A Midlife Scare!

Midlife isn't all fun and games! This lesson has been brought home to me over the past couple of years, and I received another reminder just this week....more

This Big Blue Binder Will NOT Get Tossed

How A Binder of Recipes Can Change Your Perspective ...more
I can so relate.  I got a recipe box and recipes at my wedding shower.  One of the kids broke ...more

Lost In The Wilderness: Finding My Purpose

How often do you find yourself stretched in more directions than you can count? Attempting to be all things to all people, leaving little time for self? I am without a doubt, guilty as charged. I recently walked past a mirror and barely recognized myself. Having lost a few pounds in the past few months, I am probably in the best physical shape of my post-childbirth life. Yay Me! However, the reflection in the mirror said, “Woman, your hair and your brows are in need of some dire attention!” I glanced at my nails and realized that a manicure and a pedicure were also very much in need....more
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A Life of Purpose? What for?

Creating a life of purpose and focused living is hard work....more

Mastering the Transition: Embracing Your Life After the Kids Are Gone

Transition: The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to anotherIt’s been about a month now since you settled your son or daughter into their 12 x 10 dorm space with a new, complete stranger, and drove away thinking your heart might never feel the same.Thirty or so days for your child to adjust to their new world. How are they doing? ...more

Never-Empty Nest

A few weeks ago my youngest sister moved out of our parent’s home to begin her journey to adulthood and independence.  My Mom is finally an empty-nester.  She has had children at home for the past 32 years.  32 years.  She obviously was a tad excited as she spared no time changing my sister’s bedroom into her new craft room.  But I know she felt sad and a bit lost as well.  She wasn’t sure what to do with herself without actively playing the role of Mom all the time.I can only imagine how tricky that transition must be....more

The Passing of Time is a Beautiful Thing

I don't want my baby girl to ever know that after I said goodbye to her and I watched as she walked along the ivy-covered gates back to her dorm room, I cried uncontrollably. Even though I had already decided to stay in the city for nine days so that I could make sure she was settled, I don't want her to know that I cried so hard it hurt my throat. I don't want her to know that I could barely order my food that night because I couldn't speak through the sobs.   ...more

3 Healthy Choices to Make Today

We hear it all the time. Eat Healthy, Exercise, Breathe! These things that should come naturally to us, but do not, have been created by the evolution of food choices. And not all of them healthy choices!...more

5 Things New Empty Nesting Parents Should Avoid

Dorm rooms have been organized. Meal plans have been figured out. Big box store purchases have been divided and placed into containers, plastic bags and stuffed into drawers; some never to be seen again until next May.You gave your son or daughter everything you thought they would need, including the extra bucks on their school’s ‘dollars’ card....more
Yeah ... my older one moved out last year ... I still text her every night with my "love you ...more