A New Year with the Old Me

Well, here I am almost a month into the new year, and I'm only now starting to think about what my resolutions should be.  Ah-ha!  First, I should endeavor to stop procrastinating.  That one's easy.Shouldn't I also think of some things to improve myself?  I really want to be better this year than I was last year.  Not better at anything in particular.  Just better.  Hmmm, how will I go about becoming better?  While I'm working that out, I'll go ahead and add that I should try this year to be more specific.  Generally speaking....more

Uneven Game Night Teams: Is That Reason Enough to Have a Second Child?

On the one hand, I see another person in our family. In the big picture, the grand scheme, the long term. I see a tumbling blur of little limbs and fuzzy hair. I see two small people behind the two big people in the car. I see piles of teenage laundry -- inappropriate clothing and offensive t-shirts. I see juggling sports schedules and social events. I see heated debates where my husband and I are arguing with two passionate, clueless young adults because -- please -- they don't know a damn thing about how the world really works. But then there's the short term. The reality, the details, the challenges. ...more

The Complications of a Simple Life

Someone had the brilliant idea to simplify our lives.  To downsize from an already small apartment, which was growing smaller by the day as our toddler grows like a well-watered weed.  To save a little more money each month so we could travel more often in this beautiful country while we’re here.  (And to invest more in the business I’ve recently started.)  The blessing and curse of expat life is that we know we are leaving eventually.  This creates both instability and the possibility of tremendous freedom and growth. But first, we must simplify. ...more

Why You Should Run Your Life Like a Business

There might be more published advice about how to find happiness than anything else.  And it all seems to spin from the notion of balance.  Work hard,  play hard and rest often.  Take deep breaths when you’re feeling stress.  Leave the office at a reasonable hour.  Walk barefoot through the grass.  Avoid drinking wine after beer (or is it wine after liquor?).  Stop and smell the roses. I actually think a lot of that advice is completely misguided.  (Except for not mixing alcohols.  That’s not a lesson that needs to be repeated.) ...more
I'm with you. I've recently made a career change in order to find more balance, but still ...more

How to Survive a Flight with a Toddler

I’ve flown more with my child in the first two years of her life than most people do in the entire time their kids live under their roof. I know this sounds like bragging, and, well, it kind of is. In my own way, I feel like a champion. A victorious gladiator. I’ve survived the savagery that is the mid-flight scream-fest. I’ve stared down the old man two seats away who wants to throw his decaf in my child’s face during said scream-fest. I’ve fought the urge to ask him to please throw his decaf in my child’s face....more
Just to be clear, I meant I don't know how you stand the long hours, or how the toddler does. ...more

Run, Mama, Run

Whose idea was it to start running at 5:30 AM three days a week?Oh, right, that would be me....more
@DesiValentine4 Thanks! I know, the best part about waking up that early to work out is when you ...more

Doing Business Without a Bra

There are a lot of reasons why people start their own businesses: they want to make their own hours, bring a new idea to the marketplace, build a legacy for their family, amass wealth. Me? I just want to work without a bra....more

From bullying to friendship on Facebook

I don't believe I was a bully in high school. But if I'm honest, there may have been a few people who might have taken another route to class to avoid an evil stare from me in the hallway. I might have said an unkind thing or two walking past freshmen at their lockers in the afternoon. I may have made one or two obscene gestures in the parking lot after school on occasion. If I'm honest....more

An open apology to hotels all over the world

Dear Hotels All Over the World,I apologize, on behalf of my daughter, for the havoc we have wreaked - and will wreak in the future - in your fine establishments. You see, my husband and I love to travel and we believe, for some reason, that we can still do so even though we now have a toddler in tow. It isn't until I'm in a hotel room for the 237th time that I remember why it is that sane people do not travel with little ones.So that our stay may be a little easier - on us, and you - allow me to please make a few suggestions:...more