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.…

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…

Sane New Years Resolutions

How long do your New Year’s resolutions last? A few weeks? A few months? It is often hard to keep a resolution – sometimes because we defeat ourselves from the start by making too large of a commitment. Resolutions are really commitments to ourselves. Things we choose to change or do to improve our lives.…

Take A Bow

Getting back in the swing of things after the holidays can take a while. Why not take advantage of the feeling and “Take a Bow?” When giving my “Why Women Have Balls” program I encourage women to put down the many balls they have in the air and “take a bow.” Now, at the beginning…

Connect – turn off the Blackberry

While driving back from Christmas shopping the other day, I listened to NPR’s All Things Considered. The subject was Blackberry Abuse. Evidently for some people a Blackberry is like crack cocaine – addictive. One of the guests discussed Blackberry orphans, children who’s parents are physically present, but never truly available because they are constantly checking…

Holiday Stress Remedy

All together now…Ahhhhh This afternoon, after a very busy week, I was rushing my daughters through an after school snack in order to get out the door and get some holiday shopping done.  Grace, who at six has a remarkable grasp of her emotional needs, said “Mom, I’ve been rushing around all week.  I need…