It's been tough lately, hasn't it? Between the circus that is the 2016 election cycle, the violence, the terrorism, the innocent loss of life and the prevailing "us versus them" mentality--it feels like the foundation of life as we know it has been rocked. It feels scary. And disheartening. And infuriating. And powerless. I don't know about you, but I don't like these feelings. And I really don't like feeling helpless to change what is happening. So I've tried to figure out ways that I can make a difference. Be the Change I'm not an activist. I'm just not. If you are, thank you. I appreciate you fighting the good fight. But since I'm not, I need to find ... Read More about How to manage during these trying times
Tonight I am following up on last weeks post about hard work. I promised you the conclusion today, but it is difficult to write about this topic as more heartbreaking news of death and destruction is being delivered over the newswire. These past weeks of terrorism, hate crimes and police brutality both at home and abroad have been devastating, overwhelming and demoralizing. I am only going to say that hurt people hurt people. No one who feels loved and cherished has any need to hurt another human being. It just doesn't happen. When we find a way to instill safety, love and appreciation into every individual, so many of our problems will evaporate. We, the human race, are all ... Read More about Hard Work Made Easy
What would you say if I told you that I don't work hard anymore and I don't plan on working hard ever again? Does me saying that frustrate you or have you shaking your head? I can understand that reaction. I mean hard work is practically the Holy Grail of our society. Last week I took on freedom. I questioned how free you actually are and whether you are holding yourself to standards that don't allow you real freedom (which you can read about here). After freedom, working hard ranks pretty high as a desired American value. But today I am going to ask you to see hard work through a new lens. It seems you can't turn anywhere without reading and hearing about how hard you must ... Read More about Hard Work is Overrated
Happy July 4th!! As we embark upon Independence day weekend here in the U.S., the notion of freedom has got me thinking. Freedom is what our country was built on and continues be our battle cry. Everyone is quick to defend their actions by saying, "It's a free country!" The idea is that freedom allows us to go anywhere, do anything, achieve limitlessly, choose our circle of loved ones all while being relaxed, healthy, wealthy and happy. Has that level of freedom been your experience? How free do you actually feel? Because I don't run into many women who seem all that free to me. And this is across the board: married, single, kids, no kids, career, stay at home. Women ... Read More about How free are you really?
I woke up dragging. As I took my first steps of the day, I ran through the list in my head….I have to make the bread and the granola bars and the pie, then I need to walk the dog, run to the market and once people wake up, make a nice brunch for all. As this litany was circling in my brain, I stopped and checked in with my body. My muscles were tense and I had an overall "just got to get through this" attitude. You know--grit, grin and bear it. Once I took stock of things it was good to note that this was unusual, I hadn't had the feeling in a while. It used to be my m.o., but not anymore. So, why now? It was Fathers Day and in addition to the nice things I wanted to do to ... Read More about From Put Out to Bopping About