Single Working Mom’s Worst Nightmare – Summer

[Editor's Note: While I am not a mom myself, many of my clients are. You manage a schedule that works all year long and then whoosh, it's summer vacation and school is out. That is a game-changer for most working mom's. Here's how one working mom handles it...what do you do? -Paula G ...more
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Biggest Accomplishment

The most challenging thing I’ve done so far in my life is finish college. Without any money to pay for school and dealing with a lot of “growing pains” I managed to stick to it and earned a 4 year degree in 7 years. I also did it without racking up any student loan debt! It is by far my biggest accomplishment and allowed me to get into a job where I would most likely never would have landed without the degree and experience earned because of college....more

Finding LIFE Outside of The Comfort Zone!

Each of us have something comfortable we love to be in--a favorite shirt, a soft and cozy housecoat, or a comfy chair--and enjoy the feeling of being comfortable. Ahhhhhhhh... The thought of my favorite comfy housecoat and chair relaxes me and takes me away from life. However, being comfortable should not be a suitable situation for us in life. Comfortable sounds are good for relaxing and finding relief; but being comfortable in life can be detrimental to our growth.“The greatest enemy to your potential is your comfort zone." ―Author Unknown...more

The Secret to Feeling Successful as a Working Mom

One of the hottest topics of the working world in our current times is the plight of the working mom.  That often seemingly illusive quest to “have it all.”Some believe it is possible, others see it simply as a pipe dream....more

When to Follow Your Calling vs What's Expected

When does it make sense to go with the flow and when does it make sense to break from the status quo and all comfort zones and enter a new turning point in your career? I personally have been fascinated by people's career journeys. As in "how did you end up where you are today?" It is very rarely a direct, logical path (you know, like they tell you it "should" be in college). This thoughtful and inspiring personal post from Lauren Bacon talks about her own turning points. ...more
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Life in Norway

I live in Norway.Some say it`s the best country in the world to live in. We have the highest standard of living in the world. We are one of the richest countries in the world. Fantastic! ... I just want to live, love and survive life as we live it!The Nordic Lifestyle is a great way of living!...more

To the Manor Retired (Almost!!)

    I may have this picture-embed process figured out finally.   Wanting to consistently show which life segment I am writing about  has been a challenge but this morning, I may have made a breakthrough. This is a picture of the Manor on a cold morning where the sun had almost burned off the cloud that was covering the mountain that day.  I thought it turned out well enough to use fo...more


This week has been good for painting.  I finished the oranges, Enchantment, inspired by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Cross Creek: Enchantment lies in different things for each of us....more

The Inner Path: Your Thoughts Build Your Life

"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It's what you think about it.”― Dale Carnegie What a reminder! We are what we are because of our thoughts; we are our thoughts, in a way. Our thoughts are like energy waves, we can’t see them, but they’re there. Energy is around us, stay around us....more