Prank, Laugh & Connect

Clay loves April Fool’s Day! My wonderful husband is devious and secretive, but fortunately he uses his powers for good. For years he pulled pranks on me before my eyes were fully open on the first morning of April. Now he has a new audience. Our six-year-old daughters! He greeted them this morning dressed in…

Shaken, not deterred

I was shaken up today. Most days I don’t think about the fact I almost died. It’s not like I pretend it didn’t happen, but in order to live my life the way I want, with passion and zest, I choose not to dwell on it. Yet, when my blood pressure was 140/90 today, I…

Ordeal or Adventure?

On a recent plane trip I discovered the Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine for cruising sailors. The “enjoy the journey” mindset fits nicely with my own and the articles about sailing the Caribbean and other exotic places were a nice antidote for the nasty Midwestern weather. I especially delighted in the motto: Attitude: The Difference between…

Pamela Contos

Three days in Napa, California for a Wisconsinite is quite a treat. While the locals found the 60 degree weather chilly – I thought it was a huge relief from the below zero temps we’d been having. Even more impressive than the weather was the Queen of the Valley Hospital. I was in for the…

Survivors are lucky – champions are brave: Kay Marie Koras

Did you know nearly 50 million women are living with heart disease? It is true! February is Heart Health Awareness Month, and certainly there is an effort to educate women about their heart risk. During the past three years, the Red Dress campaign has elevated awareness significantly. Now, more than half of women will identify…

Pecked to Death By Ducks

This week the stomach flu hit our household with a vengeance! As I lay in bed, moaning, I did what every other self respecting woman would do… obsess about what wasn’t getting done. Each thing I remembered was like something taking a bite out of me. Years ago Oprah had Maya Angelou as a guest.…

10 Ways to Celebrate Heart Month

It’s here!  February is Heart Month, my biggest month of the year.  As I travel the country encouraging women to embrace their hearts, I encourage you to embrace yours — here are some ideas: 1. Well, wear red! February 2 is National Wear Red Day.  Join thousands of women (and men) across the country in…

Tag, You’re it!: 5 Things You May Not Know About Me

Do you remember tag?  Last week my friend, Kim Kotecki, sent me a “You’re It” e-mail inviting me to play a game of blog-tag.  The challenge: write post “5 Things You Might Not Know About Me” and then tag five friends who also blog.  So here goes: 1. My family calls me Lizzie.  Which used…

Who do you Woo Hoo?

There is something special about sharing good news with people who really “get it.” I spent the evening at a meeting of the Wisconsin Professional Speakers Association, and have been energized by a roomful of people who “get it.” One of the best decisions I made in 2006 was to join a Mastermind group. Five of…