Did anybody else read or watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas over the holidays? It’s a Dr. Seuss classic! Yes, he’s the cranky green guy who hates the whole holiday season. He doesn’t like presents, singing, or even roast beast. Nobody knows the reason. Some suggest it is because his head wasn’t screwed on just right or that his shoes
The sun glistened down through the conference room windows. To my right sat a local banker, to my left a college admissions director. I was literally surrounded by the cream of the crop of local business women, movers and shakers in the community, including an architect, non-profit directors, higher education professionals, marketing and public relations executives, a variety of business
Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman inspires me to be a kinder, gentler, more grace-filled person. She has personally impacted my life in so many ways–too numerous to count. She is my former boss and current friend. (How many people can say that about a former boss?!?) In the time I worked under her leadership, she taught me about prioritizing family and faith, listening
Parents of college students and future college students: I have terrific news for you! Your students are in good hands. Please, let me explain… I recently had the opportunity to attend a conference for an association of higher ed parent and family program professionals. Who are they, you ask? What do they do? These are the staff on your students’
“Wow, your nails look terrific,” she said, standing behind the sample counter at Trader Joe’s. This simple compliment from a grocery store employee started a conversation between two strangers—Jen and me. I’d stopped by the store on my drive home to pick up a few items, tired and not eager to face the snowy roads and rush hour traffic. Jen’s
Winter break is almost here. It’s the time of year when parents eagerly anticipate their college students returning home. They have visions of sugar plums and expectations of Norman Rockwell-like family moments—gathering around the fireplace, playing games, telling stories and eating popcorn. They will be disappointed. Winter break is often the first time students return home for an extended period
How would I describe today’s real life Wonder Woman? I’d say she is energetic, passionate, hard-working and resilient. Annie’s got sparkle! She’s rarely spotted without a smile on her face and always has something positive to say. Growing up as a middle child of seven children raised by a single mom, Annie learned tenacity and resilience at a tender age.
Just call me Mrs. Claus! The 2018 Holiday Gift Guides have officially launched and I thought I’d add one of my own. I’m calling it “A Few of My Favorite Things” because it features, well, a few of my favorite things. I tend to lean toward items with purpose and passion. I like gifts made from the heart—for the heart.
I sat down in the auditorium for a parent orientation session–this time not as the keynote speaker or college parenting expert, but as a mom. A mom who was launching her youngest child. A mom who knows all-too-well the bittersweet feeling of letting go. Then SHE walked on the stage, her warm smile and bright eyes calming the nervous parents
In honor of Veteran’s Day, this week’s #RealLifeWonderWoman is a woman who has served our country. Becca Friesen is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the 25th Flight Squadron (Assam Draggins), Osan AB, South Korea, and the 74th Fighter Squadron (Flying Tigers), Pope AFB, North Carolina. She currently lives in the greater Atlanta area and works as