31 Days of Wishes – Warmth

31 Days of Wishes – Warmth

Brrrrrrr! It is VERY cold out. The temperatures have dropped unbelievably fast. As of this minute it's 14 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill that makes it feel like -2. For my Canadian friends that is -10 Celsius with a wind chill of -18, but I'm sure you're feeling it too! I was so very thankful my car started this morning without any problem. It's the first winter I've had my new-used car, and you never know! As I sat shivering and wishing for a hot tush, I contemplated the unfairness of not being flexible enough to reach the gas and brake from the warm and working heated Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Serenity +

31 Days of Wishes – Serenity +

God, Grant me the serenity, To accept the things I cannot change; The courage, to change the things that I can; And the wisdom, to know the difference. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr For as long as I can remember, this prayer hung on a plate in my mother's house. I read it daily and took it to heart. A long, long time ago I realized I could not change other people, they had to want to change themselves. As a friend, mother, wife, I could only discuss, suggest, and recommend that changes be made. I've never demanded them. Instead I chose to change what I could.... myself. I adapted by Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Answered Wishes

31 Days of Wishes – Answered Wishes

Although this series of posts is supposed to be based on what I am wishing FOR, I've had many wishes answered over the last several days... Day 4: I spent a wonderful afternoon in Columbus with a client team. They are such a joy to work with and I'm very excited to embark on their new endeavors for 2010. I had been wishing they'd move forward with some ideas - and now we are! Day 5: I am blessed with many wonderful friends. Friends I've had for decades, who knew me before marriage and children. These are the types of friends you rely on when times are tough. Although, I've got lots Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Wisdom

31 Days of Wishes – Wisdom

On Day 1 I said I was not going to make any wishes that involved regret without following the comment with a positive reference to the future. Last night I took one of my CyberCletch team members out for dinner to celebrate Christmas and to thank her for the work she has done this past year for my company. We found ourselves talking about marriage and expectations; I caught myself saying, "I wish I had the same wisdom 20 years ago as I do now." Aside from the fabulous children I have in my life, I'd choose to completely change the course of my life. I would have paid more attention Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Dashboard Warnings

31 Days of Wishes – Dashboard Warnings

“We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” ~ Earl Nightingale I always fancied myself a "whittler" rather than a "wisher". Life is busy, so if I wanted something I'd work towards it by fitting in mini-goals, as I could, until I achieved the desired result. To hell with wishing for it - just do it! I didn't even realize "wish" was a part of my vocabulary - until today. Now that 31 Days of Wishes has commenced, I've become hyper-aware of the "wish" word. Here are some examples of how I caught myself Continue reading

31 Days of Wishes – Building on Regret

31 Days of Wishes – Building on Regret

I just completed 30 Days of Thanks over on my blog Real Home Sense. It was a great exercise because it really got my writing juices flowing and created a habit of writing near-daily. Since I had begun looking forward to writing regularly on all my blogs, I was very happy to see the month come to completion, so I could use that time writing other content. Then Stacy and Heather decided to start 31 Days of Wishes! Just as I did when invited to 30 Days of Thanks, I chose not to do it, and then reconsidered. As I thought about the types of wishes I might make this month, I realized most Continue reading

Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the Bacon

I've been busy trying to build a couple of careers so I can go from "Mom with a Job" to "Career Woman with Kids." Lately I've felt as though I'm merging onto the Autobahn, pedal to the metal with barely enough time for a shoulder check. I've got to get there and I've got to do it as fast as possible. As I face my new career rush, I'm wondering how I'll maintain my personal and parental responsibilities, and make it through a divorce with my mental health intact. I've come to the realization that being able to "bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan and never, ever let him forget he's Continue reading

Day in the Life of a “Suburban Housewife”

Day in the Life of a “Suburban Housewife”

Funny video recorded in a comedy club. Sally Brooks raps her song, Suburban Housewife. If you're easily offended by bad language, don't watch it! You can follow Sally on twitter or learn more about her at her web site. She's also got the music video version below but I enjoy the live version more. Thanks to Stacy Brice for bringing the video to my attention via a Twitter DM! Continue reading

Putting the Cap Back on is a Bigger Deal than You Think

Putting the Cap Back on is a Bigger Deal than You Think

Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t fight over whether the lid gets back on the toothpaste or not. As a wife I took this advice and lived it. Whether it was the lid on the toothpaste, an organized linen closet, or returning items to their storage locations, I let the small stuff go. After all, is it really worth fighting over whether the cap gets back on the toothpaste or not? I thought not. I’ve been married for 19 years. For the first 18, I was responsible for 99% of the child and house care. Not by choice, but by necessity. It felt as though no one else was going to step up Continue reading

Horton Heard a Who, Can You Hear Me?

Horton Heard a Who, Can You Hear Me?

I had the honor of participating in a webinar last night with veteran Executive Coach, Jeff Patnaude, and a group of his friends/clients. It was part of a series of topics discussing the attributes of transformational leaders and mentors. I listened as each brilliant guest shared thoughts and life experiences varying from large corporate environments to military, politics and religion. Each was insightful, interesting and included visions I may have never considered myself. I felt like a speck of dust amongst giants. I didn't have any interesting stories, nor any exotic life experiences Continue reading