The Weight of Gold

July’s Contemplation: Keeping Cool in a Heated WorldMonthly Post #3 I love the summer Olympics.  This year however, I haven’t been able to binge watch The Games. And this really bothers me. I feel like I’m missing out on all the running and jumping and swimming that I do through these amazing athletes. Bottom line:Continue reading “The Weight of Gold”

How to Dig Yourself Out of a Hole

A true story with a few fuzzy details. July’s Contemplation: Keeping Cool in a Heated WorldMonthly Post #2 I used 4-wheel drive for the first time this week.  My moxie friend and I drove the family Wrangler to the beach and proceeded to bury its tires in the sand. I knew this bad ass JeepContinue reading “How to Dig Yourself Out of a Hole”

Happy National Ice Cream Day

I’m including ice cream in self-care Sunday today to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

One Year Post-Relaunch Recap (career re-entry for women)

Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Relaunch Class 2 Graduates, April 30, 2019. *** Re·launch: a career re-entry program for professional women. I could give Relaunch a plug like a happy holiday letter, but this approach would not capture the full truth of this program. And it’s the full truth—that which includes the hard work and digging deep–thatContinue reading “One Year Post-Relaunch Recap (career re-entry for women)”

Dignity: worthy of honor

As we witness the closure of this season’s magnolia blossoms, I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias. The title borrows a term that means both femininity and fortitude, a depiction of its characters and of the word “Dignity,” meaning worthy of honor. I mention Steel Magnolias in my book in “ContemplationContinue reading “Dignity: worthy of honor”

Woman of Dignity: a tribute to my grandmother

Two years ago today, my 99-year-old grandmother passed on. She was one of those women in my life who lifted up and laughed often; someone who brought out the blossoms in me…one, two, three. My grandmother was a woman of Dignity. *** I dedicate this month’s blogging in support of April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month andContinue reading “Woman of Dignity: a tribute to my grandmother”

The Attitude Influence, Part 3

Conflict is like having car problems. I don’t think anybody rejoices when their vehicle gets a flat tire, or the engine light flashes, or the GPS doesn’t work. Car problems require time, money, and patience. And so it is with relationships too. Relationships, like cars, require care and maintenance, and sometimes they need time, money,Continue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 3”

The Attitude Influence, Part 2

I love that LeAnn talks about non-negotiables in her book. I unfortunately figured out my non-negotiables after going through a divorce. I realized after my marriage ended, that I had recognized (during my engagement) qualities in our relationship that I didn’t like. But because there were so many others that I loved and appreciated, I chalked upContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 2”

The Attitude Influence, Part 1

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou I recently read The Attitude Influence by LeAnn Shaw. It’s her first book. And it’s good. I can appreciate the process she went through to give life to her thoughts, wisdom, and to her words. She talks about choosing theContinue reading “The Attitude Influence, Part 1”

Awareness Leads to Prevention

Did you know? Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 5 children who touches a computer will be sexually solicited online. 45% of child victims will not disclose abuse for 5 or more years.Continue reading “Awareness Leads to Prevention”

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