Stress: a feeling most of us are all too familiar with, especially at this time of year. No matter what stage of life you are in, fall tends to be what is often referred to as "crunch time": when the relaxation of summer is officially over and work or school has resumed in full swing....more
My daughter informed me last night after volleyball practice that she’s not going to be in her school choir this year. Rehearsals begin tomorrow, and frankly, I’d assumed she was all in! This is a girl who loves to sing and who loves God so singing about God makes choir a no brainer. Or so I thought.When I asked about this change of heart, her rationale was so simple. “Mom, I can’t do everything.”...more
The entrepreneurial spirit is flourishing in the U.S. as working mothers opt out of the workforce to start their own businesses. These working moms – or mompreneurs – want the freedom to pursue a long-held interest, spend more time with their families and gain more flexibility in their workday.But with this newfound freedom of being one’s own boss, mompreneurs must juggle new demands in balancing their personal and professional lives....more
Around this time last year, I was totally exhausted; I had spent the last two years working 60-70 hours a week. I was often up at 5 a.m. with a cup of coffee in hand, answering emails, solving problems, and generally just getting stuff done before showering, taking the kids to school, and heading into the office.
Care is cropping up more and more often in print media. It's a conversation long overdue, as it bears on each and every one of us (albeit in different ways!!) at every stage of life. When we get the care we need, we become fully functional adults, effective citizens, valued community members and caregivers in our own turn. When we don't - human suffering increases, our intrinsic talents are squandered, the economy lags, and the nation is at risk....more
A few months ago, we had the privilege of listening to the the words of a group of elite runners. Each spoke of the dedication that is required to their discipline. They talked about running 100-120 miles each week as part of their training. ...more
September.How did this happen?!(I swear I say this every year, but whatever. I'm saying it again.)The kids are back at preschool. A super-huge, monumental shift for me, as this means I'm able to get back to writing after being in full-on mom-mode for the summer.And I'm struggling....more
As the baby began kicking in my second trimester, wearing a sports bra and running shorts out on a jog no longer felt sexy — it seemed inappropriate. Even if my tummy bump barely showed, I was someone's mother.
Time is our most valuable resource. Yet, we are all guilty of driving further down the road to get gas for five cents cheaper, taking on a time-consuming home improvement project, or going from store to store just to snag a few sale items. We sometimes fail to realize that the time we spend, often unnecessarily, can really add up.