together

Spending time together as a family is an important goal of mine. Not just being together but true quality time. We eat together, carpool together, do homework, clean -- the list goes on and on. That time seems to be focused on doing everything but really spending quality family time together. ...more
@mail4rosey Exactly! So often we equate "fun and meaningful" with the "cost" of doing something. ...more

3 Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude can change your life. Having a positive attitude and being thankful even the smallest things in our lives can lead to a trickle effect of health, social, mental and emotional benefits. I recently came across an article discussing the different benefits of gratitude in our daily lives - both personal AND professional.  ...more

Showing Gratitude on Memorial Day

As a former military spouse, showing gratitude on Memorial Day for our service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is high on my list of priorities. Yes, the day is commonly known as the un-official beginning of summer, the end of the school year for many and the day to breakout the Grill Master.  Often Memorial Day is confused with Veterans Day which celebrates all service members living and dead. To some the distinction seems minute. Celebrating our service members across the board should be embraced and done regularly....more
@Denise So you definitely "get" it! Thanks for the support!!!more

Encouraging Gratitude in the Workplace

Focusing on gratitude should, also, include gratitude in the workplace.If you are an employee or have employees that are unhappy, it impacts so many things - work production, team morale, customer service, the list can go and on.I'm thankful to work in an environment that recognizes and actively reflects an attitude of gratitude on a regular basis....more

Quick and Easy Quiche

First - Happy Mother's Day Divas!!!No matter the maternal role you play in a child's life - mother, aunt, mentor, godmother, the list goes on and on - you are making a difference! Abraham Lincoln said it best, in my opinion:"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."...more