8 Toxic Thoughts to Let Go of & What To Replace Them With

Realize that nothing in the world can provide you with peace and happiness.-Swami ParthasarathyBeing the romantic that I am, I often like to think about going back and giving my younger self some kind of advice, some little bite of wisdom that might change the past. For instance but not limited to: "that guy is going to turn out to be a total loser" or "black pleather pants will look really silly in your school picture."...more
I think we can all relate to some of these - 3 for me - and it is nice to get some insight on ...more

Be Less Miserable This Holiday With These 5 Handy Substitutions

When I was a kid, I felt no stress: Christmas was my favorite time of year. The season started with shopping for a new dress to wear to church and to holiday functions. Next came the trifecta of pageantry: the church choir concert, the elementary school choir concert and then the church holiday play, which was followed by a cookie exchange and presents for the Sunday school teacher, the choir director and anyone else who guided my soul that year....more
Ha!  I LOVE this!!  Great article!more

10 Creative Ways to Give Back to Others This Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of year, especially when you have children. It’s so much fun to celebrate the holiday through their eyes and experience the magic of Christmas as a child yourself all over again. Having said this, I also think with all our joyful celebrations, we can easily lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. ...more
This is a great list! I would also add, "Let someone who seems frazzled (or is shopping with ...more

10 Things That'll Make Your Next Flight Better

I travel often, mostly by air. I’ve taken a few cross country road trips that lasted way too long, so I prefer to get there quickly. Here are a few tips I’ve learned through my travels to make your next flight go smoother....more
stephliebold I really suggest finding the largest one you can carry. I have been stranded a few ...more

My Career Left No Room For Motherhood. Now I Advocate For Working Moms

One day a woman walked into her bank. She was on her way to the office, so she was in a suit, heels, and carried a briefcase. She'd taken no more than five steps when a bank employee graciously stepped up and asked what she needed that day and how he could help. Another smiling, helpful staffer was only a few steps behind him. ...more
survivingparenting@gmail.com  Inflexible workplaces are a problem for everyone - so many workers ...more

I Won't Apologize for My Fabulous Facebook Life

My Facebook feed isn't the whole story, but it's my absolute truth. I admit it: I don't tell the world every dirty little detail of my life. And I'm not going to apologize for it. ...more
This was great! Mainly because... let's face it... everyone usually posts the best pictures and ...more

10 Ways to Work on the Road Without Losing Your Sanity

You’ve never been to Europe. The Eiffel Tower seems nice in pictures. Everyone says real Italian food is otherworldly (and sleep-inducing). Budapest sounds cool, and you’ve always wanted to party in Mykonos. But you only have so many vacation days, and you can’t pull off the trip work-free....more
I've never really worked from the road but if I did, a schedule of specific times to work would ...more

"Santa Wouldn't Put THAT In My Toys..."

"Santa wouldn't put lead in my toys mommy, so don't worry." That was my 5-year-old interrupting a conversation with my husband about a company which tested a toy tiger that contained over four times the legal limit of lead. "What are you putting in my toys Santa?!" ...more

Why I Drive An Ugly Car

My car, a 2002 Honda Civic EX coupe, is ugly. While I would prefer the ugliness to be less pronounced, it's over 13 years old. It’s reliable, rarely needs repairs, the insurance is cheap, and since I bought it with cash over eight years ago, I've never had a monthly payment....more
mmdimick Hondas are such great cars...I'm glad to hear yours has been so reliable, too!more

On Loss, Lessons, and the Meaning of 'Wolf Winter'

"My daughter, when it ends, it ends," my father said. "There is nothing more to it than that and there is nothing you can do about it. In time, there will be something new; still wonderful, still worthwhile." ...more
A beautiful essay. Your father sounds like a wise and wonderful man. I'm going to think about ...more