39 Ways To Slow Down Summer

I was sitting down to write a post about slowing down this Summer, but got distracted reading Kim Kotecki’s Swingset Reflections blog. She beat me to the “post” with 39 great suggestions including: 1. Start the day with an early morning energizing walk. 2. Turn your cell phone off on the evenings and weekends. 4.…

Embrace Your Heart: Make A Memory

My friends Kim and Jason Kotecki are exceptional examples of people who look for ways to enrich their lives.  On their most recent Escape Plan TV episode they encourage others to make a memory. How often during your busy week do you pause and try to experience something memorable with someone you love.  It doesn’t…

Enrich Your Life: Embrace Your Summer

Have you forgotten to leave time to recharge this Summer? Do you look at the calendar for June, July and August and wonder how you can possibly fit anything else? Shouldn’t Summer be a time to relax a bit and recover from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the year? If so, why…

Book Review: Your Heart’s Desire

Recently I spoke in Marinette, Wisconsin and was introduced to the work of Sonia Choquette.  The event directors were raving about the wonderful program Sonia had done for them in Green Bay and thought her book would fit so nicely in with my advice to slow down and focus on what is important in life.…

Stress Remedy: Wine and Chocolate

A glass of red wine, a lovely piece of chocolate, comfy clothes and a moment to say “ahhhh” at the end of the day — yes, the wine and chocolate stress remedy. No, it doesn’t have to be wine and chocolate, although they both have heart healthy benefits, but taking some time at the end…

Escape Adulthood

Escape Adulthood:  8 Secrets from Childhood for the Stressed-out Grown-up. Having kids is the quickest way to feel like a grown up! Yet, as author and cartoonist Jason Kotecki demonstrates children are a rich source of helping us all fight Adultitis and live a less stressed life. We all have those moments when we wish…

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…

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…

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.…